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Casey, Mooney meet in first debate


Despite attacks,

candidates give similar

answers to energy,

education questions

Republicans discuss Mooney’s chances in race


Race likely to come down to Mooney’s move and Casey’s ties, GOP supporters say

Federal agency pledges new chemical leak health studies


Federal researchers will test chemical

in Freedom leak for health information

Raines disputes ‘disgusting’ Democrat accusations


Kanawha lawmaker says she never lived outside of the district she is representing

Dems: Raines should be removed from ballot


Democrats push for ballot change, cite incomplete finance reports

Source: Tennant rakes in $100k from Warren event


Sen. Warren Eastern Panhandle visit raises needed campaign cash

CSB report reveals holes in more tanks at Freedom site


Chemical spill report says leak may have started before Jan. 9

WVU hires another lobbyist


Manchin staffer to

become fourth WVU

lobbyist to earn more than $100,000 annually

Federal agency to give update on leak investigation


Presentation is open

to public; demolition at Freedom site underway

Rep. Paul Ryan stops in Charleston to campaign for Capito


Paul Ryan attends roundtable event



While Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., blasted federal energy and health care policies Monday in Charleston alongside Rep. Shelley M...

Hundreds speak out on state’s proposed Dangerous Animal list


Board to review public comments, discuss species currently on statewide ban proposal

Study shows crude MCHM more toxic than initially reported


Scientist says more testing needed for crude MCHM leaked in spill

Ethics commissioner may have violated ethics act


Ethics commissioner mentioned confidential name of political rival

More updates approved for Holly Grove Mansion


Proposed fixes aim to make nearly 200-year-old building fit for use again

Capito raises $1.3 million, Tennant $777,000 in Senate race


Republican nominee has $3.5 million

advantage in cash on hand over Democrat

Independent voters on the rise in W.Va.


Data show registered Democrats no longer

a majority; Republican

numbers remain steady

Former Mingo judge Michael Thornsbury hires new lawyer


Thornsbury out on bond awaiting spot in federal prison

Report: Mooney raises more, but Casey has more cash on hand


Casey has more cash on hand in

battle for Capito’s congressional seat

OSHA fines Freedom Industries $11,000 for chemical spill


Federal regulators fine company $11,000

for violations that

led to chemical spill

April survey finds residents wary of water


About 20 percent of households reached experienced some negative effect

W.Va. organized labor creates super PAC


Representative says

organization response to corporations

‘influencing elections’

Dangerous animal list out for comment


Public feedback period is 30 days; gorillas, chimps no longer exempt

Statewide hiring freeze extended ‘indefinitely’


Despite ending the 2014 budget year with as much as a $40 million surplus, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin extended a statewide hiring freeze indefinitely, said state Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss.

The decision to extend the fr...

Study: Mountaintop mining harms fish in streams


Researchers find smaller populations

in streams near

mountaintop removal

OSHA: Poca Blending ‘in compliance’


Agency says facility

did not violate any

federal health or safety laws in chemical spill

State: No last-minute budget changes needed


Officials say fiscal year to end without needing more cash

Tomblin appoints new Ethics Commission members


The former head of the state Ethics Commission, who was a driving factor behind the ousting of the executive director earlier this month, is no longer a member of the organization.

W. Kemp Morton, who served as cha...

Mixed response from W.Va. lawmakers to Hobby Lobby decision


Of the members of West Virginia’s congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. David McKinley showed the most support for the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial decision regarding businesses providing contra...

Primary defense attorney off Thornsbury case


Convicted official could defend self in appeal process

State praised for Medicaid early enrollments


Organization chief says report shows state’s enrollment

approach ‘efficient’

Delegate calls for investigation into dog shooting


Taylor County delegate calls for investigation after police kill canine

Tomblin makes juvenile justice director decision


Bond named after nearly 17 months as ‘acting’ head

Mooney questioned on housing


GOP congressional candidate doesn’t say if he’ll buy

a home in W.Va.

Special prosecutor maintains Plants deal is legal


Special prosecutor’s letter says several courts agree new plan is solid

Putnam prosecutor says no to Plants


Putnam prosecutor

rejects intervention program, calls new

agreement ‘illegal’

Mark Manchin’s stolen state-issued car found in Boone County


School Building Authority chief ‘s vehicle found at home of ‘major car thief’

Thornsbury officially appeals 50-month sentence


The ex-Mingo County judge involved in widespread public corruption wants a judge to reconsider his 50-month federal prison sentence.

Michael Thornsbury is appealing a sentence ordered earlier this month by U.S. Dis...

State officials tout ruling as hit to EPA


West Virginia officials were quick to take a Monday ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court as evidence national environmental regulators overstep their authority in regulating some emissions from power plants.


Police: Accused dog abusers flee prosecution


Authorities believe two men accused of abusing an injured racing greyhound have fled prosecution.

“I can only assume based on the circumstantial evidence that they left as a result of the investigatio...

Analysis: Reports say new Rahall ad misleading


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The latest campaign advertisement from the campaign of Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is coming under fire for mischaracterizing statements made by Rahall’s opponent, state Sen. Evan Jenkins...

GOP accuses Democrat lawmaker of misusing public funds


Complaint alleges Lincoln official used tax dollars for political mail

W.Va. water plan costs exceed allocated money


Plan required under new law created after January chemical leak

Juvenile justice head still paid for commuting


Juvenile justice chief has received $12,000 in travel reimbursements

Juvenile justice review aims to keep more kids out of prison


A national nonprofit tasked with improving public policy plans to help West Virginia examine jailed young adults in order to craft policies that will keep them out of prison.

The Pew Charitable Trusts announced Tue...

Report: WV could lose millions in Medicaid money


Report claims W.Va. sent $230 million to providers facing ‘credible’ fraud charges

Secretary: More cooperation between state, feds needed for veterans


State Department of Veterans Assistance Secretary Rick Thompson said allegations of long waits and delayed care at federal veterans fa...

Jones, other local Republicans endorse Casey


Local Republican calls mayor’s deviation from party ‘disgusting’

Creatures banned, allowed on state’s dangerous animal list baffles experts


According to draft, alpacas, hedgehogs, sugar gliders would be outlawed in state

Report: Charleston judge “rubber stamped” disability claims


Taylor accused of rubber stamping claims, sleeping on job, inappropriate behavior

Judge delays action on challenge to WV gay marriage ban


Official to wait for ruling on similar Va. case currently pending