Business - WTRF 7 News Sports Weather - Wheeling Steubenville

2014 West Virginia Broadband Conference highlights NTIA grant

Updated:

At the West Virginia Broadband Conference: Investing in the Future, at the Charleston Mariott Town Center Aug. 19, presenters highlighted the multiple sectors in the Mountain State's 11 planning and development regions that received monetary funds through a grant by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the United State Department of Commerce. More>>

Program That Tracks Purchases of Pseudoephedrine at Drugstores Making Dent in West Virginia Meth Trade Video included

Updated:

A program that keeps track of who is buying pseudoephedrine at drugstores is apparently making a dent in the meth lab business. More>>

Toyota pledges $1 million during Advanced Technology Center of South Central W.Va. opening

Updated:

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin cut the ceremonial ribbon to dedicate the first of two state-of-the-art Advanced Technology Centers in West Virginia.

More>>

Downstream Strategies, partners to help Barbados with ecosystem planning

Updated:

West Virginia-based Downstream Strategies, along with partner organizations, have launched a consultancy with government in Barbados.
More>>

United Mine Workers president Roberts re-elected

Updated:

The union's membership includes thousands of coal miners, health care workers, truck drivers, manufacturing workers and public employees throughout the United States and Canada. More>>

Community Health details attack on patient records

Updated:

Community Health Systems Inc. is notifying patients affected by the attack and offering them identity theft protection services. The company owns, leases or operates 206 hospitals in 29 states. More>>

Commission rejects Mountaineer horse race proposal

Linda Harris / The State Journal file photo Linda Harris / The State Journal file photo
Updated:

The West Virginia Racing Commission has rejected Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort's proposal to end December horse racing. More>>

Parents must prepare for back-to-school season, too

Updated:

At Glenville State College in Gilmer County, lots of energy goes into recruiting the state's high school graduates. Several initiatives, from bringing students on campus for tours and assigning mentors to summer camps, are aimed at getting students more familiar with the concept — and importance — of higher education. More>>

Theatre partners with Boys and Girls Club

Updated:

The Jeslyn Performing Arts Center of Huntington is taking part in a new project with the American Ballet Theatre and the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington. More>>

Huntington works on new skate park

Updated:

After a number of delays, the City of Huntington finally is ready to break ground for the community's long-awaited skateboard park. The new skatepark will be located at the western end of Harris Riverfront Park, where the groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 26. More>>

Shepherdstown Day Care center offers care for all income levels

Updated:

Back in 1973, Shepherdstown Day Care Inc. Child Development Center became the first nonprofit child care facility in Jefferson County. At that time, according to its website, staff had room to care for up to 20 children.
More>>

WVU water research presented at Pittsburgh conference

Updated:

Drinking water in the Upper Ohio River basin is safe to drink, but it is still vital that the monitoring of run-off into the region's rivers and creeks be continued. More>>

Another of Huntington's ornate buildings goes condo

Updated:

For decades, Huntington Arcade was one of the most fashionable addresses in the city's downtown. Now, developer Dennis Johnson has invested $2.5 million in providing a new chapter in the arcade's history.  More>>

Cabell County Library to open new branch

JAMES E. CASTO / For The State Journal: Cabell County’s new Cox Landing Library will be dedicated Aug. 16. JAMES E. CASTO / For The State Journal: Cabell County’s new Cox Landing Library will be dedicated Aug. 16.
Updated:

The Cabell County Public Library will dedicate its newest branch library in ceremonies set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. More>>

Officials: water quality perceptions blur WV reality

JIM WORKMAN / The State Journal JIM WORKMAN / The State Journal
Updated:

Perception and reality may seem blurry sometimes. Case in point: A July 31 article in the Washington Post, “Did a chemical spill soak West Virginia's whitewater industry?” claimed a reason “visitors are down along the New River Gorge” this year can be traced to a Jan. 9 MCHM chemical spill by Freedom Industries into the Elk River. More>>

GreenWood marks 3 million safe hours

Updated:

The employees of GreenWood Inc., an integrated maintenance, operations and construction solutions provider, recently celebrated 3 million safe hours at its West Virginia Operations project in South Charleston. More>>

Unexpected victory: As the ‘War on Poverty' turns 50 this month, one West Virginian recalls how the Mountain State piloted unconventional methods to turn the tide

LINDA HARRIS / The State Journal: Ed Flowers LINDA HARRIS / The State Journal: Ed Flowers
Updated:

