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Crowds cheer Cosby, no mention of recent accusations


Bill Cosby told stories, joked and doddered through a nearly two-hour performance at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium on Saturday with no mention of the flood of sexual assault accusations that has besieged him in rec...

Capito, Manchin differ in views of Senate-passed budget


At 3:30 a.m. Friday, the U.S. Senate passed a budget that was either “responsible” or “reckless.”

It either “focused on creating a stronger and more prosperous nation” or i...

W.Va. losing population faster than any other state


West Virginia is losing population faster than any other state in the country, according to newly released U.S. Census figures.

West Virginia lost nearly 3,300 residents last year, the Census Bureau said. That amou...

Bill Cosby in Charleston Saturday, despite rape accusations

- Bill Cosby, the legendary comedian who has been accused of rape or sexual assault by more than 30 women, will perform in Charleston on Saturday night.

Land at Yeager Airport slide site was shifting for nearly 2 years


The safety-overrun area at Charleston’s Yeager Airport, which partially collapsed in a landslide earlier this month, had shifted by several feet more than a year ago, according to an engineering survey provided to...

Slight changes in Yeager Airport overrun later turned into massive slide


In September 2014, Yeager Airport officials noticed that the concrete blocks that form the safety-overrun area at the end of the main runway were a little farther apart than normal.

It was only about one-sixteenth ...

Facing ethics charge, Capehart resigns as president of WLU


Robin Capehart has resigned as president of West Liberty University, but will stay on as a “legislative liaison” and consultant through the end of the year, the university announced.

Capehart, a forme...

Nicholas County to lay off 24 employees


Nicholas County has notified 24 employees that they will be laid off, including nearly one-third of the county’s sheriff’s deputies. Pay for all remaining county employees will be cut by 20 percent.


Deregulation a theme of this legislative session


In 2012, William J. Moran, who was in town from Rhode Island, died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a South Charleston hotel because a swimming pool heater was improperly installed. Last year the Legislature passed a law ...

Secretive conservative group holding $100K fundraiser in Charleston


What are you doing for breakfast on Tuesday? Here are some options:

You could have cereal at home. You could go to Tudor’s, where a sausage biscuit costs $1.79. Or, you could go to the Courtyard Marriott, on...

Innocence Project appeals Clarksburg rape case to Supreme Court


Both sides have filed new briefs to the West Virginia Supreme Court in the appeal of a Clarksburg man who pleaded guilty to a 2001 rape, but the prosecution’s argument partially relies on a glaring mix-up.


Thousands protest GOP Legislature at union rally


Thousands of people came to the West Virginia Capitol building in Charleston on Saturday to hear from the leaders of America’s most prominent labor unions at a rally to protest against the agenda of the new Republ...

Gun rights supporters, law enforcement face off at Capitol


Gun rights supporters and law enforcement officers struck an uneasy tension at the state Capitol Thursday, largely staying separate from one another as they argued on opposite sides of a bill that would allow anyone in W...

With Manchin looming, W.Va. Senate passes bill changing how Senate seats are filled


Is Sen. Joe Manchin going to run for governor in 2016?

For now, only he knows.

But if he does, and he wins, Republicans in the West Virginia Senate want to make sure that he doesn’t get to choose who s...

Why does W.Va. have so few women in elected office?


There are 19 women in the 100-member West Virginia House of Delegates.

There is one woman in West Virginia’s five-member congressional delegation.

Out of West Virginia’s six statewide elected co...

Tomblin: Morrisey has facts wrong in Supreme Court ACA brief


West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take away the federal subsidies that about 30,000 West Virginians receive to buy health coverage on the insurance exchange set up by the...

House votes to repeal Common Core


A day after the state Board of Education announced its unanimous opposition to repealing the state’s Common Core-based education standards, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to repeal those...

Israeli officials look for W.Va. business opportunities


West Virginia businesses are working with Israeli government officials to try to establish partnerships between businesses in Israel and the Mountain State.

Several West Virginia executives met at the Capitol Compl...

Kasich out of tune with W.Va. GOP on ‘right to work’


Surrounded by Republican legislators who are pushing for West Virginia to pass a “right-to-work” law, Ohio’s Republican governor said last week that a similar move was not necessary in his state.


For buyers of used cars, ‘as is’ could soon mean out of luck


Last fall, Theresa Rhodes got in a car crash. She was hit head-on at an intersection in Sissonville. She wasn’t hurt, but her 2004 Jeep was totaled.

With the insurance money she went looking for a replacemen...

Cold’s gone, but winter weather wreaks havoc in W.Va.


Well, it’s not cold anymore.

Saturday’s winter storm carried a veritable smorgasbord of precipitation to the Kanawha Valley, and with it power outages, slick roads and property damage.


Cleanup continues at site of derailment, road to close Saturday night


Almost everyone has returned to their homes, the road is half open and cleanup continues in Fayette County at the site of last week’s train derailment and explosion.

One lane of West Virginia Route 61, which...

Ohio Gov. Kasich pushes balanced budget in W.Va.


It’s been 228 years since the United States had a constitutional convention, but Ohio Gov. John Kasich was in Charleston on Thursday to say it’s time for another one.

Kasich was in West Virginia, the ...

CSX, owner of exploded train, spends millions on donations, lobbying


CSX Corp., the company whose oil train derailed, caught fire and exploded in Fayette County on Monday, is a prodigious political donor, giving millions of dollars to politicians of both parties, around the country and in...

With opposite rationale, Manchin, McKinley oppose Obama war request


Two politicians consider a two-and-a-half page document. Both focus on the same five-word clause. Both oppose the document, but their reasons for doing so are polar opposites.

On Wednesday, six months after the Uni...

Riverside High closed after shooting threat


Riverside High School was closed Thursday as law enforcement were investigating a shooting threat at the school that occurred Wednesday evening, according to school and police officials.

Some Riverside students rec...

Even with state bill, emissions plan would still need feds’ approval


Even as the West Virginia Legislature moves to give itself authority to accept or reject any plan that the state comes up with to meet the Obama administration’s proposed rule to cut carbon emissions from power pl...

SC, St. Albans levies pass overwhelmingly, mayors pleased


St. Albans will continue to have a full-time professional fire department and South Charleston will continue to provide basic services like police, fire and recreation after both cities overwhelmingly passed excess prope...

Biafore chosen to lead state Democrats


Belinda Biafore has been named as the new chair of the West Virginia Democratic Party, replacing Larry Puccio who stepped down as party chair last month after serving as chair for four years.

Biafore had served as ...

W.Va. House panel passes 20-week abortion ban


The West Virginia House of Delegates began moving a bill Thursday to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill is very similar to one that was passed last year, only to be vetoed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Medicaid expansion means funding cuts for free clinics


As the federal Affordable Care Act expands access to health insurance, it is also reworking how the state pays for medical care for low-income West Virginians.

About one-third of West Virginians, 610,000 people, go...