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Parks board to decide fate of director

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Members express lack of confidence in leader following logging trial

Charleston police to buy robot

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A robot will be one of the latest additions to the Charleston Police Department after city council unanimously approved the purchase Tuesday night.

The robot does not have the ability to fire any weapons but will b...

United Mine Workers union endorses Tennant

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Candidate spoke during rally on mine safety, social security

Parcels in Kanawha County paying taxes outside county, commission learns

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Some Kanawha houses are paying taxes to Lincoln

Fewer pickup places for Charleston trashbag distribution

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The next round of Charleston’s semi-annual trash bag distribution begins in just a few weeks, but only three stores have agreed to serve as pick-up points for those bags.

Shannon Milroy, purchasing director ...

Once available for free online, public documents will soon come with charge

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Secretary of state will charge $5 to $10 for business license filings

Everclear to headline 10th annual Oktoberwest

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Alt rock band Everclear will be the headliner at West Side Main Street’s 10th annual OktoberWest event in Charleston on Oct. 11.

The band, which produced songs like “Everything to Everyone” (19...

Grant funds awarded to owner of Staats building

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Money will be used for repairs to roof

of West Side fixture

Water crisis reimbursement money flowing to WV

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Reimbursements are meant to

cover costs related to water crisis

Road slips, slides cause big headaches

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Residents concerned by damage; official says crews doing

their best with budget

Group compiling list of pet-friendly landlords

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Frustrated over trying to find pet-friendly rental homes, a group is working to compile a list of area landlords who allow tenants to bring along their four-legged companions.

Miguella Mark-Carew, a Kanawha-Charles...

New boat ramp at Coonskin unlikely

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Existing canoe launch could get significant upgrade

Hearing on mining permit wraps up

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Decision on mine near state forest

expected within

one, two months

Recycling center’s cleanup comes with promise of better upkeep

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Recycling cleanup comes with promise of better upkeep

Public hearing next for Charleston’s proposed sales tax increase

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Charleston City Council’s Finance Committee voted Monday to submit a proposed half-cent sales tax to the state Municipal Home Rule Board for approval.

A public hearing on the tax will be held at council ...

Road salt prices on the rise

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Last winter was colder, snowier than average; W.Va. cities used much more of product

Electronic recycling options available

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Although Kanawha County residents can no longer take old electronics to West Virginia Recycling Services on Slack Street, there are several other ways to responsibly dispose of those items.

The Kanawha County Solid...

Officials discuss coal job losses in area

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Coal and the future of the commodity as it relates Kanawha County was a discussion point at Thursday’s Kanawha County Commission meeting, just two days after an Alum Creek coal company announced it planned to lay ...

Advocate says Plants case leaving some abuse victims in limbo

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Charleston residents involved in abusive relationships are waiting to leave their abusers until the Mark Plants case is resolved, a victim’s advocate told Kanawha County commissioners at a meeting Thursday.

East End apartment building might get new life

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Quarrier St. building owner considering donating it to Urban Renewal Authority

East End Historic District may add section

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Proposal to expand portion of neighborhood on National Register

Hearing on planned strip mine near Kanawha State Forest begins

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Arguments began Monday in a hearing over whether to revoke a permit for a planned surface mine near Kanawha State Forest.

Lawyers for the state Department of Environmental Protection and Keystone Industries argued...

Future of vacant neighborhood center in question

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Perched on a hill overlooking the Kanawha River and the West Side, Charleston’s Vandalia Neighborhood Center on Clifton Road sits mostly idle, as traffic zooms by on Interstate 64 below.

The center, which co...

Groups rally against mine permit

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Coalition formed to oppose site near Kanawha State Forest

Popular rideshare services eye W.Va.

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Uber and Lyft spokespeople say they have no major moves planned for state just yet

Opponents of state forest mountaintop removal mine to rally at Capitol

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Supporters of Kanawha State Forest are planning a rally tonight at the state Capitol to show support for the park and to gather signatures opposing the approval of the permit for a mountaintop removal mine adjacent to th...

Demolition bill protecting historic Charleston properties advances

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A proposed delayed demolition ordinance in Charleston passed its first test Wednesday, receiving unanimous approval from the city’s Municipal Planning Commission.

The law would delay the destruction of histo...

Cities preparing for urban deer hunts

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Deer hunting season in Charleston and South Charleston city limits is fast approaching and each city is preparing for an increase in participation.

Meanwhile, Dunbar officials are considering starting an urban deer...

Bill gives city more flexibility for race costs

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Measure requires events coordinator to oversee regulations

Bill aims to delay historic building demolitions

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Measure would add time between permit, building destruction

Jones proposal would raise city sales tax to help cover pension obligations

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Proposal would raise city’s tax to 7 percent to help cover pensions for police, firefighters

Real estate agent takes over lease negotiations for New China building

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In the latest twist in the saga of the New China building on Washington Street East, a local real estate agent has been hired to find a tenant for the building — a tenant

Recycle center now accepts Nos. 1-7 plastics

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West Virginia Recycling Services will now accept all numbered plastics at its Slack Street facility, the company’s owner told the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority board Tuesday.

West Virginia Recycling S...

Mayor proposes refuse, fire fee hike

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Charleston City Council will consider raising city refuse and fire protection fees after bills respective to each fee were introduced in council Monday night.

Fire protection fees would double the current rates for...

Kanawha County’s 22-year-old recycling ordinance never enforced

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Decades after county waste rules approved, no enforcement seen

Consultant: KRT could tweak schedules, routes to better serve customers

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CHARELSTON, W.Va. — The Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority could change the frequency of some of its most popular routes to make buses more convenient and reliable for customers, a consultant told th...

Task force approves delayed demolition ordinance

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Historic buildings bill to be introduced to city council

Millenials and sports are Charleston CVB’s growth markets

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Charleston’s Convention and Visitors’ Bureau is setting a lofty goal of securing 27,000 room nights for the current fiscal year -- about 2,000 more than what was reserved for fiscal year 2014.

In addi...

Officials hope new food map will drive culinary business in W.Va.

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Regional map to help drive business to

21 W.Va. culinary spots

Officials working to improve safety for bicyclists

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State consistently ranks low on bicycle friendliness report

East End’s Frutcake getting new name, adding beer and wine to offerings

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East End eatery to change name, add beer, wine, premade food options to menu

Sinkhole repair continues in downtown Charleston

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Chasm at Quarrier, Brooks intersection possibly caused by drain, manhole failure

Community center could get face-lift

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Authority board applying for $50,000 grant to upgrade West Side facility

State senator presents plan to increase home ownership on the West Side

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Senator presents plan to increase home

ownership in area

More money diverted to pay for special prosecutor costs in Plants case

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Kanawha County commissioners continued to raid Prosecutor Mark Plants’ budget for funding for two special prosecutors Tuesday morning, this time taking a combined $55,000 among three accounts.

The latest fun...

Jones to propose fee increases

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Jones cited need to keep future pension obligations in mind

Work release center project coming along

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The new Charleston Work Release Center on the city’s East End could be up and running in October, providing construction crews remain on schedule.

“It’s coming along real well,” West Vir...