News

As overdoses climb, gabapentin designated ‘drug of concern’ in WV

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Pharmacy has designated the nerve-pain medication gabapentin — sold under the brand name Neurontin — a “drug of concern” amid a surge of overdoses. The pharmacy board has started to track gabapentin sales. In a recent month, West Virginia pharmacies filled prescriptions […]

By December 6, 2017 Read More →

$20.8M from opioid settlement distributed for treatment beds in WV

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nine drug treatment programs in West Virginia will receive a combined $20.8 million in funding — money state lawmakers set aside earlier this year from lawsuit settlements with drug companies accused of fueling the state’s opioid epidemic. The legislation requires that the money be spent on additional […]

By December 5, 2017 Read More →

Morrisey says ‘harmonic mean’ water quality change should stay in law

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has advised state regulators that he believes the state Supreme Court would rule that a controversial change in the way West Virginia calculates water pollution limits should remain in state law, despite passage of a subsequent bill that appeared to repeal that […]

By November 20, 2017 Read More →

WVPA Sharing

West Virginia Gov. Justice appoints fired chief of staff to prestigious state job

West Virginia Gov. Justice appoints fired chief of staff to prestigious state job

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Four months after unceremoniously firing him as his chief of staff, Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Charleston lawyer Nick Casey to a prestigious state appeals board. Justice appointed Casey to the Workers’ Compensation Board of Review, a three-member judicial panel that hears appeals of Workers’ Compensation claims. […]

By December 14, 2017 Read More →

Study of two West Virginia tech parks to be completed by year’s end

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — West Virginia Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher said a report will be finished by the end of the year examining the efficacy of the I-79 Technology Park in Fairmont and the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston. A provision requiring the report was inserted into […]

By December 14, 2017 Read More →
Marshall student remembered 10 years after unsolved death

Marshall student remembered 10 years after unsolved death

By COURTNEY HESSLER The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Leah Hickman, a 21-year-old Marshall University student who was strangled to death, was last seen alive 10 years ago Thursday, Dec. 14, and her killer has still not been identified. The investigation was thrust into the national spotlight when it was initially treated as a missing person case, […]

By December 14, 2017 Read More →

Opinion

Editorial: Bluefield, W.Va., working to become “Gigabyte city’ – with links to better business

From the Bluefield Daily Telegraph: In today’s technology-driven age, access to high-speed broadband and wireless internet technology is essential to continued economic development and growth. That’s why we welcome efforts by the Bluefield Board of Directors to make Bluefield the first “gigabyte city” in our immediate area. The plans were announced earlier this week by […]

By December 9, 2017 Read More →
WV Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry: Citizens deserve whole high court story

WV Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry: Citizens deserve whole high court story

By ALLEN H. LOUGHRY II Daily Mail Commentary Many have heard or read about the renovations at the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. News media have boiled this down to a “he said/he said” situation, but that ignores the clear and critical facts. My very first act upon becoming Chief Justice in 2017 was […]

By December 7, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: WV Supreme Court should offer people an office inventory

From the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Gazette page:  Over at the West Virginia Supreme Court palace, it is time for a serious inventory. Chief Justice Allen Loughry, having written a book on corruption and getting himself elected to the Supreme Court, has been consumed by trivial but expensive trappings of high office. A couch grew legs and […]

By December 3, 2017 Read More →

Industry News

The Inter-Mountain launches new job board

The Inter-Mountain ELKINS, W.Va.  — The Inter-Mountain, the leading publication for job-seeking professionals, has launched TheInter-Mountain.the jobnetwork.com, now with cutting edge job-matching technology and targeted network distribution powered by RealMatch (www.realmatch.com). Employers who post jobs on The Inter-Mountain’s new job board, TheInter-Mountain.the jobnetwork.com, receive unprecedented access to top job-seeking professionals within The Inter-Mountain’s community and […]

By December 13, 2017 Read More →

Cyberattack slows county government online operations in North Carolina; $23,000 ransom demanded

The Associated Press Report RALEIGH, NC — A cyberattack slowed county government to a crawl Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in North Carolina’s most populous metro area as deputies processed jail inmates by hand, the tax office turned away electronic payments and building code inspectors switched to paper records. Data was frozen on dozens of Mecklenburg County […]

By December 12, 2017 Read More →
The Charleston Gazette-Mail, W.Va., chosen for ProPublica local reporting project

The Charleston Gazette-Mail, W.Va., chosen for ProPublica local reporting project

Staff report Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Charleston Gazette-Mail has been chosen as one of seven news outlets nationwide to participate in a new Local Reporting Network launched by the nonprofit journalism organization ProPublica. ProPublica selected veteran staff writer Ken Ward Jr. from a pool of 239 applicants from 45 states. The yearlong initiative, […]

By December 8, 2017 Read More →

Photos

Mall welcomes West Virginia’s furry friends to meet Santa

Mall welcomes West Virginia’s furry friends to meet Santa

The Herald-Dispatch BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. —  In the holiday spirit, the Huntington Mall made an exception Sunday to its “no pets” policy and welcomed furry friends to meet Santa. Dozens of Tri-State families gathered with their fur-babies Sunday morning to get a picture with ol’ Saint Nick before the mall’s opening. See more from The Herald-Dispatch

By December 11, 2017 Read More →

Elkins, W.Va., passes controversial sales tax increase under Home Rule plan

By BRAD JOHNSON The Inter-Mountain ELKINS, W.Va.  — Despite pleas from downtown business owners and internal dissension, Elkins City Council voted 7-3 to pass the controversial 1 percent sales tax ordinance on its third and final reading Thursday evening. Public comment speakers asked that the ordinance be tabled, and, for the third time, Councilman Robert […]

By December 8, 2017 Read More →
Trick-or-treaters hit the streets in Wheeling

Trick-or-treaters hit the streets in Wheeling

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register Trick-or-treating Tuesday on South Park Street in the Edgwood area of Wheeling Tuesday, from left, are Thomas White, 6, Nicholas White, 3, and Gianna White, 5. They are the children of Nicole and Kristian White of Wheeling. See more from The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

By November 1, 2017 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

West Virginia’s Sen. Manchin asks FDA, DEA to consider rescheduling gabapentin

West Virginia’s Sen. Manchin asks FDA, DEA to consider rescheduling gabapentin

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald BECKELY, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is calling on the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration to consider rescheduling a type of medication connected to overdose deaths in West Virginia. In a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Acting DEA Administrator Robert Patterson, Manchin […]

By December 14, 2017 Read More →

Shale Energy Alliance touts ways to build the oil and gas industry in West Virginia

By JEFFREY SAULTON The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.V.a  — Area oil and gas company representatives gathered Wednesday at the Blennerhassett Hotel to learn how the Shale Energy Alliance can make a difference and make the industry grow. Dave Caliguiri, with the Shale Energy Alliance, said the alliance is dedicated to the development of […]

By December 14, 2017 Read More →

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College discusses training facilities in West Virginia with plastic manufacturers

By JIM McCONVILLE The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is talking with two plastics manufacturers about providing them plastics technology worker training facilities at the college next year, said officials at the college’s Board of Governors meeting Wednesday. College officials met with two companies — Logoplaste and Technimark — that […]

By December 14, 2017 Read More →