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Over Attorney General’s objections, West Virginia lawmakers renew push to control settlement funds

Over Attorney General’s objections, West Virginia lawmakers renew push to control settlement funds

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. For a second consecutive year, West Virginia lawmakers are targeting Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s use of lawsuit settlement funds. On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee advanced a measure (House Bill 4009) that aims to ensure the Legislature gets to spend settlement money as it sees fit. Morrisey’s office […]

By January 16, 2018 Read More →
Sunken towboat leaking oil in Big Sandy River on West Virginia-Kentucky border

Sunken towboat leaking oil in Big Sandy River on West Virginia-Kentucky border

Staff report The Herald-Dispatch KENOVA, W.Va. — A West Virginia National Guard team has joined the response to an oil spill from a sunken towboat in the Big Sandy River just south of Kenova, on the West Virginia-Kentucky border. The Guard’s 35th Civil Support Team is providing personnel for environmental sampling and monitoring as a part […]

By January 12, 2018 Read More →

$151M water crisis settlement moves closer to final court approval

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Four years to the day after the Freedom Industries chemical spill, a landmark $151 million class-action settlement over the regional water crisis that followed the spill moved one step closer to final court approval during a hearing Tuesday morning in Charleston. U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver […]

By January 10, 2018 Read More →

WVPA Sharing

West Virginia leaders to release opioid response plan

By LINDA COMINS The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — West Virginia officials soon will be finalizing a proposed opioid response plan focusing on six key areas for the state. This proposal includes high-priority, short-term recommendations for prevention, early intervention, treatment, overdose reversal, supporting families with substance use disorder, and recovery. The West Virginia […]

By January 19, 2018 Read More →
U.S. Senate hopeful Don Blankenship kicks off campaign in Logan

U.S. Senate hopeful Don Blankenship kicks off campaign in Logan

By NANCY PEYTON The Logan Banner LOGAN, W.Va.  — Mining jobs, the current drug epidemic, infrastructure and other issues facing West Virginians were addressed by U.S. Senate candidate Don Blankenship during a town hall meeting for voters Thursday night in Logan. The ex-Massey Energy CEO, who recently served a one-year prison term on charges related […]

By January 19, 2018 Read More →
Tucker County Day at the W.Va. Legislature attracts leaders, crowd to West Virginia Culture Center

Tucker County Day at the W.Va. Legislature attracts leaders, crowd to West Virginia Culture Center

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Tucker County Chamber of Commerce hosted “Tucker County Day at the West Virginia Legislature” on Thursday, Jan. 18, with events at the state Capitol, West Virginia Cultural Center and around Charleston. Jessica Waldo, executive director of the chamber and the Tucker County Convention & Visitors Bureau, welcomed guests to hear music by EMay and […]

By January 19, 2018 Read More →

Opinion

W.Va. Poll: Voters weigh in on W.Va. Legislative Issues of co-tenancy, education, drug abuse

W.Va. Poll: Voters weigh in on W.Va. Legislative Issues of co-tenancy, education, drug abuse

Charleston, W.V. – A recent poll by Orion Strategies among historic likely voters in West Virginia tested a number of issues facing the state’s legislature this session. “We fielded a statewide live-telephone survey of historic, likely voters centering on the main issues listed by legislators in both parties and the Governor’s State of the State […]

By January 18, 2018 Read More →
Editorial: Remember King’s words of America’s promise

Editorial: Remember King’s words of America’s promise

Charleston Gazette-Mail editorial There are still West Virginians who remember segregation — white-only schools, restaurants, hotels, movie theaters, pools, neighborhoods. Higher-skilled jobs were tougher for black people to get. Wave after wave of civil rights struggles have moved the United States closer to its aspirations. In the early 20th century, many thousands of black Americans […]

By January 15, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Remember King’s words of America’s promise

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail: There are still West Virginians who remember segregation — white-only schools, restaurants, hotels, movie theaters, pools, neighborhoods. Higher-skilled jobs were tougher for black people to get.a Wave after wave of civil rights struggles have moved the United States closer to its aspirations. In the early 20th century, many thousands of black […]

By January 15, 2018 Read More →

Industry News

Julie Kemp, longtime Daily Mail editor and Charleston Ballet leader, dies at 87

Julie Kemp, longtime Daily Mail editor and Charleston Ballet leader, dies at 87

Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Julianne Kemp, who worked as a reporter and editor at the Charleston Daily Mail for more than half a century and was also a leading figure at the Charleston Ballet, died this week at the age of 87. Known as Julie, she was born on Feb. 5, 1930, in Huntington, […]

