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AARP among those backing a new way to save for retirement

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Huntington Bank’s 2Q better than expected

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — During its second quarter, regionally-based Huntington Bank’s earnings were better than Wall Street expectations, bank officials told reporters Friday during a conference call.

The...

WVEDA helps fund Italian company’s first U.S. operation

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West Virginia Economic Development Authority board members agreed Thursday to help bring Pietro Fiorentini’s first United States manufacturing operation to West Virginia, approving a $1 million loan for the compan...

West Virginia companies travel to Mexico on export mission

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On Monday, Brad Caserta met with two company chief executives he thought were too big to give him the time of day.

Caserta was in Mexico City, representing Huntington-based Steel of West Virginia.

“S...

Chains dunk into new markets

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With more than 20 locations in West Virginia, including six in Putnam County, the Sheetz convenience store chain is becoming a more common sight around the region.

Another popular chain, Dunkin’ Donuts, has ...

New development director to focus on diversifying economy

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West Virginia native Kris Hopkins was living and working in the research triangle area in North Carolina where he noticed numerous opportunities for work and heard stories of people moving to take jobs in the area.

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New art, glass store opens on Capitol Street

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Only One Look is hoping to make an impression on the Charleston market in the next seven months.

The store had its soft opening for its new location at 110 Capitol St. last week.

“We love art and we ...

Former commerce secretary Bulla dies

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West Virginia’s first Commerce Secretary, Tom Bulla, who was known for his common sense and empowering management style, died Wednesday in his Lewisburg home from Alzheimer’s complications. He was 75.

DuPont spin-off moving forward

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DuPont’s Performance Chemical spin-off, announced in October, is still on track for mid-2015, according to company officials.

The company has plants in Belle and Washington, West Virginia, that house units l...

Tossing shoes with a legend at Coonskin Park

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West Virginia football legend Randy Moss found himself in the losers’ bracket after throwing one round of horseshoes during the second Randy Moss “Country Boy” Horseshoe Tournament Saturday morning. ...

2 face murder charge after body found in Kanawha River, near Magic Island

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Two men were charged with murder and a woman was charged with being an accessory, after a body was found in the Kanawha River near Magic Island Saturday afternoon.

Anthony Harriman, 19, and John Michael Thurmond, 2...

More animals dropped off elsewhere as Kanawha shelter fills up

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Ryan Whittington arrived at work three weeks ago to a surprise. A litter of kittens was placed in front of Club K9, his dog day care, grooming and boarding business.

It’s not an isolated incident, and Whitt...

State officials wooing business at Greenbrier Classic

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — State Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette moved his office this week to what he sees as one of West Virginia’s best marketing venues — The Gre...

SBA seeking applicants to help disadvantaged businesses

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The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Wednesday it is seeking grant applicants through July 20 to award up to $1.5 million to promote the development, success and long-term survival of disadvantaged small busi...