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Andrea Lannom

Staff Writer

E-filing for court documents available for 3 counties

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E-filing for court documents is now available in three counties and officials are hoping to expand into a fourth this month.

Matt Arrowood, who heads up the West Virginia Supreme Court’s e-filing project, s...

Hospital employee suing CAMC physician

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A hospital employee is suing a physician, claiming he created a hostile work environment by falsely accusing her of rape after she asked him to pay child support.

Kathryn O’Neal, represented by Charleston ...

Drums Across the Tri-State highlight of band season

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A sea of bright blue and white uniforms flooded Laidley Field.

The crowd was silent, watching as the Cascades, a marching band group from Seattle, pushed a giant spinning Earth into the center of the field. The st...

Century Aluminum closes Ravenswood plant

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Century Aluminum will permanently shut down its Ravenswood plant effectively immediately, officials announced Monday night.

The Ravenswood smelter was built in 1957 and had a full operating capacity of 170,000 met...

Century Aluminum closes Ravenswood plant

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Century Aluminum will permanently shut down its Ravenswood plant effectively immediately, officials announced Monday night.

The Ravenswood smelter was built in 1957 and had a full operating capacity of 170,000 met...

Circuit judge enforces courtroom dress code

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Signs mark many courtroom doors, warning people not to bring in food, drinks or cellphones.

However, one judge in the West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle said he had to post a sign telling people what they s...

WVU grad played key role in gay nuptials case before Supreme Court

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When Jaci Gonzales Martin saw the decision in the same-sex marriage case come across her computer screen last month, a wave of emotions flowed through her.

Attorneys say state destroyed crucial video in shooting case

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Attorneys representing two brothers accused in last year’s shooting of a bar bouncer questioned the preservation of a surveillance video, which they say could have cleared their clients if they would have got a co...

Man wanted in connection with Monkey Barrel shooting

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Warrants are out for a man convicted of multiple violent felonies who is now being connected to a July 4 shooting at the Monkey Barrel Bar.

Charleston Police said Tuesday that they are searching for Andre “...

Kanawha judge OKs removal of collapsed airport hillside material

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The collapsed runway extension at Yeager Airport will be stabilized and removed after a Kanawha County judge gave permission for work to begin.

Attorneys packed Kanawha County Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit’s co...

Man charged in one-punch death receives probation

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The courtroom was silent as Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom watched a video showing a Hurricane man punching another man once, which later led to the man’s death, but helping him until emergency crews got there. ...

Yeager Airport hillside moves again

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Portion of Yeager Airport hill fell about 20 feet Wednesday

Putnam County residents mop up flooding, watch threatening skies

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HURRICANE — Putnam County farmer Dale Young surveyed his land, which was now a muddy river following heavy rain that caused the nearby creek to overflow into the community.

“It tore down the fences,...

Insurance company says hotel’s policy excludes damages from pollution

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Hotels say providers wrongfully denied claim; companies cite lack of coverage

PA Denny a family affair

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Beloved sternwheeler returned to Charleston this weekend

Bids taken for surplus state vehicles at auction

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All 50 retired police cars, trucks and Jeeps purchased at state auction Wednesday

Senator’s son pleads guilty to drug charge

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The son of a state senator pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge Wednesday.

Jacob Kessler, 25, of Glen Dale, appeared in federal court in Wheeling, where he pleaded guilty to oxycodone trafficking.

Federal...

Judge approves agreement to drop charge if bank shapes up

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A federal judge approved an agreement reached between prosecutors and the Bank of Mingo where prosecutors would drop the charge against it if the bank demonstrates good conduct throughout the next year.

Federal pr...

Man sentenced for setting house ablaze in suicide attempt

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Prosecutors say man tortured wife, set four fires in house before attempting suicide

Former Kanawha teacher pleads guilty to firearms charge

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A former Kanawha County teacher has pleaded guilty to illegally purchasing a firearm for a person she knew was a convicted felon.

Federal prosecutors said Jennifer Napier, 39, of East Bank, bought the Draco pistol...

DHHR moves forward with some Medicaid contracts

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DHHR moving

forward with some Medicaid documents

Freedom settlement gets judge’s preliminary approval

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Attorney says agreement helps clean up site, provides money for remediation

Morrisey joins attorneys general in EPA lawsuit

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The state attorney general has joined in filing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, calling its water rule “regulatory lunacy,” which he claims could lead to people asking agencies permis...

Elkview man gets jail time for assaulting girlfriend

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An Elkview man accused of assaulting his girlfriend and holding her inside the home they shared could serve two years in jail.

Brandon Lee Kessell, 29, of Elkview appeared Tuesday before Kanawha Circuit Judge Jame...

