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WV native runs popular dog-rating Twitter account


Matt Nelson already had an impressive following of nearly 10,000 people on his personal Twitter account when he had an idea: a separate account dedicated strictly to dogs. He would tweet pictures of them and assign them ...

Einstein’s gravity waves detected; WVU professor among researchers


A West Virginia University researcher and professor is part of the team that has detected gravitational waves in the universe, which Albert Einstein predicted a century ago in his theory of relativity.

Screen time can lead to headaches, inactivity


From cell phones and computers to television and tablets, our days are filled with screens. All those screens we look at — from video games and movies to checking emails — can cause eye strain. But there ar...

Acupuncturist wants to help addicts


Acupuncture has been used in Chinese medicine since ancient times, and one area practitioner hopes to one day use the alternative medicine method to help combat the state’s staggering opioid addiction epidemic.

Journalist, author Sam Quinones to speak at Festival of Ideas


Before writing his latest book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic,” Sam Quinones spent a lot of time writing about a place he later found out had a lot to do with the problem: Mex...

‘Mardi Bras’ aims to collect personal care items for homeless women, children


A different type of Fat Tuesday event aims to collect things sometimes forgotten by those who donate to homeless shelters.

WV health officials monitoring Zika virus situation


West Virginia health officials are closely monitoring news about the Zika virus in the United States and abroad and have warned health care providers to be on the look out, state health officer Dr. Rahul Gupta said Thurs...

CAMC asked to support $1 cigarette tax increase


A health advocate and Charleston resident has called on West Virginia’s largest hospital system to support a $1 increase on the state’s cigarette tax, as part of a comprehensive campaign aimed at driving down...

Progression important to exercise routine, experts say


If you’re like a lot of people, at least one of your New Year’s resolutions has you exercising more, at a gym or by yourself. And while you may want to give your new workout your all, experts say slowing do...

Clearing Charleston hilltops remains a priority as temperatures rise


As temperatures crept above freezing on Sunday following the weekend’s torrential snowfall, those who live in Charleston’s flats might have been better off waiting for Mother Nature to help melt the snow of...

‘Consequences’ won’t make much difference to local Episcopalians, leaders say


The worldwide Anglican Communion’s recently imposed restrictions on its United States branch, the Episcopal Church, will likely not change anything for local Episcopalians, church leaders say.

The Anglican C...

Budget cuts could hurt public health efforts, officials say


Local health departments around West Virginia would have to cut services if the state goes forward with a proposed 25 percent reduction to their funding.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s proposed budget for fiscal ye...

With colder temperatures approaching, officials urge caution


With temperatures expected to drop into the single digits by the end of the weekend, Kanawha County officials want to make sure people are safely heating their homes.

As the coldest months of the year, December, J...

Navy ship named for WV Medal of Honor recipient


When World War II veteran Hershel “Woody” Williams first heard of the effort to get a U.S. Navy ship named in his honor, he didn’t think it was possible.

That was nearly 20 years ago, after Ron...

Man shot to death on Charleston’s West Side


A man was shot in the head and killed in broad daylight Thursday at an apartment complex on Charleston’s West Side. Police said the shooting apparently was drug-related.

Nate Chaney, 22, of Charleston, was s...

Cutting out sugar? Start with drinks and read labels, experts say


If your New Year’s Resolution is to cut out sugar, you’re probably not alone.

“Sugar detox” has become something of a buzzword in the dieting world.

But is it fair to compare suga...

Legislature’s Word processing switch a ‘major project,’ officials say


When the Legislature starts its annual session on Wednesday, it will have a seemingly small change that’s taken workers thousands of hours over the past eight months to accomplish.

After using Word Perfect ...

Orthodox blessing on river will invite God to city


In a special service Sunday afternoon, local orthodox churches will bless Charleston’s water supply and invite God’s presence into the area. St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Kanawha City is having a Theoph...

Christmas Day flood destroys Roane County family’s home


NEWTON — Josh and Megan Salyers had just finished their home’s new addition — a room for their 1-year-old daughter — on Christmas Day when their entire home was de...

Hall says he’ll stay in WV Senate until replacement plan is set


A Republican who announced his resignation from the West Virginia Senate on Tuesday now says he...

Health advocates express concerns over safety of ‘vaping’ chemicals


Electronic cigarettes are sometimes billed as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco, but there is still a lot that medical professionals don’t know about “vaping.”

“A lot of the product...

Seasonal Sips: A Moscow Mule twist and more for your New Year's toast


The last of our seasonal sips brings us back to Bar 101 on Capitol Street. Not only did bartender Evan Ward whip up a couple of cocktails to help wind up the old year, kick off the New Year or just serve when company com...

Retiring Columbia employee wraps up toy drive leadership


After 42 years on the job, Bill Christian will retire from Columbia Pipeline Group next year. He helps control the flow of gas over much of the Eastern United States, but most of his co-workers had one concern when they ...

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Keep dreaming


Dreaming of a white Christmas? Keep dreaming.

The Charleston area probably won’t see any snow that day. Temperatures are expected to stay relatively warm for the foreseeable future, said Jonathan Wolfe, a m...

Antibiotic misuse can lead to problems, doctor and officials say


This flu season, before you ask your doctor for an antibiotic to stop that coughing or sneezing, stop. You — and your physician — could be doing more harm than good.

While antibiotics have their uses...

Former basketball standout now a brokerage executive


For Gregory Dennis, learning to manage his own money led to a career of helping others do the same.

