West Virginia

Essential Pittsburgh
2:26 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

West Virginia: From Cool Restaurants to the Thrill of a Lifetime

A man in a wheelchair base jumps off the New River Gorge Bridge on Bridge Day 2013
Credit Jeremy Markovich / Flickr

West Virginia holds the distinction of being the only state formed by seceding from a confederate state.

The signs welcoming you to West Virginia proclaim it wild and wonderful. This week, the always wonderful Elaine Labalme, takes us to our neighboring state to the south.

She recommends some great restaurants in Morgantown and talks about the New River Gorge Bridge.  For the thrill seekers out there, base jumping off of the New River Gorge Bridge on Bridge Day may interest you.

Learn more about the 35th Anniversary of Bridge Day, happening this weekend. 

Environment & Energy
10:32 am
Fri January 17, 2014

PA Chemical Tank Laws Tougher Than West Virginia

Chemical storage tanks on Neville Island, west of Pittsburgh.
Credit Julie Grant / The Allegheny Front

The chemical leak at Freedom Industries that left 300,000 people without water in West Virginia brings up questions in other states, like Pennsylvania, about the possibility of other water contamination catastrophes. There have been spills into Pennsylvania waterways before, and regulators say those incidents have led to more strict laws here. Regulators say a spill is less likely here than in West Virginia, but clean water advocates aren't so sure.

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Environment
3:47 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Local Nonprofit Provides Aid to West Virginians Affected by Chemical Spill

About 300,000 residents in West Virginia are still without water for a fourth day, and one local organization is lending a helping hand to make sure residents have water to drink, cook with and bathe in.

Brother’s Brother Foundation is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that provides disaster relief across the globe, and right here at home.

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