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Led by Kanawha, WV population continues to fall

By ALI SCHMITZ Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County continued to lose people last year, as did most counties in West Virginia, according to U.S. Census estimates released Thursday. West Virginia’s most populous county lost almost 2,000 people last year, a 1.04 percent decrease in population, according to the estimates. The county’s 2016 population […]

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GOP health care plan raises concerns for seniors, women and addicts

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — Between net premiums and increased out-of-pocket costs, West Virginians currently enrolled for health coverage through the marketplace would see an average increase of $6,100 under the new Republican-proposed replacement plan. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) is slated for a vote today in the U.S. House, but […]

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WV drug OD deaths soared above 840 in 2016

WV drug OD deaths soared above 840 in 2016

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 840 West Virginians fatally overdosed on drugs last year — a record number — and additional deaths are expected to be added to the total in the coming weeks. Fatal overdoses related to fentanyl, an opioid that’s 100 times stronger than prescription morphine, have fueled […]

By March 23, 2017 Read More →

WVPA Sharing

W.Va. Legislature honors Civil Air Patrol

W.Va. Legislature honors Civil Air Patrol

By Lexi Browning For The West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate adopted a resolution this week recognizing members of the Civil Air Patrol and dedicated Wednesday, March 22, 2017, as Civil Air Patrol Day.   The West Virginia Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is comprised of 16 units with approximately 600 volunteer […]

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Senate Ag Committee acts on industrial hemp

Senate Ag Committee acts on industrial hemp

Committee also looks at food production   By Lexi Browning For West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee on Wednesday passed a resolution to redefine the federal definition of industrial hemp. Senate Concurrent Resolution 35, which aimed to increase production of industrial hemp with stronger concentrations of hemp seed oil, […]

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Water pollution bill moves forward to Senate floor

Water pollution bill moves forward to Senate floor

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A controversial bill that could allow more toxic chemicals to be discharged into West Virginia’s rivers and streams cleared another hurdle Wednesday night, on its way to giving business and industry lobbyists a long-sought change in state water pollution rules. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee […]

By March 23, 2017 Read More →

Opinion

Opinion: Nine-tenths of coal miners are gone 

Opinion: Nine-tenths of coal miners are gone 

By James A. Haught Editor Emeritus The Charleston Gazette-Mail . America’s coal industry is sinking sadly.  Tonnage, usually above 1 billion, dropped to 749 million tons in 2016.  Employment, which exceeded 800,000 in the 1920s, has fallen below 66,000. Four large mining corporations went bankrupt in the past couple of years. The decline is glaringly visible in West Virginia. . […]

By March 23, 2017 Read More →
Editorial: Mudslinging in West Virginia

Editorial: Mudslinging in West Virginia

The Journal of Martinsburg: There is plenty of acrimony stemming from disagreement over the issues facing West Virginia state government without adding to it by making the arguments personal. Unfortunately, that has happened. It may be impossible to discover who threw the first verbal stone, but clearly, relations between Gov. Jim Justice and Republican legislators […]

By March 19, 2017 Read More →
Editorial: Legislators whistling while the state burns

Editorial: Legislators whistling while the state burns

From The Register-Herald of Beckley: As the state legislature runs down the clock on this do-nothing session, state revenues continue to slide, teachers continue to receive layoff notices, young professionals continue to move out of state, schools continue to close, businesses continue to turn out the lights and opioid drug abuse continues to claim an […]

By March 19, 2017 Read More →

Industry News

Gazette-Mail pain pill series wins second national award

Gazette-Mail pain pill series wins second national award

Staff reports Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter Eric Eyre has been named the winner of an investigative reporting award from the Association of Health Care Journalists for his stories about prescription opioid shipments to West Virginia. The association honors the best health reporting in print, broadcast and online media across the country. […]

By March 20, 2017 Read More →
Online News Association WV hosts first event

Online News Association WV hosts first event

By BRENDA PINNELL West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Online News Association West Virginia hosted its inaugural event at the West Virginia University’s Economic Development Center on Saturday morning to discuss trends in the media’s move to digital news delivery. More than 20 people representing television, print, technology innovators and academia attended the meeting to listen […]

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Ogden Newspapers in agreement to purchase Maryland daily newspaper: Frederick News-Post

Ogden Newspapers in agreement to purchase Maryland daily newspaper: Frederick News-Post

FREDERICK, MD. — An agreement in principal has been reached by the Randall Family, LLC, owners of The Frederick News-Post, to explore the sale of the News-Post to Ogden Newspapers, Inc., of Wheeling, WV according to Gary Greene, Cribb, Greene & Cope newspaper brokerage firm. The announcement was made this morning by Will Randall, Chief […]

By March 17, 2017 Read More →

Photos

Around the Rotunda: Tourism Day fills Capitol Rotunda with activities

Around the Rotunda: Tourism Day fills Capitol Rotunda with activities

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Tourism Day at the West Virginia Legislature, March 20,  brought tourism industry representatives from across West Virginia to the State Capitol Rotunda.  WV Press Association Photographer Dalton Walker offers photographs of the event.          

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2017 WVSSAC Boys Basketball State Tournament Photos

2017 WVSSAC Boys Basketball State Tournament Photos

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Press Association will provide member newspapers with photos from the West Virginia Boys High School Basketball Tournament. Clarksburg Notre Dame wins Class A Championship, 63-55 Ravenswood vs. Clarksburg Notre Dame The Ravenwood Red Devils finished runner-up in the 2017 W.Va. Class A Boys Basketball Championship at the Civic Center in Charleston. WVPA Photo/Tom Hunter […]

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Blog: WVPress Extra

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 […]

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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 →

Heavy rains fall on WV flood victims

A heavy rain pours across the flood ravaged areas of West Virginia. Predictions call for three inches and flash flooding. Today, on Independence Day, thousands of West Virginians sit cold and damp in tents, shelters, their vehicles and their damages homes – most still without power – watching the rain fall and the creeks rise. […]

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Other Recent News

Senate Judiciary Committee passes bill on water quality

Senate Judiciary Committee passes bill on water quality

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee heard several hours of testimony for and against the water quality bill opponents have dubbed the “Cancer Creek Bill” before approving it and sending it to the Senate floor. While a Department of Environmental Protection official defended the bill, two Morgantown water experts […]

By March 23, 2017 Read More →
House Education Committee passes governor’s K-12 bill

House Education Committee passes governor’s K-12 bill

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail After about four hours of discussion, questions and amendments, the West Virginia House Education Committee passed at 11 p.m. Wednesday Gov. Jim Justice’s wide-ranging K-12 education bill. Wednesday was the first appearance of the bill in a legislative committee. It now heads to the House Finance Committee. The committee discussed […]

By March 23, 2017 Read More →
Legislators take Justice to task for lighting emergency lantern

Legislators take Justice to task for lighting emergency lantern

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Delegates and senators criticized Gov. Jim Justice’s lighting the State of Emergency lantern on top of the Capitol dome Wednesday, calling it a political ploy and disrespectful to victims of last summer’s floods. The governor ordered the lantern lit Tuesday to highlight the state’s continuing budget crisis. […]

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