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Man finds partner to replace ex-girlfriend on world trip

TORONTO — A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right.

Jordan Axani, 28, and his then girlfriend, named Elizabeth...

Teachers’ union, elementary principals concerned about administrator raises

A Kanawha County teachers’ union says the extra pay local school board members recently gave middle and high school principals and assistant principals is unfair to teachers, who the union argues are underpaid.

Superintendent Ron...

Business wants to move into Cafe de Paris space
Business wants to move into Cafe de Paris space

After standing dormant for five years, the Cafe de Paris building in downtown Charleston bustled with activity this week. Pieces of plywood were placed over for lease/for sale signs on the outside of the building, paper lined the inside of the windows ...

Locals see U.S.-Cuba thaw as good sign

Some West Virginians with ties to Cuba see good things in a partial thaw in relations between the United States and the tiny Caribbean nation 90 miles off the Florida coast.

“I’m delighted,” said Max Hill, a Baptist...

Alleged Rand shooter arrested; victim may not survive
Alleged Rand shooter arrested; victim may not survive

A man was arrested for shooting another man in the head on Wednesday morning.

Leonard Dewayne Thomas, 44, was arrested for malicious wounding, said Kanawha County Sheriff’s Cpl. Brian Humphreys. The victim, Gerald Maxwell, was at CAMC...

UC sports center to add academic functions with $5M donation
UC sports center to add academic functions with $5M donation

The University of Charleston announced a $5 million donation Wednesday that will expand its planned sports center to include academic functions and put the building on track for completion about a year and a half from now.

The building will be...

West Side man killed in morning shooting
West Side man killed in morning shooting

A West Side man was shot and killed in front of his residence Wednesday morning.

Winston Thomas, 47, was shot multiple times in front of his home on Hunt Avenue and died on his porch, Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives for the Charleston...

Judge asked to loosen gag order in Blankenship criminal case

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- A lawyer for the Charleston Gazette and other media organizations on Wednesday urged a federal judge to loosen restrictions on information about Don Blankenship’s criminal case.

Also, Blankenship’s defense team...

6 Freedom executives charged; company takes plea deal with feds
6 Freedom executives charged; company takes plea deal with feds

Federal prosecutors charged Freedom Industries and six of its owners, managers and employees with criminal violations of the Clean Water Act related to the January 2014 chemical leak that contaminated the drinking water of 300,000 people in Charleston ...

Two man sue defunct nightclub over attacks

Two men who say they were attacked at a two years ago at a downtown nightclub are suing the now-shuttered club and its owner.

Larry Martin and Joe Lucas are also suing the insurance company for the Impulse nightclub, and asking a Kanawha County ...

Editorial: Hurrah for action on Cuba

For more than a half-century, Washington has branded Cuba an “enemy” that must be starved into submission as part of the long-gone Cold War. America’s embargo seeks to wreck the island’s economy and block life-sustaining...

Kathy Smith: We must stop criminalizing children for missing school

By Kathy Smith

Last week, the West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice issued a report and recommendations to reform the state’s juvenile justice system. I was honored that Gov. Tomblin appointed me to this task...

Manchin defends spending bill, surgeon general votes

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., defended his vote against the $1.1 trillion “omnibus bill” passed by Congress passed last weekend, and his vote against the president’s nominee as U.S. surgeon general, during a telephone press...


Doug Smock: Classic could get ugly, but more strange moments surely await