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WV House advances voter ID bill on party-line vote

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginians would be required to show photo ID at their polling places before they can vote, under a Republican bill advancing through the House of Delegates. The voter ID bill passed the House Judiciary Committee after nearly five hours of discussion and debate Wednesday on a strict party-line vote, with every Republican […]

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Report shows food stamps used in ‘vacation’ spots

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginians who receive food stamp benefits spent $52.5 million last year at stores outside the state, according to a report requested by Delegate Jill Upson, R-Jefferson. West Virginia residents used their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) debit cards to make $1 million in purchases in both Florida and North Carolina, $580,000 in […]

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WV school board OKs multiple school closures

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education approved Wednesday closing three elementary schools in Boone County and one in Roane County, and heard that the superintendent of Fayette County, which it controls, wants to shutter Ansted Middle School. Wharton Elementary, Nellis Elementary and Jeffrey-Spencer Elementary represent three of Boone’s 10 elementary schools. The […]

By February 11, 2016 Read More →

WVPA Sharing

Hampshire Review hiring full-time editorial staff member

ROMNEY, W.Va. — The Hampshire Review is looking for a new full-time member for its editorial team, “Our team produces the biggest, best weekly newspaper in West Virginia for 7 years in a row, runs a robust website and keeps up an active Facebook page,”  said editor Jim King. “You need to come in the door with […]

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Capitol filled with tourism displays as industry seeks legislative help

Capitol filled with tourism displays as industry seeks legislative help

View photos of displays CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia legislators couldn’t help but think about the state’s tourism industry today as the state Capitol’s hallways and rotunda were filled with informational tables and displays. Tourism industry officials are seeking legislative support for their  “brunch bills” — SB 21, SB 298 and SB 307, now pending in […]

By February 8, 2016 Read More →

‘Brunch bills’ supporters hope to change Sunday alcohol sales time

By Dawn Nolan The Charleston Gazette-Mail If members of the hospitality and tourism industry have their say, brunch in West Virginia is about to change. Right now, plenty of local restaurants offer a weekend menu that combines breakfast and lunch. But before 1 p.m. on Sundays, none of them can be served with traditional brunch beverages […]

By February 7, 2016 Read More →

Opinion

U.S. Supreme Court made right call on EPA rules

An editorial from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel  PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — U.S. Supreme Court Justices sent a clear message to President Barack Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency this week: Executive overreach will not go unchallenged. The Clean Power Plan is a problem and will receive the full legal scrutiny Obama tried to avoid. It is […]

By February 11, 2016 Read More →

Bill allowing discrimination bad for WV business

An editorial from The Register-Herald  BECKLEY, W.Va. — Here’s a new one out of Charleston: Republican lawmakers — who have been touting a “business friendly” agenda this legislative season — are at odds with typically conservative business groups and assorted chambers of commerce across the state. The rub? The proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act that takes […]

By February 10, 2016 Read More →

Governor should sign right to work, prevailing wage bills

A Daily Mail editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sitting on Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s desk in the state Capitol building are two bills passed by the Legislature he would probably rather not have to deal with. Senate Bill 1, establishing the Workplace Freedom Act, makes it illegal for any worker in West […]

By February 10, 2016 Read More →

Industry News

WV State Police honor retired Bluefield journalist

WV State Police honor retired Bluefield journalist

To see more from the Bluefield Daily Telegaph, click here. 

By February 9, 2016 Read More →
Youths get an inside glimpse of Bluefield paper

Youths get an inside glimpse of Bluefield paper

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — Local high school students learned Wednesday that newspapers are much more than printed paper these days. Students from Graham and Bluefield High Schools visited the world of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph during the annual Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Program. The students spent much of the day touring local media […]

By February 5, 2016 Read More →
WVU journalism professor up for prestigious award

WVU journalism professor up for prestigious award

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University professor has been nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award. The award, named after Edgar Allen Poe, is presented each spring to honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film and theatre published or produced in the previous year.  John Temple, a Reed College of Media associate professor, is the […]

By January 28, 2016 Read More →

Photos

West Virginians mark beginning of Lent

West Virginians mark beginning of Lent

To see more from the Charleston Gazette-Mail, click here.

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Gee marks WVU’s 149th year with a few selfies

Gee marks WVU’s 149th year with a few selfies

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — On Feb. 7, 1867, West Virginia University was founded as the Agricultural College of West Virginia, and earlier this week, on Feb. 7, 2016, WVU celebrated its 149th year. The University was founded by Abraham Lincoln when he signed the Morrill Act, which granted 30,000 acres of federal land to any state […]

By February 10, 2016 Read More →
A little temptation for Valentine’s Day

A little temptation for Valentine’s Day

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. — Jan. 3 is unofficially considered National Chocolate-Covered Cherry Day in the United States, but one Barboursville woman would be OK with every day having that distinction. Michelle Hill, owner of Tibbenham Chocolates, makes and sells her chocolate-covered cherries out of her other business, WV Quilt, 642 Main St. in Barboursville, and La […]

By February 9, 2016 Read More →

Blog: WVPress Extra

Blog: wvpress extra — Conference Call set for Charter School Discussion

The West Virginia Press Association is working to arrange trainings, webinars and events to help our newspapers in all departments. On the editorial side, we have a FOIA handbook in the works, will be promoting webinars and are working to arrange some interviews by telephone conference and webinar for statewide “hot button” issues that will impact […]

By October 12, 2015 Read More →
Mountain East basketball tournament photos – Wheeling Jesuit 73, Concord 70

Mountain East basketball tournament photos – Wheeling Jesuit 73, Concord 70

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Press Association is providing its newspapers with photos from the Mountain East Basketball Tournament in Charleston March 5-8. The tournament is being held at the Charleston Civic Center  with support by GoMart, along with CharlestonWV.com and MetroNews Sports. Photos from the games will be uploaded to this site as […]

By March 6, 2015 Read More →
Elkins greenhouse grower makes poinsettias his business

Elkins greenhouse grower makes poinsettias his business

ELKINS, W.Va. — Larry Gouer loves poinsettias. The owner of Mary’s Greenhouse in Elkins is celebrating his 40th year in business. This December his greenhouses will be filled with thousands of the red, white, pink and peppermint plants for sale.   “In 40 years of growing, poinsettias have always been and still are my favorite thing […]

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Other Recent News

The Associated Press shares 10 things to know Thursday, Feb. 11

Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers. 1. PYONGYANG REACTS STRONGLY TO SEOUL’S INDUSTRIAL FACILITY MOVE North Korea vows to immediately deport all South Korean nationals […]

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Alpha lenders offer $500 million for core assets

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Alpha Natural Resources has received a $500 million offer from secured lenders for the potential sale of its core assets, according to documents filed Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. After Alpha filed bankruptcy six months ago, market conditions have only continued to decline. With industry analysts not projecting any improvements, Alpha explored its options […]

By February 10, 2016 Read More →

WV Senate OKs drug testing welfare recipients

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The State Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow drug testing of welfare recipients if “reasonable suspicion” of substance abuse exists. According to the bill, reasonable suspicion means that a case worker “determines based upon the result of the drug screen that the applicant demonstrates qualities indicative of substance abuse based […]

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