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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Rasmussen, pioneering black lung researcher, dies at 87

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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

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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.

“We...

Patriot Coal wants out of CBAs with UMW

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...