Coal Tattoo

Rep. Alex Mooney seeks legislation to repeal mine safety disclosure requirement


  When we last left Rep. Alex Mooney, the West Virginia Republican was voting with the state’s other House members in favor of a budget cut for the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. Today, Rep. Mooney is set to be pushing another mine safety measure — this one aimed at eliminating the requirement that publicly […]

Sustained Outrage

Good news, bad news for imperiled fish species


  Although darters in general make up 20 percent of freshwater fish species in North America, candy darters are found only in a portion of West Virginia and Virginia. Measuring 2-3 inches in length, this colorful fish prefers shallow, fast flowing stream reaches with rocky bottoms. Photo T. Travis Brown via U.S. Fish and Wildlife […]

Inside Marshall Sports

Overnight notebook, Herd-UTSA game


SAN ANTONIO — Once upon a time, Hyleck Foster was a slot receiver at Marshall, even starting. But in 2015, his sophomore year, he was moved to running back. Than this season, he became an outside receiver, where he remained as a reserve. Then came the fourth quarter of Marshall’s game Saturday at Texas-San Antonio, […]

Woods and Waters

‘The law of unintended consequences’ kills fish yet again

Fish kills happen. Everyone knows that. Pipeline ruptures, tanker-truck wrecks, train wrecks and accidental discharges from industrial sites are unfortunate, but until someone creates a perfect world such incidents are going to occur from time to time. It still hurts to see the results — fish dead, recreation harmed, ecosystem damaged. It hurts twice as […]

WVU Gameday Blog

BLOG: WVU Report Card — Few high marks for Texas loss


Saturday’s loss on the gridiron was multidimensional. A loss any Saturday stings, but losing at home on Senior Day and losing your starting quarterback for at least next weekend’s season finale, if not the bowl game as well, adds on to the bad feeling. Regardless, the show must go on. In the meantime, here’s how […]

Plugged In


2017 PopCult Gift Guide: Byzantine “The Cicada Tree”

Our music pick  for the 2017 PopCult Gift Guide today is the perfect gift for the fan of intelligent Heavy Metal music, and it’s also of local interest. The Cicada Tree by Byzantine is a major release from Metal Blade records, but it was recorded at The Bakery, on Charleston’s West Side. Byzantine has been […]

Vines & Vittles

Thanksgiving Wines: many vinous choices!

At least once a week, I get asked this question: ‘What is your favorite wine?’ And my answer is always the same: “It depends.” Now, you might think that’s a way of avoiding the question, but to me your query is incomplete unless you tell me what type of food you intend to pair with […]

The Food Guy, Steven Keith

On Wellness in WV

Who’s deciding whether you can smoke marijuana?

This June 5, 2017, photo shows a marijuana leaf in the vegetative room at Alaska Cannabis Cultivators in Fairbanks, Alaska. (Eric Engman/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner via AP)

Interested in who will be making recommendations to DHHR, and the West Virginia Legislature, on what medical conditions qualify you as a medical marijuana patient? Or who will be recommending whether marijuana dispensaries should sell marijuana in plant form? The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board has divided into three work groups. Following the second […]

Extra Credit

Live from the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Charleston Daily Mail reporter Samuel Speciale will provide updates from the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C. The speller sponsored by the Gazette-Mail is Varun Kukkillaya, a John Adams Middle School 8th grader who is making a repeat appearance at the national bee. Go Varun! Other West Virginia spellers include Andrew Gould, a sixth-grader […]

Pop Machine

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ photos show grown-up Hogwarts gang

As preparation for the stage production of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” ramps up in London, we were treated this week to new photos of the adult versions of the Boy Who Lived and his former Hogwarts classmates. The stage production is based on an original story by Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling and picks up […]

The 304

Kanawha County Delegate District Problems

I’ve been working on figuring out exactly who was affected by the delegate district problems in Precinct 277, so here’s a map I made from the addresses Vera McCormick, the Kanawha County Clerk, gave me.

Sports with Chuck McGill

Love when things are at their worst

Monday — a few days after floods devastated my home state of West Virginia — I returned to work after a week-long vacation. The red light on my phone was blinking when I arrived at the office, which meant several voicemails awaited my attention. I listened, jotted down notes and deleted them, one by one. […]

One Month At A Time

Mountain State of Mind

Fashionably Awkward

Open Modeling Auditions at Charleston Town Center


Charleston Town Center is looking for its next class of modeling talent.  The mall’s annual auditions for the Young Faces Modeling Team, for children ages 5 – 11, is at 1 p.m. this Saturday in Macy’s Court. No experience is necessary and they are requesting no portfolios. Those selected will participate in a modeling workshop […]

The Varsity Blog

Tom Bragg: Sizing up the 2017 Kennedy Award race

Jeremy Dillon, Mingo Central

Perhaps no topic in West Virginia high school sports annually stirs debate like the Kennedy Award. It’s given to the top high school football player in West Virginia each year, so you can think of it as our version of what many states call “Mr. Football” or something similar. We just put Week 8 to […]