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Protective order blocks Williams videos from being shown

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Racially charged videos involving a Charleston police officer and his daughter are now prohibited from being disclosed or disseminated to the public, according to a protective order issued Friday.

The order, signed...

Recycling center reduces types of plastic accepted

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Residents will only be permitted to recycle plastics Nos. 1 and 2 at Slack Street

Land Trust wants to improve South Hills nature preserve

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Land trust asks Parks Commission to allow updates at 52-acre property

Kanawha to dissolve economic agency

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Kanawha County commissioners plan to dissolve an economic development agency it helped create in Eastern Kanawha County.

For the last several years, the commission has financially supported the Upper Kanawha Valley...

Commission wants to help keep recycling alive in Kanawha County

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Commission hopes to keep public service going, does not know exactly how to do so

Charleston Council sees racially charged videos involving officer

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Charleston City Council members got to see controversial videos involving a suspended city police officer at a meeting Monday.

Council members watched the racially charged videos produced by Lt. Shawn Williams dur...

Kanawha Parks Commission to consider name change for Coonskin Park

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A proposal to change the name of a popular Kanawha County park has drawn outcry from the public.

Thursday’s Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission agenda lists “discussion on changing the name...

Safety conditions at Charleston recycling center haven’t changed

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Recycling center issues remain after two years, concern for those removing materials

4 candidates now in race for Charleston mayor

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In primary, Josh Scott will face incumbent mayor Danny Jones

Charleston works to be bike-friendly

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City searching for firm to develop

‘Trail Master Plan’

New app to offer East End discounts, information

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Visitors to Charleston’s East End will soon be able to join a loyalty program catered to businesses in the neighborhood.

The program will be a smartphone-based application and will allow users to check into ...

New outdoor classroom planned in Charleston

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Phase one of project ongoing; final steps to come if funding

is secured

Yeager Airport looks to generate energy from solar panels

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Yeager Airport is in the sky business, and airport officials are hoping to get electricity from the heavens as well.

Wednesday, the airport’s board of directors moved forward with a proposal to place three a...

Mayor questions downtown hotel deal

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Hilton says it would now like to build a Homewood Suites instead of Garden Inn at long-vacant site

Empty neighborhood center could become hub for artists

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Committee seeks grant for artist-in-residence program at vacant South Hills center

Race, law enforcement focus of Charleston conference

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Charleston officials open dialogue about relationship between officers, minorities

Six city council wards remain open

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Though some positions on Charleston City Council have several candidates filed to run in the spring primary, others remain open.

As of Friday evening, 24 candidates had filed for seats on council, but six wards sti...

Clay Center appoints new leader

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Performing violinist, ‘science geek’ to combine passions in new role

Rehab center moves forward

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Commission approves rezoning of property for controversial facility to be built near school

State officials checking for evidence of invasive carp in Kanawha River

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Environmental DNA from the invasive Asian carp has been found in the Kanawha River, state Division of Natural Resources officials said Wednesday.

Though the environmental DNA, or eDNA, could mean the fish have made...

Recycling drop off hours cut back amid cleanup

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Public drop-off hours for the Slack Street recycling center in Charleston are reduced beginning this week.

The center will now be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will be closed Saturdays and Su...

Newest WV senator will only be on the job a few weeks

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West Virginia’s newest senator has had a lifelong love of government and politics, having been on her party’s county and state executive committees for years, worked under several governors in state governm...

Hearing set for rehab center zoning

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A controversial drug rehabilitation center will get a hearing before the Charleston Municipal Planning Commission this week.

Known as the T-Center, the proposed facility would be located across Greenbrier Street fr...

Candidates start to file for Charleston election

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Ten incumbent Charleston city council members filed to run for reelection on Monday, the first day of filing for the city’s primary race in March.

As of 4:45 p.m., West Side Republican Bill Kirk and West Sid...

Filing period for city election starts today

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The filing period for Charleston’s citywide primary election begins today.

Candidates seeking a political party’s nod for office have until Dec. 12 to file at the city clerk’s office or mail el...

