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MU’s President Kopp dies of an apparent heart attack
MU’s President Kopp dies of an apparent heart attack

Stephen Kopp, the 36th president of Marshall University, died Wednesday evening of an apparent heart attack, Huntington Police and Marshall University confirmed.

Details were not immediately available. Kopp apparently suffered a heart attack at...

Waiting list for in-home care program slashed

A streamlined application process for in-home care for elderly and disabled West Virginians has reduced the wait-list for the program from more than 2,500 people last year to fewer than 1,500 currently, Cindy Beane, a deputy commissioner for the state ...

Manchin defends spending bill, surgeon general votes

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., defended his vote against the $1.1 trillion “omnibus bill” passed by Congress passed last weekend, and his vote against the president’s nominee as U.S. surgeon general, during a telephone press...

Teachers’ union, elementary principals concerned about administrator raises

A Kanawha County teachers’ union says the extra pay local school board members recently gave middle and high school principals and assistant principals is unfair to teachers, who the union argues are underpaid.

Superintendent Ron...

UC sports center to add academic functions with $5M donation
UC sports center to add academic functions with $5M donation

The University of Charleston announced a $5 million donation Wednesday that will expand its planned sports center to include academic functions and put the building on track for completion about a year and a half from now.

The building will be...

West Side man killed in morning shooting
West Side man killed in morning shooting

A West Side man was shot and killed in front of his residence Wednesday morning.

Winston Thomas, 47, was shot multiple times in front of his home on Hunt Avenue and died on his porch, Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives for the Charleston...

Judge asked to loosen gag order in Blankenship criminal case

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- A lawyer for the Charleston Gazette and other media organizations on Wednesday urged a federal judge to loosen restrictions on information about Don Blankenship’s criminal case.

Also, Blankenship’s defense team...

Editorial: Hurrah for action on Cuba

For more than a half-century, Washington has branded Cuba an “enemy” that must be starved into submission as part of the long-gone Cold War. America’s embargo seeks to wreck the island’s economy and block life-sustaining...

Kathy Smith: We must stop criminalizing children for missing school

By Kathy Smith

Last week, the West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice issued a report and recommendations to reform the state’s juvenile justice system. I was honored that Gov. Tomblin appointed me to this task...

The gift that keeps on giving: Idiot Box’s 9th annual character gift guide
The gift that keeps on giving: Idiot Box’s 9th annual character gift guide

There are only seven shopping days left until Christmas, and I haven’t bought any of my gifts yet — for the recipients on my annual character gift guide, that is. With Christmas just a week away, I’ve decided to start my...

In Short: Dec. 18-24, 2014

Mall music

Charleston Town Center closes out its season of holiday music in Macy’s Court on Saturday with the Glenville State University Brass Ensemble, which will perform throughout the day. A dozen other groups also perform Thursday and ...

Total Meltdown makes ‘RFC’ debut
Total Meltdown makes ‘RFC’ debut

Total Meltdown debuts this week on the “RFC MINI SHOW,” online now at the PopCult log ( The band uses traditional mountain instruments to interpret modern songs in a progressive instrumental style all its own....

Prison nurse charged with tampering with an informant

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- A physician’s assistant working at the Federal Correctional Institute in Beckley was indicted Wednesday and charged with tampering with an informant.

Scotty Rose allegedly told an inmate that another inmate inside the...

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