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WV’s Manchin, Capito split on ending bulk phone data collection


West Virginia’s two U.S. senators are divided on whether to rein in the federal government’s bulk collection and surveillance of telephone records, a program that recently was ruled illegal by a federal app...

Heroin provider charged with murder 3 months after overdose


Three months ago, on Feb. 13, Steven Craig Coleman gave his father some heroin, according to a criminal complaint.

His father, Steve Slater, took the heroin, on a red plate, to a bedroom at the back of his house on...

Capito introduces bill to invalidate Obama climate plan


Sen. Shelley Moore Capito introduced a bill Wednesday that would invalidate the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants, the key component of President Obama&...

As he prepares governor announcement, Justice a big donor to both parties


Jim Justice sure seems like he’s going to run for governor.

Justice, the billionaire coal magnate and owner of The Greenbrier resort, will hold an announcement around 4 p.m. today at the civic center in Whit...

Yeager Airport OKs $5.5 million for landslide claims


As insurance companies continue to haggle and deflect blame, Yeager Airport will take out a $5.5 million bond and hire three local trial lawyers to reimburse homeowners and attempt to recover costs, all related to the ma...

Feds reviewing State Police shooting of Mercer County teen


The U.S. Department of Justice is reviewing the case of a Mercer County teenager who was shot and killed last year by a West Virginia State Police trooper after a physical altercation.

“We are carefully revi...

Phyllis Rutledge, Kanawha County ‘political powerhouse,’ dies


Phyllis Rutledge, a former member of the state House of Delegates, the first woman elected Kanawha County circuit clerk and a longtime force in local politics, died on Friday. She was 83.

Rutledge, a Democrat, repr...

Yeager landslide was a slow-motion disaster 5 years in the making


The man-made slope at Yeager Airport that collapsed in a massive landslide seven weeks ago, destroying a church and two homes and ultimately damaging 10 others, had slippage problems going back at least five years.

After initial fanfare, abortion lawsuit ends with quiet dismissal


Nearly two years ago, a lawsuit against the Women’s Health Center of West Virginia opened with a bang — a conservative Christian group held a news conference right outside the health center alleging that th...

Jim Justice to decide on gubernatorial run in 2 to 3 weeks


Coal magnate Jim Justice, the billionaire owner of The Greenbrier resort, will decide in the next two to three weeks if he will run for governor of West Virginia in 2016.

Justice, the richest man in West Virginia, ...

Camp Kismet offers kids new opportunities


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kids go to Camp Kismet and participate in activities like swimming, fishing, archery, dances, gardening, bike riding and rafting — many of them for the first time.

But that’...

No delay this time; Manchin endorses Hillary


In 2008, then-Gov. Joe Manchin waited through a bruising Democratic primary, endorsing no one for president until just before the Democratic National Convention, when then-Sen. Barack Obama’s nomination had become...

Manchin staying in Senate, not running for governor in 2016


Sen. Joe Manchin announced on Sunday that he will remain in the U.S. Senate and will run for re-election in 2018, and will not run for a third term as governor of West Virginia in 2016.

Manchin’s announcemen...

As coal declines in Southern W.Va., so do county coffers


It started in Boone County, which, on Dec. 31, laid off 11 part-time public employees. A security officer, a recycling center employee and a bunch of janitors who cleaned community centers one day a week all lost their j...

How many kinds of golf can Coonskin Park hold?


Coonskin Park could soon have three entirely different types of golf on its premises: foot golf, disc golf and, well, golf golf.

To go with its driving range and 18-hole par-3 course, Coonskin will soon have a nine...

Coal job losses more than offset by other energy gains, but not in W.Va.


As the American electricity sector transformed following the 2008 recession, job losses in the coal industry were far outweighed by job gains in natural gas, wind and solar. But, as a tour through West Virginia’s ...

Behind on loan, Laidley Tower placed into receivership


Laidley Tower, the 22-story glass-and-steel office tower in downtown Charleston, has been placed into receivership, as its owners have fallen behind on a $25 million loan they took out in 2007.

On April 1, U.S. Dis...

Oil truck crashes in Jackson County creek


A truck carrying crude oil ran off Interstate 77 and crashed into a creek late Wednesday night, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The accident happened around 11:45 p.m. in Jackson Cou...

DHHR proposes cuts to in-home services for disabled


Jill Fox’s 18-year-old twins, Matthew and Megan, were born with a rare genetic syndrome that’s given them significant developmental disabilities.

They use wheelchairs and have trouble communicating. M...

After landslide, donations pour in for Keystone Apostolic Church


It was a hard image to ignore. Lying in ruins beneath a craggy, unstable slope of earth and stone, were the remains of the Keystone Apostolic Church. The steeple was intact, pointing askew toward the heavens, but little ...

Morrisey raising money for 2016, but 2012 debt questions remain


Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Thursday that he has raised a significant amount of money in preparation for a possible gubernatorial run in 2016, but it’s unclear what’s become of his much larg...

3. W.Va. bills the same as Indiana’s religious freedom law


The West Virginia Legislature introduced three bills this year very similar to Indiana’s religious-freedom law that has roiled that state this week amid charges that it is a license to discriminate against same-se...

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...