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Film exploring history, impact of mining in Appalachia to show at WV Culture Center


“Blood on the Mountain,” a new film about the history and impact coal mining has had in West Virginia and Appalachia, will have its inaugural showing in West Virginia Friday evening.

Doors to the even...

Rahall on Carter’s announcement: “It was truly amazing”


Former Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., praised former President Jimmy Carter for his nationally-televised press conference concerning his health Thursday.

“I thought it was a unique and quite amazing press co...

Officials warn of travel scams


Those who book their hotel rooms and flights before going on vacations should be very careful when paying online in advance, AAA said in a new warning to travelers.

Hotel booking scams are increasing. And it is oft...

Teamsters, Airgas trying to negotiate contract


Earlier this summer, Teamsters members working for Airgas Mid-America in Charleston unanimously rejected the company’s offer for a collective bargaining agreement -- the first contract being negotiated there since...

Miners protest Patriot Coal’s efforts to cancel union contracts, benefits


SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. — More than 1,000 miners and supporters gathered in front of Patriot Coal’s headquarters in Putnam County on Monday afternoon to protest the company’s ...

Local native heads up U.S. comptroller’s risk office


Linda Cunningham went to night school in the early 1980s, and eventually earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from West Virginia State College. She immediately went to work for the Office of the Comptroller ...

Telephone scam targets senior citizens


Some local residents have been getting telephone calls from people like “Deputy Thomas Johnson.” He tells them they failed to show up for jury duty and warns them they must pay a $750 fine.

A follow-u...

Patriot Coal notifies employees of potential layoffs


Patriot Coal, a top producer of metallurgical and steam coal based in Scott Depot, sent notices of potential layoffs to employees on Tuesday, in advance of a potential sale,

The total number of employees who the Wo...

Century Aluminum closes its doors for good


RAVENSWOOD — Jason Miller has six months left on the job he got 20 years ago.

Five others, two hourly employees and three supervisors, will continue to work with him at th...

Huntington a showcase for local art


HUNTINGTON — Pullman Square, just above the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Huntington, is a showplace for local art — not just inside, in stores and galleries, but outside ...

Officials: Century closure a disappointment for Ravenswood


State and federal officials are expressing their disappointment about the permanent closure of Century Aluminum’s Ravenswood smelter. The company said Monday evening it would permanently shut down the plant immedi...

Bureau works to stop payday lending industry abuses


The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is working on creating stronger federal regulations to control consumer abuses by the payday lending industry.

The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy is suppo...

Amid industry bankruptcies, UMWA to host annual convention


The United Mine Workers of America will begin its 125th anniversary convention on Monday in Las Vegas, with more than 1,300 people attending, including 495 delegates, from across the United States and Canada.


Rasmussen, pioneering black lung researcher, dies at 87


Dr. Donald L. Rasmussen, an internal medicine specialist who helped spark the 1969 Black Lung Strike, died on Thursday. He was 87. Born on Feb. 24, 1928, Rasmussen grew up in Manassa, in the San Louis Valley in Colorado....

Tomblin recognizes exporters from around West Virginia


Eagle Manufacturing Co. in Wellsburg has been around for 122 years. A couple of years ago, they decided to look farther afield to sell their products.


Patriot Coal wants out of CBAs with UMW


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Patriot Coal filed a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, Virginia, last week asking the judge to nullify the company’s collective bargaining agreements with the United Mine Work...

Yeager director retiring, four months after landslide


After 16 years as executive director of Charleston’s Yeager Airport, Rick Atkinson is retiring, effective Monday — the same day that workers are scheduled to begin removing part of the airport’s safe...

Trading of Alpha stocks halted


The New York Stock Exchange on Thursday stopped the trading of Alpha Natural Resources common stocks because of the company’s dramatically low stock prices.

On Aug. 1, 2008, Alpha’s stock reached the ...

Manchin hopeful on Iran deal; WV Republicans skeptical


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s lone congressional Democrat said Tuesday that, although he was waiting to pass judgment on the nuclear agreement reached by the United States, Iran and several other nati...

Bricklayers’ union seeks apprentices


A blue tent covers an area where people can practice laying bricks in the parking lot across from the entrance to WorkForce West Virginia’s offices in the East End Plaza in Charleston.

The Bricklayers Distri...

Poet Jordan to be remembered at Saturday event


This weekend, Norman Jordan’s family will host a celebration of his life, after the well-known African-American poet and author died in late June.

Jordan’s family will host a “Celebration of Li...

Manchin, Capito introduce Miners Protection Act


West Virginia Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito were among five who introduced a bill Tuesday aimed at making sure retired miners and their families keep their health benefits and pensions.

The Miners Prot...

Elderly targeted by online scams


Sandra’s Facebook friend told her that she had won $50,000 in a random drawing.

“She wanted me to send money so I could get my $50,000 in cash,” Sandra, who asked that her real name be withheld...

Artists’ trains brighten downtown Huntington, raise money for hospital


HUNTINGTON -- Bright and colorful locomotives attract the attention of hundreds of people walking and driving around downtown Huntington, especially in and around Pullman Square. Local artists have crafted 43 different t...

Teamsters, Airgas employees on West Side, reject contract


On Saturday, Teamster members working for Airgas Mid-America in Charleston unanimously rejected the company’s offer for a collective bargaining agreement. This would be the first contract negotiated by the union s...

Trade legislation bad for manufacturing jobs, Manchin says


Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Wednesday he believes the Trans-Pacific Partnership bill would have a negative impact on workers in the United States and West Virginia, especially house with good-paying manufacturing job...

Manchin not pursuing revival of gun background check bill


Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Wednesday that he’s not reviving an attempt to expand background checks on gun purchases.

“I haven’t backed off ...

State economic development authority approves loans to chemical, metal businesses


The West Virginia Economic Development Authority approved two new loans and extended two other loans to West Virginia companies during its monthly meeting on Thursday morning.

EDA loans, usually made in conjunction...

WVU to mark Storer College anniversary


West Virginia University will mark the 150th anniversary of a historic black college this month, and the WVU Press will publish a history of the school as the first in a new series.

McKinley again says Export-Import Bank reform needed


The Export-Import Bank helps hundreds of small businesses across the country. But it will expire if Congress does not approve legislation to renew its charter, set to expire on June 30.

Expanding on comments in rec...

WV native, burlesque performer Blaze Starr dies at 83


Blaze Starr, a Wayne County native who became one of America’s most famous burlesque stars and strippers, died early Monday morning at the age of 83.

Born in Wilsondale as Fannie Belle Fleming on April 10, 1...

Wheeling company benefits from Ex-Im Bank, despite McKinley claim


West Virginia’s congressional delegation is split on the fate of the Export-Import Bank, which will stop doing business if it is not reauthori...

W.Va. congressional delegation weighs in on Export-Import Bank vote


As Congress neared a decision on the future of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, West Virginia’s U.S. senators found themselves on opposite sides of a vote on the bank earlier this week.

On Wednesday night, senat...

W.Va.’s CARE Act goes into effect


West Virginia’s new Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act took effect on Monday.

It provides support for caregivers when family members and loved ones go into hospitals.

The Legislature passed the act d...

Cessation order issued for mine near Kanawha State Forest


As dozens of residents protested outside West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection headquarters Friday morning, DEP officials said they had ordered a mine near Kanawha State Forest to stop operations because o...