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Artists’ trains brighten downtown Huntington, raise money for hospital


HUNTINGTON -- Bright and colorful locomotives attract the attention of hundreds of people walking and driving around downtown Huntington, especially in and around Pullman Square. Local artists have crafted 43 different t...

Teamsters, Airgas employees on West Side, reject contract


On Saturday, Teamster members working for Airgas Mid-America in Charleston unanimously rejected the company’s offer for a collective bargaining agreement. This would be the first contract negotiated by the union s...

Trade legislation bad for manufacturing jobs, Manchin says


Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Wednesday he believes the Trans-Pacific Partnership bill would have a negative impact on workers in the United States and West Virginia, especially house with good-paying manufacturing job...

Manchin not pursuing revival of gun background check bill


Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Wednesday that he’s not reviving an attempt to expand background checks on gun purchases.

“I haven’t backed off ...

State economic development authority approves loans to chemical, metal businesses


The West Virginia Economic Development Authority approved two new loans and extended two other loans to West Virginia companies during its monthly meeting on Thursday morning.

EDA loans, usually made in conjunction...

WVU to mark Storer College anniversary


West Virginia University will mark the 150th anniversary of a historic black college this month, and the WVU Press will publish a history of the school as the first in a new series.

McKinley again says Export-Import Bank reform needed


The Export-Import Bank helps hundreds of small businesses across the country. But it will expire if Congress does not approve legislation to renew its charter, set to expire on June 30.

Expanding on comments in rec...

WV native, burlesque performer Blaze Starr dies at 83


Blaze Starr, a Wayne County native who became one of America’s most famous burlesque stars and strippers, died early Monday morning at the age of 83.

Born in Wilsondale as Fannie Belle Fleming on April 10, 1...

Wheeling company benefits from Ex-Im Bank, despite McKinley claim


West Virginia’s congressional delegation is split on the fate of the Export-Import Bank, which will stop doing business if it is not reauthori...

W.Va. congressional delegation weighs in on Export-Import Bank vote


As Congress neared a decision on the future of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, West Virginia’s U.S. senators found themselves on opposite sides of a vote on the bank earlier this week.

On Wednesday night, senat...

W.Va.’s CARE Act goes into effect


West Virginia’s new Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act took effect on Monday.

It provides support for caregivers when family members and loved ones go into hospitals.

The Legislature passed the act d...

Cessation order issued for mine near Kanawha State Forest


As dozens of residents protested outside West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection headquarters Friday morning, DEP officials said they had ordered a mine near Kanawha State Forest to stop operations because o...

AmeriCorps funding coming to West Virginia


Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., announced on Thursday that nearly $5 million in federal grants will be coming to West Virginia to help AmeriCorps volunteers working in the state.

The ...

Assisted-suicide advocate Exoo dies


A Beckley minister and assisted-suicide advocate, who spent months in jails after he was accused of helping a woman in Ireland kill herself, died last week.

The Rev. George David Exoo, a Unitarian-Universalist prea...

Contractors group again cites loss of W.Va. jobs


A national contractors group said last week that West Virginia lost a bigger percentage of its construction jobs between April 2014 and April 2015 than any other state.

Construction employment in West Virginia drop...

Historic Charleston church to offer tours Saturday


Denizens of Charleston’s oldest church will shed a little light on their historic stained-glass windows this weekend, as well as other aspects of the historic Kanawha United Presbyterian Church.

Organ music ...

Treasurer’s Office to auction rare penny


State Treasurer John Perdue believes a rare, 1909-S VDB penny will attract the interest of coin collectors around the country during the next online auction for unclaimed property. The auction will be held between June 3...

Trade bill passes Senate, Capito sides with Obama, Manchin opposes


In an unusual twist, Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito voted yes on a controversial trade bill Friday evening, giving more authority to President Barack Obama, while Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, voted no, against the...

‘Fast-track’ trade bill moves forward in Senate


The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to move forward with a bill that would let President Obama negotiate trade agreements that Congress would then not be able to change, only accept or reject.

The Senate voted 62-38 to ...

Ex-Charleston resident discusses “Death, Sex & Money” podcast


Anna Sale’s job is talking about things that others don’t.

Sale, who grew up in Charleston and graduated from George Washington High School, is the host and managing director of

Harvard lecturer to look at history of media, politics


“I will start with the pamphlet wars of the American Revolution and go down through history to social media and how that has transformed our culture in recent years.”

That’s how Harvard Univers...

Citizens Action Group gets $222K donation


The West Virginia Citizen’s Action Group held its Annual Spring Fling on Friday night at the Women’s Club of Charleston, honoring a longtime state delegate and receiving an unexpectedly large donation.


Lawsuit alleges corruption by state Athletic Commission


Christopher MacCorkle Smith, whose corporation A.C.R. Promotions owns the “Rough N’ Rowdy Brawl” and “Ruckus in the Cage,” filed a federal lawsuit last week against members, and former ...

Chief of NASA tells WVSU grads to ‘be fearless, dream big’


The head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration addressed more than 260 graduates at West Virginia State University on Saturday, telling them to be bold and dream big, citing the example of a black women bo...

Manchin opposes fast-track trade negotiation bill


Sen. Joe Manchin, D.-W.Va., continues to oppose Trade Promotion Authority legislation that would give the White House fast-track authority to secretly negotiate trade deals with foreign countries, including the proposed ...

Manchin among senators pushing infrastructure


Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., organized seven of his Senate colleagues, all former governors, to urge members of Congress to pass legislation that would dedicate more money to infrastructure projects.

In recent years,...

Builders union honors CAMC’s Ramsey


Over the past 22 months, 170 workers spent 235,680 hours building Charleston Area Medical Center’s new Cancer Center in Kanawha City. All of those workers were union members.

On Monday afternoon, the Kanawha...

Charleston episode of Antiques Roadshow to air tonight


Six thousand people, from 40 states and two Canadian provinces, came to Charleston last August for the Antiques Roadshow and their visits had a $1.5 million impact on the local economy, said Scott Finn, executive directo...

Letter carriers to hold annual food drive


Local mail carriers will have some extra duties on their appointed rounds this weekend.

The National Association of Letter Carriers will collect food for people in need on Saturday.

Kanawha Valley residents ...

UC to host Mars exploration lecture on Thursday


Robots who continue exploring Mars and other planets will be the focus of a presentation at the University of Charleston on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Steven Squyres, an astronomy professor at Cornell University, headed th...