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‘A serious corrosion problem’ found: As Freedom tanks come down, CSB says MCHM started leaking long before Jan. 9 discovery
KENNY KEMP | Gazette
‘A serious corrosion problem’ found: As Freedom tanks come down, CSB says MCHM started leaking long before Jan. 9 discovery

Citing “extensive corrosion,” federal investigators said an MCHM chemical storage tank at the Freedom Industries site along the Elk River likely was leaking prior to the Jan. 9 spill that contaminated the drinking water for 300,000...

Payment plan reached on coal company’s back taxes

WELCH, W.Va. – McDowell County and Mechel Bluestone Inc. have reached an agreement on a payment plan for the remainder of back taxes owed by the Russian coal company.

Sheriff Martin West says an initial payment of $55,000 has been...

In Short: July 17-23, 2014

Third Eye Cabaret

Third Eye Cabaret returns in a new location — Timothy’s Lounge, 1022 Quarrier St. — at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Performers this week are acoustic blues singer Bobby Altmann, rapper Tiffany...

North-central W.Va. youth organization to close

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central West Virginia says it will close its offices at the end of the month because of funding cuts.

The Morgantown-based organization pairs youth with adult mentors in Harrison,...

‘RFC’ features InFormation

This week’s “RFC MINI SHOW,” online at the PopCult blog (, dives into the vault for two songs — including a never-before-seen one — by local rock band InFormation that were recorded in May ...

7 W.Va. councils get funding to develop job growth

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Seven public-private regional councils in West Virginia will receive $70,000 grants apiece to produce economic development strategies that support creating jobs.

The grants from the U.S. Economic Development...

West Virginia awards $1.3 million in arts grants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – About $1.3 million in art grants have been awarded to 55 organizations and 25 individual artists across West Virginia.

The state Commission on the Arts and the Division of Culture and History announced the grants...

Unemployment rate falls slightly in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Unemployment in West Virginia fell slightly in June.

WorkForce West Virginia says June’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from May.


Kanawha officials perplexed by spike in jail bill

Kanawha County officials are trying to figure out what’s responsible for a recent spike in the bill for housing prisoners at the South Central Regional Jail.

The county’s jail bill jumped more...

Lawyers deciding how to proceed in local employer birth-control case

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against them last month, attorneys for the federal government want more time to decide their next move in a lawsuit filed against it by South Charleston car dealer Joe Holland over whether he can refuse to pay for...

Freedom Industries site demolition begins
Freedom Industries site demolition begins

As another brief summer storm rolled through Tuesday afternoon, Mark Welch was watching the clock and monitoring the skies, hoping everything would line up perfectly so he could get moving on the next step in ridding the Kanawha Valley of the now-...

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Wednesday cartoon

Howard Swint: W.Va. should not fall for Mooney

When blind ambition is combined with Washington politics a candidate’s true character starts to show, especially the closer they come to grasping the brass ring.

In the case of Alex Mooney, the Republican nominee for West...

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