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Saira Blair Is One Election From Becoming Youngest House Delegate Elected

Saira Blair Is One Election From Becoming Youngest House Delegate Elected

Saira Blair is one election away from becoming the youngest person ever seated to the West Virginia House. The 17 year old beat Republican Larry Kump by 150 votes in the Eastern Panhandle primary. Midterm turnout for the primary vote was low. Close to 1,600 votes were cast for the West Virginia 59th House District […]

West Virginia Teen Wins GOP Primary

West Virginia Teen Wins GOP Primary

Less than a month before graduating from high school, a West Virginia teen has won her first election. 17-year-old Saira Blair ran in the Republican primary for state delegate and beat the incumbent state lawmaker Larry Krump in what might be the best graduation present ever. Some have pointed to Blair’s high level of accomplishment […]

Fracking Has Benefited Local Unions and Trade Workers

Fracking Has Benefited Local Unions and Trade Workers

Fracking has benefited local unions and trade workers in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. After years of watching nonunion workers take on fracking jobs in the oil and gas fields of the Utica Shale and Marcellus, unions have found jobs supporting the growing industry. During the early days of shale drilling, unions complained about the lack […]

West Virginia Water Woes Aren’t Just Because of a Chemical Spill

West Virginia Water Woes Aren’t Just Because of a Chemical Spill

Most West Virginians who had their water taps shut off after a chemical spill was discovered on the Elk River in January have been told their water is safe to drink and bathe in. But even though business in Kanawha Valley is back to normal, some communities outside the Charleston region are still coping without […]

North Dakota ‘Happiest State;’ West Virginia ‘Most Miserable’

North Dakota ‘Happiest State;’ West Virginia ‘Most Miserable’

According to the most recent Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index, the “happiest state” in the United States is North Dakota.  For the first time in five years, it has bumped sunny Hawaii – which many equate to being paradise – out of the top spot.  Oddly enough, Hawaii dropped all the way down to eighth on […]

West Virginia Water Supply Remains Toxic

West Virginia Water Supply Remains Toxic

While much of America’s attention is diverted to the Sochi Olympics, people in West Virginia are still trying to come to grips with the toxic chemical spill which fouled water for 300,000 residents. Tap water, in many parts of a nine county area still cannot be used for drinking, cooking or bathing. Officials tasked with […]

Republican Party Wants More Mining as West Virginia Thirsts for Answers

Republican Party Wants More Mining as West Virginia Thirsts for Answers

Two days ago near Charleston, West Virginia, Patriot Coal Corp. spilled more than 100,000 gallons of coal slurry into a tributary of the Kanawha River. Slurry is a coal-mining waste product containing dozens of chemicals.  But this contamination of the area’s water comes as a morbid sequel for 300,000 West Virginians, because their water had […]

West Virginia Water Poisoned for Years

West Virginia Water Poisoned for Years

West Virginia’s water has been poisoned for years because of coal mining operations in the hills and valleys of America’s “Mountain State.” Joe Stanley was ready when toxic methylcycohexane methanol (MCHM) was dumped into West Virginia’s Elk River recently. While over a quarter million people were without water to drink or wash, Stanley had already stopped […]

West Virginia Chemical Spill Deal Up to $4M Approved

West Virginia Chemical Spill Deal Up to $4M Approved

In federal bankruptcy court, attorneys for the company behind the chemical spill in West Virginia said a deal has been secured that is up to $4 million in credit to assist in continuing operations. Freedom Industries will continue to pay top vendors and its employees, while providing funds for the environmental cleanup from the chemical […]

Freedom Industries Co-Founder Is Two-Time Felon

Freedom Industries Co-Founder Is Two-Time Felon

Freedom Industries co-founder has been revealed as a two-time felon by investigators pouring over the chemical supply companies records. The bad publicity for Freedom Industries deepens and continues.  One of the founders of Freedom Industries, Carl Kennedy II, is a convicted felon twice over.  A closer look at Freedom Industries, and its relationship with Kennedy, […]

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