Kanawha County to assist with recycling center cleanup

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Solid Waste Authority to receive $15,000 to help tidy the mess at Slack Street center

City sales taxes poised to become more common in W.Va.

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Municipalities with taxes could triple

under proposals

Public Service Commission seeks firms for building repairs

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The state Public Service Commission is seeking qualified firms to conduct repairs at its headquarters on Brooks and Quarrier streets.

The project, planned to be a final fix for the building’s failing facade,...

Kanawha Public Service asks for increase

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Citing financial woes, Kanawha Public Service District has formally asked the state Public Service Commission for a 17.9 percent rate increase.

Should the increase be approved as requested, a 4,000 gallon bill woul...

Public input sought on elk reintroduction

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Division of Natural Resources says first public meeting showed ‘99 percent’ in favor

Coonskin logging civil suit settled

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Parks commission to be paid $50,000 to resolve claim against Russell Trucking

Parks officials eying other options for Shawnee Park golf course

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Is a nine-hole golf course the best use of Shawnee Park?

Officials from the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation and the city of Dunbar want to find the answer.

At Thursday’s Parks Commission meeting, b...

Charleston mayor says city will help with recycling center cleanup

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Charleston mayor directs officials to aid in removal of debris at Slack Street facility

Glass no longer accepted at Slack Street recycling center

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Location will no longer accept glass, operation hours also reduced

Mayor Danny Jones will seek a fourth term in office

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Speaking to a standing-room-only crowd in the mayoral conference room at city hall, Charleston Mayor Danny Jones announced Tuesday he will seek a record fourth term in office.

Jones, 64, is a Republican

Dunbar streetscape project expected to be finished by the end of the year

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By the end of the year, work should be completed on a project that aims to spruce up one of the main streets in Dunbar.

New sidewalks, lighting and crosswalks are being placed along 10th Street, which is the street...

Jones to reveal decision on a fourth term today

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Mayor says sons, health, city’s future factor into

decision for fourth term

Council begins addressing $85M retiree healthcare liability

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Faced with increasing costs for retiree health care benefits, Charleston City Council members began taking action to rein in those expenses during its meeting Monday night.

According to records provided by City Tre...

Future uncertain for Cold Spot restaurant

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Light construction is taking place at the spot of a popular restaurant that was destroyed by fire, but the owner says he hasn’t decided if he’ll reopen.

In recent weeks, cinder block walls have gone u...

Piedmont struggles to recover after fire in business district

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PIEDMONT — The remains of four burned-out buildings in Piedmont line a block in what is left of this Potomac River town’s central business district.

Not far from city hall and the town’s emerge...

Marlinton continues recovery from devastating blaze

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MARLINTON — One year ago this week, 13 residents, four small businesses and two state offices were reeling from a massive fire that tore a hole in Marlinton’s central business district.

But before a f...

Hilton Garden Inn proposed for downtown Charleston

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Developer has yet

to sign agreement, but is working to satisfy hotel chain’s requests

City to crack down on parking tickets

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If you’ve racked up unpaid parking tickets in Charleston, you might want to get those paid up.

The city is poised for a crackdown after city council’s Streets and Traffic Committee passed an ordinance...

Charleston more inclusive of LGBT community than most American cities

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Charleston scores 78 on Human Rights Campaign’s Equality Index

Pratt mayor arrested again on drug-related charges

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Pratt Mayor Gary Fields was arrested again Tuesday night, this time for a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate C...

South Hills showed best voting turnout in county

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Statewide participation edges out national average

Kanawha Commission appoints Chuck Miller temporary prosecutor

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Man could serve 30 days as a new permanent county official is vetted

U.S. Capitol Christmas tree to make stop in Charleston

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Kanawha Valley residents will soon have a chance to see the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree as the 80-foot-tall white spruce makes a stop at Charleston Town Center on Nov. 17.

The tree will be parked on Court Street th...

Lincoln County board chairman resigns

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The chairman of the Lincoln Public Service District — embroiled in controversy in recent months — has resigned, Lincoln County Commission President K.K. Matthews said Thursday.

Ron Gregory, who has be...

Kanawha sees lowest voter turnout in a decade

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More than quarter

of all ballots cast

were straight ticket