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Updates on previous posts

Bob Murray/John Oliver, net neutrality, WV and guns

Bob Murray's suit against John Oliver is dismissed

From The Hill:

A West Virginia judge dismissed a coal mogul’s defamation lawsuit this week against cable television host John Oliver and HBO.

In a decision dated Wednesday, West Virginia Judge Jeffrey Cramer accepted HBO’s argument that Bob Murray, CEO of coal mining giant Murray Energy . . .

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February 25, 2018

The Intelligencer praises Representative McKinley on the 45Q tax credit

Is he deserving?

This morning's Wheeling Intelligencer editorial, "Repairing Damage to Coal Industry," heaps lots of praise on Representative David McKinley for his supposed work to make sure that the 45Q tax credit was included in the final budget:

McKinley, R-W.Va., is being given credit for much of the initiative that resulted in funding for . . .

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February 23, 2018

Guns and West Virginia

Articles of interest from around the Web

NRA contributions

Quiz question: Which West Virginia member of Congress has received the most money from the National Rifle Association?

The Washington Post recently asked the question

Have your representatives in Congress received donations from the NRA?

and answered it with an interactive map which lists the NRA's contributions on a . . .

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February 23, 2018

The Trump administration’s war on coal miners

Tombstones instead of monuments: black lung is back

From today’s New York Times:

Federal investigators this month identified the largest cluster of advanced black lung cases ever officially recorded.

More than 400 coal miners frequenting three clinics in southwestern Virginia between 2013 and 2017 were found to have complicated black lung . . .

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February 22, 2018

Saving Senator Ryan

Northern panhandle Ogden newspapers have their work cut out for themselves

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Spoiler alert: here are just some of the recent efforts by Wheeling "newspapers" to promote local state senator Ryan Ferns.

January 8

A front page article on January 8 tells us that

Legislators Look at Elections for W.Va. School Board

In the article, Ferns makes an interesting admission:

Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, . . .

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February 20, 2018

McKinley town halls 7

The congressman claims that he held one recently!

Does this look like a town hall meeting to you?

I was surprised earlier today when I read the following in WV . . .

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February 19, 2018

Not just the front page

This morning's Intelligencer edits and slants an AP sports story

According to the Associated Press:

David Freese thinks Pirates are not trying hard enough to win

That's the headline that most news sources placed atop the AP story about Pittsburgh Pirate third baseman David Freese. This morning's Wheeling Intelligencer headline isn't as specific:

Bucs' Freese Reports Unhappy

Those media . . .

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February 17, 2018

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