Drunken drive ends with crash at WV veterans memorial, police say

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A Charleston woman is charged with driving under the influence after being accused of driving through the Capitol Complex and damaging one of the benches surrounding the veterans memorial.

Dee Ann White, 63, was a...

Judge allows amendment in university accreditation lawsuit

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A federal judge allowed a now-defunct university to amend its lawsuit against the Higher Learning Commission that alleged the commission wrongfully pulled its accreditation.

Mountain State University originally fi...

Woman reflects on brother who shot adopted daughter, son

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Relative says she cannot believe that man, 70, would intentionally hurt his children

Settlement reached in law firm sexual harassment case

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A confidential settlement was reached between a woman and the Charleston law firm she claimed wrongfully terminated her for rejecting an attorney’s sexual advances.

Kylan Wilson, of Dunbar, filed the lawsui...

Local officials react to Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage

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Lawmakers and representatives from numerous West Virginia organizations are reacting to today’s U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 decision affirming the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in a variety of ways. Be...

Judge lets prosecutors stay on chemical spill case

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Executives claimed staffers affected by water crisis create

conflict of interest

Foodland robbers get stiff sentences

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A Kanawha County judge sentenced five people Thursday who previously pleaded guilty to their roles in a Foodland robbery scheme where a clerk was severely injured after being shot in the chest.

Levi Lanham, 18, Te...

Relax, there’s a yoga opportunity right outside

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Traci Levine, an instructor and massage therapist at the Folded Leaf, says she likes to bring yoga to people.

And this weekend, she will continue to do just that in two outdoor sessions of basic Hatha Flow yoga. T...

Business designs software that streamlines bidding process

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When Nathaniel Boggs decided to create his software program, aiming to eliminate favoritism in the bidding process, he wanted to go after the goldfish.

“Most people when they’re in business, they go ...

Grieving father sues over 911 response time

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A Kanawha County father is suing county emergency services operators, alleging they failed to arrive on time and give proper care to his 15-year-old son who died last year after going into cardiac arrest.

Leland B...

Grand jury will hear toddler murder case

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The case of a man accused in the death of a 2-year-old boy he was babysitting will go to the grand jury after a Kanawha County magistrate found probable cause for his first-degree murder charge.

Jarrell Rockford S...

Men sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbery scheme

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Accomplice who lured victim with sex gets probation

U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin revisits theater past

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GRANDVIEW, W.Va. — A tattered, tea-stained prop Mexican flag hangs on a cabin on stage for the performance of the classic outdoor drama “Honey in the Rock.”

However, it’s not just any...

Phone threats to Manchin land man in prison

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A man who previously admitted to making threatening phone calls to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin will serve 18 months in prison, a federal judge decided Wednesday.

Steven Anthony Major, 50, pleaded guilty earlier this yea...

State Supreme Court puts a hold on Medicaid contract bidding case

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Decision halts

Medicaid contract bidding lawsuit

Mingo County bank issues statement about federal cahrges

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Bank of Mingo accused of not having anti-money laundering program

Former Capital High School principal asks for lawsuit’s dismissal

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Former Capital High principal wants accusations of negligence tossed

Lawyer, firm respond to allegations of fired employee

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Woman says she was fired for rejecting attorney’s sexual advances

Life with mercy recommended for Hurricane father accused in infant’s death

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Prosecutors recommend life with mercy for man accused in 5-week-old’s death

Putnam Five Guys employees sue managers, chain over sexual harassment claims

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Two former employees are suing a newly-opened business in Hurricane, alleging a manager at the restaurant sexually harassed them.

Putnam County residents Macey Lewis and Brittany Mercer-Gregory, who both used to w...

Plea withdrawn in Capital High sexual assault case

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Dallas King, 17, was arrested in January and charged with second-degree sexual assault

Judge grants injunction in DHHR case

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Lawsuit alleges agency awarded contracts without bidding process

Times changing for baby changing tables

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It’s inevitable. Any parent who is out with a baby will eventually have to find a place to change a diaper.

For women, it can be as simple as visiting the nearest restroom.

For men, options might not ...

Some states consider changing tables laws

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Though there are no laws on the books regarding diaper changing tables in West Virginia, other states have tried to pass laws to require changing tables in all public restrooms, or to prohibit putting a changing table in...

Settlement proposal filed in Freedom Industries lawsuit

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Freedom Industries leaders

reach potential settlement

over 2014 chemical spill

Judge sentences father to prison in fatal shooting of adopted daughter

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Roy Roger Pittman, 70, could serve up to

23 years for killing adopted 15-year-old