Accustomed as we West Virginians are to being the butt of bad jokes, there was a time in our not-so-distant history when the Mountain State was not only winning the “War on Poverty,” but was showing everyone else how to do it, too. More>>

Changing family dynamics changes career choices

Updated:

Should I have children now or embark on a career and start a family later? That question has evolved yet again from choosing between a family or career to choosing between staying in a career or leaving that career to care for aging and sick parents, or some other unexpected life event. More>>

Three-wheeled Elio commuter car gets closer to going on sale

Updated:

Phoenix-based Elio plans to start making the cars next fall at a former General Motors plant in Shreveport, Louisiana. Already, more than 27,000 people have reserved one. Elio hopes to make 250,000 cars a year by 2016. That's close to the number Mazda sells in the U.S. More>>

US EPA awards $70,000 to assess riverbank in Chester, WV, for contaminants

Updated:

Local leaders say a newly awarded $70,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assess and prepare a remediation plan for a riverfront property in Chester removes a major hurdle to its redevelopment.
More>>

App IDs eligible foods for West Virginia WIC participants

Updated:

Participants in the WIC program can use a smartphone application to identify items they can purchase. More>>

Marketing expert wants to showcase WV in best light

Photo courtesy of Justin Seibert Photo courtesy of Justin Seibert
Updated:

When Justin Seibert left West Virginia to attend college in Nashville, he didn’t necessarily have intentions of returning. More>>

Using locally grown foods to revitalize economy focus of upcoming workshop in Huntington, WV

Courtesy: Heritage Farm Museum Courtesy: Heritage Farm Museum
Updated:

Huntington residents can learn more about revitalizing the region and growing their economy by raising -- and consuming -- local foods at a two-day workshop beginning Monday, Aug. 18 at Heritage Farm Museum Village, 3300 Harvey Road.
More>>

WV Advanced Technology Center to host dedication ceremony

Updated:

The Advanced Technology Center of South Central West Virginia will be showcased at a dedication ceremony Aug. 19.

More>>

WV Retailers report success in battle against meth

Updated:

The West Virginia Retailers Association is lauding the most recent results from the state’s real-time pseudoephedrine block system, known as the National Precursor Log Exchange, or NPLEx.  More>>

New residence hall at West Virginia State University to open

W.Va. State University W.Va. State University
Updated:

West Virginia State University will open the first new residence hall on its campus since 1969. More>>

Morgantown, WV Farmers Market Gets National Recognition

Updated:

The American Farmland Trust released the list for the top 100 Farmers Markets. The Morgantown Farmers Market came in at number 11. More>>

WV tree headed to DC for vice president’s holiday

Updated:

The Dan and Bryan Trees tree farm in Shepherdstown has been chosen to supply a 12-foot Fraser fir tree for Christmas at the home of vice president Joe Biden.
More>>

Three families sue BOA over home loans

Updated:

Four individuals in Hancock and Ohio counties have sued Countrywide, claiming the lender encouraged them to borrow more than their property is worth. More>>

Marketplace Co-op planned for 70-year-old Romney building

Updated:

Several officials are supporting a request for a United States Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise Grant that would help complete the Hampshire County Co-Op and Heritage Marketplace. More>>

Train video targets tourism, education

Updated:

West Virginia state legislators directed funding to make a video featuring the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad and its impact on the economy of Hampshire County. More>>

Former Huntington plant building to be creative arts hub

Updated:

The Coalfield Development Corp. has received a $350,000 grant to help renovate a long-vacant building on Vernon Street in West Huntington. The non-profit organization plans to transform the old building into a creative arts-based hub.
More>>

AEP companies settle suit over WV plants

Updated:

American Electric Power subsidiaries settled lawsuits in two federal courts Aug. 1 to resolve allegations involving discharges from various sources at three coal-fired plants in West Virginia, prompting adherence to tighter emissions reductions standards. More>>

New Huntington trail honors Mike and Henriella Perry

JAMES E. CASTO / For The State Journal JAMES E. CASTO / For The State Journal
Updated:

Retired banker Mike Perry, founder of Heritage Farm Museum and Village, recalls that when he started his career, he could have spent his weekends playing golf. He didn’t. Instead, he began spending his time hunting down antiques. Over the years, what started out as a weekend hobby grew into a life-long passion. More>>

Celebrating birthdays by giving

Updated:

Two young girls in Ohio County decided to celebrate their birthdays by giving, and Crittenton Services Inc. was showered in gifts. More>>

Black lung rule: Sigh of relief, or industry chokehold?

