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 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 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 feature story for Tuesday's paper is the new lighting system at Haddad Riverfront Park. It can be programmed for a variety of sequences and change lighting colors. The top story is the evaluation process for bidders seeking a multimillion-dollar contract with the state.

On Thursday's front, the Obama administration said it would give Americans who buy health insurance through new online marketplaces an extra six weeks to obtain coverage before they risk a penalty.The revision means those who buy coverage through the exchange will have until March 31. Also, the Mountain State gears up for snow. A freeze watch was in effect for several counties and Charleston's public works department was conducting a dry run of its snow equipment.

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

The top story Thursday is the appointment of a special prosecutor to the Mingo County election law violation case. Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks said Wednesday he recently asked the Mingo Circuit Court to disqualify him from helping the Secretary of State in its investigation. Also, University of Charleston President Ed Welch reflects on his 25 years at the university.

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

In Friday's top news, coal industry representatives said new restrictions on carbon emissions will hurt the industry. Also, a ceremony was held Thursday to dedicate Interstate 79 bridges, interchange and section of W.Va. 36 to fallen State Police Cpl. Marshall Bailey and Trooper Eric Workman. The two were fatally shot near Wallback last year.