Archive for May 2007

Coyote hunt club wants state money to pay bounties

May 31, 2007

By Beth Vorhees
Doug Prichard has his sights set on West Virginia’s coyotes. He heads the Smokie Hill Coyote Hunt Club. He pays $25 for each coyote killed. Prichard is seeking state assistance to help pay for the rewards.  He spoke to “West Virginia Morning” host Beth Vorhees.

Jefferson Co. development case heading to Supreme Court

May 31, 2007

By Cecelia Mason
The WV Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in one of the Eastern Panhandle’s most controversial development cases. A developer who was denied a permit to build houses on battlefield land near Shepherdstown is asking the court to reverse the county’s decision. The Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association has challenged the development. (2:57)

Longview power plant construction under way

May 31, 2007

By Emily Corio
After several years of hearings and protest, the Longview power plant is under construction. Company officials and politicians gathered in Monongalia Co. Wednesday morning to break ground. There were no protesters in sight. Instead, the company chartered two buses to bring in state officials who have shown support for the project.

Why West Virginia has no death penalty

May 30, 2007

By Beth Vorhees 

A federal jury has returned the death penalty for to Mingo county residents convicted of murdering a drug informant. George Lecco and Valerie Friend face the first death sentences in WV in more than 40 years, for federal charges. 

In WV courts, there is no death penalty, one of 12 states without one since 1965. Jack Canfield was Gov. Hulett Smith’s press secretary when the death penalty was abolished in the state.

Justice says McGraw, not Blankenship, decided election

May 29, 2007

By Scott Finn

In 2004, Republican Brent Benjamin knocked off then-Supreme Court Justice Warren McGraw in the nastiest and most expensive court race in West Virginia history.

Most of the money spent on that race came from outside groups – trial lawyers went after Benjamin, while business groups and Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship attacked McGraw. Blankenship alone spent an estimated $3 million on the race.

Now for the first time, Justice Benjamin is talking at length about that race. He says he won because of McGraw’s mistakes, not Blankenship’s money. Scott Finn reports.

Cabell county targeting businesses that owe taxes

May 29, 2007

By Kristin Murdock 

Delinquent businesses owe Cabell County more than one million dollars for the past two tax years. Now the county has a way to make them pay up.  A 2004 bill regarding personal property taxes went into effect last year. The law gives delinquent business owners two choices: pay up or lose your business license.Cabell County sheriff Kim Wolfe plans to start shutting down businesses on July 1.

WV customers to pay for power line

May 29, 2007

By Emily Corio

Allegheny Power has updated its application to build a high voltage power line through North-Central West Virginia.  For one, the price tag has increased, and now West Virginia customers will have to pick up some of the cost. Emily Corio reports.