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West Virginia American Water is seeking an additional $36.6 million in annual revenue for water operations from its roughly 167,000 customers across 19 counties.

Capitol Market played host to the Party in the Patch fall festival Saturday in Charleston. The family-friendly event offered activities for all ages with pop-up shops, tasty treats, fall photo opportunities and pumpkin painting for children.

A recent flurry of rock-throwing incidents involving hikers on Endless Wall Trail in New River Gorge National Park and Preserve imperiled climbers in the Diamond Point area.

Op-ed by Betty Rivard: "I cannot remember a more intense time than we are in now. We are on the verge of high stakes changes in federal public policy that will affect every one of us and our descendants for decades to come."

St. George Orthodox Cathedral’s annual Middle Eastern dinner will look a little different than previous years, but chairwoman Loretta Haddy says they are glad that they can continue their decadeslong tradition while keeping the public safe.

Performers are all vying for the attention of an audience, and Kev Marcus wants an audience. He wants people to come listen to Black Violin’s fusion of hip hop and classical music.

For this month's One Month at a Time series, reporter Bill Lynch is trying his hand at drawing. This week, Bill learns about the art world from the eye of an artist who also models.


GAZETTE-MAIL EXCLUSIVE: @SenSanders  says "We need every Democrat," calls for Manchin to support Build Back Better Bill. Read the op-ed 👉

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Op-ed by David Laub: "Until West Virginia starts to do better, beginning with electing representatives that value young people in both words and action, we'll continue to leave, and our state’s problems will persist."

When COVID-19 ravaged a black Baptist church community in North Central WV, residents reached out to their state lawmakers for help. Nobody returned their calls.

Gazette-Mail editorial: "More and more, it's looking like Manchin's real problem with the plan is that it would hurt his pocketbook."

Gazette-Mail editorial: "More people are going to die as long as state vaccination rates trickle along. But that's apparently acceptable as long as the governor doesn't have to answer uncomfortable questions about his responsibility."

After two years of saving to get to the US, then-17-year-old Joseph Udoh spent his first night in America abandoned at the airport. It was a call to a pastor and basketball coach in Huntington that changed the luck for the WVU football player.

We're hearing reports of an explosion at the Belle plant. A shelter in place order has been issued for a 2-mile radius of the plant. Route 60 is closed at Campbells Creek Drive. We're sending reporters out to the scene.

Manchin has made more than $4 million as a senator from stock in a coal brokerage he founded, and his conflict of interest rankles climate advocates as he defends fossil fuels in the budget bill fight: