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Record number of bald eagle nests found in Southern W.Va.

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Although collisions with a train and a car in the New River Gorge kept what had been Southern West Virginia’s only known nesting pair of bald eagles from producing offspring this year, birders and naturalists in t...

Opposition heats up to planned surface mine adjacent to Kanawha State Forest

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With blasting already underway for a haul road to serve a new mountaintop removal mine near the eastern boundary of Kanawha State Forest, nearly 200 opponents of the project gathered in a Kanawha City church on Tuesday t...

State Museum portrait exhibit features West Virginians from three centuries

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The 25 portraits were selected from a pool of nearly 150 that have been donated or loaned to the museum over the years, mainly by family members, according to Charles Morris, director of museums for the Division of Cultu...

150 years ago: Washington statue theft caused controversy in Wheeling

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One hundred and fifty years ago today, in the midst of the American Civil War, newspapers in Wheeling reported on the unexpected arrival in West Virginia’s then-capital city of an unusual trophy of war — th...

Proposed pipelines to be discussed at Pocahontas commission meeting

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A proposed pipeline that would carry natural gas from the Appalachian Marcellus and Utica shale production regions through Pocahontas County and the Monongahela National Forest to markets in Virginia and North Carolina w...

Green Bank Telescope detects Earth-sized space diamond

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What’s 11 billion years old, 900 light years away, and so cool that its carbon content has crystallized, forming — in effect — an Earth-sized diamond in space?

It’s one of the coldest wh...

Yeager disputes role in MCHM spill

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A consolidated class action complaint filed last Friday in federal court alleging that storm runoff from a runway extension project at Charleston’s Yeager Airport played a role in January’s MCHM spill into ...

For a relaxing week off, burst one appendix and call me in the morning

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If you’re looking for a chance to relax in a private room with high-def TV, a decent cable package and a staff that responds to your every call for attention, you may consider doing what I did last week and acquir...

Laid-back spirit of Tour De Coal sparked major growth during event’s first decade

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What started out a decade ago as an event designed to convince area canoeists and kayakers that the Coal River was more than a final resting place for scrap tires and silt but the setting for a quality float trip, has bl...

Land Trust purchase protects Gauley segment

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Land that fronts a six-mile stretch of the Gauley River Canyon below Summersville Dam has been bought by the West Virginia Land Trust for eventual transfer to the National Park Service’s Gauley River National Recr...

New Philly route makes four major hubs reached by nonstop Yeager flights

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After visiting his company’s job site in Southern West Virginia, Bob Turner was contemplating the less-than-ideal option of making a 6.5 hour road trip back to his home in the southern New Jersey suburbs when he l...

Girl Scout event set for this week

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Since Juliette Gordon Low organized the nation’s first Girl Scout troop 102 years ago in Savannah, GA, the organization has done much to boost self esteem and open doors to new experiences for its members across t...

Newborn calf now at home where the buffalo roam

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FRENCH CREEK — While the five adult American bison at the West Virginia Wildlife Center are in the midst of shedding their shaggy woolen capes for the summer, a new arrival at their gr...

Green Bank Telescope helps chart underground features on Moon, provide 3-D image of asteroid

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The National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Green Bank Telescope in Pocahontas County and the Arecibo Observatory’s huge radiotelescope in Puerto Rico teamed up earlier this month to generate images of subte...