Should we be worried that coal executives might be at risk?
Last week the Intelligencer carried the AP story that three state coal associations (including West Virginia's) were concerned that their CEOs could be exposed to criminal charges as a result of the Blankenship decision. From "Coal Groups Worry CEOs Are at Risk":
Coal industry groups from three states are arguing . . .
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Explaining the possible Murray Energy layoffs
You get different information and emphasis depending upon the source
The Wheeling Intelligencer rewrites the Murray Energy press release
On Saturday morning, reporter Casey Junkins explained the possibility of layoffs at Murray Energy:
Murray Energy Corp. indicated Friday it may cut 4,400 more jobs by September — a move that would leave the company that employed 8,400 in May of 2015 with . . .
Posted in: coalmurray energyrobert murraywar on coal
More on the cost of electricity and electing Trump
Some additional voices
Wednesday's Intelligencer editorial (see post below) asserted a couple of points: the cost of electricity has risen dramatically since Obama became president, it would become worse under a Clinton presidency, and our only hope to prevent $1000 a month electric bills is to elect Donald Trump. I did a bit more research today and found a . . .
The Wheeling "newspapers" astroturf their readers
(It wasn't the first time and it probably won't be the last)
I've written about "astroturfing" a couple of times. Here's how I explained it back in 2014:
The Online Slang Dictionary defines astroturfing as "the creation of lobbying groups that appear to be separate from corporate interests, but that are actually funded by them. As opposed to "grassroots" . . .
The Intelligencer's anti-Hillary campaign moves into high gear (updated 5/22)
Saturday morning's Intelligencer previews their election coverage
Balance removed from an AP gun rights story
Donald Trump spoke to the National Rifle Association convention yesterday and this morning's Intelligencer used only the first 40% of the Associated Press story -- essentially a summary of Trump's anti-Clinton remarks to the group. What was dropped from the Intelligencer coverage . . .
Posted in: anti-clinton biascoalhillary clintonintelligencer headlinesmike myerwar on coalwheeling intelligencer
Updating labor stories
More on the right-to-work challenge and Alpha Natural Resources
As teachers frequently remind students: "Please do your own work"
Did the WV legislature, in their rush (it was SB 1) to prove how anti-union they were, fail to change ALEC's right-to-work model legislation enough to make it constitutional? In the previous post I noted the AFL-CIO's decision to challenge the . . .
Changing the narrative
More on the mine closure
On most days I read the paper version of the morning Intelligencer and later look at the online edition of the afternoon News-Register. While the headlines may change, the stories are frequently the same.
The important story about the closing of the Powhatan No. 6 coal mine, first run in yesterday's News-Register and then . . .