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UP: To lawmakers’ effort to extend the life of the coal-fired Pleasants Power Station past its 2022 closing date by giving it an exemption on state business and occupation taxes. However, Pleasants County officials and the folks at FirstEnergy Solutions should be careful not to simply kick the can down the road, but should instead take advantage of the potential extra time given to consider the words of Del. Evan Hansen, D-Monongalia, “We’re in the middle of a transition on where we get our electricity … We in the legislature have a responsibility to acknowledge that and do what we can to manage that transition so we have a just transition … so we’re not just giving tax break after tax break when these plants close.” Decision-makers connected to the Pleasants Power Station and the community as a whole should celebrate this potential second chance by preparing for the future, rather than reveling in an extension of the way things have always been.

UP: To private individuals such as Kelly Polinsky, who, with the help of space donated by Community Resources Inc., is able to present Kelly’s Closet, a shopping experience for children in foster or kinship care throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley. Before that space was offered, Polinsky operated the nonprofit out of her own basement. “Kelly’s Closet isn’t just about meeting basic clothing needs,” she said. “It’s about building self-worth and encouragement and giving back to our community.”

UP: To more federal funding for the expansion of W.Va. 2 to four lanes. Approximately $9.4 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation is expected to go toward the project, according to an announcement this week.