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Thousands without power as snow hits overnight

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Thousands of people were without power in West Virginia this morning, after Wednesday’s rain changed to snow overnight and continued into this morning, leaving the state with several inches of...

TV show featuring Lewisburg restoration business starts second season Sunday

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Mark Bowe always knew he wanted to work for himself, but he never thought his career would revolve around craftsmanship — until an old cabin in the woods of Roane County changed that and led to a TV show.

B...

Winter Blues Farmers Market comes to Charleston

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Rachel Taylor hopes her love for maple catches on in the Mountain State.

Taylor’s Frostmore Farm was one of about 40 vendors that participated Thursday evening in the Winter Blues Farmers Market at the Char...

Walmart says Putnam store will employ 95 people

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Last week, Walmart officials applied for Putnam County building permits for the state’s first Neighborhood Market, according to county planning officials.

Walmart officials announced plans for the Teays Vall...

At derailment site, weather impacting cleanup, progress moves slowly

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BOOMER, W.Va. -- About 10 tank cars remained strewn around the tracks as cleanup crews continue working on removing debris and soil following the derailment of an oil train in Fayette County last week, but weather is imp...

Solar advocates wary of provision in bill

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Solar and other alternative energy advocates say a bill passed by the West Virginia Legislature and waiting for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s signature will cause significant harm to the emerging alternative energy mark...

Early farm-to-table restaurant marks 10 years

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LEWISBURG — Sunday dinners were a big deal for Sparrow Huffman growing up. Her family and friends gathered at the family’s Pocahontas farm to enjoy what Huffman calls real...

WVSU event gives students help with financial aid

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Karen Smith was dreading filling out an application for federal financial aid as her son prepares to go to college. Smith said she had heard horror stories about the process taking hours and hours to complete.

But...

Cracker company ‘rethinking’ plans, Appalachian gas market

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An official with the Brazil-based company that proposed a petrochemical complex in Wood County more than a year ago said Wednesday that he’s worried about the natural gas market and what that ...

Procter & Gamble to build $500 million plant in Berkeley County

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West Virginia is investing around $8 million in infrastructure upgrades for household products giant Procter & Gamble to build a multi-product manufacturing facility in Berkeley County, officials announced Tuesday.

Memories and sales as Radio Shack prepares to close

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For Craig Baldwin, Radio Shack isn’t the store it used to be. Back in 1983, Baldwin, along with his computer savvy uncle, went to the Radio Shack in the Dunbar Plaza and purchased Baldwin’s first computer &...

Courtyard by Marriott has successful launch

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Despite concerns that Charleston may have too many downtown hotels, employees at the city’s newest hotel say the Courtyard by Marriott on Kanawha Boulevard is different enough to thrive.

The hotel touts a re...

Health care complicates taxes -- but not for everyone

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The 2015 tax season is the first time people and families will disclose information about personal health-care coverage -- but according to the federal government, most people won’t notice much of a change when it...

Generation West Virginia focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship

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Instead of young people asking themselves what jobs are available in the Mountain State, Generation West Virginia hopes young people start asking what jobs they can create for themselves here.

The organization hos...

Timberline launches crowd funding for resort improvements

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Timberline Four Seasons Resort is looking to make improvements to its resort, with some outside help.

The resort launched its online crowdfunding, known as “snowfunding,” on Tuesday.

“We...

Collaborative spaces, open minds: Accounting firm rethinks office space

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When someone steps off the elevator onto the eighth floor of the United Bank building in downtown Charleston, Richard L. Slater wants to challenge their ideas about accounting firms — both how they look, and how t...

New training program hopes to boost farmers markets

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The West Virginia Farmers Market Association is launching a program geared toward new vendors to help foster more access to local foods, more growers and more producers, project coordinator Adam Taylor said.

Vendo...

Huntington Bank looks to build on fourth-quarter results

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Huntington Bank officials say they’re pleased with the financial institution’s fourth-quarter results and hope to maintain its momentum, largely driven by increases in loan and lease activity, throughout 20...

Tax season kicks off with concerns about access to federal forms

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As tax season begins, and people start the filing process, some forms may be a bit more difficult to find this tax season.

Mack Combs, 71 of Charleston, went to the federal court house in downtown Charleston to pi...

State looks to attract more millennial workers to public sector

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Although the number of young state employees has been somewhat stable, the West Virginia Division of Personnel is looking to attract more Millennials to its workforce.

But some say not enough is being done to usher...

State workers preparing for pay change

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Training continues to help ease the transition for state employees switching to an automated payroll system, which changes weekly pay to bi-weekly pay for employees.

The switch is one of the final phases of the st...

Chevy successes celebrated at W.Va. auto show

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General Motors team members and area car dealers gathered Friday morning to celebrate a successful year before the West Virginia International Auto Show opened for the day.

“Chevy had an awesome year, ...

Wine bistro coming to downtown Charleston

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A Putnam County business is expanding and opening its second location in downtown Charleston.

The Wine Valley restaurant is moving into the former Cafe de Paris space on the corner of Capitol and Quarrier Streets....

Governor touts business improvements in speech

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin touted changes in the state’s business climate, new business investments and workforce training initiatives in his State of the State address Wednesday night.

“We’ve crea...

Courtyard Marriott opening, adding to downtown lodging options

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Downtown Charleston’s eighth hotel is almost ready for business.

The Courtyard by Marriott on Kanawha Boulevard near the Elk River is set to open at the end of the month.

“It’s a beautif...

AEP builds temporary transmission line downtown

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Appalachian Power crews are building a temporary transmission line in downtown Charleston, which they expect to be up for years while the company repairs its underground power line network in the area.

Workers buil...

Alfa Romeo, aluminum Ford F-150 coming to Auto Show this year

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The newest feature at the 2015 West Virginia International Auto show hails from Italy. It’s lightweight, it maxes out at 160 miles per hour and there are only 800 models heading to the United States.

The Al...

Another teen retailer to close at Charleston Town Center Mall

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Teen retailer Deb joins a number of women’s clothing stores who have recently closed their doors for good.

Philadelphia-based Deb Shops filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early December. After fai...

Restaurant moving into Cafe de Paris space downtown

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There is still no physical indication or word from the business or building owner as to what is moving into the former Cafe de Paris space located at 201 Capitol Street, but the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department confi...