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Thousands expected at Saturday labor rally


Thousands of West Virginia workers plan to travel to the state Capitol to attend the “Mountaineer Workers Rising” rally at noon on Saturday to protest what they believe is an “anti-worker agenda ...

Contractors: Road spending will boost jobs


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia could gain almost 10,000 jobs and create nearly $1 billion in economic output if the state would devote more funds to fix the state’s crumbling roads and bridges, a contrac...

Reclamation costs among debts assumed by Justice with new purchase


When Jim Justice bought back his West Virginia mining operations from the Russian company he sold them to a few years earlier, the difference seemed stark.

In 2009, Justice sold his Bluestone Coal operations in Mc...

26 honored on state Civil Rights Day


The West Virginia Human Rights Commission honored 26 people who contributed to promoting equal rights for all state citizens at its 12th annual Civil Rights Day on Thursday.

“These people and individuals lik...

Derailed train first went through Putnam


WINFIELD — An oil train that derailed, destroying a house in Fayette County last week, first came through Putnam County, commissioners learned Tuesday.

“The train that de...

Manchin says Homeland Security funding essential


Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., expressed concerns on Monday about the huge increases in domestic oil shipments, in the wake of the explosion and fires from a train hauling oil through Montgomery in Fayette County.


Gazette editor to discuss 65 years in news at UC luncheon


James A. Haught, long-time editor of The Charleston Gazette, will speak about his life and a changing world during his talk at the University of Charleston Builders Book and Author Luncheon Wednesday.

Haught, who t...

Justice paid $5 million for Bluestone Coal


Jim Justice paid Mechel OAO $5 million in cash last week for Bluestone Coal in Southern West Virginia, about six years after selling them the same mines for $436 million.

Justice, a billionaire and owner of The Gr...

Lawmakers hear from right-to-work opponent


A right-to-work law could lower annual wages in West Virginia by an average of $1,500, said Ross Eisenbrey, vice president of the Economic Policy Institute based in Washington, D.C.

But that legislation would do l...

Justice buys back coal company from Russians


Jim Justice, who owns The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, announced late Tuesday afternoon that he bought back Bluestone Coal, a McDowell and Wyoming County mining company he previously sold to Mechel OAO, a ...

Hundreds attend rally against prevailing wage, right-to-work bills


Hundreds of people packed the steps on the Kanawha River side of the state Capitol at noon on Monday to protest new legislation they believe threatens wages, working conditions and public schools.

Senate Minority L...

Putnam County introduces online public records


Putnam residents and others will be able to access records -- including deeds, liens, land records and other documents -- through the county’s website, County Clerk Brian Woo...

Local business could benefit from lifting of Cuban embargo


In December, President Obama announced that the United States and Cuba would restore diplomatic ties, leading many observers to believe the 54-year-old trade embargo against the island nation 90 miles off Florida’...

PSC: West Virginians’ utility rates rose 3.4% in 2014


Rates charged to West Virginia residents for utility services — electricity, water and telephone — rose by 3.4 percent in 2014, according to a report released Friday by the Consumer Adv...

Union reps protest prevailing wage repeal legislation


Several labor and legislative leaders filled the main hall of the state Culture Center Wednesday afternoon, to discuss what they say are the negative impacts repealing West Virginia’s existing prevailing wage law ...

‘Right to work’ fight coming to Capitol


Debates about “right to work” legislation are likely to heat up in West Virginia during coming weeks.

Last Tuesday, a bill called the “Creating Workplace Freedom Act” was introduced in t...

Officials optimistic about economy at South Charleston event


The South Charleston Chamber of Commerce hosted its 23rd annual Groundhog Breakfast and Economic Forecast at its Holiday Inn on Friday morning.

Pointing out that 27 new businesses opened in South Charleston last y...

Capito talks politics with county commissioners


In her 14 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Shelley Moore Capito represented one-third of West Virginians.

As she told a meeting of county commissioners in Charleston on Monday, being a U.S. ...

Charleston native, others volunteer to take Saudi blogger’s lashes


A Charleston native is among seven people who have volunteered to take part of the punishment for a Saudi blogger charged with renouncing his faith and degrading some of his country’s clerics and religious leaders...

Bill would make it more difficult for workers to sue over injuries


Ten Republicans in the House of Delegates have introduced a bill that would make it more difficult for workers to sue their employers over inci...

Charleston minister recalls experiences with King


The Rev. Ron English moved to West Virginia back in 1972 and become minister at the First Baptist Church in Charleston. On Monday, he spoke at the Rotary Club’s luncheon in the Charleston Civic Center, honoring Ma...

Thomas Health System’s Dexter to retire


Stephen P. Dexter, President and CEO of Thomas Health System, announced Monday he will retire July 31, after 21 years of service.

Thomas Health System includes Saint Francis Hospital in downtown Charleston and Thom...

Local officials praise Teamsters agreement


For the first time in more than 25 years, the federal government will begin to phase out its extensive control and supervision of the Teamsters Union, after an agreement reached Wednesday.

The agreement will replac...

Pulitzer winner says Toms River lessons important for W.Va.


Dan Fagin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work of environmental journalism is set in New Jersey, but much of the story will be familiar to West Virginians.

Fagin’s book, “Toms River: A Story of Scienc...

Allegiant Air pilots give leaders OK to call strike


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Pilots at Allegiant Air have voted overwhelmingly to authorize their union leaders to call a strike if necessary.

Allegiant Air provides nonstop flights from Huntington’s Tri-State...

Proposed AEP rate hike draws opposition


Hearings over a 17 percent rate increase proposed by Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power have been delayed because of a water leak last week that closed the building that houses the state Public Service Commissionȁ...

W.Va. losing construction jobs as rest of country gains


Construction jobs in West Virginia fell by more than 11 percent last year, the biggest plunge of any state in the country, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of Americ...

After 17 years, back to square one in Massey-Harman dispute


Seventeen years after it began, the dispute between Hugh Caperton and Massey Coal is back to square one after a Virginia judge ordered a new trial on Wednesday.

Virginia Circuit Court Judge Henry A. Vanover ordered...

Patriot Coal moves national HQ to Scott Depot


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Patriot Coal announced on Friday that earlier this year it made its local operating offices in Scott Depot also the company’s national headquarters.

“The move from St. Louis...

Capito has ‘place at the table’ in Senate


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Just before being sworn in as West Virginia’s first female U.S. senator on Tuesday, Shelley Moore Capito said she would “have a place at the table” in the Republican-led Se...