Dennis, the new chief operating officer for United Brokerage Services, a subsidiary of Charleston-based United Ba...

Vandals target historic black church in Montgomery, WV


MONTGOMERY, W.Va. — Broken glass and debris cover the floor in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church, where Montgomery’s oldest black congregati...

Survey: More Kanawha residents have had adverse childhood experiences


More than a quarter of the people — mostly in the Kanawha metro area — who responded to an informal survey about their childhood experiences said they had four or more adverse experiences growing up.


Ski season to open at Snowshoe Friday


West Virginia’s ski slopes will begin to open for the season this weekend, getting a later start than usual.

Snowshoe Mountain Resort will open for skiing and snowboarding at 9 a.m. Friday. Canaan Valley Res...

Former Racine woman, photographer reflects on Hanukkah, Israel


This week, people from all over Israel will pour into Debbie Hill’s Jerusalem neighborhood to celebrate Hanukkah.

“People use these brass boxes with glass and use olive oil with floating wicks and ev...

Procession will welcome Coptics to Charleston


As a sort of welcome to the new church, the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of Sacred Heart will make a pilgrimage through downtown Charleston on Sunday to the site of the new St. Mary and Archangel Gabriel Coptic Orthodox ...

Lewis County diaper bank opens to meet families’ needs


Diapers may not be the first thing that comes to mind when people think about helping the less fortunate, but there’s a real need. That’s the reason for the diaper bank that recently opened in Lewis County....

Singer/songwriter Josh Ritter returns to Mountain Stage


An Idaho native and Brooklyn resident, singer and songwriter Josh Ritter is no stranger to the Mountain State either. Ritter’s debut novel, “Bright’s Passage,” released in 2011, is set in West...

Author releases updated version of Campbells Creek history book


The second time Todd A. Hanson collected photos and history of his hometown of Campbells Creek, he found it much easier than the first.

“It seems like 25 years ago, the owners of the photos were very protec...

Despite a rise in religious ‘nones,’ area churches draw hundreds


Were it not for the cross that hangs over the fireplace, you might mistake the foyer at Bible Center Church for a ski lodge.

The church’s 65,000-square-foot building located in a remote area off Corridor G ...

Unwanted prescription drugs now accepted at area police stations


Kanawha Valley residents don’t have to wait until a designated day to dispose of unwanted medications — the pills now are accepted daily at several police stations.

Prescription medications can be ta...

RCCR hosts annual bean dinner fundraiser


The dinner is Thursday, but volunteers for the Religious Coalition for Community Renewal’s biggest fundraiser of the year will hard at work on the meal beginning today, executive director Debra Payne said.


Alternative heart cath method more comfortable for patients, doctors say


The last time Edsil Prunty underwent a heart catheterization, he was surprised to be able to leave the hospital so soon after the procedure.

“I went in at 7 a.m. and was ready to go at noon. That’s w...

Lung disease patients, caregivers invited to respiratory rally


Until just before she was diagnosed with cancer, Nancy Tonkin thought she was perfectly healthy.

The 59-year-old Nitro resident had been on vacation and was living an active lifestyle, walking several miles a day.<...

Kanawha health officials seek adverse childhood experience data


Officials from the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department want to know how your childhood was — and they want you to know how that could affect your health now.

For the next two weeks, residents may take the ...

Combat veteran, Fayetteville resident, paddles entire Mississippi River


A combat veteran herself, Annie Balthazar is passionate about helping military men and women returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. So when she got the opportunity to use another of her passions to find a way for ...

Video shows Jim Justice call officer ‘total lunatic’ in 2014 traffic stop


In a dash-cam video made public over the weekend, West Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice called a police officer “a total lunatic” after he pulled him over for speeding in December 2014.


Charleston officers use naloxone to save overdose patient


Two Charleston Police Officers are being credited with saving a man’s life on Charleston’s West Side Wednesday, when they administered naloxone, which reversed the effects of his drug overdose.

U.S. A...

Coach transforms beginner runners of all ages into 5K racers


Thinking about starting to run? It can be easier than you think to work up from being a couch potato to running a 5K, says running coach Matt Young.

Young teaches Genesis 5K, a nine-week program during which begin...

Meat sellers, buyers react to report linking meat varieties to cancer


Wayne Pence leaned against the wall, between the entrance to the factory and the time card slots, and chuckled.

“Something new causes cancer every day,” he said. “A few years ago they said milk...

Marmet church members use running to connect with God, others


Before she started running earlier this year, Paula Williams had always been envious of runners — and she was surrounded by them.

Her husband’s job with the Air National Guard requires him to be able ...

Organ donation “the most comforting part” of WVU student’s death, father says


It’s been nearly a year since his son died, but TJ Burch said it hasn’t set in yet.

“I know that in all likelihood, it never will,” TJ Burch told a room full of people at the Clay Center...

Local Syrian-American advocates for no-fly zone


Charleston orthodontist Imad Shammaa believes Americans should welcome Syrian refugees fleeing war, but he really wishes we didn’t have to.

Shammaa, president of the local chapter of the Syrian American Med...

When the White House calls: East End center staff describes busy week


The staff at the East End Family Resource Center was already expecting a busy week this week, as they planned a block party and one of their biggest fundraisers of the year.

Then the White House called.


Advocates: Fight doesn’t end with WV addiction forum


As Matt Sutton sat in the gymnasium where he’d watched countless Charleston children play after school, he felt hopeful that the man coming to speak there Wednesday could offer solutions to one of the biggest prob...