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Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded to WV native, NASA pioneer


Katherine Johnson, a native of White Sulphur Springs and a pioneer in the American space program, received the United States’ highest civilian honor on Tuesday.

Johnson was ho...

Senators Manchin, Capito rank high in new approval-rating poll


West Virginians are pretty pleased with their two U.S. senators, a new poll from a Washington-based politics and polling site has found.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin gets a nod of approval from 66 percent of registe...

Gas prices fall below $2 and may continue to drop


Around this time a year ago, a headline in The Charleston Gazette read: “Plummet at the pump; expect gas prices to keep dropping.”

The “plummet” refer...

Feds write to Tomblin, other governors, about refugee screening


The Obama administration wrote to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin late last week to describe, in detail, the “extraordinarily thorough and comprehensive” security vetting program that Syrian refugees must go through ...

WV will wait and see on daily fantasy sports


For quarterback, go ahead and pick up Tom Brady; he’s the best. Wide receiver: Get Marshall alumnus Aaron Dobson; he could be poised for a breakout (stranger things have happened), and his parents gave away Thanks...

WV Lottery revenues declining


Through the first four months of the current fiscal year, West Virginia Lottery revenue is down by about 4 percent — more than $14 million — compared to the same period last year.

From July through Oc...

Tomblin has 62 percent approval, highest of any Democratic governor


Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has the highest approval rating of any Democratic governor in the country, according to a new survey of voters in all 50 states conducted by a Washington-based politics and polling site.

The <...

Laird won’t run again for Senate in Fayette County


Democratic Fayette County state Sen. Bill Laird will not run for re-election, ending a career of nearly 30 years of public service.

Laird has served two terms in the Senate, two terms in the House of Delegates and ...

Greenbrier resort closing for 24 days next year


The Greenbrier resort will close for a total of 24 days next year, spread throughout January, February and March, for renovations and upkeep.

“We are going to conduct some pretty big projects that we can...

Shelley Moore Capito’s son to run for House in Kanawha County


Sen. Shelley Moore Capito’s son is running for a spot in the House of Delegates, the political seat that launched Capito’s own political career.

Moore Capito, a Republican, filed pre-candidacy papers ...

WV native, NASA mathematician to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom


Katherine Johnson was born in 1918 in White Sulphur Springs, but left her home town at age 14 because, as a young black woman, there were no local schools she could attend after eighth grade.<...

State Police will carry naloxone, but it’s unclear when


The West Virginia State Police plans to carry naloxone, a life-saving drug that reverses the effects of opioid overdoses, but there is no time frame for when troopers will begin carrying the drug and it is unclear if any...

Clinton proposes aid for coalfield communities


Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign announced Thursday a multi-billion-dollar plan to help coalfield communities stabilize and restructure their economies as coal’s spot in the nati...

Mine Workers union endorses Jim Justice for governor


Citing his history of creating jobs and working amicably with unions, the United Mine Workers of America endorsed Jim Justice, the coal and agriculture magnate and nascent politician, in the race to be West Virginia ...

Buffey rape case sets precedent: Prosecutors must disclose evidence


The West Virginia Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Harrison County prosecutors improperly withheld a DNA test in a 14-year-old sexual-assault case, setting the stage for a Clarksburg man to possibly be freed from state p...

‘Health gaps’ causing 1,900 annual deaths in WV, study says


More than 1,900 premature deaths could be avoided every year if West Virginia’s least healthy counties had access to the same programs and opportunities as its healthiest counties, according to a new report.

Capito proposes doctor training, naloxone, to address opioid crisis


The federal government would have to establish guidelines for training doctors in prescribing opioids and increasing the use of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone, under a new bill co-sponsored by Sen. Shelley Moore Ca...

Only hints of presidential campaign in West Virginia


Hillary Clinton is talking about emails, Dr. Ben Carson’s talking about pyramids and West Point, Sen. Bernie Sanders is talking about billionaires, Donald Trump is talking about himself.

As the presidential ...

Kessler says WV needs more tax money


It’s going to take increased state spending and investment for West Virginia to turn around its flailing economy, state Sen. Jeff Kessler, a Democratic candidate for governor, said Thursday. And the money for that...

Justice stresses big ideas over specifics in campaign


In a state with the nation’s highest unemployment rate, in the midst of round after round of major budget cuts and with a gaping hole in the health insurance fund for state employees, here are...

Family suing State Police over killing of Mercer teen


The parents of a Mercer County teen killed by a state trooper last year are suing that trooper and the West Virginia State Police.

Coal talk fades nationally, but not in WV


There are 18 candidates currently running for president who have participated in the presidential debates this year.

Over the course of the seven debates, those candidates have substantively discussed coal a grand ...

US attorney says planned WV child mental health facility “disastrous”


A proposed child psychiatric treatment facility in Logan County is advancing with a disturbing lack of transparency and would have “disastrous implications” if it is completed, the U.S. attorney for the Nor...

Coal not coming back, Appalachian Power president says


ROANOKE — Coal consumption is not likely to increase, regardless of whether new federal regulations on power plants go into effect, and, from coal’s perspective, the natio...

Tomblin will submit Clean Power Plan blueprint for WV


ROANOKE — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin intends to submit a plan for West Virginia to cut greenhouse gas emissions in compliance with the Obama administration’...

Charleston family’s moment with Obama brings support


Jessie Grubb, battling heroin addiction at a rehab facility in Michigan, turned on her computer last week and queued up a live video.

