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Economy Feb 19Bill to cut greyhound racing funds rejected in West Virginia
Opponents have said the bill would doom an industry that provides up to 1,700 jobs. Gov. Jim Justice vetoed similar legislation in 2017.
Economy Dec 13Tight supply of Christmas trees leads to higher prices
Industry officials say everyone who wants a last-minute tree should be able to find one. It just might take a little more searching.
Economy Oct 29Major U.S. coal company, Murray Energy, files for bankruptcy
Former Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray said the move was necessary to access liquidity and best position the company for long-term success.
Education Feb 19West Virginia House tables bill that prompted teacher strike
Just as the strike began Tuesday, the West Virginia House of Delegates effectively killed a complex education bill that sent state teachers to the picket lines nearly a year after a nine-day strike closed schools.
Politics May 21Despite losing GOP primary in West Virginia, ex-coal baron Blakenship chases Senate seat
Convicted ex-coal executive Don Blankenship announced Monday that he will continue his bid for U.S. Senate as a third-party candidate, though it's unclear if the move violates West Virginia's "sore loser" law.
Politics May 08Indiana businessman Mike Braun to take on Dem Sen. Donnelly in the fall
A wealthy former state lawmaker defeated two congressmen Tuesday in Indiana's Republican Senate primary, ending a bitter campaign dominated by personal attacks that drew national attention for its nasty tone.
Nation Mar 07West Virginia teachers return to the classroom after historic strike
Schools across West Virginia reopened Wednesday as families got back into their daily routines following a nine-day teacher strike.
Nation Mar 06West Virginia leaders reach deal to end 9-day teachers strike
Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia's Republican leaders tentatively agreed Tuesday to end the state's nine-day teachers' walkout by giving 5 percent raises to not just teachers, but all state workers.
Nation Feb 255 dead after tornado, flooding from central U.S. storms
The death toll rose to at least five on Sunday after severe thunderstorms swept through the central U.S., spawning a tornado that flattened homes, gale force winds and widespread flooding from the Upper Midwest to Appalachia.
Politics Feb 17Trump supporters cheer his combative stance with the media
Critics of President Donald Trump said they saw a combative news conference on Thursday. His supporters saw something else: A champion of Middle America who is taking on the establishment and making good on his campaign promises.