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Ex-Mercer magistrate ‘embarrassment to robe’

PRINCETON, W.Va. — A former Mercer County magistrate who was under investigation for misconduct has been formerly admonished by a Supreme Court commission that called his behavior while serving on the bench “an embarrassment to the robe.” Richard D. “Rick” Fowler came under scrutiny by the Judicial Investigation Commission (JIC)[Read More…]

Blankenship funding UBB documentary

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former coal executive Don Blankenship told the Daily Mail Wednesday he has funded a documentary about the Upper Big Branch mine disaster, which claimed the lives of 29 miners on April 5, 2010. “For now all I care to say is that I have funded a documentary[Read More…]

The Associated Press shares 10 things to know Thursday, March 27

Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Thursday, March 27, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers. 1. THAI SATELLITE SPOTS 300 OBJECTS IN INDIAN OCEAN[Read More…]

Huntington, Charleston rank worst in well-being

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Huntington-Ashland and Charleston metropolitan statistical areas were the bottom-ranking regions for well-being in a newly released 2013 Gallup-Healthway report. The survey captures residents’ perceptions of their physical and emotional health, work environment and other issues. This year’s “well-being index” for the Huntington-Ashland MSA was 59.5, actually[Read More…]

Governor signs bill permitting guns in rec centers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed into law a contentious bill that changes the way municipalities can restrict firearms Tuesday evening. For most cities in the state, Senate Bill 317 will generally expand their right to regulate firearms by eliminating a 1999 law that made city gun ordinances[Read More…]

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