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Covenant House provides shelter, other needs, for homeless

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Willie Leach was on his way to Seattle when he hopped off the Greyhound bus he was riding and decided Charleston would be his home.

“I saw that water, that Kanawha River …” Leach said. “...

Covenant House fills gap after benefit cuts

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After the federal budget cuts known as “the sequester” took effect in 2013, millions of Americans lost benefits, including SNAP — a federal assistance program also known as...

St. Paul and the Broken Bones rock ‘Mountain Stage’

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Paul Janeway brought the gospel to Charleston, as he and his band St. Paul and the Broken Bones shook Mountain Stage with thunderous spirit on Sunday night.

Janeway, from Alabama, was brought up in the Pentecostal ...

Recyclable materials to be taken to Charleston landfill

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The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority will have to start hauling some of the materials at Slack Street — the county’s recycling facility — to the city’s landfill beginning today, said its d...

Housing authority director, staff get raises

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The agency’s director, Mark Taylor, will also get his first raise in five years.

“The whole time that Mark has been our executive director or CEO, we’ve done a great deal of work. He’s b...

Charleston CVB conducting sports marketing study

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The Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau launched this week a market study to figure out how the city and county can benefit from its largest tourism market--competitive sports.

CVB President and CEO Alisa Bai...

East End developing smartphone app

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Getting access to and information about the offerings of Charleston’s East End could get easier after the first of the year. That’s when East End Main Street hopes to launch its smartphone application, said...

Council could change sick leave accrual citywide

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Three bills introduced at Monday’s Charleston City Council meeting would change sick leave and overtime for city employees.

Under the proposed ordinances, Charleston city employees, including firefighters an...

Kroger wants gas station lot by end of year

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Kroger wants to close on a contract to purchase a long-vacant corner lot on Charleston’s West Side before the end of the year, Great Expectations realtor Duke Jordan said.

“Everybody’s waiting ...

Hilton hotel could come to downtown Charleston

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Charleston Urban Renewal Authority is waiting for an official agreement between a developer and the Hilton chain before selling property on Quarrier Street in downtown Charleston.

CURA Director Jim Edwards confirme...

Summit digs into persistence of U.S. racism

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The United States is becoming more diverse, said Mike Wenger, researcher and professor of race at George Washington University.

Wenger, who spoke at Tuesday’s Summit on Race Matters in Appalachia, said it&#x...

Race summit to grow conversation in state

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Tara Martinez, director of the West Virginia Women’s Coalition, said her job with the state’s Department of Agriculture became more difficult after she changed her last name to her biologi...

Votes against city sales tax could lead to new mayor, council

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Some City Council members’ attempts at re-election hinge on whether Mayor Danny Jones runs for a fourth term — while Jones says City Council’s support of his proposals might impact his decision.

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Seeking shelter: Large families struggle to find affordable housing in Kanawha Valley

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Two days after he was born on June 21 at CAMC Women and Children’s, Nathon Payne joined his parents and five young siblings in a single room at Sojourner’s Shelter, a 75-bed, temporary housing facility for ...

Daymark founder honored, earning $25,000 for group

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Daymark founder Ardath Francke has been named one of the winners of a national award, and the group she founded will get $25,000 as a result.

Francke was one of eight honorees chosen for ...

Council passes sales tax hike

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Charleston City Council raised the city’s sales tax to 1 percent on Monday night.

The measure passed 17-8, with dissenting votes from council members Chris Dodrill, Adam Knauff, Samuel Minardi, Mike Nichols,...

Catholic diocese to hike rent at Riverview Terrace; tenants not happy

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Current and former tenants of Riverview Terrace Apartments believe the rents are becoming too high, as the building’s owner — the local Catholic diocese — continues to work to convert the Kanawha Bou...

Morrisey sues owner of Dirty Girl Mud Run

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a lawsuit on Friday against Human Movement Management, the Colorado-based company charged with imple...

State Supreme Court upholds firefighter overtime pay decision

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The state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a Kanawha Circuit Court decision that ruled that the city’s Firemen’s Civil Service Commission correctly stated it did not have jurisdiction to address Charleston ...

