News

Kanawha commissioners seek to oust prosecutor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County commissioners voted unanimously to draft a petition to remove Prosecutor Mark Plants from office. Commissioner Dave Hardy made the motion during Thursday evening’s commission meeting. The motion came during discussion of payment for special prosecutors Sidney Bell, who is handling the criminal case against Plants, and Don Morris, who has […]

By July 25, 2014 Read More →
W.Va.’s 2nd District U.S. House candidates face off

W.Va.’s 2nd District U.S. House candidates face off

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It wasn’t really a debate: The candidates had seen the questions ahead of time, and they didn’t take any other questions from the audience or each other. But the two major-party candidates for the U.S. House seat in West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District — Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Alex Mooney — […]

By July 25, 2014 Read More →

W.Va. workers’ compensation rates to drop again

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia employers are set to see their workers’ compensation premiums drop by about $32 million in the coming year, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Thursday. It will be employers’ tenth consecutive reduction in workers’ comp rates when it takes effect later this year. Tomblin said the National Council on Compensation Insurance […]

By July 25, 2014 Read More →

WVPA Sharing

Charleston, W.Va., attorney’s shooting charges dismissed

By Ashley B. Craig Police Reporter CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A local attorney was suffering from delirium brought on by an over-the-counter sleep aid when he shot up his South Hills area home last summer and is “not criminally responsible” for his actions, a Kanawha Circuit judge ruled. Judge Carrie Webster issued an order Tuesday dismissing charges […]

By July 23, 2014 Read More →
Charles Town carving out an arts hub

Charles Town carving out an arts hub

$50,000 NEA grant will create new district downtown By Christine Snyder christine@spiritofjefferson.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. – City leaders seeking to boost downtown as a one-of-a-kind destination for art and history are celebrating after winning a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith led the effort to secure the […]

By July 23, 2014 Read More →
McMechen Pain Clinic Investigated for allegedly reusing needles and vials of pain medications on multiple patients.

McMechen Pain Clinic Investigated for allegedly reusing needles and vials of pain medications on multiple patients.

By SHELLEY HANSON  The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register McMECHEN. W.Va.  - A local pain management clinic is being investigated by the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health Valley Pain Management Clinic of McMechen, which is operated by Dr. Roland Chalifoux, allegedly conducted unsafe injection practices prior to Nov. 1, 2013. The clinic opened in 2010. […]

By July 23, 2014 Read More →

Opinion

W.Va. law prevails when you meet on W.Va. soil

An editorial from the Mineral Daily News-Tribune KEYSER, W.Va. — The Potomac Highlands Airport Authority continues to amaze us with their stand on which state law should prevail in their meetings. Not only are they trying to “choose” which state law they follow, but tonight they are scheduled to talk about it behind closed doors. […]

By July 25, 2014 Read More →

Initiative to wean folks from ER care a good step

An editorial from The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — Federal appellate court rulings this week may have clouded the long and problematic rollout of the Affordable Care Act, but in West Virginia officials are moving forward with a program to wean folks away from the emergency room as a first-choice health care option. Karen Bowling, cabinet […]

By July 24, 2014 Read More →

Sen. Manchin opposes his daughter’s action

An editorial from The Charleston Gazette CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s Sen. Joe Manchin says he would support law changes to prevent unpatriotic “inversions” — such as his daughter’s decision to shift Mylan Pharmaceuticals’ national identity to Holland to duck U.S. taxes. “I think, basically, inversion should be absolutely repealed,” he told The National Journal […]

By July 24, 2014 Read More →

Industry News

Cipoletti and Point Forward can maximize the benefits from your newspaper’s sponsorships

Cipoletti and Point Forward can maximize the benefits from your newspaper’s sponsorships

WVPA NOTE: This information is provided as part of the WVPA’s effort to provide member newspapers with vetted resources to help with the unique challenges facing our industry. If you have questions, contact Don Smith, executive director, at donsmith@wvpress.org.  What is your newspaper’s strategy for sponsorships? WVPA member newspapers — through numerous event sponsorships, along with news […]

