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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

W.Va. online voter registration to start soon


By the end of the month, you should be able to register to vote in West Virginia without leaving your home.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s office is doi...

W.Va. officials want to avoid government shutdown


While every member of West Virginia’s congressional delegation has voted to defund Planned Parenthood, they would generally back down from that fight to avert a government shutdown next week.

Congress must p...

St. Albans ready to take advantage of home rule status


St. Albans’ recently approved home rule proposal will allow it to buy and sell property, enter into agreements with other municipalities and deal with abandoned or unkempt properties more quickly and easily.

Summit seeks to find solutions to child poverty in W.Va.


Lacrisha Rose’s husband leaves their Cabin Creek home every day around 3:30 p.m., just when their two sons are getting home from school. He drives an hour to his shift at Alpha Natural Resource’s Black Cast...

DHHR says new child psychiatric facility is necessary


A new proposed psychiatric treatment facility in Logan County will allow kids currently being treated out of state to come back to West Virginia, and hopefully, transition out of institutional care and back into their co...

Campaign would keep kids out of W.Va. institutions


Fewer children would be held in West Virginia institutions — whether for child welfare, mental health or criminal justice reasons — under a campaign announced by the American Civil Liberties Union of West V...

Benjamin to use public money in Supreme Court campaign


State Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin announced Friday that he will use public financing in his re-election campaign, taking advantage of a program meant to protect the integrity of judicial elections by setting up ...

84 Lumber to close three WV stores


Three West Virginia lumber and building materials stores, including one in Kanawha County, are shutting down.

The three stores, owned by 84 Lumber, a national chain of lumberyards, are located in Belle, Ripley and ...

Manchin wants hearings on FDA’s decision on OxyContin for kids


Sen. Joe Manchin wants the U.S. Senate to hold hearings on the Food and Drug Administration’s recent decision to approve, in limited cases, prescriptions for the widely abused painkiller OxyContin for children as ...

Manchin says he will vote to oppose Iran deal


Sen. Joe Manchin will vote to oppose the nuclear agreement with Iran, joining every other member of West Virginia’s congressional delegation in opposition.

Manchin announced his decision one week after Democ...

‘Shadow parties’ the unheralded result of Citizens United, scholar says


Through the first six months of this year, Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign raised $11 million. His super PAC raised $103 million.

Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign raised $8.9 million, from mo...

Early poll shows Justice as slight favorite in governor’s race


Pollster says name recognition likely reason behind early results

By David Gutman

Staff writer

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Eight months before voting begins, West ...

‘Chamber’s agenda’ goal of legislative leaders


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — The Republican-controlled West Virginia Legislature will push a new intermediate court of appeals, public charter schools, a forced pooling bill for natu...

Cheneys warn against weakened U.S. on global stage


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Former Vice President Dick Cheney warned in ominous tones of a weakened American military and a coming attack on the United States during a speech to the ...

Intuit CEO stresses broadband importance for W.Va.


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – West Virginia must focus on education and infrastructure in order to prosper in a global, “cloud”-based economy, the president and CEO of Intuit told members of the sta...

Economist: Cut taxes in W.Va.


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Conservative economist Arthur Laffer, during a speech to members of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, urged the state to cut its t...

Indicted ex-WVDOH official kills himself


Just hours after he was indicted on federal racketeering charges, a former West Virginia Division of Highways official committed suicide, authorities said Wednesday.

Bob Andrew, who headed the DOH equipment divisi...

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...