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Dominion plant on track to open in W.Va.

Oct. 26, 2012 @ 07:34 AM

NATRIUM, W.Va. — A $500 million Dominion Resources natural gas processing plant is on track to open later this year in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle.

Construction of the plant is under way along the Ohio River in Natrium in Marshall County.

Dominion spokesman Charles Penn tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that the plant is still expected to begin operations in December.

Penn says 903 construction workers are building the plant, including 299 local workers.

Members of the Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation have criticized Richmond, Va.-based Dominion and the contractor for not hiring more local construction workers.

Once completed, the plant will employ 40 to 45 permanent workers.

It will process 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.

Amazon posts 3Q result below Wall St. projection
NEW YORK — Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, reported third-quarter results below Wall Street’s expectations, including a large loss that was weighed by its stake in online deals service LivingSocial.

Amazon.com Inc. posted a loss of $274 million, or 60 cents per share, in the July-September period. That’s down from earnings of $63 million, or 14 cents per share, a year earlier.

The latest quarter’s results include a loss of 37 cents per share related to Amazon’s stake in LivingSocial. Without this charge, it still would have lost 23 cents per share, worse than what analysts are expecting.

Revenue grew 27 percent to $13.81 billion, from $10.88 billion, falling short of analysts’ expectations.

UMW sues Peabody, Arch for Patriot benefits
CHARLESTON — The United Mine Workers of America is suing Arch Coal and Peabody Energy in southern West Virginia over pension and health-care benefits for bankrupt Patriot Coal Corp.’s active and retired miners.

Peabody spun off Patriot in November 2007, and Patriot later acquired mines that Arch spun off into Magnum Coal.

The lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court in Charleston says Arch and Peabody set up spinoff companies to rid themselves of their benefits obligations.

But it argues they are still responsible for those benefits under the federal Employee Retirement and Income Securities Act.

Some 10,000 miners and another 10,000 dependents in West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio are affected.

WorkForce WV opens new computer center
HUNTINGTON — WorkForce West Virginia’s new public computer center in Huntington will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning Oct. 27.

The public and students can use the free high speed public computer center for resume preparation, online job searches and applications, and research papers or homework assignments.

The computer center can also help individuals get their GED online and participate in online classes and training. The public computer centers are funded by a grant from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 

WorkForce West Virginia unemployment compensation and job services will not be available during Saturday hours.

The Huntington office is located at 2699 Park Avenue, Suite 240. More information and a list of all WorkForce West Virginia locations are available online at www.workforcewv.org or by calling 800-252-5627.