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Landslide causing financial issues for Yeager Airport


Yeager refinances bond debt to help pay for expenses following March 12 catastrophe

Freedom may enter DEP remediation program


Freedom Industries may not be able to afford remediation on Barlow Drive

Marmet budget on hold after discrepancies found


Mayor Bill Pauley quickly recessed a budget-focused city council meeting Tuesday because of discrepancies revealed by a state auditor.

City Councilman Bill Tardy told a Daily Mail reporter the special session of ci...

Kanawha Solid Waste Authority mulls buying equipment from Monongalia County


Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority officials are hoping to snag some equipment left after the recent troubles of the Monongalia County Solid Waste Authority.

Earlier this year, the Monongalia County authority cea...

Eight Charleston primary candidates still missing financial forms


Final campaign statement due today, many still haven’t filed

Growing garden gains gear


“High tunnel” allows growing to begin one month earlier, last one month later than usual

Charleston-Huntington bus service losing funding

- Funding will run out this year for the bus service between Charleston and Huntington, but transit officials are hoping to fund a way to keep that service operational.

Commission pressuring insurance companies to help airport slide victims


County commission

pushing insurance agencies to aid displaced residents

Bus service could move to ‘flat fare’ system


KRT riders would pay $1.50 for each trip, regardless of distance

Consultant says Kanawha Valley wins at luring sports events — but could do better


Consultant said Kanawha Valley doing well at drawing events, needs more venues

East End group approves merger with West Side counterpart


The administrative merger of East End Main Street and West Side Main Street into a combined “Charleston Main Streets” is all but certain after East End Main Street’s board of directors approved the m...

City residents, organizations honored at annual Alliance awards


The Clay Center’s outgoing president, the city manager for Charleston and new lofts overlooking Appalachian Power Park were among the 14 recipients of the Charleston Area Alliance’s “We Love Our Comm...

Consultants begin analysis of Charleston’s bicycling atmosphere


Public open house scheduled today

Kanawha Solid Waste Authority approves contractor for Slack Street demolition


Tear down will be complete this spring

Design revealed for Slack Plaza


After years of plans and concepts, Charleston officials say they have a final design in place for a renovated Slack Plaza and Brawley Walkway.

A tan, brick walkway will stretch from the front doors of the Charlest...

Count craft beer, baseball history among 2015 Power promotions


From pint glasses to a New River Gorge Bridge replica to a Charleston Wheelers T-shirt, baseball fans will have plenty of one-of-a-kind promotions to choose from this year as the West Virginia Power begins its 11th seaso...

Legislature provides financial bump for East End businesses


Neighborhood gets small financial bump as officials, citizens patronize businesses

CURA to determine fate of West Side building


Authority also signed development deal for extended-stay hotel

Dental office planned for part of dog park property


By this time next year, Dr. Ashley Patnoe hopes her patients — and their parents — will be able to make their appointments in a brand-new building on Washington Street East.

Patnoe, who operates Charl...

Low turnout means provisional ballots could change ward race


Only two votes split candidates Slater, Jones in city’s Ward 1

Slate set for Clendenin, East Bank elections


If Clendenin residents feel a little deja vu for this year’s mayoral race, they’re right.

Three men are running for the position of town mayor, and all three ran during the town’s last election...

Charleston council passes $89M 2015-16 budget


Charleston city council passed the city’s $89 million budget for fiscal year 2015-16 Monday night, but first discussed budget amendments concerning pay raises, Main Street groups in the city and libraries.


Charleston council to review budget tonight


Charleston considers whether to approve mayor’s budget

proposal tonight

Jones moves on to general election


Mayor wins primary 820 to 486, will face Paul Monroe, Bill Carpenter in May

Republican Danny Jones and Democrat Paul Monroe win primary mayor races


Incumbent Republican Danny Jones will face Democrat Paul Monroe and Independent Bill Carpenter for Charleston mayor in the general election in May, after Jones and Monroe won their races in Saturday’s primary elec...

What you need to know for Charleston’s primary election


Below are answers to some of the most common questions about voting in Charleston’s municipal primary election Saturday.