By July 17, 2014 Read More →

Williamson, Logan papers offer free apps

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – Whether you are at home, at work or away on vacation, your local news and sports are now just a click away and at your disposal 24/7, at no cost. Smart-phone apps for both the Williamson Daily News and the Logan Banner are now available free of charge. These apps keep you […]

By July 14, 2014 Read More →

Last-chance reminder issued for Convention 2014 rooms

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Today (Friday, July 11) is the final day for the reserved WVPA room block at Canaan Resort for Convention 2014.  Attendees wanting to reserve rooms at the WVPA discounted rate of $99 must make reservations today. In fact, executive director Don Smith said any room will be in short supply after today. “You can cancel […]

By July 11, 2014 Read More →

Photos

Vandals hit Princeton city swimming pool

Vandals hit Princeton city swimming pool

PRINCETON, W.Va. —  Princeton police officers are currently investigating a report of vandalism at the public swimming pool in Princeton City Park. A Bluefield Daily Telegraph photographer at the scene said picnic tables had been thrown into the pool. Officers and city employees are checking the damage…

By July 24, 2014 Read More →
Cabell students plan, star in safe driving spot

Cabell students plan, star in safe driving spot

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Cabell County students planned and starred in a 30-second commercial shoot on Thursday in Huntington for their Be Alert. Just Drive. Save Lives. campaign. The students worked with the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership, Trifecta Productions, the City of Huntington and other partners to make their video storyboards a reality.

By July 18, 2014 Read More →
Long quest ends in photos of rare white robin

Long quest ends in photos of rare white robin

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — You’ve heard of the white whale that was a symbol of obsession in Moby Dick? Well, the white whale’s got nothing on the white robin of Charleston’s West Side. In the spring of last year, my friend Sallie Daugherty spoke of a strange, white-looking robin on the West Side of Charleston. On […]

By July 18, 2014 Read More →

Blog: WVPress Extra

Blog: wvpress extra — Always stand for the public’s right to know

A blog by WVPA Executive Director Don Smith: March 28, 2014: The Freedom of Information Act battle brewing between the The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register newspapers and the Ohio County Sheriff  is one every newspaper editor in the nation should watch. Look at the Columbia Journalism Review’s story on the situation surrounding information on concealed weapons […]

By March 28, 2014 Read More →
Blog: wvpress extra — The 2014 Hoops Challenge

Blog: wvpress extra — The 2014 Hoops Challenge

  A blog by WVPA Executive Director Don Smith Posted March 16, 2014: The West Virginia girls’ basketball state tournament was an exciting challenge for the WVPA staff. Our plans called for providing a few photos, but when we realized The Associated Press was not covering any games on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, we decided to […]

By March 18, 2014 Read More →

Do we undervalue our editors and copy desk staff?

A blog by Don Smith, WVPA Executive Director: Posted on Feb. 9, 2014. With newspapers competing for audience share in today’s 24-hour cycle, in newsrooms around the state, our editors  and copy desk staffers are being challenged to maintain our journalist standards on multiple platforms: print editions, online editions and various forms of social media. […]

By February 10, 2014 Read More →

Other Recent News

Mineral County tackles teacher substitute costs

KEYSER, W.Va. — The Mineral County Board of Education says unpaid absences, or “dock” days, taken by a growing number of teachers are keeping students from receiving the education they deserve and costing the county thousands of dollars. They have therefore revised the county’s policy for leaves of absence and that policy is now out […]

By July 25, 2014 Read More →
Greenbrier nears ticket cutoff for Saints picnic

Greenbrier nears ticket cutoff for Saints picnic

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — The community response to the New Orleans Saints’ three-week visit to The Greenbrier for training camp can be described best in one word that Greenbrier owner Jim Justice, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and Saints head coach Sean Payton all used Thursday when discussing the team’s first 24-plus hours in […]

By July 25, 2014 Read More →

The Associated Press shares 10 things to know Friday, July 25

Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Friday, July 25, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers. 1. FRANCE SENDS SOLDIERS TO GUARD AIR ALGERIE WRECK French interior minister says that […]

By July 25, 2014 Read More →