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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...

Judge asked to loosen gag order in Blankenship criminal case

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- A lawyer for The Charleston Gazette and other media organizations this morning urged a federal judge to loosen restrictions on information about Don Blankenship’s criminal case, and Blankenship’s defense team indicated...

Oliver Luck leaving WVU to fill role with NCAA
Oliver Luck leaving WVU to fill role with NCAA

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia University is in the market for a new athletic director.

Oliver Luck, the former Mountaineer quarterback who moved the school’s athletic department forward rapidly -- but not always popularly to some --...

Missing Nicholas man found dead

CRAIGSVILLE, W.Va. -- A Nicholas County man reported missing on Saturday has been found dead near Craigsville.

Richard Allen Workman, 48, of Summersville, was last seen by his parents on Dec. 11, and was reported missing on Saturday, according...

Charles Town to acquire part of Charles Washington’s estate

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. – Charles Town plans to acquire 10 acres surrounding city founder Charles Washington’s home, Happy Retreat.

The Journal reports that City Council approved a contract this week with the Friends of Happy Retreat....

Caterpillar moving call center from Va. to W.Va.

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – Caterpillar Inc. says it is moving a call center from Pearisburg, Virginia, to Bluefield, West Virginia.

Media outlets report 24 jobs will be transferred to a former AAA auto club facility.

Janet Bailey of the...

State unemployment rate drops to 6.3 percent

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent in November.

WorkForce West Virginia says that rate compares to 6.5 percent in October. It says the number of unemployed state residents ...

County approves Vienna’s annexation of former plant site

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – Vienna officials plan to clean up a former Johns Manville plant site and redevelop it.

Media outlets report that the Wood County Commission approved the city’s petition to annex the property this week....

Jay looks back on 30 years in the Senate
Jay looks back on 30 years in the Senate

Did we torture people over the last 13 years?

“Yeah,” said Sen. Jay Rockefeller. “Sure did.”

Rockefeller, a member and former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which last week released its...

Christmas parade floats, literally, to Capitol on Saturday
Christmas parade floats, literally, to Capitol on Saturday

Since many of the area Christmas parades were rained out this season, the folks at Pier 54 Marina, near Dunbar, decided to cruise up river to Charleston this Saturday evening.

Ten or so boats, all decked out with Christmas lights, are scheduled...

Mitch Vingle: WVU to review Classic after D’Antoni ‘poke’

When Marshall basketball coach Dan D’Antoni uttered his now infamous remarks, I was standing just a few feet away.

“They back out now,” D’Antoni said, referring to the series with WVU, “they’re afraid of ...

MU football notes: Cato. Johnson earn All-America mention
MU football notes: Cato. Johnson earn All-America mention

HUNTINGTON — They were responsible for 5,836 yards and 61 touchdowns, and Rakeem Cato and Devon Johnson are earning some national “pub” for it.

Cato and Johnson were named honorable mention All-...

Herd holds off King

HUNTINGTON — In a contest that resembled more of a “Horse” contest than a basketball game, Marshall finally shed its losing streak.

It wasn’t easy, though, as King University was happy to...

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