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PHOTO: Bunnies are a symbol of the season, but animal welfare personnel caution parents considering bringing one home for Easter to make a thoughtful decision that is best for the animal and the family. Photo credit: morguefile.com user bobby.

CHARLESTON, W.VA. – Easter is almost upon us, and while some parents might be tempted to give their children live bunnies or baby chicks, Amanda Mullen, director of Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, says bringing any animal into the home should be a well thought-out decision, and not just a holiday whi...Read More

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Americans for Prosperity, funded oil and chemical billionaires Charles and David Koch, is campaigning aggressively in West Virginia, but the group's own positions are less well known. PHOTO courtesy of the Center For Public Integrity.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A shadowy billionaires' political organization is campaigning heavily in West Virginia. But what economic policies would Americans For Prosperity actually put in place? According to Steve Wamhoff, legislative director for Citizens for Tax Justice, billionaire brothers Charles a...Read More

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PHOTO: Construction and hydraulic fracturing are industries where workers are exposed to silica dust. OSHA is proposing rules to minimize exposure, since the dust is linked to chronic respiratory illnesses and deaths. Photo credit: New Jersey Dept. of Health

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently wrapped up nearly three weeks of hearings on a proposed rule to limit workers' exposure to silica dust. General construction, masonry and foundries were among the industries examined. Silica dust is connec...Read More

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PHOTO: A new rule clarifying where the Clean Water Act applies seems to be drawing a lot of support from farmers like Steph Larsen, seen here watering her sheep. Photo courtesy of Steph Larsen.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A change in federal clean water rules appears to be popular with some major stakeholders, especially farmers, hunters and anglers. Two federal court decisions had "muddied" the rules about where the Clean Water Act applies, but a new revision has been proposed to clarify the issu...Read More

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PHOTO: Ordinary people in West Virginia such as Barbara Frierson are calling the U.S. Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC a "threat to democracy." Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down aggregate limits on individual contributions to federal candidates, political parties and political action committees. The court's opinion says existing limits are a violation of free speech. Barbara Frierson, a retiree who came out...Read More

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PHOTO: Attorney Allison Zieve with the watchdog group Public Citizen says it's time for the FDA to allow manufacturers of generic drugs to update labels with newly discovered information regarding risks and side-effects without going through a lengthy government approval process. Photo courtesy Public Citizen.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - An easy step by the FDA could make taking generic drugs safer. Now, you might not know all the generic's side effects. Allison Zieve, director of litigation with watchdog group Public Citizen, said that is because of old Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules and a 2011 Supre...Read More

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GRAPHIC: A legal analysis says increasing West Virginia's minimum wage would be good for workers, and not an ongoing paperwork headache for employers. Courtesy WV Center On Budget and Policy, and Economic Policy Institute.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The state's new minimum wage law is not the mess it's been called, according to a new legal analysis. Opponents of West Virginia boosting its minimum wage say the bill just passed by lawmakers would be expensive and complicated for employers. But according to Tsedeye Ge...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report highlights profitable companies that have been able to dodge state income taxes. Photo credit: Wikipedia.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Many huge, profitable corporations pay no state taxes, according to a new report from Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy. The report looks at 300 Fortune 500 companies that made a profit every year from 2008 to 2012 and found at lea...Read More

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