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The EIA mountaintop removal report

The Energy Information Agency is out with a new report on mountaintop removal and the Intelligencer, like a number of other newspapers in coal country, has a front page story on it.

Casey Junkins cites the study that this type of mining has declined 62% since 2008. Junkins, following what is apparently an Intelligencer requirement . . .

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July 10, 2015

Yet another "fair and balanced" headline from the Intelligencer

The Associated Press reported today that Medicare will be paying doctors to discuss end-of-life care with their patients. Here are the top three headlines for the AP article when I googled it at 11:30 this morning:

Medicare to Cover End-of-Life Counseling - ABC News and Yahoo News
Medicare to Pay for Voluntary End-of-Life . . .

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July 09, 2015

Three Intel favorites coming to Wheeling on July 22

Expect front-page coverage on this one!

The Associated Press reported this morning:

Coal executive Robert Murray, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin and WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey will speak at an Ohio County Republican event.

The Ohio County Republican Executive Committee's Lincoln Day Dinner will be July 22 at Wheeling Country Club. . . .

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July 07, 2015

The Wheeling "newspapers" cover Charleston

Updated July 6

One of the simple pleasures that I enjoy when I'm away from home is reading a variety of newspapers. Having been away from Wheeling for most of the week starting June 21, I saw a number of different perspectives on what was happening. In particular, I was most interested in the news surrounding the terrorist act committed at the . . .

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July 03, 2015

Bishop Bransfield and the Pope's encyclical - another point of view

I previously wrote about Bishop Bransfield and the local "newspapers'" coverage of the papal encyclical on climate change here. I noted that the locals ignored or severely edited a great deal of the Associated Press coverage and the only front page story was by local reporter Heather Ziegler who dutifully gave us Bishop . . .

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July 01, 2015

Koch-funded propaganda posing as a scientific study

The Tuesday editorial on alternative energy

The Intelligencer is once again shilling for the fossil fuel industry - this time in its lead editorial, "Ohio Right on Renewables." The editorial begins:

Renewable portfolio standards were quite trendy for state governments a while back. In fact, 30 states now have in place mandates that require greater use of energy . . .

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June 30, 2015

Myer begins coverage of Benjamin's re-election campaign

Benjamin probably won't get $3 million from Blankenship this time

The 2nd half of today's Mike Myer column marks the opening salvo in the Intelligencer's attempt to get State Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin re-elected.

Myer, without going into very many specifics, defends Benjamin from conservative criticism of a decision in which he was a part of a court majority that allowed drug addicts . . .

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June 27, 2015

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