Updated:

Miners in West Virginia and across the nation have been plagued by black lung disease for decades; but future generations may be able to breathe a little easier as a result of the recently-released rule created by the United States Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration. More>>

Jefferson County business park grows by building relationships

Photo courtesy of RAI Properties Photo courtesy of RAI Properties
Updated:

It’s not that Jim Ruland and his business partners aren’t looking to make money with their money. But the investment group behind RAI Properties and Burr Plaza in Kearneysville is smart enough to figure out that the success of the whole is defined by the success of its member parts.  More>>

Just peachy: ‘Tea Lady’ shares recipe for peach iced tea in honor of national peach month

MISSY SHEEHAN / For The State Journal MISSY SHEEHAN / For The State Journal
Updated:

It’s August, otherwise known as National Peach Month, and that means it’s time to celebrate one of the most beloved fruits of summer: you guessed it, peaches. More>>

United reports earnings growth

Updated:

United Bankshares reported strong growth in earnings in the second quarter thanks to an acquisition that was completed in January.
More>>

Partners purchase Ravenswood radio station

Updated:

Two businessmen have joined for a new venture on the radio airwaves.
More>>

Consumer advocacy group says Sissonville tops for home ownership in West Virginia

Updated:

A consumer advocacy website has ranked Sissonville at the head of its list of the top 10 communities for home ownership in West Virginia.
More>>

Utility: chemical spill has cost $11M this year

Updated:

Quarterly filings show that the spill cost American Water $10.9 million in income. The company says the second quarter impact was $5 million. More>>

Wheeling, WV hospital trying to get more kids to wear bicycle helmets

Updated:

Children who are treated for bicycle-related injuries in the emergency departments at Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, WV and its sister hospital in Martins Ferry, Ohio, are leaving with new helmets. More>>

NCAA Votes for Greater Autonomy to Power 5 Conferences

Wealthiest conferences given ability to make rules, WVU's Holgorsen asked to weigh in on a number of issues pertaining to the future of college football.  More>>

Boone Memorial Hospital breaks ground for replacement facility in Madison, WV

Updated:

Boone Memorial Hospital broke ground for its new facility today in Madison, West Virginia.
More>>

Stonewall Jackson Lake Marina to Disconnect Electrical Boat Slips

Updated:

"The marina has 374 boat slips and 92 slips will be affected. We've upgraded everything for the entire marina, with the exception of electric service for individual boats," said Rudy Henley, Development and Asset Manager of Stonewall Jackson Lake Resort State Park. More>>

WV man pleads guilty in kickback scheme at Arch mine

Updated:

Evans and Runyon are among 10 men accused of participating in the kickback scheme. More>>

Details Emerge About Cabell Huntington, St. Mary’s Affiliation, now described as potential acquisition

Updated:

In a letter mailed to Cabell Huntington Hospital employees Aug. 5, its President and CEO Brent Marseteller outlines detail about “a potential acquisition of St. Mary’s Medical Center.”
More>>

Frontier Communications, union workers reach tentative contact agreement

Updated:

Frontier Communications and Communications Workers of America reached a tentative agreement Aug. 5 on a labor contract. More>>

Making memories at historic McFarland House

Updated:

On a recent Friday night in Martinsburg, the Historic McFarland House — built in 1878 — was aglow with excitement. More>>

Cabell Huntington Hospital in affiliation talks with St. Mary’s Medical Center

Updated:

Cabell Huntington Hospital confirmed Aug. 4 it is in discussions with St. Mary’s Medical Center “toward an affiliation.”
More>>

Ag tourism touted as way to boost rural economies in WV

Bloomery Plantation Distillery Bloomery Plantation Distillery
Updated:

A West Virginia mini-distillery is part of a growing agriculture tourism trend that advocates say can help revive struggling rural economies.  More>>

‘Meet Me in the Alley’ art exhibit debuts in Wheeling, WV

Photo courtesy of Bennett McKinley Photo courtesy of Bennett McKinley
Updated:

Wheeling photographer Bennett McKinley is ready to unveil a project he’s quietly been working on for the past three months. More>>

Mcdowell County groups team up for second expo

Updated:

McDowell County’s business leaders are hoping for a clear “October Sky.” That’s when the McDowell County Chamber of Commerce and the McDowell County Economic Development Authority will team up for the second annual Expo.  More>>