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Lewisburg without water after diesel spill


Lewisburg and surrounding areas are without water and may not have it restored for three days or more after a tanker overturned late Friday night, spilling nearly 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel into a tributary of the Gree...

Puccio resigns W.Va. Democrats chairmanship to rejoin Manchin


Larry Puccio, the chairman of the West Virginia Democratic Party, has resigned and will now serve as the leader of Sen. Joe Manchin’s political action committee.

Puccio, a longtime Manchin confidant, served ...

Bill would bar party chairs from doubling as lobbyists


State party chairmen would no longer be allowed to register as lobbyists under legislation being introduced by Democrats in the state House of Delegates.

West Virginia law already bars member of the Legislature, th...

Budget cuts not necessarily permanent, state revenue secretary says


In the midst of three straight years of dwindling tax revenues and budget cuts, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s revenue secretary said Wednesday morning those cuts should not necessarily be seen as permanent.

Bob Ki...

Age, poor health, low education keep half of W.Va. jobless


Buried at the very bottom of 851 pages of recently updated federal data is a startling statistic: Less than half of working-age West Virginians are, in fact, working.

In November 2014, the most recent month for whi...

Gee wants WVU freed ‘to start generating additional dollars’


Staring Thursday at a newly released state budget proposal that would cut higher education funding for the third consecutive year, West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee said he would ask lawmakers to ease some...

Unions wary of Tomblin teacher certification plans


Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s announcement that he will introduce legislation to expand the hiring of teachers who do not have a background in teaching has the state’s teachers unions taking a wait-and-see approa...

In unusual arrangement, W.Va. party chairmen double as lobbyists


Last spring, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin held a lavish ceremony with hors d’ouevres and a trumpet player to celebrate the signing of a tourism bill, amended and passed in the waning hours of the legislative session, tha...

Report outlines W.Va.’s chemical leak missteps


In its most frank assessment since last year’s leak at Freedom Industries, the Tomblin administration said Friday that West Virginia had inadequate environmental regulations to prevent such an incident and lacked ...

Judge to consider removing Goodwin from Freedom case


Did last year’s water crisis contaminate not only the Kanawha Valley’s drinking water but also the impartiality of the prosecutors that live here?

If Freedom Industries executives committed crimes wh...

Delegate Tim Armstead about to make history


Since it opened in 1932, West Virginia’s Capitol has stood through the Great Depression, at least six U.S.-involved wars, 14 American presidents and 16 West Virginia governors. It has never seen a Republican speak...

Revolutionary War-era farm protected from development


More than 600 acres of streams and farmland in Monroe County, owned by the same family since the Revolutionary War, have been protected from possible development through a deal with the West Virginia Land Trust.


Second Freedom executive wants Goodwin removed from case


A second Freedom Industries executive, who was indicted by federal prosecutors in connection with January’s chemical leak, wants those prosecutors taken off the case, saying that they were victims of the chemical ...

Police search for suspects in South Hills home invasion


Charleston Police are looking for four men in connection with an armed home invasion that happened in South Hills Sunday morning, emergency officials said.

At around 9 a.m., three men broke into a home on Gordon Dr...

WVU still considering purchase of MSU-Beckley


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With a Monday deadline looming, the West Virginia University Board of Governors took no action Friday on the possibility of buying the defunct Mountain State University’s campus in Beckl...

After president’s unexpected death, Marshall University searches for replacement


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — In a brief meeting Thursday that opened with tears and a moment of silence, Marshall University’s Board of Governors began the process of finding a new...

6 Freedom owners, managers, employees charged; company takes plea deal with feds


Federal prosecutors charged Freedom Industries and six of its owners, managers and employees with criminal violations of the Clean Water Act related to the January 2014 chemical leak that contaminated the drinking water ...

Jay looks back on 30 years in the Senate


Did we torture people over the last 13 years?

“Yeah,” said Sen. Jay Rockefeller. “Sure did.”

Rockefeller, a member and former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which l...

MCHM toxic in pregnant rats, new study finds


MCHM, the coal-cleaning chemical that contaminated the Kanawha Valley’s water supply in January, is toxic in large doses in pregnant rats, according to a new, preliminary study from the National Institutes of Heal...

Putnam woman tries to bring loaded gun onto Yeager flight


A Putnam County woman was stopped, but not arrested, early Wednesday morning at Yeager Airport after she tried to bring a loaded handgun onto an airplane, according to the federal Transportation Security Administration.<...

Teen killed in Charleston crash


More than 200 people huddled in a field in 40-degree weather behind Horace Mann Middle School for an hour Sunday night, holding candles, crying, laughing and sharing memories of a 15-year-old who died in a car crash the ...

With new DNA evidence, appeal to Supreme Court in Clarksburg rape case


On Dec. 7, 2001, 19-year-old Joseph Buffey was arrested in Clarksburg for breaking into three downtown businesses. He immediately admitted his guilt. Buffey was then interrogated for nine more hours, until nearly 4 a.m.,...

5 dead in crash en route to football title game


Five people are dead, including two teenagers, after a two-vehicle crash in Jackson County Saturday morning, the West Virginia State Police said.

Just before 8:30 Saturday an SUV traveling north on Interstate 77, j...

In farewell speech, Rockefeller speaks on the good of government


In his final speech on the U.S. Senate floor before leaving office, Sen. Jay Rockefeller issued a passionate defense for the ability of government to do good in people’s lives and called on his colleagues to bridg...

Gupta to lead W.Va. Bureau for Public Health


Dr. Rahul Gupta, director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, will become West Virginia’s top health officer when he takes charge of the state Bureau for Public Health at the end of the year, the Departme...

ACA premiums rise in line with expectations


West Virginians shopping for private insurance on the federal health insurance marketplace can expect to see premiums about 7 percent higher for a benchmark plan next year than they have been this year, an increase highe...

Kessler’s son arrested on federal drug trafficking charges


The son of Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, has been arrested and charged with trafficking prescription drugs.

Jacob Kessler, 25, of Glen Dale, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury and charged w...

Does a source water protection plan really cost $100,000?


How much does it cost for a water system to study the hazards around it and make a plan for what to do in case of disaster?

The answer could make a difference as to whether state lawmakers follow through with their...