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PHOTO: Even though $2.5 billion is in the AML funds and a huge backlog of needs in West Virginia that money could be used for, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., says it's a constant fight to bring that money home to the state. Photo by Dan Heyman

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Even with billions in the trust fund and hundreds of millions in coalfield needs, it's a fight to bring Abandoned Mine Lands funds back to West Virginia, according to the "father" of the AML program. Congressman Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) helped get the AML fund established; he says h...Read More

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PHOTO: A series of events called Put the Middle Class First is coming to West Virginia this week. Photos of a past rally courtesy of Put the Middle Class First.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A tour called Put the Middle Class First pulls into West Virginia this week with events in Charleston and Huntington. Although the tour is aimed at getting people fired up ahead of the election, a political party doesn’t organize the rallies. Jenny Moles of Cross ...Read More

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PHOTO: West Virginia can reach federal carbon pollution reduction goals, according to a new study. Combined pictures of the Mount Storm coal-fired power plant and the Tucker County Mountaineer Wind Farm from the report, taken by Evan Hansen.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia can cut carbon pollution enough to reach federal goals, mostly though increased energy efficiency, according to a new study. James Van Nostrand, associate professor and director from the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development at the WVU College of Law is on...Read More

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CHART: After rising sharply during the recession, the federal deficit has dropped dramatically. Perhaps more importantly, the growth of health-care costs has slowed to nearly historic lows, improving the federal budget outlook. Graph by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Not long ago, the airwaves were filled with predictions that health-care reform would be a disaster for taxpayers and consumers. That hasn't happened. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as "Obamacare," will cut t...Read More

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PHOTO: Rooftop solar has become a significant enough issue for utility companies to seek new fees from homeowners who install it. Photo by Alfred Twu.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Utilities in several states are turning to new charges to make up for revenue they're losing to homes with solar power. The price of solar panels has fallen dramatically, and more people are installing them. In response, industry groups are urging states to let power companies a...Read More

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PHOTO: The EPA is taking comments on a proposed rule that would clarify which West Virginia waterways, like the New River viewed here from Hawk's Nest State Park in Fayette County, would receive protection under the Clean Water Act. Photo credit: Steve Shaluta Jr.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the enactment of the Clean Water Act, and the federal government wants to hear from the public about the landmark law. In recent years, court decisions have clouded the waters on where the key pollution law applies - especially when it come...Read More

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MAP: West Virginia, seen in pale blue, ranks far lower for energy efficiency than the more efficient dark blue states. According to the analysis behind this map, West Virginia's numbers were driven down by inefficient home heating and cooling. Map courtesy of Wallethub.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia ranks low for consumer energy efficiency in a new report, mostly because of wasteful home energy use. Financial advice website Wallethub looks at home and transportation energy efficiency every year and ranks the states on how well they do. West Virginia came in s...Read More

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PHOTO: Since the Freedom Industries chemical spill this spring, West Virginia voters have been overwhelmingly concerned about issues of drinking-water protections, according to a new poll. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia voters overwhelmingly favor strong clean-water protections, and most are even willing to pay more taxes to get them. In a new poll voters were asked about specific water protections such as environmental monitoring and hiring the inspectors to do it; as well as the...Read More

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