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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...

Interest level high for new I-79 bus service

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Bus line reportedly received hundreds of calls regarding the new I-79 route

Appalachian Power wants 17 percent increase

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Appalachian Power announced today it is requesting the state Public Service Commission approve a 17 percent rate increase, which the utility says is expected to raise $226 million.

Under the proposed increase, a re...

Projects aim to make Kanawha Valley safer for pedestrians

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Bike-friendly upgrades, improved crossings planned for streets

New bus service established between Charleston and Morgantown

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Coach bus service will be free for its introductory week

Results of East End survey to be presented at meeting

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The results of a survey for the proposed East End North Historic District will be presented at an August meeting of the East End Community Association, East End Main Street board member and Charleston Neighborhood Planne...

Utility line to be rebuilt

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Construction on the $173 million project set to begin this fall

Marmet woman receives maximum sentences for role in 2013 murder

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Marmet resident gets six to eight years in murder case; family members arrested

Poll asking who should be next Charleston mayor

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Firm gets insight on handling of water crisis, job creation, 2015 mayoral race

MacCorkle Avenue portion cited as county’s deadliest stretch of road

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Report cites portion

of MacCorkle as

deadliest in county

Officials support Coonskin boat ramp

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Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission members say they support the idea of trying to find a place to put a boat ramp in conjunction with the Coonskin Bridge project across the Elk River, construction of which is...

Settlement reached in Schoenbaum Stadium turf case

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A settlement with the manufacturer of the failing turf field at Schoenbaum Soccer Stadium at Coonskin Park has been reached, Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission attorney Chuck Bailey said Thursday.

Baile...

West Side, East End win funding for neighborhood projects

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Projects on the West Side and the East End received a financial boost Wednesday night as Main Street organizations in both neighborhoods received awards at the annual Governor’s Main Street and ON TRAC Reception a...

Panel approves redistricting of Charleston City Council wards

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Provided the full Charleston city council gives the final “OK,” voters in Charleston will select council members next year based on a new 20-ward map, representing a one-ward redu...

Charleston task force discusses proposed delayed demolition law

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A bill that would stall the demolition of historic Charleston buildings is moving forward, but members of the Strong Neighborhoods Task Force will wait until next month to decide whether to recommend it to the full city ...

Former candidate arrested in altercation with police

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A former candidate for Kanawha County Commission is being charged with felony retaliation of a police officer following an incident in Elkview last month.

John Noble Hoover, 69, of Charleston, was arrested on May 3...

Board debates giving recycling center face-lift

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Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority board members questioned whether to move forward with paving and painting projects at the Slack Street recycling center.

At the authority’s last meeting in April, board ...

Kanawha composting classes filling up

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Spaces are filling up for a series of home composting workshops scheduled later this summer, and the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority is encouraging interested people to register for the remaining classes before they...

City plans to use unforeseen tax revenue for major projects

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A Charleston firm has paid up after failing to pay business and occupation taxes for 10 years, and city officials plan to use the money to pay for facility maintenance and other projects.

In all, the business, whic...

Offices agree on how to pay prosecutor

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Commission will get $50,000 from drug

forfeiture fund for

special prosecutor

Airport officials courting airlines for more flights

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Coming off the inaugural Charleston to Philadelphia flight last week, Yeager Airport officials discussed more new flight options at a board meeting Wednesday.

Specifically, airport officials are working with airlin...

CURA loans funds to Staats project

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Charleston Urban Renewal Authority board members are working to finalize financial support for a renovation project at the Staats Hospital building on the West Side.

Board members voted Wednesday morning to offer B...

Council committee proposes new version of race fee bill

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The proposed race fee bill in Charleston is being rewritten again.

Members of city council’s Parks Committee voted Tuesday to draft a new version of the race fee bill. They believe the new bill is a middle g...

Power Tour a boon for Charleston

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Five months to the day after the an industrial disaster left city officials concerned about the future of tourism, Hot Rod Magazine’s 2014 Power Tour provided a welcome boost to the city’s economy, and loca...

Sissonville group ponders community recycling

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Sissonville could become the first unincorporated community in West Virginia with a recycling program.

The Greater Sissonville Development Council is interested in bringing a permanent recycling facility to the ar...

St. Albans late on home rule hearings

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Application requirements include public inspection before deadline

Applicants for home rule identify 40 initiatives they’d like to make

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State cities in running for home rule express desires from sales tax to issuing citations

New law requires W.Va. drivers to give bicycles three feet of space

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Riders are also no longer required to ride as far to the right as possible at all times

County officials back-and-forth over payment of special prosecutors

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Commissioners upset over cost of special prosecutors, renew calls for Plants to resign despite offer

Plan to drop ward gets support

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At least 17 members of Charleston’s council – more than half of the full body – have signed on to a bill that will reduce the number of council wards from 21 to 20 in time for the next city election ...

W.Va. cities vie for home rule

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Program will accept 16 of 23 applicants

Digital map offers recreational trail options for WV residents

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Outdoor enthusiasts in West Virginia now have the ability to plan trips on about 4,000 miles of recreational trail entirely online, whether from a desktop, tablet or smartphone.

The West Virginia Trail Inventory is...

Final preparations begin for 3,500 hot rods in Charleston

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Thousands of vehicles expected; street closures to affect commutes

Meeting to produce five-year plan for regional trail system

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Charleston city leaders craft guide for path network

Council committee weighs race fees

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Organizers of races and runs in Charleston provided alternate ideas Tuesday night in response to a proposal to charge fees for the city hosting such events.

The final, amended version proposed charging $2,200 to or...

Kanawha Commission might start removal proceedings against prosecutor

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Commissioners could remove county prosecutor

By MATT MURPHY

Daily Mail STAFF

The Kanawha County Commission may consider removing Prosecutor Mark Plants from office.

During a commission meet...

Public input on race fees requested

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Charleston City Council invites community to propose alternative ideas