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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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PHOTO: Clerks at the Cabell County Courthouse in Huntington and elsewhere throughout the Mountain State will soon be obliged to issue licenses for same-sex marriages, following Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision. Photo credit: OZinOH/Flickr.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - According to legal observers, legally recognized same-sex marriages could be underway in West Virginia within a matter of days. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court said it would not review appeals court rulings regarding same-sex marriage bans. The decision means that all those ru...Read More

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PHOTO: Jason Allen of the Wyoming County Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) has testified to the state legislature about his life in the foster care system after substance abuse damaged his family. The Wyoming County SADD group is being honored as one of the best chapters in the nation. Photo courtesy of the Our Children, Our Future Campaign.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An energetic group of student activists from Wyoming County is receiving national recognition for its efforts against substance abuse. Wyoming County Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) took second in national chapter of the year – that out of 10,000 chapt...Read More

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GRAPHIC: New analysis suggests there are thousands of good jobs in catching the methane leaks from natural gas wells and selling it. Graph of a fracking well by the EPA.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Many oil and gas developers are letting a valuable product escape as they drill. A new report says more of the methane emitted from wells and pipelines can and should be captured rather than released into the atmosphere, and it describes an emerging industry that has made that a...Read More

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