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Rail line reopens in Fayette County after derailment


The rail line through Mount Carbon was opened Thursday for the first time since an oil tanker train’s fiery derailment last week.

Rail operations have resumed with caution as workers continue cleanup activit...

Most water service restored in Kanawha and Boone counties


Around 150 on West Side, Boone County still without water Thursday evening

Charleston firefighter faces DUI, other charges


A veteran firefighter in Charleston is facing a plethora of charges in Lincoln County after he allegedly tried to flee from a police officer in his truck while impaired.

Paul Edward Young Jr., 39, of Charleston, wa...

Putnam drug court honors new graduates


Former addicts

turn their lives around with help from program

EPA: Oil sheens spotted in Kanawha River near derailment site


Derailment may have leaked in river

Small Farm Conference set for Thursday at Civic Center


Civic Center event to feature 180 sessions, farmers’ market, special at Bluegrass Kitchen

Small spill, inadequate containment reported during oil cleanup


Inspector says about 20 gallons of oil/water mix escaped second area

Cold weather slows workers’ efforts at WV derailment site


Cleanup at the site of the derailed CSX train in Fayette County continues, but officials said cold and snowy weather has slowed cleanup efforts.

Officials from CSX and federal, state and local agencies provided upd...

Community, businesses show support for local police officers


An organization of law enforcement officers’ wives from across West Virginia drummed up support for police officers Thursday as part of a nationwide recognition campaign.

The West Virginia auxiliary of Wives...

Record low temperatures expected in region


Officials warn that record-cold temperatures and bitter wind chills will pose health risks to both humans and pets over the next two days.

The National Weather Service in Charleston issued a wind chill advisory and...

DEP: Testing shows no oil so far in Kanawha River after tanker train crash


Ongoing tests show non-detectable levels

of crude oil components

in water samples

Ice may have kept oil from contaminating Kanawha River


The frigid temperatures and rapid snowfall that slowed the emergency response to an oil train derailment near Mount Carbon on Monday may have helped contain the oil that spilled, according to CSX and state officials.


Crude oil train derails in Fayette County, WV


Explosion heard, felt around area; residents evacuated, one person treated for inhalation

Deep freeze: Snow, cold gripping region


Winter storm to blast state today through Tuesday morning

W.Va. World War II veteran celebrates 94 years


Procious, W.Va., native served five battle campaigns as army infantryman

Second WVU fraternity member charged in connection with hazing death


A second West Virginia University student has been charged in connection with the November hazing death of freshman student Nolan Burch, police said.

Ed Preston, Morgantown’s chief of police, said a criminal...

WVU fraternity member charged in death of pledge


A member of the former Kappa Sigma fraternity at West Virginia University was arrested and charged Wednesday for his involvement in the November death of first year student Nolan Burch.

Richard William Schwartz, 20...

UPDATE: Arrest made in downtown Charleston bank robbery


A Charleston man has been arrested in connection with a daytime bank robbery in downtown Charleston on Tuesday.

Charleston Police Sgt. Tony L. Hazelett said Ernest Nader, 22, of Charleston, was arrested and charged...

Woman arrested in Beckley pastor slaying


Beckley police charged a woman with murder Monday after a Raleigh County pastor was bludgeoned amid a bizarre chain of events.

Camille Iman Brown, 19, of Westwood Drive in Beckley, was charged with first degree mur...

Land Trust board votes to keep Blackwell property


Members of the Charleston Land Trust voted unanimously to keep the Blackwell property and explore its potential recreational uses during a meeting at City Hall on Monday.

The Blackwell property, a rugged, 80-acre t...

West Virginia Construction and Design Expo set for March


Event to feature more than 500 booths, 80 seminars

Report: Discount retailers’ products have high levels of toxic chemicals


A new report finds that many products sold at dollar retailers across the United States contain high levels of regulated chemicals, including lead.

The Campaign for Healthier Solutions — a group of more than...

West Virginia gas prices on the rise


AAA spokesperson says gas prices to remain below $3 per gallon throughout 2015

Kanawha-based Venture Crew to host open house for youth, parents


A high-flying, outdoors-oriented youth organization in Kanawha County is opening its doors Tuesday to potential new members.

Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew 68 is hosting an open house at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, F...

Reservations piling up for Restaurant Week (with video)


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Charleston’s second Restaurant Week is expected to be a huge hit for the 16 participating re...

One arrested in Parkersburg murder


A Parkersburg man was arrested early Sunday morning after he allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend.

Dakota David Ryan Mackey, 21, of 706 Neal Street, is charged with felony murder and possession of a controlled ...

