The top story on the Thursday front is good news for residents of Charleston's West Side, as no blasting is expected to be employed to clear land for a new elementary school. The feature covers a makeover for the state's Supreme Court chamber that takes it back to its original design.

The Supreme Court's decision upholding the president's landmark health care reform law dominates Friday's page one and includes local and state reaction. The new statewide cellphone use law begins Sunday. The accent story covers state troopers' efforts to educate the public.

The big story on Wednesday's front page covers glitches with the computer system used to process state background checks. As a result, job seekers are left in limbo. The centerpiece focuses on how the West Side mentoring group Boys to Men surprised one its mentors, a secret service agent who is returning to Washington, D.C.

Thursday's Page One leads off with the threat of contempt charges against the state's Department of Health and Human Resources if the agency fails to comply with a court order to grant pay raises for staffers caring for the mentally ill. The centerpiece features the stories of Sissonville residents still shaken by last month's gas pipeline explosion as they try to return to their old lives.

Thursday's page one centerpiece details the eight years' worth of research Charleston Police compiled on the sniper case. The top story is the University of Charleston's takeover of the troubled Mountain State University.

The state school board's vote to again fire Jorea Marple as superintendent is the top story and feature for Friday. In lighter news, MTV releases the first trailer for its "Jersey Shore" follow-up, "Buckwild," filmed in Sissonville and Charleston.

The big story on Wednesday's front page is Alpha Natural Resources shutting down eight mines and eliminating 1,200 jobs. The centerpiece features the filming of a movie about small-town West Virginia, which is being shot in Cass, Marlinton and Snowshoe. The screenwriter hopes the movie gives a more accurate description of the state.

The top story Friday is the ratcheting up of tensions at Constellium's Ravenswood aluminum plant as workers dig in for their strike. In the feature story, after months of eager anticipation, crowds throng to outdoors retailer Cabela's for a festival-like grand opening.

On Thursday's front page, the Republican Party is set to control both houses of the state Legislature for the first time since the Great Depression after Democratic state Sen. Daniel Hall switched his party affiliation to GOP Wednesday. State Republicans saw unprecedented gains in Tuesday’s midterm election. Read more online at

Two big stories dominate Tuesday's front: At top, a popular cast member of MTV's "Buckwild" reality show was found dead along with two others in his SUV. The centerpiece reports on the huge UMW rally at Patriot Coal's Charleston office in protest of planned cancelling of benefits. Sixteen supporters were arrested.

On Wednesday's front, the state Board of Education decided to employ Deputy Superintendent Charles Heinlein as its next superintendent. He will serve on a short-term basis until the search for Jim Phares’ replacement is finished. Also, Pipestem State Park offers unusual games to keep its visitors entertained. Activity Director Kim Hawkins says the games are for all ages and can be played with a group. Read more at