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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, not run for a third term as governor of West Virginia in 2016.

Manchin’s announcement ends mo...

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...

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 ...