West Virginia

No matter their politics, West Virginians want their water regulated. 

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The water quality in Sochi’s hotels has been making headlines lately, but that’s nothing compared to what thousands of Americans are experiencing after two recent chemical spills.

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Over the weekend, West Virginia authorities lifted the last remaining tap-water ban in effect since a January 9 chemical spill at the Freedom Industries plant in Charleston contaminated the water supply of 300,000 people.

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As West Virginia’s residents were being warned away from their water, the majority party in Congress was trying to prop the door open for another disaster.

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UPDATE: We reported in the story below that Speaker of the House John Boehner received $5,000 in donations last year from Doug Simmons, the vice president of sales and marketing at Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the recent chemical leak in West Virginia. This reporting was based on a campaign finance filing that showed a $5,000 contribution from a Doug Simons, who listed his employer as Freedom Industries.

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Sixteen percent of West Virginia's population was stranded by the chemical spill. But just a decade ago, the number would have been far smaller.

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A Hard Film to Swallow

The anti-drug documentary that West Virginians refuse to watch

The anti-drug documentary that West Virginians refuse to watch.

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Several high-profile Democratic governors seem to think gun control is no longer an issue to avoid. Will they be proven right?

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When West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller announced this morning that he won't seek reelection to the Senate in 2014, political commentators immediately downgraded Democrats' chances of holding his Senate seat. Politico wrote that Rockefeller’s retirement put the seat in deeply conservative “in play,” while The Fix’s Sean Sullivan said that Rockefeller’s retirement "boosted" Republican hopes.

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Why do so many people in Washington think it will be impossible to tighten gun control?

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