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David Gutman

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Katrina, 10 years later: Evacuees who stayed in West Virginia look back


HUNTINGTON — Jennifer Hill remembers her first glimpse of West Virginia. It was early on a Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005, to be exact, and she was riding with her mother from Tri-State A...

NBA’s Pelicans to train at The Greenbrier in September


The Pelicans are coming to town.

West Virginia will soon host the training camp of a second New Orleans professional sports team.

The National Basketball Association’s New Orleans Pelicans will train a...

Is it country? With Lady Antebellum it doesn’t matter


What exactly makes Lady Antebellum a country band?

Yes, they’re from Nashville, and all their singles get heavy play on 96.1 FM The Wolf, and their crowds are filled with cowboy boots and denim.

But th...

Poll: Donald Trump tops Hillary Clinton in WV


Donald Trump holds a commanding lead among a crowded field of Republican presidential candidates in a new poll of West Virginia voters, with more than triple the support of his nearest rival.

In addition, the poll ...

Cheney to keynote Chamber of Commerce meeting at The Greenbrier


Former Vice President Dick Cheney will address a ballroom full of West Virginia’s political and economic elites as the keynote speaker at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s annual business summit at Th...

3 of 4 tourism projects seeking tax credits are at Greenbrier


Last spring Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, to much fanfare, signed a bill to renew tax credits, potentially worth millions, to developers that build tourism destinations in West Virginia.

There was a

Wheeling reopens water intake, remains under conservation advisory


Warning issued Thursday in Wheeling area after toxic algae found near dam

By David Gutman

Staff writer

The health advisory urging Wheeling-area residents to use caution when swimming, boating or ...

Iran nuke deal debated at WV’s Yeager Airport


Representatives from a newly formed veterans group came to Charleston on Thursday as part of an effort to persuade Sen. Joe Manchin to vote against the Iran nuclear deal.

Michael Pregent, director of Veterans Again...

W.Va. man arrested in Statue of Liberty bomb hoax


Federal authorities arrested a West Virginia man Wednesday for his alleged role in a bomb hoax at the Statue of Liberty earlier this year.

Tax credit a lifeline to millions of low-income Americans


A couple years ago, Bambi Curry put a fence around the small backyard of her home, next to St. Cloud Common Park in west Huntington.

In the past few years she’s also put a new roof on her house and made some...

Developer in Yeager Airport inquiry owes $229K in back taxes


The developer at the center of several suspect land deals involving Yeager Airport, is among the biggest tax delinquents in Kanawha County, owing more than $200,000 for the 2014 tax year, the latest in a string of overdu...

Cline behind company that gave $1 million to Bush PAC


Beckley-born coal billionaire Chris Cline is the man behind a Charleston-based company that gave $1 million to support Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign.

The company, Jasper Reserves LLC,

Capito bill to block EPA advances, remains a long shot


A bill from Sen. Shelley Moore Capito to invalidate the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to regulate carbon emissions from power plants advanced out of committee on Wednesday, just two days after

Lots of concerns on Iran deal at Mooney town hall


U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney heard from dozens of Charleston-area residents Sunday, most of whom shared his concerns about the proposed deal to contain Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

The deal, struck between Iran,...

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...