What you need to know for Charleston’s primary election


Below are answers to some of the most common questions about voting in Charleston’s municipal primary election tomorrow.

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Q: Who can vote?

A: Any registered voter within the city of Charles...

County commission sets contributions for parks, animal shelter


Kanawha County commissioners voted to increase the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission’s budget for the next year, but county commissioners want to see the Parks Commission examine whether or not a golf...

Two mayor candidates have missing financial statements


Two candidates

are late in filing

primary election

financial reports

Basketball tournament to generate revenue for Charleston


Mountain East Conference now has three-year pact to hold event in Charleston

Gun group runs ads in Charleston mayoral race


W.Va. Gun Rights runs advertisements against Danny Jones for upcoming election

At-large Republican council candidates discuss city issues


Three Republicans and one independent are among those running for six at-large spots on Charleston city council.

Incumbent Republican Tom Lane, Republicans Jack Hoblitzell and Bobby Johnson and Independent Shawn Ta...

Redistricting causes confusion for Charleston voters


Ward reduction,

clerk’s office mistake

a problem for some

Council to mull pay raise options for city employees


Charleston’s Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget could be approved next Monday, but disagreement exists on city council as to how to give pay raises to city employees.

Currently, the budget proposal from Mayor Danny ...

Bids received for demolishing Slack Street building


Rodney Loftis and Son was the low bidder for the project to tear down the century-old building at the Slack Street recycling center.

In January, the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority

Mayoral candidates discuss Charleston issues


Jones faces newcomer, two Democrats in race to lead Charleston

Morgantown restaurant creates edible protest to anti-LGBT bill


A Morgantown restaurant known for supporting its employees has created an edible way to express opposition to

Mayors criticize anti-LGBT bill


The house bill that would eliminate municipal employment and housing protections for gays and lesbians across West Virginia has drawn criticism from the mayors of the state’s two largest cities.

In Charlesto...

City council hopefuls set goals


Democratic candidates for Charleston city council’s six at-large seats identified a variety of issues they’d like to see addressed if elected.

Incumbent at-large candidates Mary Jean Davis, Andy Richa...

Senate bill would enable alternate recycling for businesses


A bill moving through the Senate may make recycling feasible for small businesses and individuals who cannot afford to pay for commercial recycling services under existing regulations.

Senate Bill 352 would allow b...

Bids to tear down recycling center building due Monday


Final decision on who will demolish Slack Street center to be made in March

Snodgrass unopposed for Charleston Ward 11


The representative for the Oakridge Drive area of Charleston said she’s on board for a second term as councilwoman to continue to help her neighborhood and be a liaison between her ward and the city.


Charleston Ward 12 candidates say infrastructure is city’s most pressing issue


The candidates for the ward covering Charleston’s Fort Hill neighborhood say infrastructure is the most pressing issue facing their neighborhood and the city.

Democrat Joseph Jenkins is challenging incumbent...

Charleston begins to set $89M budget for FY2016


Jones wants to give Charleston employees pay raises, increase capital expenditures

DNR receives grant to jumpstart elk restoration


Date still not set for bringing

animals to W.Va. from Kentucky

Steele, Hightower to battle for Ward 10 seat


The battle to represent a district that stretches from the heart of the East End’s business district to the hollow of Wertz Avenue features candidates with dramatically different perspectives of the ward — ...

No charges for pharmacist who shot would-be robber


Kanawha County Prosecutor Chuck Miller confirmed Friday morning that no charges will be filed in the shooting death of a 25-year-old Quick resident who allegedly was trying to rob a pharmacy in Pinch at gunpoint earlier ...

Hoover to represent Charleston’s Ward 9


District covers most of downtown, East End

KRT wants input on possible route changes


Passengers who use KRT bus service are being asked for input on proposed future route changes.

In a couple of weeks, the transit service will hold two public hearings — one in Belle and one in Charleston &#x...

County officials make budget requests


It’s budget season, and the Kanawha County Commission began its first round of budget hearings at its meeting Thursday afternoon.

County elected officials made their cases before the commission for their ann...