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Must sign up by today for health coverage beginning Jan. 1


Today is the last day to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchange in order to avoid forfeiting coverage for the month of January.

Those who do not sign up for insurance before the end o...

Wreath ceremony honors veterans at Donel Kinnard cemetery


They walked solemnly in twos, each pair carrying a wreath, placing them side-by-side until seven wreaths stood sentinel in the freezing rain at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery on Saturday.

The fir...

Kanawha health board launches director search


The Kanawha-Charleston Board of Health has appointed two of its members to serve as interim director and interim health officer for the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department after accepting the resignation of Dr. Rahul Gu...

Needy parents and expectant mothers turn to Gabriel Project


Lauren is young and overwhelmed — not only is her pregnancy unplanned, but she is expecting triplets in early 2015.

For Lauren, caring for one child on her income would prove difficult, but the prospect of b...

Osteopathic school earns regional accreditation


The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine has received full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, a five-year process that has afforded them regional and institutional accreditation and could allow them...

Charleston ceremony honors Pearl Harbor survivors, casualties


Wetzel Sanders was 17 years old when, on July 12, 1941, he enlisted in the United States Army.

“I ran off from home when I joined the Army; when my family found out where I was at, I was at boot camp in Hawa...

Restaurant recognized for water crisis charity


For Tim Hopkins, the Jan. 9 chemical leak that contaminated the water for his Elkview restaurant and for hundreds of thousands of residents was more than a disaster — it was an opportunity to take care of his own ...

Gabriel Project helps pregnant women, families


Brian works in a low-paying job and has trouble affording necessities for his child — he can’t afford a crib, so his son sleeps with him in his bed. Items as basic as diapers, formula and clothing for the b...

Advocates still want more patient access at psych hospitals


The Department of Health and Human Resources is raising pay for employees at its two psychiatric hospitals, as ordered by a judge, but DHHR and patient advocates still disagree on how much authority advocates can have in...

Charleston native creates pillow for women


In August of last year, Marnie Rustemeyer received the medical test results that would change her life — and teach her the true meaning of the phrase “the healing power of sleep.”

Rustemeyer, a...

Local artist, 93, holds final Charleston art sale


Rosalie Atkins would tell her two young children bedtime stories each night, and as she spoke, she drew — sweeping illustrations that sprawled to each corner of a large chalkboard.

“I would draw the c...

Covenant House to offer free HIV testing for World AIDS Day


There are an estimated 2,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in West Virginia — a number that includes the roughly 400 who don’t know they’re infected with the virus, and the population Covenant House ho...

W.Va. Guard’s 1st female colonel receives ‘Unsung Hero’ award


The West Virginia National Guard’s first female colonel, a leading medical volunteer in the Kanawha Valley, has received a national award for her service to the region.

Col. Pauline Shaver, a Charleston resi...

End-of-life registry now offers wallet cards


West Virginia’s online portal for end-of-life advance directives has begun issuing wallet-sized cards to those who have filed forms with the agency in order to make it easier for health- care providers to make the...

Healthy eating, exercise initiative targets local grade schools


The kids were doing the teaching Friday morning at Anne Bailey Elementary School, in St. Albans, and the subject was one that has caused concern across West Virginia and the nation for years — the health of their ...

Anti-obesity group to construct ‘outdoor classroom’ downtown


Laura Dice, like many of her friends and coworkers, recalls that most of her favorite childhood memories took place outside — something she fears may be lost to many children today.

“We were doing a w...

CAMC assessment targets obesity, drugs


Charleston Area Medical Center’s top three health-care concerns for the Kanawha Valley are obesity, illegal drug abuse and lack of physical activity, according to the results of the 2014 Community Needs Assessment...

Goodwill ‘Prosperity Center’ to start construction


As community leaders, board members and employees took turns swinging a pickax at the facade of Goodwill’s West Side headquarters, the stucco began to chip away — revealing some of the older brick underneat...

Fairness speaker highlights legal implications of marriage win


The last year has seen historic strides for gay rights in the U.S. and in West Virginia, but according to state and national LGBT advocacy groups, winning the fight for full equality hinges on guarding hard-won rights wh...

ACA enrollment starts Saturday


Health insurance was the last thing on Mina Shultz’s mind when she was finishing her master’s degree in 2011.

Schultz’s parents knew their daughter would need coverage once she was out of schoo...

National LGBT equality scorecard flawed, Fairness says


The nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization has given two West Virginia cities high rankings for protecting citizens’ rights while giving two other cities low ratings. ...

Man accused of West Side robberies surrenders to police


A man who allegedly committed two robberies on Charleston’s West Side on Friday is now in custody in South Central Regional Jail after police say he called 911 to turn himself in late Friday night.

Charles ...

East End AIDS Memorial Garden plants for spring


In the spring, they grow tulips and daffodils. In the summer, black-eyed susans and roses. And in the fall, mums and pansies.

The pansies will live through the winter and into spring again, ensuring something is a...

State receives ‘C’ on pre-term birth report card


The number of premature births in West Virginia has remained steady for the last two years and has decreased markedly since 2006, according to the March of Dimes, which gave the state a “C” on its 2014 Prem...

Kentucky health co-op postpones entrance into W.Va. marketplace


The Kentucky Health Cooperative, which announced in May that it would enter West Virginia’s health-care marketplace in 2015, has announced that it will postpone its entry for one year amid concerns that its infras...

Heart Association urges people to cut back salt


Coach Have-a-Heart was rallying his team for the game of their lives.

“It’s like my mom and Ben Franklin always said, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’ and prevention in...

Following probation, UC outlines steps to improve pharmacy school


The University of Charleston submitted an interim report earlier this month to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education outlining planned improvements to its School of Pharmacy after it was placed on probation by...

Born to run: School running club success in first year


Zachary White, 7, wants to be a professional runner or cyclist.

Katelyn Braley, 8, likes to race at home with her 5-year-old brother.

Stella Kincaid, 9, just loves to run.

And Maria Phillips, a second-...

Stroke warnings hit home for one hospital employee


It was a normal day, little more than a week from her 33rd birthday, when Paige Johnson’s husband noticed something strange.

“He looked at me and one side of my face was drawn on one side; it was dro...

Hospitals CEOs talk about health care’s future


Stephen Dexter’s and David Ramsey’s dreams for health-care in America mirror some of the central tenets of the Affordable Care Act — to them, universal health care with a smaller price tag aligns wel...

Two strains of flu found in Kanawha County


Influenza B and Influenza AH3 have been positively identified in the last two weeks, said Dr. Rahul Gupta, chief medical officer for the KCHD. Diagnoses of different strains of the virus are common during this time of ye...

Highland CEO has big plans for hospital


When Cynthia Persily arrived at Highland Hospital in Charleston a little more than a year ago, the nurse-by-trade who had spent the last two decades in education was ready to make strides in mental health.


Stakeholders disagree on profitability of W.Va. HMOs


Firms representing health-care entities across West Virginia are at odds on whether the state’s health maintenance organizations (HMOs) are too profitable and if they contribute too much to the state’s Medi...

Library leaders promote levy during annual book sale


As dozens of people milled through rows of used books Saturday in the Charleston Civic Center, Cheryl Crigger Morgan reminisced about how, just two years before, the crowd...