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Track officials upset as Hancock smoking ban OK’d

  NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. — Despite emotional, last-minute pleas from Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort employees, the Hancock County health board on Tuesday unanimously approved an indoor, countywide smoking ban with no exemptions for gaming facilities. The long-anticipated action makes Hancock County the 29th county in West Virginia to adopt a comprehensive Clean Air Regulation […]

By August 27, 2014 Read More →

W.Va. ag agency audit finds possible fraud

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Investigators found “additional instances of possible fraud or abuse” during the final 18 months of former state Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass’ tenure, according to a follow-up audit of the state Department of Agriculture released Tuesday. That includes the questionable spending of $661,790 of federal stimulus funds in June 2011 to install new […]

By August 27, 2014 Read More →

WVU seeks partner to build 400-room hotel

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — WVU is looking to see if a viable partner exists to help design and manage a hotel and conference center near the Erickson Alumni Center. WVU released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a hotel and conference center project Tuesday, Aug. 26. Bids are due on Nov. 13. According to the RFP, […]

By August 27, 2014 Read More →

WVPA Sharing

New Report: West Virginia falling short on policies to prevent and fight cancer

New Report: West Virginia falling short on policies to prevent and fight cancer

 States measured by progress on tobacco control, access to care and cancer prevention CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia is falling short when it comes to passing policies to prevent and reduce suffering and death from cancer, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. “How Do You Measure up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to […]

By August 21, 2014 Read More →

Moundsville Power praises Marshall County Commission action

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. – Moundsville Power LLC Managing Partner Andrew Dorn said Wednesday that he is delighted that the Marshall County Commission has officially approved his company’s PILOT proposal to build a 549-megawatt, privately-financed natural gas power plant in the county.Dorn praised the commissioners’ cooperation in bringing jobs and revenue to Marshall County, as well as […]

By August 20, 2014 Read More →

United for Coal is now part of Citizens for Coal

LOGAN, W.Va. — United for Coal is now part of Citizens for Coal. The two organizations announced Aug. 16 that United for Coal will be rolled into Citizens of Coal.  UFC president Allen Gibson is stepping down with CFC President Roger Horton maintaining the leadership role of CFC. For more information, contact Horton at  onearmrider@yahoo.com.

By August 18, 2014 Read More →

Opinion

Home rule in moderation is the best approach

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — As was readily apparent during Home Rule hearings Monday, there is growing concern about cities having the ability to increase the sales tax. Several cities seeking Home Rule approval have included a 1 percent increase in sales tax charged to consumers to boost revenue. In exchange, […]

By August 27, 2014 Read More →

Rehabilitating W.Va. criminals

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — West Virginia’s campaign to reduce jail and prison overcrowding is succeeding, state legislators were told Monday. But what about the second part of the initiative, to “rehabilitate” those who have committed crimes? During interim committee meetings in Bridgeport, W.Va., lawmakers heard a report from Division of […]

By August 27, 2014 Read More →

Be careful before waiving class size rules

An editorial from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Administrators in a few West Virginia counties say they are faced, in the early days of this school year, with overcrowding in their schools. Despite having recently built new facilities in Doddridge County, for example, the superintendent says there is not enough classroom space. Doddridge […]

By August 27, 2014 Read More →

Industry News

Inter-Mountain staff up to icy challenge

Inter-Mountain staff up to icy challenge

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By August 27, 2014 Read More →
Wheeling newspaperman retires after 43 years

Wheeling newspaperman retires after 43 years

  WHEELING, W.Va. —  When Art Limann began his photojournalism career 43 years ago, there were no computers, digital cameras or spell check – unless you picked up a dictionary. There were, however, typewriters, a darkroom full of chemicals and smoking in the newsroom. Limann, a New Jersey native, retired Saturday from his career with […]

By August 25, 2014 Read More →

Herald-Dispatch writer up for bluegrass award

NASHVILLE, TENN. —  Nominees for the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced last week at a press conference in Nashville, Tennessee, with The Boxcars leading the pack with ten nominations for the band and their individual members. They’re followed by Blue Highway with nine nominations, and The Del McCoury Band with six nominations. Awards […]

By August 19, 2014 Read More →

Photos

Bluewell man watches giant grow near his home

Bluewell man watches giant grow near his home

BLUEWELL, W.Va. — Giant puffball or Calvatia gigantea does little justice to the monstrous fungi harvested by a Bluewell man Tuesday. Bobby Turner watched the mushroom over three weeks as it grew to an enormous size. “It was on the side of my driveway,” Turner said. “No one has ever really seen one around this […]

By August 27, 2014 Read More →
Fish being tested following Freedom chemical leak
By August 26, 2014 Read More →
Ice buckets galore in Wood County

Ice buckets galore in Wood County

  VIENNA, W.Va. – In keeping up with the trend to raise awareness, support and funds for research, area schools participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge Friday. “We challenged ourselves to raise $1,000 in two days and we far exceeded that goal,” said Greenmont Elementary School Principal Brett Ubbens. Between donations from teachers, administrators and […]

By August 25, 2014 Read More →

Blog: WVPress Extra

Blog: wvpress extra — Bring a jacket to Convention 2014

Aug. 5, 2014: Everyone is excited and working hard to prepare for WVPA Convention 2014.  Just a reminder for you when packing your suitcase for Canaan Valley Resort and Convention 2014. And please share this with any staff members, your spouse or guests who will be attending convention with you. We are expecting sunny weather on Thursday and Friday with just a […]

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Blog: wvpress extra — Always stand for the public’s right to know

A blog by WVPA Executive Director Don Smith: March 28, 2014: The Freedom of Information Act battle brewing between the The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register newspapers and the Ohio County Sheriff  is one every newspaper editor in the nation should watch. Look at the Columbia Journalism Review’s story on the situation surrounding information on concealed weapons […]

By March 28, 2014 Read More →
Blog: wvpress extra — The 2014 Hoops Challenge

Blog: wvpress extra — The 2014 Hoops Challenge

  A blog by WVPA Executive Director Don Smith Posted March 16, 2014: The West Virginia girls’ basketball state tournament was an exciting challenge for the WVPA staff. Our plans called for providing a few photos, but when we realized The Associated Press was not covering any games on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, we decided to […]

By March 18, 2014 Read More →

Other Recent News

The Associated Press shares 10 things to know Wednesday, Aug. 27

Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.1. TOUGH ISSUES REMAIN FOLLOWING GAZA TRUCE DEALIsrael and Hamas agree to an open-ended cease-fire […]

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WVU band takes its show into southern West Virginia

WVU band takes its show into southern West Virginia

  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia University football is right around the corner, and that means the gold and blue Mountaineer Marching Band — known as the Pride of West Virginia — isn’t far behind. The Pride of West Virginia is known for its ability to give fans goosebumps at the Milan Puskar Stadium in […]

By August 26, 2014 Read More →
Report finds W.Va. students start class too early

Report finds W.Va. students start class too early

  CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Middle school and high school students should not be expected in class any earlier than 8:30 a.m. in order to avoid mental and physical health problems, according to a national report released Monday.  About 43 percent of public high schools across the country, however, start class before 8 a.m., according to the […]

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