By January 19, 2018 Read More →
WVU Reed College of Media receives $250,000 AEP Foundation grant to expand community branding initiative

WVU Reed College of Media receives $250,000 AEP Foundation grant to expand community branding initiative

WVU Today MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University Reed College of Media students will work with local communities to tell and “sell” their stories thanks to a grant from the American Electric Power Foundation. The $250,000 grant supports WVU’s Community Branding Initiative, BrandJRNY. Students enrolled in specialized upper-level strategic communications courses will develop integrated communications campaigns […]

By January 18, 2018 Read More →

WVU Reed College of Media among the best in MediaShift rankings

WVU Today MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia University Reed College of Media has topped two different “best of” lists for innovation. MediaShift, the premier destination for insight and analysis at the intersection of media and technology, recently announced its top picks for media innovation in several areas. Dean Maryanne Reed was recognized in “EducationShift20: […]

By January 12, 2018 Read More →

Photos

PHOTO GALLERY: West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s Second State of the State

PHOTO GALLERY: West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s Second State of the State

The Register-Herald See Chris Jackson’s photos from Governor Jim Justice’s Second State of the State Wednesday in the House Chambers of the West Virginia Capitol on Wednesday. See more from The Register-Herald

By January 11, 2018 Read More →
West Virginia fiber artist stays busy during cold spell

West Virginia fiber artist stays busy during cold spell

By SARAH GOODRICH The Inter-Mountain BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — As the area experiences frigid temperatures, Suzan Morgan, an artist member of Artistry on Main, enjoys the warmth inside as she sews Christmas ornaments in preparation for the 2018 holiday season. Morgan, who specializes in textile and fabric art, has been part of Artistry on Main in […]

By January 8, 2018 Read More →
Photos from 2018 WVPA Legislative Lookahead

Photos from 2018 WVPA Legislative Lookahead

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The WVPA has emailed and posted a sample of photos from the West Virginia Press Association’s Legislative Lookahead Friday, Jan. 5, in Charleston. Here is a large selection of photos that can be downloaded from this page.        

By January 5, 2018 Read More →

Blog: WVPress Extra

Shooting in Alexandria: Sad and sickening

Shooting in Alexandria: Sad and sickening

By Don Smith West Virginia Press Association While saddened by the news of the shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday, I was sickened by the hypocrisy in the comments of some politicians, cable news commentators and fellow journalists. Are we really surprised that another troubled, angry and frightened individual turned to […]

By June 15, 2017 Read More →

2016 in retrospect: Gov. Tomblin was a resource

From Executive Director Don Smith, WVPRESS Extra Blog: Tomorrow starts the new year, but it’s hard to think about the future, or keep your mind in the present, on Dec. 31. Reminiscing seems appropriate and necessary. Working for the West Virginia Press Association means lots of days at the Capitol and contact with elected officials […]

By December 31, 2016 Read More →

Newz Group partnership gives member newspapers off-site backup

  From Executive Director Don Smith: In the coming days and weeks, all West Virginia Press Association newspapers should be getting a call from Newz Group. These calls are coming with the support and urging of the WVPA and are about your access to free off-site archiving and backup. It’s a benefit service provided at no […]

By July 21, 2016 Read More →

Other Recent News

Woelfel decries bill that would allow timbering in West Virginia’s state parks

Woelfel decries bill that would allow timbering in West Virginia’s state parks

By RUSTY MARKS NCWV Media CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Sen. Mike Woelfel, D-Cabell, railed Thursday against a bill that would allow for timbering in state parks and forests. Woelfel stood up during a floor session Thursday to criticize Senate Bill 270, which had been requested by Gov. Jim Justice. Justice spoke briefly about logging on state-owned […]

By January 19, 2018 Read More →

West Virginia Senate logging bill cautiously welcomed in Richwood

By MATT COMBS The Register-Herald RICHWOOD, W.Va.  — The reason for the naming of Richwood is evident if you simply drive through the once-booming city. Log trucks roll their way down Main Street, making their way to or from the city’s two remaining lumber mills. In a city ravaged by West Virginia’s economic downturn over the last 30 or 40 […]

By January 19, 2018 Read More →
House introduces bill to reorganize West Virginia DHHR

House introduces bill to reorganize West Virginia DHHR

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill introduced Thursday in West Virginia House of Delegates would reorganize the state Department of Health and Human Resources. Under House Bill 4014, the DHHR would be separated into four agencies. The bill is double referenced to the Committee on Health and Human Resources and then Finance. […]

By January 19, 2018 Read More →