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Summer sun means ultraviolet dangers; T-shirts are little help

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Did you know that the average T-shirt has a lower than 15 SPF rating when talking about protecting your child from harmful UV rays? It takes only 15 minutes for sun to damage your skin. And cases of skin cancer top the list of cancers nationally, with 20% of Americans and roughly as many West[Read More…]

Alpha Natural Resources’ vice president to chair VCEA

LEBANON, Va. — Donald “Donnie” Ratliff has been named the new chairman of the Virginia Coal and Energy Alliance Inc.  Ratliff, Alpha Natural Resources’  vice president of state governmental affairs for Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Wyoming, assumed the new post with VCEA effective in June. Prior to that, he served on the VCEA board. VCEA is a non-profit[Read More…]

At The Capitol: Taxes, health care and scheduling

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It may come as a surprise to anyone who has been audited by the Tax Division, but a legislative audit released earlier this month found the state has failed to collect more than $298 million of delinquent taxes over the past 10 years. Using the GenTax tax software system to[Read More…]

‘Brew Skies Festival’ features live music and W.Va. microbrew

THOMAS, W.Va. – Fans of live music and West Virginia craft beers will again have the chance to experience both at the third annual “Brew Skies Festival” Friday and Saturday, July 25th & 26th, at Canaan Valley State Park. Sponsored by Mountain State Brewing Co. in Thomas, WV, the festival features a[Read More…]

Helpful tax websites

Online portal to state business services:  www.business4wv.com   West Virginia Tax Department website: www.wvtax.gov   Procedures for registering a business with the state Tax Department are explained in Publication TSD-360, posted online at Registration procedures for TSD-360, Registration Procedures for Businesses: http://www.state.wv.us/taxrev/publications/tsd/tsd360.pdf   Registered business taxpayers can view and update account information, file and amend[Read More…]

Gov. Tomblin: DMV online initiative helping West Virginians

By Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin CHARLESTON, W.Va — Technology changes the way we do many things, from communicating with each other to paying bills. It also provides opportunity for government – especially state government – to be more efficient and accessible to its citizens. With this in mind, the West[Read More…]

Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival’s entertainment schedule offers diverse talents

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — With nearly continuous entertainment and learning experiences, the 19th Annual MOV Multi-Cultural Festival is set for June 20 at the Parkersburg City Park. An African theme opens the Friday-Sunday festival with Kenya Safari Acrobats, a Kenyan Acrobat/Dance Troupe; and Jabali Afrika, featuring  irreplaceable rhythms of East Africa; joining the Ugata Drummers.Other entertainment includes The Freedom Band, with its Reggae sounds, and  Visinata, an ethnic tribute dance band[Read More…]

Girl Scouts of Black Diamond discuss the state of girls in our region

Panelist gave their views on how to create the next generation of female leaders   CHARLESTON, W.VA. —  The Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council (GSBDC) gathered an assembly of female leaders in education, politics, business and the community to share their knowledge and provide their input on the potential opportunities[Read More…]

Sen. Rockefeller looks at role of advanced communications technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, is working to make sure communications systems keep West Virginians safe and connected during emergencies like the 2012 derecho. Rockefeller this week sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) which requested[Read More…]

At the Capitol: Legislators deal with special session and interims

WVPA Note: “At the Capitol’ is a legislative column provided as a member service to our newspapers for statewide publication. CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Legislators found themselves juggling both a special session and regularly scheduled May interim meetings this month in Charleston. On the plus side, in the special session, legislators appropriated[Read More…]

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