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Caitlin Cook

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State’s unemployment rate heading wrong way in August


West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose three-tenths of a percentage point to 6.6 percent in August, according to data released this...

Power company expands energy efficiency programs for businesses


Appalachian Power expanded its nonresidential energy efficiency programs in West Virginia this week.

The custom commercial and industrial new construction programs are more flexible than the company’s exist...

Business deals, growth led to changes in state’s top private employers


Murray American Energy, Mylan Pharmaceuticals and URS Energy & Construction shook up the annual rankings of West Virginia’s larg...

Coalition forms in response to Dominion’s proposed pipeline


Organizations from West Virginia and Virginia are coming together to share information and better understand Dominion Resources’ Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, announced last week.

The Allegheny Blue Ridg...

Workforce training funds announced for competitive improvement program


Twelve companies trying to regain a competitive edge will share $600,000 to implement customized workforce training through the West Virginia Development Office’s competitive improvement program.

The funds,...

Empty for 5 years, Café de Paris space now available


Perhaps the best restaurant location in Charleston is available again, according to its owner.

John Smallridge owns the building at the corner of Capitol and Quarrier streets that had been home to Café de Pari...

Major storm floods Charleston streets


A major rainstorm caused flash flooding that swamped large swaths of South Charleston and the West Side of Charleston Saturday afternoon.

Kanawha County Metro 911 had at least 26 reports of high water, including 14...

Conference hopes to give royalty owners first-hand insight


“We are drilling more wells,” said Bob Hart, president of the National Association of Royalty Owners Appalachian’s area chapter. “Three years ago, there was a lot more leasing,” Hart sa...

What’s Next, West Virginia? workshop stops in Charleston


Dustin White, 31, lives in Charleston, but he still calls Boone County home.

White works with the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. He said maybe one day he might want to return and raise a family there.


$5B, 550-mile natural gas pipeline to start in Harrison County


Four major energy companies are coming together for a new 550-mile natural gas pipeline project that starts in Harrison County, creating a new route for Marcellus and Utica shale gas to flow southeast.

Dominion, D...

Airport board explores solar panel project


Yeager Airport officials will explore a solar panel project that could make the airport the first in the nation to run entirely on electricity it generates from solar panels.

The project stems from Yeager’s...

Mountain State Business Index continues to show improvements


The Mountain State Business Index displayed a healthy rate of performance in August, according to John Deskins, director of West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business & Economic Research.

August marke...

In changing environment, Suddenlink hopes to hold onto customers


Standing in front of tablets, computers and televisions, Michael Kelemen called Suddenlink’s newest location in Kanawha City a new kind of retail center -- something cable companies have to do if they want to surv...

AARP among those backing a new way to save for retirement


Gaylene Miller, AARP West Virginia state director, would like to see greater access to affordable workplace retirement plans for all West Virginians.

West Virginia is one of 12 states to dabble with the idea of im...

Authority facilitates transfer of Fairmont General Hospital


Members of the West Virginia Economic Authority decided Thursday to facilitate the transfer of Fairmont General Hospital to Alecto Healthcare Services.

The hospital, which has more than 700 employees and 200 beds,...

Technology center opens at BridgeValley’s South Charleston campus


James Skidmore, chancellor of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System, waited a long time for Tuesday’s Advanced Technology Center dedication at BridgeValley Community and Technical College’...

From law books to blueprints


Elliot Hicks was inspired by the civil rights movement to become a lawyer. After 33 years, he left his comfort zone in trial law for a new career field — at age 58, when most are focused on reaching retirement.

One arrested after East End shooting


Charleston police had one man in custody after gunshots were fired at a convenience store on Charleston’s East End Saturday afternoon.

No victims were reported. One car in the Shop ‘n’ Go Food...

State gets workforce development grants


West Virginia is one of 14 states receiving grants and support to expand workforce education and training programs from the National Governors Association, the NGA announced Thursday.

West Virginia will receive $1...

Columbia to build W.Va.-Ohio gas line


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Columbia Pipeline Group announced Tuesday a $1.75 billion infrastructure project, including a new pipeline in West Virginia and Ohio.

The approximately 160-mile project, which includes a ...

West Virginia wives’ share of family income growing


Wives in West Virginia wives bring in more of their families’ income than married women in all but one other state, according to a recent study.

In the Mountain State, women provided 50.1 percent of their fa...

West Virginia wives’ share of family income growing


Wives in West Virginia bring in more of their families’ income than married women in all but one other state, according to a recent study.

In th...

Expo brings West Side business community together


Zachary Miller had just finished graduate school and started his new business on Charleston’s West Side. He didn’t know anyone in the business community so he decided to attend the West Side Main Street Bus...

Huntington hospitals consider merging


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A day after saying the hospitals were considering an “affiliation,” officials at Cabell Huntington Hospital now say they are considering acquiring St. Mary’s Medical Center...

Small Business Administration lending grows in Mountain State


West Virginia entrepreneurs have received more financial support from the Small Business Administration and its lending partners this year, the SBA reports.

Lending is up 80 percent in the Mountain State compared ...

W.Va.’s business index continues to show growth


After a sluggish start to the year, the Mountain State Business Index is back on track, according to John Deskins, director of West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business & Economic Research.

Economic Council helps South Charleston flourish


Since its inception more than 10 years ago, the South Charleston Economic Council has focused on attracting new businesses and improving the city’s overall business environment.

City officials and local busi...