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Kessler, Miley want special session to delay chemical tank safety deadline


West Virginia’s top two legislative Democrats moved Wednesday to put more pressure on Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to call a special session to delay the deadline for owners of chemical storage tanks...

Gas is the future at Chamber convention


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – Spouting statistic after statistic, natural gas executives made the case for tying West Virginia’s economic future to their industry at the annual West Virginia Chamber of Com...

DEA change means no refills on much-abused painkillers


Frequently abused painkillers like Vicodin and Lortab will soon be harder to come by, after the federal Drug Enforcement Agency moved Thursday to tighten restrictions on such drugs.


‘WaterFest’ generates goodwill, but concerns linger


When one event has cost you more than $10 million — with the possibility of millions more to come — it can’t hurt to spend a couple thousand dollars to generate some goodwill.

So West Virginia ...

Raines dropping out of House of Delegates race


Republican Delegate Suzette Raines, the subject of recent Democratic accusations about her residency and her financial disclosures, is withdrawing from the West Virginia House of Delegates race and will seek to have her ...

Valve failure causes explosion, leak at Nitro facility


Valves failed Wednesday on two chemical storage tanks at a Nitro industrial waste-handling facility, causing an explosion and an oil leak that was contained within the operation’s spill-collection system, official...

State GOP changes course, cancels fundraiser headlined by admitted felon


Hours after announcing Wednesday that their annual fall fundraiser would be headlined by a prominent conservative author and filmmaker who awaits sentencing on a federal felony, West Virginia Republican Party officials c...

Rahall rejects Jenkins’ bid to ban outside money


It didn’t take long for Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., to reject an invitation from his Republican opponent, state Sen. Evan Jenkins, to ban outside spending in their race for Congress.

Friday morning, Jenkins p...

In pictures and rhetoric, guns prominent in Senate campaign


If there is a single ubiquitous image in the campaign for U.S. Senate in West Virginia, it may be Secretary of State Natalie Tennant holding a muzzleloader.

Tennant, the Democratic candidate, often brings the gun, ...

As TV ads kick off in W.Va.’s U.S. Senate race, coal is still the theme


West Virginians have seen more ads for the Senate campaigns in neighboring states than the one happening in the Mountain State. That will begin to change Monday, but the primary tenor of the campaign — promises fr...

Six-story building catches fire in downtown Huntington


A fire at an apartment building in downtown Huntington Sunday required nearly four hours, almost all of the Huntington Fire Department and at least four neighboring volunteer fire departments to put it out, Cabell County...

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...