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Nitro officer shoots, kills man after being shot at, police say


A Nitro police officer shot and killed a man Saturday night after the man shot at the officer, who was responding to a domestic dispute, according to Nitro Police.

Sometime between 10 and 10:30 p.m., a Nitro police...

Unregistered, anonymous Charleston company gave $1 million to Jeb Bush super PAC


Late last month a Charleston-based corporation gave $1 million to support the presidential campaign of Jeb Bush.

What does the company do? How does it make its money? Who runs it? Who owns it? Whose money was it?

Prosecutor looking into Yeager finances, Atkinson’s pay


The Kanawha County prosecuting attorney is looking into the finances of Yeager Airport and its former director, Rick Atkinson, after Atkinson’s abrupt resignation earlier this month.

Atkinson, who had been t...

From far and wide, Saints fans converge on The Greenbrier


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Louis Dunigan drove 18-and-a-half hours, from just north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to be at The Greenbrier resort on Thursday, in a black Jimmy Graham je...

Even after federal ruling, advocates say state LGBT protections needed


A ruling by a federal agency earlier this month declaring employment discrimination based on sexual orientation to be illegal does not remove the need for West Virginia to pass a law banning employment and housing discri...

WV focused on rail safety, but secrecy remains


Five months ago, when a 111-car CSX freight train carrying about 3.1 million gallons of crude oil derailed, exploded and caught fire in Mount Carbon, Lt. Col. Larry Boggs and his team were among the first emergency respo...

Trace Fork soccer fields facing financial collapse, foreclosure


Before she could notch a hat trick in the World Cup final, before she could score more goals than any man or woman in the history of international soccer, before she could star on the field and in dozens of commercials; ...

Local leaders see pivotal moment as Confederate flag comes down


As thousands of cheering onlookers watched an honor guard remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol on Friday, civil rights leaders in West Virginia were hopeful that the event cou...

Kessler’s son pleads guilty to federal drug charge


The son of state Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to selling prescription painkillers within 1,000 feet of a school, U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Kessler c...

Capito assesses her first 6 months in Senate


Six months into her six-year term, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito is touting her efforts to fight drug abuse, increase rural Internet access and stop President Barack Obama’s initiative to cut carbon pollution from coa...

Justice must balance business, politics during governor run


Jim Justice runs coal and agriculture businesses, he coaches high school basketball, he is a philanthropist, he owns West Virginia’s most iconic resort.

And he is running for governor.

It is inevitable...

WV lawmakers support panel removing them from redistricting


The last time West Virginia had to redraw its legislative districts, it spawned five lawsuits that had to be settled by the state Supreme Court. Redrawing the state’s congressional districts three years ago spurre...

Justice weighs in on same-sex marriage decision


West Virginia’s three major gubernatorial candidates have now weighed in on the U.S. Superme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, all saying, at a minimum, that West Virginia must...

WV’s 2014 decision to end gay-nuptials ban affirmed in ‘incredible, history-changing moment’


Seven months after same-sex marriage began in West Virginia, with couples streaming to county courthouses on the first day it was legal, there is now no going back.

On Friday morning, the Supreme Court of the Unite...

WV officeholders unenthusiastic over marriage ruling


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — On the day the U.S. Supreme Court granted same-sex couples in all 50 states the right to marry, elected officials and political leaders across West Virginia had mostly negative reactions to the...

Tomblin says no changes planned for W.Va.’s Confederate monuments


On the grounds of the state Capitol stands a bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln, honoring the man who, in the midst of the Civil War, created West Virginia.

“His head is bowed,” reads the

Yeager refinances bond to free up money for landfill expenses


The Yeager Airport board of directors unanimously agreed on Wednesday to refinance its existing parking garage bond to get an additional $12 million to cover expenses related to the March landslide at the end of the airp...

Soccer tournament bringing 20,000 people and $15 million


In the next few days, somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 people will flood into Charleston, Huntington and the areas in between from all over the northeastern United States. They’ll stay through the weekend, occu...

W.Va. bishop stresses nuance, ‘framework,’ in pope’s call for climate action


As Pope Francis on Thursday called climate change a “global problem with grave implications” and called for widespread changes to stop carbon pollution and other environmental degradation, the leader of the...

W.Va. signs agreements with Shanxi Province, China


West Virginia leaders signed several agreements on Thursday with a delegation from China’s Shanxi Province to promote business and educational cooperation between the two regions.

In a ceremony at the state ...

After 100 years of service, Capuchins leave West Side


For more than 100 years, an order of Capuchin Franciscan priests has prayed and preached in the Kanawha Valley, celebrating baptisms and marriages, comforting the bereaved, ministering to the needs of generation after ge...

Mt. Olive inmate dies after struggle with prison staff


By David Gutman

Staff writer

An inmate died in a Fayette County state prison Friday night after he allegedly attacked a prison counselor, struggled with staff, was ultimately restrained and then suffered some...

Two arrested in Big Chimney bank robbery


Two Kanawha County men have been arrested and charged with felonies related to an attempted bank robbery Friday afternoon in Big Chimney, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department said.

Bobby Wolfe, 33, of Elk...

As World Cup issues swirl, Qatar looks to invest in W.Va.


With the future of a proposed Brazilian-sponsored cracker plant in Wood County unclear, could the tiny Persian Gulf monarchy of Qatar step in to brin...