Cat ordinance removed from Charleston City Council agenda

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Charleston City Council’s proposed nuisance cat ordinance has been pulled from Monday’s full council meeting agenda, Mayor Danny Jones said on Thursday.

“I pulled the bill to give myself and a ...

Director: 2014 HallowEast was the best yet

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This year’s HallowEast was the most successful one to date, said East End Main Street Director Ric Cavender.

Cavender told board members during the group’s monthly meeting Wednesday that all of the we...

City Council panel passes nuisance cat ordinance

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Organizations charged with implementing parts of a proposed nuisance cat ordinance in Charleston said they lack the resources to do so.

But Charleston City Council’s ordinance and rules committee passed the ...

Summit on racial issues to be held next month

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Conversations about race and racism in the United States often take place in the wake of incidents like the recent shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. Some West Virginians hope to have a quieter talk abou...

Kanawha Solid Waste Authority to take over Slack Street facility

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The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority has severed its ties with the company that ran the county’s recycling center on Slack Street.

Instead, the authority will take over the facility itself, Charleston Ci...

Building commissioner: vacant structure law already making impact

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The city should focus on tearing down vacant and dilapidated properties, rather than placing liens upon them, Building Commissioner Tony Harmon said during Wednesday’s Strong Neighborhoods Task Force meeting.

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Proposed Civic Center redesigns “embrace” river

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The first renderings of Charleston Civic Center upgrades — unveiled at a meeting of the City Council finance committee Monday — show glass facades, lofty walkways and enhanced riverfront landscaping. While ...

Yoga studio holds benefit for owner

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Sometimes a person does everything right: regular exercise, a healthy diet. Sometimes it doesn’t matter.

That’s what April Woody, owner of The Folded Leaf yoga studio at Bridge Road in Charleston, lea...

Pumpkin plummet: Students use math, science, engineering to save their squash

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The smell of fresh, wet squash was everywhere. The crowd roared — despite the cool October drizzle — as more than 30 pumpkins survived a 50-foot drop or became pie filling.

The 16th annual Capital Cit...

Yeager Airport reopened

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Yeager Airport has been reopened following reports that four Delta workers were exposed Wednesday night to a chemical in the airport’s baggage area.

The airport was closed for about three hours.

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Jones still weighing run for fourth term

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With six weeks until filing begins for Charleston’s 2015 election, Mayor Danny Jones won’t say whether he’ll make a run for a fourth term.

“I’m not talking,” Jones said whe...

CURA buys downtown Charleston’s former B&B Loans building

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The former B&B Loans building, located on the corner of Summers Street and Brawley Walkway, in downtown Charleston, has been purchased by the Charleston Urban Renewal ...

CURA to assist in West Side police housing

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Ten Charleston police officers and their families will get money from the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority to help buy homes on the city’s West Side, after CURA board members voted Wednesday to give $200,000 ove...

Third party candidates protest debate

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Two candidates for West Virginia’s U.S. Senate seat stood in the rain, mouths taped shut, in protest of Tuesday evening’s debate, which only featured Democrat and Republican candidates.

“One of...

Home rule board approves proposed Charleston sales tax

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Charleston City Council will vote on its proposed sales tax increase in November, City Attorney Paul Ellis said during Monday evening’s Finance Committee meeting.

The state’s Municipal Home Rule board...

Moving up: Washington Manor residents say development has improved

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Washington Manor, the public housing complex in downtown Charleston, has long been known for its history of violence and drug deals, a place where pizza delivery drivers and taxi cabs often refused to go. But some of tha...

Rod Run kicks off on boulevard

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There were more cars lining Kanawha Boulevard at 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon than Rod Run & Doo Wop volunteer Cindy Moffatt believes she has ever seen before.

“It’s been pretty smooth, really,ȁ...

City to publish unpaid trash, fire fee accounts

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If you haven’t paid your refuse or fire protection fees, everyone will know it soon enough. The city of Charleston is publishing, beginning today, the most delinquent accounts that contribute to its collective $3....

Kanawha Senate candidates talk guns, W.Va.’s future

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Republican newcomer Ed Gaunch, who is running for the state Senate in the 8th District, supports home rule for West Virginia’s cities, including allowing cities to establish their own gun laws.

“I thi...