Her addiction wasn’t a secret; close friends and family knew. But it wasn...

Federal health secretary praises WV for reducing uninsured


West Virginia has done well in cutting the number of residents without health insurance, but significant health challenges still remain, Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, leader of the U.S. Department of Health and Human...

Two GOP challengers for Mooney in race for Congress


Rep. Alex Mooney will have at least two Republican primary opponents in his quest for re-election in May.

Marc Savitt, a mortgage provider in Jefferson County, announced his candidacy on Tuesday, joining Ken Reed, ...

In WV, Obama talks prevention, treatment to fight opioid epidemic


As President Barack Obama sat in a small community center gym on Charleston’s East End on Wednesday, Cary Dixon told him what opioid addiction has meant to her family.

Obama discusses coal, drug industry role in epidemic in exclusive interview


After speaking at a community discussion in Charleston on the opioid epidemic afflicting West Virgina and the nation, President Barack Obama gave an exclusive interview to the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Obama discuss...

Obama to announce drug policy changes on Charleston trip


In conjunction with his trip to Charleston, President Barack Obama will announce new steps to help stem the flow of prescription painkillers and ease the path to treatment for people fighting opioid addiction.


How did WV come to lead the nation in overdoses?


Try this: Hold your breath for two minutes.

That's what Dr. David Chaffin tells his residents at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Obama coming to Charleston to talk opioid epidemic


President Obama will travel to Charleston next week to hold a community discussion on the prescription drug and heroin epidemics that have gripped West Virginia and the rest of the nation.

During the forum, to be h...

Justice pays back taxes as WV governor race perks up


West Virginia’s richest man, now a candidate for governor, is paying his debts to the state’s poorest county.

Just days after a front-page story in the Lexington Herald...

Former WV miner in Pulitzer-winning investigation still waiting on black lung claim


It’s been 26 years since Ted Latusek first showed signs of black lung disease.

It’s been 21 years since Latusek first applied for federal black lung benefits.

It’s been two years since La...

WV House members up in the air on speaker after McCarthy withdraws


Two of West Virginia’s Republican congressmen will have to reconsider their votes for speaker of the House after the stunning announcement by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., that he was

Freedom Industries bankruptcy case officially settled


The Freedom Industries bankruptcy case is now officially settled.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson gave final approval to Freedom’s bankruptcy plan on Tuesday, wrappin...

Justices lean toward Buffey in oral arguments


Justices on the West Virginia Supreme Court forcefully questioned a Harrison County prosecutor Tuesday about why favorable DNA evidence had not been turned over to a defendant prior to his guilty plea being finalized in ...

WV tax reform committee hears recommendation to repeal personal property tax


West Virginia should work to repeal its tax on personal property, a change that would shift the tax burden from businesses to individuals and homeowners, a policy analyst with the conservative Tax Foundation said Monday....

Tomblin announces 4 percent budget cut for state agencies


Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Monday announced an across-the-board 4 percent cut for most state government agencies, a move he said is necessary due to “unexpected and unprecedented” drops in the state’s ...

Precedent-setting Clarksburg rape case goes to W.Va. Supreme Court


Fifteen years ago, 19-year-old Joseph Buffey was arrested in downtown Clarksburg. He admitted during an interrogation to breaking into three businesses. Then he was interrogated for nine more hours, until nearly 4 a.m., ...

Clinton talks coal jobs, black lung, local issues in Charleston speech


Former President Bill Clinton spoke about helping miners with black lung, replacing lost coal jobs and expanding infrastructure and broadband Internet in a speech in Charleston Friday night that was filled with local the...

Freedom bankruptcy all but settled


After more than a year and a half of wrangling and negotiating among lawyers, environmental regulators and court officials, Freedom Industries’ bankruptcy case is almost settled. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pears...

Ex-legislator Mark Hunt to run for attorney general


Former Kanawha County legislator Mark Hunt said Wednesday he is running for state attorney general.

“West Virginia struggles with crime, the illegal drug trade and the abuse of our citizens by unscrupulous d...

Little support from WV delegation on black lung benefits reform


West Virginia’s Republican representatives in Congress offered little support to a sweeping bill intended to make it easier for coal miners suffering from black lung disease to collect the benefits that they are o...

Rahall, WVU to celebrate archives on Saturday


Hold public office for 38 years and you will accumulate a fair amount of papers worth keeping.

Papers stacked to a length of about seven football fields.

That’s the size of Nick Rahall’s congres...

As Blankenship faces trial, his politics dominant in WV


Before last year’s elections, before he was indicted, one year before he would go to trial, West Virginia Democrats warned that Don Blankenship was trying to buy the state.

“Why are out-of-state billi...

‘Sovereign citizen’ arrested after threats to take over W.Va. Capitol


A self-proclaimed “sovereign citizen” from Wood County has been arrested and charged with threatening to commit a terrorist act after he advocated a violent takeover of the West Virginia Capitol during mult...

Pope’s remarks on climate won’t change minds, W.Va. senators say


As Pope Francis prepares for a historic address to Congress, West Virginia’s senators are excited to hear from him, hoping for a spiritual, uplifting message, but say his push for global action on climate change w...

Charleston not chosen for presidential debate


Charleston will not be hosting a presidential or vice-presidential debate next year, despite a push to hold one at the Clay Center.

The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates