The Wheeling Alternative

Intelligencer decides that you don't need to know about the cost of cleaning up mine pollution

(with important 3 PM update)

This morning's Intelligencer has a page 5 story about more layoffs in the coal industry. "Patriot Coal Expects to Lay Off 2,000 Workers" details the likely job losses in West Virginia. The AP article also discusses some of Patriot's asset sales as well as the problems associated with its bankruptcy proceedings. Here's . . .

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October 07, 2015

"Information Access Critical"

It's too bad we don't get any from our local "newspapers"

According to the morning editorial, "Information Action Critical," the Intelligencer is fighting the good fight over access to information:

Many newspaper journalists will have no trouble believing allegations Murray Energy Corp. is making in a lawsuit against the federal government. Much the same thing - and worse - . . .

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October 06, 2015

More PR posing as real news

Updated - October 7

Yesterday's PR release from Murray Energy that landed on the News-Register's front page (see below) was moved to today's Intelligencer's front page of the 2nd section. Casey Junkins added his byline and rewrote parts of the story. The Intelligencer then replaced the front page Murray Energy story with another PR release - this . . .

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October 06, 2015

Coal news

Patriot Coal's Bankruptcy

Propublica and a number of other sources are covering the Patriot Coal bankruptcy and what it is doing to the coal-mining retirees who were promised continued health benefits:

When the plan was filed in U.S. bankruptcy court in Richmond last week, however, one group didn’t come out so well: . . .

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October 05, 2015

Quick takes

Manchin will not re-introduce his gun bill

According to the Washington Post:

West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, the co-sponsor of failed legislation to expand background checks for gun purchases, doesn’t have any plans to revive the measure in the wake of the Oregon shooting.

“We don’t have any statement on the . . .

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October 02, 2015

Morrisey Watch 11

Investigating Planned Parenthood

You had to figure that this was inevitable -- from Metro News about our needs-to-be-in-the-spotlight attorney general:

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is throwing his public support behind legislative efforts to investigate Planned Parenthood in West Virginia in the wake of questions about the organization’s alleged . . .

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September 30, 2015

Don Blankenship leaves his mark on WV politics

Gazette-Mail investigative piece explains how this happened

This past Sunday the Gazette-Mail ran a very detailed front-page investigation by David Gutman into the influence that Don Blankenship's aides have had on recent state politics:

There is no record of Blankenship making any political donations in West Virginia in 2014, and Republicans made unprecedented gains — winning the . . .

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September 29, 2015

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