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Cabell, Wayne school employees vote not to work Friday

The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — School employees in Cabell and Wayne counties have ratified a one-day work stoppage for Friday, Feb. 16, to protest changes to public insurance for state workers and salary increases they consider inadequate, according to Brandon Tinney of West Virginia’s American Federation of Teachers union. The House of Delegates on Tuesday […]

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WVPA Sharing

Thousands of WV public workers anticipated to attend statewide rally today at 1 p.m. in Charleston

By Jordan Nelson The Register-Herald of Beckley CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Thousands of teachers and school service personnel are expected to attend a Statewide Day of Action Rally today at the state Capitol in Charleston in support of education and public employees in their struggle for competitive pay and benefits. The rally is set to begin at 1 […]

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Talks of WV teachers strike looms; Rally at Capitol on Saturday

By Andrea Lannom The Register-Herald of Beckley Charleston, W.Va. — As rumblings of a teachers’ strike persist, hundreds of teachers, school service personnel and other public employees poured into the state Capitol Friday morning. When asked if a strike was imminent, the leader of the West Virginia Education Association said there are still discussions going on. […]

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WV Construction Trades Job Fair attracts hundreds of applicants for Roads to Prosperity projects

WV Construction Trades Job Fair attracts hundreds of applicants for Roads to Prosperity projects

By Jim Workman West Virginia Press Association SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Thousands of jobs are expected to be created in the highway construction industry in West Virginia this year due in large part to the funds created by the Roads to Prosperity Bond passed by voters last fall. Hundreds seeking those jobs participated at the […]

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Opinion

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Editorial: WV Auditor McCuskey adding to government transparency

From the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Daily Mail page: See your tax dollars in action West Virginia State Auditor John McCuskey this week unveiled the state’s new website — www.wvcheck book.gov — to provide citizens a graphic snapshot on state government spending and revenue, reported John McConville in the The Journal of Martinsburg. “This site has been […]

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Editorial: WV Legislature must really tackle school issues

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling:  West Virginia legislators have been set up for a failure that could affect public schools throughout the state, perhaps seriously. It is time to call a “time out” to address not just the current confrontation but more important, the systemic dysfunction of which this is but a symptom. Dissatisfaction among […]

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Industry News

‘He was one of a kind’: Renowned photographer, beloved community member Mel Grubb dies at 93

‘He was one of a kind’: Renowned photographer, beloved community member Mel Grubb dies at 93

By SAMANTHA PERRY AND CHARLES BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD, W.Va.  — Renowned photographer, World War II veteran, pilot and beloved Bluefield community member Melvin L. Grubb, 93,  died Wednesday morning. Throughout his life, Grubb documented events — large and small — that characterized his community. From weddings and engagements to underground coal mining operations, […]

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OVP editor named finalist in AP contest

Point Pleasant Daily Register COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Finalists have been announced in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors’ 2017 newspaper contest and Ohio Valley Publishing (OVP) will be vying for an award. OVP Editor Beth Sergent has been nominated for Best Feature Writer for her work which appeared in the Gallipolis Daily Tribune, The […]

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Longtime reporter Nyden recognized by West Virginia House of Delegates

Longtime reporter Nyden recognized by West Virginia House of Delegates

Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Longtime Charleston Gazette investigative reporter Paul J. Nyden was honored with a memorial resolution during the House of Delegates session Monday morning. Nyden’s son, Christopher Nyden, left , received the resolution from House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha. Paul Nyden, who detailed coal industry abuses and government corruption, died […]

By February 13, 2018 Read More →

Photos

Fascinating faces of Fasnacht in West Virginia

Fascinating faces of Fasnacht in West Virginia

The Inter-Mountain HELVETIA, W.Va. — The village of Helvetia celebrated Fasnacht Saturday, dressing up in various guises meant to scare off Old Man Winter and cold weather. Fasnacht is the Swiss equivalent of Mardi Gras in New Orleans or Carnivale in Rio. It is a time of celebration before the beginning of Lent. In Switzerland, the […]

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Sports betting bill advances in West Virginia Senate

Sports betting bill advances in West Virginia Senate

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — Measures to legalize sports betting in West Virginia passed both the House and Senate Judiciary committees at the State Capitol on Wednesday. House Bill 4396 and Senate Bill 415 now go on to the respective Finance committees in both chambers, with recommendations to pass […]

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Local teachers protest Friday morning as others head to West Virginia Capitol

Local teachers protest Friday morning as others head to West Virginia Capitol

Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — As teachers from several West Virginia counties headed to the state Capitol today to protest for better pay and benefits, their counterparts in Kanawha County held rallies to support those goals. Read more from the Charleston Gazette-Mail

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Other Recent News

WV construction trades job fair attracts hundreds

By FRED PACE The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With the passage of the road bond referendum expected to bring thousands of construction jobs to the Mountain State, hundreds of people crowded into BridgeValley Community & Technical College’s Advanced Technology Center in South Charleston on Friday in search of a job. “I am a […]

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At The Capitol: Teachers, tension both visible at Capitol as WV Legislative session finishes five weeks

By Phil Kabler For the West Virginia Press Association As the 60-day regular session neared the two-thirds point, tensions at the Capitol were on edge as a second teachers’ rally wrapped up the fifth full week of the session. With teachers filling the Capitol, and packing the House and Senate galleries, negotiations on a pay […]

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Editorial: WV Legislative action is necessary on regional jail fees

From The Bluefield Daily Telegraph:  For many years now, counties across southern West Virginia have been struggling to pay a burdensome monthly budgetary drain known as the regional jail bill. The fees associated with housing inmates in the Southern Regional Jail have been particularly problematic for the deep south counties. The continued high cost of housing inmates in […]

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