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Administrative law judge announces decision against Murray Energy

Are the Wheeling "newspapers" waiting for word from the company on how to spin a loss as a victory?

Two weeks ago I wrote about the suit brought by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) against Murray Energy for not allowing miners to file safety complaints anonymously and how our local "newspapers" covered the story. On Wednesday morning, an administrative law judge announced her decision. As reported by International . . .

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November 20, 2015

More coal propaganda from the Intelligencer (with Nov. 21 update)

With conflicts-of-interest, flawed methodology and misinformation -- another biased coal study predicts rising energy costs

The front-page headline yells "Power Plan Hits Home" and the sub-headline warns "Would raise electric rates for residents." Yes, the Intelligencer's front page features another biased energy study. Casey Junkins writes:

As the U.S. Senate this week passed legislation to prevent the Environmental . . .

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November 19, 2015

War in the Mideast

Cheerleading for another war

This morning's editorial in the Intelligencer, "Anti-Terrorism Policy Flawed," once again blames the Obama administration and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton for everything that has happened in the Mideast. Of course the editorial makes no mention of George W. Bush whose policies . . .

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November 17, 2015

Political correctness

Mike Myer, Democrats and Republicans

Mike Myer devoted his Sunday column to political correctness:

Is political correctness coming to West Virginia University? Well, it probably has achieved at least a beachhead there. WVU is a university campus, after all.

But recent news from Morgantown may make some West Virginians wonder. Is our state university about to go . . .

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November 16, 2015

Keeping us semi-informed on coal issues

The Friday Intelligencer

Issues that were covered:

Murray vs. the EPA

The morning Intelligencer featured a ruling by a U.S. district judge that requires EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to give a deposition in a suit filed by Murray Energy. The Intelligencer devoted much more coverage to the decision than any other source that I could find -- . . .

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November 13, 2015

WV news and stories from around the Web

Bad news, good news for West Virginia government

Earlier this week the Center for Public Integrity released grades for its

State Integrity Investigation, a data-driven assessment of state government by the Center for Public Integrity. The comprehensive probe found that in state after state, open records laws are laced . . .

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November 12, 2015

Is the SEC the new IRS?

Will it become a scary government agency for some coal companies?

For as long as I can remember, the IRS has been seen as one of the scariest of government agencies in our popular culture: "You can mess with the rest, but watch out if the IRS is coming after you. Don't forget, that's who got Al Capone!" I don't know how true it was or is but I do think the IRS is still one of the most . . .

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November 11, 2015

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