Theft on the rise in Charleston


Detective says increase linked to state’s high rate of drug addiction

Warrant sweeps to target theft in Kanawha County


Three Kanawha County law enforcement agencies are teaming up to crack down on active warrants involving burglaries and larcenies.

Charleston Sgt. Scott Dempsey said the initiative, dubbed Operation Protecting Again...

Two convicted in 2012 armed robbery in Charleston


Two men were convicted on federal armed robbery and obstruction charges Wednesday after a nearly three-week trial in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

Darrell E. Gillespie, 29, of Smyrna, Ga., and Jamaa I. Johnson...

Lewisburg water tests OK; water plant back in service


Lewisburg’s water treatment plant is back online after tests showed no diesel contamination at its intake along the Greenbrier River.

Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester said city officials received word around ...

Huntington chief believes pedestrian at fault in collision with cruiser


Huntington police are investigating after a pedestrian was struck by an on-duty police officer Friday night.

Huntington Chief Joe Ciccarelli said one of his officers was traveling on Fifth Avenue through Marshall U...

12,000 without water in Greenbrier County after diesel spill


Thousands of Greenbrier County residents and businesses are without water after a diesel spill contaminated the Greenbrier River.

The Lewisburg water treatment plant was shut down shortly after a tanker truck rolle...

Two-day conference to focus on Kanawha Valley chemical safety


Environmental advocacy group People Concerned About Chemical Safety is hosting a free two-day conference in Kanawha County this weekend focused on chemical safety in West Virginia.

The event, titled “Looking...

Task force addresses “problem bars”


Officials brainstormed ways to address chronic “problem bars” during the Strong Neighboorhoods Task Force meeting Wednesday in Charleston’s City Service Center.

City Planning Director Dan Vrien...

Online sleuthing helps police nab 8 for prostitution


Investigators conduct sting operations after finding classified ads

Ripley student to attend State of the Union


Last Wednesday was just like any other day for Ripley High School senior Trevor Tucker. Until he got called to the office.

“The principal was sitting there, so I was like ‘oh, no, here we go,’&...

CAMC bars children from visiting hospital due to flu outbreak


To keep the flu virus from spreading, Charleston Area Medical Center is asking parents to keep children away from the hospital unless necessary.

CAMC said in a press release that additional restrictions on visitati...

One injured in South Hills accident


A man was transported after crashing into a wall in Charleston’s South Hills neighborhood Monday evening.

A vehicle ran into a wall in the 1100 block of Hickory Road around 5:14 p.m. Monday, according to Kan...

Shots fired at benefit event for Cross Lanes shooting victim


Multiple shots were fired at a bar in Dunbar late Saturday night during a benefit event for Kalvin Casdorph, who was recently shot to death in a motel room in Cross Lanes.

A disturbance broke out at around 11:58 p....

Beckley man pleads guilty to heroin charges


A Beckley man pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal drug charges.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced Wednesday that Mario Walton, 27, of Beckley, pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin. Walton admitted to prosec...

Three sentenced on federal drug charges


Three men were sentenced Wednesday for selling illegal drugs in southern West Virginia.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Joshua Osborne, 31, of Lima, Ohio, was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison Wed...

Investigation finds Kanawha deputy accelerated, struck Charleston home at 70 mph


Recorder information shows officer accelerated seconds before veering off road into garage

Trivillian’s owner will sell pharmacy, condo in federal settlement


Kanawha City business accused of defrauding Medicare, Medicaid

One dead in Cross Lanes motel shooting


Three suspects in

custody after police chase ends in crash

Body found near St. Albans


Deputies are investigating after a Kanawha County woman was apparently struck and killed by a vehicle near St. Albans.

A newspaper delivery person found Robin Marie Campbell, 49, dead at about 6:45 a.m. Sunday on a...

Couple hopes gym works out


Smithfit Training offers 24-hour access to fitness facility in Putnam County

Parkersburg father, son arrested on felony charges


A Wood County man and his father were arrested Wednesday after an investigation resulted in a “significant drug seizure” and the discovery of threats made against various government buildings and county off...

Repairs close two lanes of I-64 during rush hour


Transportation crews made a temporary fix to a broken expansion joint on an Interstate 64 bridge in South Charleston after traffic was narrowed down to one lane Wednesday evening, officials said.

Two of Interstate ...

State fifth-graders to participate in national poster contest


Fifth-graders across state to participate in missing children’s poster competition

Heaters can pose safety hazard


Officials say space heaters must be in open space, plugged into outlet, not left overnight