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Groups urge HPV vaccine to prevent cancer


Kids are much more likely to get vaccinated if their doctor recommends it. That’s why a group of 14 health organizations, including the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health and the American Cancer Society, are w...

Airport preparing defense in Freedom Industries lawsuit


Yeager Airport’s newly appointed lawyer will try get a chemical-leak related lawsuit dismissed on legal grounds, arguing that, as a government-run agency, the airport cannot be sued.

Yeager’s insuranc...

‘It is a difficult time for everyone’ Former Charleston man living in Kiev has front-row view of Ukraine’s unrest


Despite the war going on in their country, Ukrainians were shocked at the shooting down of a passenger jet and are convinced that Russian-backed separatists were behind the missile strike, according to a former Charlesto...

Informant’s name was released before her slaying


A confidential police informant killed in Charleston last week had her name disclosed in court filings about a week before she was killed, although that is not how her alleged killer found out she was an informant, polic...

Capito will fight EPA, health-care law, Ryan says


Rep. Paul Ryan told a group of business leaders at a campaign event in Charleston Monday that West Virginia needs to elect Rep. Shelley Moore Capito to the U.S. Senate to help block environmental regulations on existing ...

Troopers have killed 15 dogs in 4 years


Willy Pete, the Mason County dog shot by a State Police trooper in late June, was the 15th dog troopers have killed in the last four years — and the third dog that Sgt. S.T. Harper has killed in that span, accordi...

Ryan, Warren campaign in W.Va. as senate candidates ramp up attacks


For one day at least, the eyes of the political nation will be on West Virginia.

Today, the Mountain State hosts Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican candidate for vice president in 2012, and Massachusetts Sen....

McKinley would bar Energy Department from considering climate change


The U.S. Department of Energy and the Army Corps of Engineers could not carry out policies related to climate change and climate science under an amendment proposed by Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and passed Thursday ni...

Lack of pathologists backlogs W.Va. Medical Examiner’s Office


At 1:06 p.m. on March 27, Jeffery Alan Hall, 39, was booked into the South Central Regional Jail on charges of domestic violence and failure to pay child support.

A little more than 16 hours later, he was dead.


NCAA head proposes ‘scholarships for life’


West Virginia University is one of the vast majority of colleges and universities that do not guarantee athletic scholarships past a year-to-year basis.

Mark Emmert, the president of the NCAA, would like to see tha...

Businesses don’t want guns, but won’t ask you to leave


It is generally legal to openly carry a gun in most places in West Virginia, but at least five national chains with branches in the Mountain State would rather you not bring guns to their businesses.

On Wednesday, ...

Trooper who shot 18-year-old back to work days later


Sometime late on the night of June 12 or early on the morning of June 13, Senior Trooper B.D. Gillespie shot and killed 18-year-old Timothy Hill near Kegley, in Mercer County.

Almost exactly four days later, Gilles...

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


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...

West Virginia has a complicated history with race and civil rights


For 122 years, Article XII, Section 8 of the West Virginia Constitution said, “White and colored persons shall not be taught in the same school.”

Brown vs. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Cou...

Playing hooky for soccer as the U.S. wins with a loss


Never has a loss felt so good.

That’s the feeling among American soccer fans nationwide, and certainly among the 150 or so who gathered Thursday afternoon at the Athletic Club Bar and Grill at the Embassy Su...

Tomblin’s brother gets home confinement, probation for federal drug charge


Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s brother will spend eight months on home confinement and three years on probation for selling prescription painkillers to an undercover informant.

Carl Tomblin, 50, was sentenced in fe...

Marmet woman gets 6-8 years in Hunter slaying


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Marmet woman originally charged with murder was sentenced to six to eight years in prison on lesser charges Tuesday morning in a tense courtroom packed with family members of both the victim ...

Change could make it easier for recent criminals to buy a gun


The newest change to West Virginia’s gun laws will make buying a gun a few minutes quicker for some people, but will also make it easier for some people who have recently committed a crime to buy a gun.

The ...

Is Hurricane High School’s mascot a racial slur?


After Hurricane High School won the state baseball championship last week, the front page of the next day’s Gazette-Mail featured a picture of their smiling fans, holding a sign that said, “Let’s go ...

Judge questions value of work by Freedom’s lawyers


Freedom Industries’ cadre of lawyers again came under fire from a U.S. bankruptcy judge Tuesday for failing to clearly show how the work they’d performed, for which they’ve charged hundreds of thousa...

Nationwide, W.Va. second in Medicaid expansion


The number of people getting health insurance through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program has increased more in West Virginia than in almost any other state since Medicaid was expanded under the A...

Judge denies more than $1M in fees for Freedom Industries’ lawyers


Citing unclear records, redundant and uncoordinated work, overstaffed meetings and exorbitant travel expenses, a federal bankruptcy judge has disallowed or delayed hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees and expenses re...

On ACA, parties agree on common sense, but little else


The way to fix the Affordable Care Act, Democratic and Republican candidates in West Virginia seem to agree, is to use common sense.

“Making common sense reforms, like allowing people to buy health insurance...

Men charged in mine kickback scheme are big Tomblin donors


At least six of the 10 men charged last week for their involvement in an alleged kickback scheme at an Arch Coal mine in Logan County have been major donors to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, campaign finance records show.


Message system will alert restaurants to future emergencies


Next time there’s a water contamination or similar emergency, area schools and restaurants will know about it, and be able to stop using the water, much more quickly.

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Departmen...