CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In 2004, former coal baron Don Blankenship spent $3.5 million to help get a West Virginia Supreme Court candidate elected in a wild race that inspired a John Grisham novel.
At the time, Blankenship's company, Massey Energy, had a $50 million case pending before the court. Blankenship's Republican ca ... (full story)
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — In March 2015, Roanoke Fire-EMS firefighter Joe Austin attended the funeral of co-worker Michael Todd Harris with a secret in tow.
Harris, who had been battling throat cancer, was the fourth firefighter in the department to die after being diagnosed with cancer since 2009.
His funeral came barely a mo ... (full story)
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Kelly Thompson grieves for the days before her 6-year-old son Wyatt became a full-time student. Those long, lazy days she enjoyed spending at home with her little boy.
But though she wishes she could keep the Daniels Elementary kindergartner little forever, the joys of watching him successfully navigat ... (full story)
SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) — Adventure Outdoors is an 80,000-square-foot store with walls lined with long guns, cases packed with handguns and aisles jammed with all the accessories an avid outdoorsman would need: coolers, clothing, ammo. At the customer service counter is a government-issued poster that warns: "Don't lie for the o ... (full story)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before his death, fans searching online for Prince were likely to find just a handful of his performance videos and almost none of his recorded music. In the days since he died, YouTube and other uploading sites have been flooded with hundreds of hours of the superstar musician's songs, concert footage, TV a ... (full story)