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Lori Kersey

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Volunteers aware of risks, take precautions in Zika-affected areas

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While Zika continues to spread in parts of South America, Central America and the Caribbean Islands, that isn’t stopping some West Virginians from traveling there.

Community colleges told to plan for budget cuts

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Under the threat of an “unprecedented budget reduction,” from the state, leaders of West Virginia’s community and technical colleges were warned Thursday to find ways to cut costs.

DHHR says 1,566 will lose food stamp benefits next month

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Under new requirements to either work or be in training, 1,566 West Virginians will lose their food stamp benefits beginning next month, according to the state Department of Health and Human Resources. Meanwhile the stat...

Parris Island makes Marines out of local recruits

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PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. — Justin Bockway always wanted to be a Marine, just like his father who fought in Desert Storm.

Workshop teaches educators about Marine recruit life

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PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. — Wearing a camouflage rain jacket and braided pigtails, Gabriela Sullen stands at a wall-mounted phone and makes a call.

I am not a Marine: A civilian visits Parris Island

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A trip to Parris Island earlier this month taught me more about the Marines than I ever would have hoped to learn otherwise. It also reinforced something I guess I’ve always known about myself: I was never meant t...

Money-savvy residents can help city budgets, study finds

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Saving even a little bit of money can help a family better handle a financial disruption like a job loss. Plus, saving has a benefit for the local governments where families live, according to a study released Thursday b...

Be sure benefits of aspirin therapy outweigh risks, warns physician

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Taking an aspirin every day may ward off cardiovascular disease and colon cancer for some people, but patients should be careful to weigh the benefits and risks, a Charleston physician said.

Anonymous donor challenges soccer foundation to match gift

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An anonymous $200,000 gift will push the Kanawha-Charleston Soccer Foundation closer to paying off the $1.065 million it owes in construction debt for the Trace Fork Soccer Complex and avoiding foreclosure — as lo...

Pelvic Floor Center serves as one-stop shop to treat common condition

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It’s a common condition in women, and one that only increases with age. About 30 percent of women will develop a condition called “pelvic floor prolapse” in their lifetimes.

SNAP changes will affect feeding programs, advocates say

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The state’s plan to make some food stamp recipients in nine counties work or train or face losing those benefits will ultimately increase the burden on West Virginia’s food banks, pantries and soup kitchens...

In Hinton, WV, ‘everyone’s trying to make a difference’

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HINTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia town with about 2,500 people might seem like an unlikely place for a nationally known, Internet-based business, but Ken Allman says his hometown o...

Flight instructor died in Yeager accident, friends say

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A woman who died when a small plane flipped and caught fire at Yeager Airport Saturday was a flight instructor who lived in Charleston, her friends say.

2,300 patients of Beckley clinic warned to get tested for hepatitis, HIV

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State health officials say they are not sure exactly what caused several cases of hepatitis B and C that have been linked to a heart clinic in Beckley. The viruses have been linked to injectable medications given during ...

Pica disorder easily treated in pregnant women

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If you’ve ever had the urge to eat dirt, you may have a condition that sounds strange but isn’t so uncommon.

UC student helps rescue hundreds of cats

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Before last year, Amanda Whitman would not have exactly described herself as a cat person. The 21-year-old had outdoor cats and a family dog growing up in Logan County. But her life changed in February 2015 when she saw ...

WV extends deadline for SNAP work requirement

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Food-stamp recipients in nine West Virginia counties have another month to tell to state officials they’re either working or in training before they lose those benefits.

South Charleston clinic will serve union members

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Members of the Teamsters union will have a new option for primary care at no out-of-pocket expense to them beginning soon. Union officials hope the clinic will ultimately help them save money on health care costs.

WV clinics get funding for substance abuse treatment

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A clinic in eastern Kanawha County and another one in Putnam County are among five in West Virginia to receive federal funding to expand substance abuse treatment services, federal officials announced Friday.

Legislation would allow partial filling of opioid prescriptions

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Sen. Shelley Moore Capito is one of four federal lawmakers to introduce legislation aimed at reducing the number of unused painkillers that end up on the street by giving patients and physicians more control over prescri...

New Bible Center leader wants renewal for Charleston

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The new leader of one of Charleston’s biggest congregations has a vision not only for his church, but also for the impact it can have on the city.

Timberline reopens chairlift, as skier ponders what might have been

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On Saturday, Timberline Four Seasons Resort, in Davis, reopened a chairlift that dropped a couple dozen skiers about 30 feet to the ground last weekend. One of those skiers thinks the resort is moving too fast.

Leader of Charleston architecture firm says merger part of the business

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A Charleston-area architect says his firm’s recent merger with a Parkersburg firm is an indicator of a trend in the industry.

Hospital ought to “aggressively pursue” tobacco tax increase, advocate says

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A community health advocate and Charleston resident said Wednesday he is disappointed in Charleston Area Medical Center for not doing more to support a measure he says could bring down the state’s high smoking rat...

After child gets rare disorder, family fights for research, awareness

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It was the delayed speech that Dave and Elise Esposito noticed first. Their daughter, Keira, was talking at 3 years old, but not as much as other kids her age. Doctors attributed the problem to hearing issues related to ...

Lawmaker: being gay a “changeable characteristic”

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A Fayette County lawmaker, speaking Friday against an amendment to a bill that would allow riding-sharing services like Uber in the state, called being gay a “changeable characteristic” and said that allowing...

New assistant bishop to speak during Lenten series

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The new assistant bishop for the Episcopal Church of West Virginia and his wife will kick off an annual Lenten speaker series at a South Hills church on Wednesday.

WV native runs popular dog-rating Twitter account

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...