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Woman accused of killing mother found competent for trial
Woman accused of killing mother found competent for trial

A Kanawha circuit judge found a woman accused of killing her mother competent to stand trial.

Jessica Lee Woods, 36, appeared Thursday before Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom, who set her trial for Dec. 1, prosecutors said.

Woods is...

PEIA: Benefit cuts of $40 million needed next year

The Public Employees Insurance Agency needs to cut health-care benefits by $40 million next year — and will let insurees vote on what benefits to cut.

“We’re going to ask our constituents how they want these $40 million of...

Local health agencies prep for Ebola

Area healthcare providers are ramping up infectious disease protocols and employee training to ensure they are ready to respond to an unlikely but potential diagnosis -- Ebola, the viral hemorrhagic fever wreaking havoc in several West African...

Former Williamson mayor gets probation

A judge said the felony conviction of former Williamson mayor and Bank of Mingo branch manager Darrin McCormick for lying to federal agents was punishment enough and sentenced him to three years of probation on Thursday.

U.S. District Court...

Woman dies after stabbing in Charleston; roommate charged with murder
Woman dies after stabbing in Charleston; roommate charged with murder

A woman was killed after she was stabbed by her roommate on Charleston’s East End just after midnight on Thursday.

Patricia Miller, 50, of Charleston, was charged with second-degree murder after stabbing Victoria Summers, 29, once in the...

Things to do today: Friday, Oct.17

MARSHALL PETTY AND THE GROOVE: 5 to 8 p.m. Free. 5 Corners Cafe, corner of Delaware Avenue and Virginia Street. Call 304-205-7817.

COUNTRY SWINGERS: 7 to 10 p.m. Cover $5. Elk River Community Center, 1047 Main St., Elkview. Call 304-965-3722....

Actor, author Henry Winkler encourages Jackson County schoolchildren
Actor, author Henry Winkler encourages Jackson County schoolchildren

RIPLEY -- Actor, producer and author Henry Winkler had no idea he would be writing a series of childrens’ books based on his childhood struggles with dyslexia.

“I didn’t think it would be a possibility for me to write a book,...

Trooper won’t be charged in Mercer shooting death

A State Police trooper who shot and killed a teenager, who was his neighbor, in Mercer County earlier this year will not face charges, according to the prosecuting attorney.

The June shooting of Timothy Hill, 18, near Kegley, was presented to a...

Boil-water advisory

Beckley Water Co. has lifted a boil-water advisory for customers in the Crab Orchard area, which included Wilcox Street, Bartell Street, Dominion Street, Fearn Street, Cedar Road and all side streets.


Study links mountaintop removal dust to cancer

A new West Virginia University study has found that dust from mountaintop removal coal-mining operations promotes the growth of lung cancer tumors.

The study results “provide new evidence for the carcinogenic potential” of...

WVa race: Rahall outspent Jenkins more than 2-to-1

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – As the season’s political TV ad blitz heightened, Democrats in West Virginia’s two competitive U.S. House races outspent their GOP opponents about 2-to-1 last quarter.

In West Virginia’s 3rd...

Fill the Boot campaign to benefit muscular dystrophy nonprofit

Charleston Fire Department Local 317 and the Muscular Dystrophy Association will hold their annual “Fill the Boot” campaign this weekend.

Firefighters will greet customers at the Kanawha City and West Side Kroger locations from 11...

Paralyzed parachutist making 876-foot bridge jump
Paralyzed parachutist making 876-foot bridge jump

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Plunging off an 876-foot-high bridge with only a parachute as a lifeline is nerve-wracking enough.

Lonnie Bissonnette does it in a wheelchair. He even sticks the landing.

Paralyzed below the waist since a 2004...