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JINDO, South Korea (AP) — There are no names listed as relatives huddle around white signboards to identify bodies from a sunken ferry — just the slimmest of clues about mostly young lives now lost. Many favored hoodies and track pants. One girl painted her fingernails red and toenails black. Another had braces on her teeth.
Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) - The actions of the captain and crew of a capsized South Korean ferry were "tantamount to murder," President Park Guen-Hye said Monday, condemning their "unimaginable" decision to escape while hundreds were still trapped in the sinking vessel. The weeping of devastated family members could be heard across the harbour on Jindo island as boats brought the most recently recovered bodies in from the nearby rescue site Monday morning.
By Ju-min Park JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Monday the actions of the captain and crew of a ferry that sank last week with hundreds feared dead were tantamount to murder, as authorities arrested four more officers of the vessel. Captain Lee Joon-seok, 69, and two other crew members were arrested last week on negligence charges, with prosecutors announcing four further arrests - two first mates, one second mate and a chief engineer - on Monday. Lee, the captain, said in a promotional video four years ago that the journey from the port...


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PITTSBURGH (AP) — After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.
Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular ...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a 49-year-old West Virginia man has been indicted on charges he threatened to kill U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin.
West Virginia's unemployment rate inched up in March to 6.1 percent. The seasonally adjusted rate is up two-tenths of a percentage point from February. WorkForce West Virginia reported Tuesday that the ...
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed legislation imposing new safeguards on above-ground storage tanks and water systems in response to a Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston. The Water Resources ...
(Reuters) - West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin on Tuesday signed a bill regulating above-ground chemical storage tanks, a measure prompted by a spill in January that tainted water supplies for some 300,000 people. The new law requires above-ground tanks in critical areas near public water supplies to be registered with the state Department of Environmental Protection, which will perform ...

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Have you bought a flower while filling your gas tank or grabbing a snack? Fundraising efforts to benefit the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia continue at 500 convenience and grocery stores across the Mountain State. Less than three weeks remain in the “Every Child Deserves a Loving Home” campaign from the West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association. “As you pass convenience stores and grocery stores throughout West Virginia, you will see a large pink flower in the windows or on the coolers throughout the stores,” explained Jan Vineyard, president of OMEGA. “We are selling (those flowers) to promote Children’s Home...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The City of Charleston has been shelling out thousands of dollars over the past few years to host groups that hold walks and runs around town. City council is scheduled to vote Monday night whether to adopt a new ordinance that would require those groups to shell out some money. Deputy Mayor Rod Blackstone says in 2013 the city absorbed more than $41,000 in overtime pay for police officers and first responders during a handful of events, most of them for non-profits. With an increasingly tight budget, Blackstone stressed the city can’t afford to offer those services for free....
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Fifteen months after taking office, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey still owes $1.3 million in campaign debt. The Republican loaned himself $1.4 million in 2012 to defeat longtime Attorney General Darrell McGraw. Since then, campaign contributions have been trickling in. Morrisey said that’s to be expected. “I’m not up for election or re-election until 2016,” he explained last week on MetroNews Talkline. Morrisey said he’s been less concerned with the debt and more concerned about getting his office in order. “I’ve really tried to focus all of my energies on how we can have the best possible office and hopefully help...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State lawmakers will take a brief break from their May Primary Election campaign efforts to come to Charleston Monday for a brief monthly interim committee meeting schedule. Not all lawmakers will be needed at the capitol because only three committees are meeting and all three on Monday. Interims are usually three days long. The meetings include the Commission on Special Investigations at 11 a.m., the Post Audits Subcommittee at 1 p.m. and the Joint Committee on Government and Finance at 2 p.m. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has already promised a special session in conjunction with next month’s interims. It will...
WINCHESTER, Va., — The life and service of former West Virginia Third District Congressman Mick Staton will be remembered in a memorial service set for Monday afternoon in Winchester, Virginia. The 74-year-old Staton died last week. “Certainly anyone who was elected 30 years ago as a Republican in West Virginia showed a lot of tenacity, a lot of strength and was a trailblazer for our movement and set the stage for the successes we are having right now,” West Virginia Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas said. File This was Mick Staton during his one-term in the U.S. House 1981-1983. Staton, a Parkersburg native, lived...
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Law enforcement from three states are planning a series of campaigns in the coming weeks aimed at one of the state’s most deadly stretches of highway. Interstate 81 flows through West Virginia for only a few miles, but it has an abnormally high amount of accidents and fatalities. “People are impatient and that’s why we have a lot of problems,” said Sgt. J.D. Burkhart of the West Virginia State Police. “People drive too fast; they’re talking on their cell phones and texting.  We have a lot of crashes and too many fatalities.” The highway is heavy congested and most...

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Charleston, WVa – November 25, 2013 — Thousands of West Virginians will be preparing meals and traveling in inclement weather throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The American Red Cross has safety tips for the kitchen and for the highway.  more... (pdf)


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