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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...

Fight looms in W.Va. over prevailing wage repeal


Nearly 100 people, including dozens of union workers, packed a committee room Thursday as the state Senate began an effort to repeal West Virginia’s prevailing wage law, only to see the repeal abruptly dropped fro...

Secretive conservative group holds $25K fundraiser at Edgewood


How much would you donate to a brand new nonprofit organization with no website, only one listed employee, a vague description of its purposes and only a P.O. box for an address?

For as many as 18 people Tuesday ni...

U.S. 35 moves forward; possible completion still years away


Public meetings to expand U.S. 35 began in 1990. Construction on the project, between Point Pleasant and Scott Depot, began 10 years later. Fifteen years after that, the new highway is still only about two-thirds done, a...

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...