News

Report: Many WV jobs don’t pay living wage

By FRED PACE The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia has always been known as a place where people have to work incredibly hard in order to barely get by. The recently released 10th annual “State of Working West Virginia” report for 2017 shows that poverty is a persistent problem in West Virginia, where tens of […]

By October 16, 2017 Read More →

Frontier won’t return $4.7M in broadband funds to WV

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Frontier Communications won’t give back any of the $4.7 million in stimulus funds that the federal government says the state overpaid Frontier as part of a statewide project that aimed to expand high-speed internet, the company told state officials this week. A federal agency recently ordered the […]

By October 12, 2017 Read More →

Federal grants announced for WV projects to help coalfield communities

By MAX GARLAND Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Eight West Virginia projects will receive a total of about $8.2 million in funding from the federal Economic Development Administration as part of a new initiative to support economic development in areas hit by the coal industry’s decline, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Wednesday. The 2017 […]

By October 12, 2017 Read More →

WVPA Sharing

WV lawmakers hear proposals for elected state school board

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia lawmakers heard Tuesday about general proposals to allow voters to elect state Board of Education members and allow lawmakers themselves to reject and amend policies that the state school board passes. The hour-and-a-half legislative interim meeting came after the House Education Committee passed House Joint […]

By October 18, 2017 Read More →

WV struggles with increase in foster children

By TAYLOR STUCK The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 6,100 children are in the West Virginia foster care system as of October and the number keeps growing, according to the acting Bureau for Children and Families commissioner Linda Watts. Watts spoke Tuesday morning to the Joint Commission of Children and Families and told legislators that […]

By October 18, 2017 Read More →
Manchin: Choose ‘non beltway’ DEA head

Manchin: Choose ‘non beltway’ DEA head

By JIM McCONVILLE The Journal WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WVa., suggested that the nation’s next Drug Enforcement Agency “drug czar” should have a medical background, know someone who has been addicted and be from outside the Washington, D.C., beltway, during a teleconference with reporters Tuesday afternoon. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., removed his […]

By October 18, 2017 Read More →

Opinion

EDITORIAL: High-speed internet vital to state’s future

The Inter-Mountain editorial If you have traveled for business or pleasure during the past couple of years, you probably had to make lodging reservations in advance. Before doing so, you looked into the hotel, rental unit or other accommodation you were considering. Clean? Check. Breakfast? Check. Near attractions or where you are bound on business? […]

By October 10, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Better late than never

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register editorial It is unfortunate for the nation as a whole, not just for energy-producing states, that former President Barack Obama’s war on coal and affordable electricity is being ended after years in which it was pursued with attack-dog tenacity and yes, viciousness. Better late than never, however. “The war on […]

By October 10, 2017 Read More →

EDITORIAL: With the bond passed, now it’s time to get to work

The Exponent Telegram editorial West Virginia Department of Transportation Secretary Tom Smith had it right Saturday night after voters overwhelmingly supported Gov. Jim Justice’s $1.6 billion road bond amendment: “It’s time for us to roll up our sleeves and get to work. We’re ready to roll.” Smith and Justice were both ebullient after the bond […]

By October 9, 2017 Read More →

Industry News

WVU Reed College of Media launches new Sports and Adventure Media major

WVU Today MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media has developed the only known undergraduate major in the country to focus on sports and adventure media. With its big-time college sports programs and beautiful natural setting, the Mountain State is a mecca for sports and adventure enthusiasts, and also the perfect setting for […]

By October 13, 2017 Read More →

WVPA adds public notice categories to advertising, editorial contests

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia newspaper industry works hard to ensure greater public access, open meetings and government transparency. Now there is an industry incentive for that effort. The WVPA is targeting those areas in the WVPA newspaper contests. There will be two new contest categories considered for the 2017 contest year:  “Best Promotion of Public Notice” […]

By October 6, 2017 Read More →
WVU Reed College of Media hosts panel on diversity

WVU Reed College of Media hosts panel on diversity

By ALI BARRETT The Daily Athenaeum MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The WVU Reed College of Media moderated a panel on diversity in the media featuring four panelists from diverse backgrounds in print and broadcast journalism on Tuesday. Mizell Stewart III, vice president of news operations at Gennett and USA Today Network, started in journalism 30 years […]

By October 4, 2017 Read More →

Photos

Video: Davis & Elkins celebrating fall with music

ELKINS, W.Va. — With fall colors out across the region, visitors to the Davis and Elkins College Campus on Monday were able to enjoy both the fall foliage and the talent of students during a musical program on the deck of Hallihurst Hall. See more on D&E at  https://www.dewv.edu  

By October 10, 2017 Read More →

Video: W.Va. Capitol Veterans Memorial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  While West Virginia officials were inside the state Capitol Saturday, Oct. 7, monitoring election results, a WVPA photographer captured these images of the Veterans Memorial that honors those who monitor our safety and freedom every night and make such free and open elections possible.    

By October 10, 2017 Read More →
Community comes together to mourn Denise Burditus, victim of Vegas shooting

Community comes together to mourn Denise Burditus, victim of Vegas shooting

The Journal Djabril Burton, left, Alexis Hough and Brenda Hough bow their heads in a crowd of other mourners in a moment of prayer at the Denise Burditus candlelight vigil at Hedgesville High School Thursday evening. See more from The Journal  

By October 6, 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

Grow Ohio Valley helping people eat, feel healthier

By LINDA HARRIS The State Journal WHEELING, W.Va.  — Sam Amberg says it’s never too late to learn good food habits. Amberg is part of Grow Ohio Valley, a non-profit focused on improving food security in the Ohio Valley. That means making sure even the poorest residents “know where their next nutritionally balanced and healthy […]

By October 18, 2017 Read More →
New U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia William Powell to tackle drug issue

New U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia William Powell to tackle drug issue

By JESSICA BROVERMAN The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — Now that William Powell has taken the oath of office as the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, he is prepared to take on drug-related obstacles facing the state. “I represent all of the district. I will be working regularly in […]

By October 18, 2017 Read More →
Official: Decision on hydroelectric pump storage facility expected in 2018

Official: Decision on hydroelectric pump storage facility expected in 2018

By CHARLIE BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph HOT SPRINGS, VA. — If Tazewell County gets a $2 billion hydroelectric pump storage facility, it will be very much like the one in Bath County, Va. Dominion Energy, which owns the Bath County facility, is proposing a similar pump station in Tazewell County on a smaller scale. Spencer […]

By October 18, 2017 Read More →