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Richard Ojeda talks outside his campaign headquarters in Logan, W.Va. Ojeda is decorated with military medals and 26 tattoos and can bench presses 300 pounds. The retired Army paratrooper doesn't fit the typical profile of the ideal candidate for Congress.

VA Employee Pleads Guilty to Leaking Ojeda’s Medical Records

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Department of Veterans Affairs employee has pleaded guilty to leaking the medical records of Richard Ojeda as the former Army major was running for Congress. Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that Jeffrey Miller has acknowledged accessing the medical records of six veterans when he was working for the VA’s benefits administration…. Read More

In this June 6, 2011 photo, this historical marker along W.Va. Route 17 in Blair, W.Va., is the only visible sign of the 1921 battle here between thousands of armed, unionizing coal miners and the thousands of law enforcement officers and security guards hired to defeat them. At least 16 men died on the mountain

On Labor Day, Miners Mark Historic Union March

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Ninety-eight years ago, thousands of pro-union miners marched toward West Virginia’s Logan County, to protest abuses by coal operators in what was then a largely anti-union territory. The marchers were met at Blair Mountain in Logan County by an army of men, fighting on behalf of anti-union mine guards and local law enforcement. The battle… Read More

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin with miners on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Manchin Says He Won’t Run for West Virginia Governor

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin says he’s staying put in the U.S. Senate and won’t run for governor. The 72-year-old Manchin announced his decision on Tuesday after months of reflection. It means Manchin will steer clear of a potential showdown with incumbent Republican Gov. Jim Justice, who already has announced he’s… Read More

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin with miners on Capitol Hill.

Manchin Preparing to Announce Decision About Governor’s Race

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is preparing to announce whether he’ll run for governor in next fall’s election. His spokesman says Manchin is expected to announce his decision sometime Tuesday. Manchin’s entry into the gubernatorial race would likely set up a showdown with Republican Gov. Jim Justice, a former Democrat who… Read More

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va. responds to questions

Do I Stay or Do I Go? For Joe Manchin, a Big Decision Awaits

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Joe Manchin is once again at a career crossroads that says as much about the West Virginia politician as it does the state of American politics. The Democrat says he’ll decide right after Labor Day whether to stick with being in the U.S. Senate, where he was just reelected for a six-year term,… Read More

Robert Wilkie, US Veterans Affairs Secretary

Feds: Probe Into Deaths at VA Hospital is ‘Top Priority’

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Friday a sweeping criminal probe into a number of suspicious deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia would be their “top priority.” Bill Powell, the U.S. attorney in West Virginia, said his office is involved in a “comprehensive federal criminal investigation” into the deaths of up… Read More

Former Marshall University Student Appeals Assault Lawsuit

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A former Marshall University student has appealed a Title IX lawsuit accusing the school of mishandling her rape case and allowing the man accused in the attack to remain on campus. The Herald-Dispatch reports Alicia Gonzales’ case was appealed Wednesday. Judge Robert C. Chambers dismissed the case about a month ago,… Read More

Fire Chief Jan Rader attends the Time 100 Gala

West Virginia’s First Female Fire Chief Wins National Award

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The chief of the Huntington, West Virginia, Fire Department has been named as the American Legion’s national firefighter of the year. Chief Jan K. Rader received the award at the American Legion’s 101st National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Wednesday night. Rader is the state’s first female fire chief after having… Read More

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2 West Virginia Mountain Valley Pipeline Protesters Arrested

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LAWN, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say two people who locked themselves to equipment at a Mountain Valley Pipeline work site have been arrested. WOAY-TV reports 22-year-old Andrew J. Saltzberg and 21-year-old Cameron B. Angeiopouus were charged with trespassing on Thursday. The station says the two were protesting the pipeline in Lawn, an unincorporated community in Greenbrier… Read More