Many in flood zones don't carry flood insurance

Aug 10, 2016
Flooding is the most expensive — and most frequent — natural disaster.
Lerry Linger, a resident of Martinsburg, W. Va. sits by her bed in the van she's been sleeping in as she volunteers at a donation station in Clendenin.
Anne Li

Twenty years after welfare reform, we return to West Virginia

May 12, 2016
Josephine Moore faced the "end of welfare as we knew it." Now, she's treading water.
Josephine Moore (right) at home in Kermit, West Virginia, with her daughter, Carolina, and grandson, Latham. 
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Without energy, West Virginia's economy is flat, and that's a problem

May 9, 2016
Relatively few West Virginians work in coal mines, but those that do have nowhere to go.
A man buys a hat before a rally for Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump in Charleston, West Virginia on Thursday.

Coal mining jobs in West Virginia aren't coming back

May 9, 2016
Neither politicians nor policies can undo what the market's done to coal.
West Virginia's primary is Tuesday. Hillary Clinton has said, "We're going to put a lot of coal miners out of business." Donald Trump promised, "We're going to put the miners back to work." Above, signs at a Charleston, West Virginia, rally on Thursday.


Dow DuPont merger spells uncertainty in West Virginia

Feb 29, 2016
Some fear job losses, others have questions about environmental cleanup
State agencies in West Virginia estimate DuPont was one of the top five private employers in the state until 2006. Today it’s dropped to 40th, and a major portion of the company has been spun off into a new company called Chemours, the stat'e's 36th largest employer. 
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A common cause of train derailments: broken track

Oct 9, 2015
Authorities want railroad owners to do a better job inspecting and repairing.

'No one will declare the water safe' in West Virginia

Feb 12, 2014
Residents and business owners continue to use bottled water in wake of last month's chemical oil spill

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Details emerge about the company behind the chemical spill in West Virginia

Jan 13, 2014
After a chemical spill last week, West Virginia is working to flush away contaminants in the water. But where is the regulation?