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W.Va. officials toss out banned animals list

W.Va. officials toss out banned animals list

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s Dangerous Wild Animal Board has thrown out a proposed list of banned exotic animals and will now use a list created for Ohio. The board’s technical committee will meet next week to review and make adjustments to the list, which was created and approved by the Ohio legislature following the […]

By July 18, 2014 Read More →

Wood County grand jury clears detective

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Just days after two Parkersburg Police officers shot and wounded an armed suspect, a special grand jury unanimously decided not to indict a city police detective who shot and killed a man at Grand Central Mall in January. The same grand jury also voted not to indict another Parkersburg officer accused of […]

By July 18, 2014 Read More →

WVU wants PEIA overhaul, citing inequities

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia University officials urged a state board Thursday to overhaul public employees’ health insurance plans, saying the system has shafted WVU employees for years. WVU workers pay higher monthly insurance premiums but get fewer health benefits than other state employees, university administrators told the Public Employee Insurance Agency’s Finance Board. “There […]

By July 18, 2014 Read More →

WVPA Sharing

Charleston, W.Va., attorney’s shooting charges dismissed

By Ashley B. Craig Police Reporter CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A local attorney was suffering from delirium brought on by an over-the-counter sleep aid when he shot up his South Hills area home last summer and is “not criminally responsible” for his actions, a Kanawha Circuit judge ruled. Judge Carrie Webster issued an order Tuesday dismissing charges […]

By July 23, 2014 Read More →

Marion County Board of Education questions reading programs

Votes to renew after discussion By Chelsi Baker Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Questions were raised at the Marion County Board of Education meeting Monday as to whether or not certain reading programs up for renewal this year are the best option for students. FastForWord and Reading Assistant subscriptions for the 2014-15 academic year […]

By July 22, 2014 Read More →

Mooney, Casey participating in WV Business & Industry Council forum Thursday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Second District congressional candidates Alex Mooney (R) and Nick Casey (D) will jointly participate in a candidate forum from 10:30 a.m. – noon, on Thursday, July 24, 2014. The event is being conducted by the West Virginia Business & Industry Council (BIC) and will take place in the West Virginia Room (Room […]

By July 21, 2014 Read More →

Opinion

Editorial: Teacher turnover not always bad for schools

From the Daily Mail of Charleston, W.Va.: Teacher turnover in the public school system costs the state of West Virginia between $5 million and $10.6 million per year, according to report from the Alliance for Excellent Education. Nationwide, about 13 percent of teachers either move to another state or leave the teaching profession altogether. West […]

By July 23, 2014 Read More →

Editorial: ‘Armed society’ not particularly safe

From the Charleston Gazette: In Texas last week, an enraged ex-husband went to his sister-in-law’s home, tied up parents and five children, forced them to lie face-down, and shot all seven in the back of the head. Six died and a teen daughter survived. In gun-polluted America, pistols are easily obtained by anyone, including wife-abusers […]

By July 23, 2014 Read More →

Editorial: Ormet Power Rates Critical

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling, W.Va.: Half the equation the Ormet Corp.’s new owner needs to solve to get the Hannibal aluminum plant back in operation appears to be in place. Aluminum prices are on the upswing. Taking care of the other half of the problem – electric bills – is another question, however. A […]

By July 23, 2014 Read More →

Industry News

Cipoletti and Point Forward can maximize the benefits from your newspaper’s sponsorships

Cipoletti and Point Forward can maximize the benefits from your newspaper’s sponsorships

WVPA NOTE: This information is provided as part of the WVPA’s effort to provide member newspapers with vetted resources to help with the unique challenges facing our industry. If you have questions, contact Don Smith, executive director, at donsmith@wvpress.org.  What is your newspaper’s strategy for sponsorships? WVPA member newspapers — through numerous event sponsorships, along with news […]

By July 17, 2014 Read More →

Williamson, Logan papers offer free apps

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – Whether you are at home, at work or away on vacation, your local news and sports are now just a click away and at your disposal 24/7, at no cost. Smart-phone apps for both the Williamson Daily News and the Logan Banner are now available free of charge. These apps keep you […]

By July 14, 2014 Read More →

Last-chance reminder issued for Convention 2014 rooms

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Today (Friday, July 11) is the final day for the reserved WVPA room block at Canaan Resort for Convention 2014.  Attendees wanting to reserve rooms at the WVPA discounted rate of $99 must make reservations today. In fact, executive director Don Smith said any room will be in short supply after today. “You can cancel […]

By July 11, 2014 Read More →

Photos

Cabell students plan, star in safe driving spot

Cabell students plan, star in safe driving spot

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Cabell County students planned and starred in a 30-second commercial shoot on Thursday in Huntington for their Be Alert. Just Drive. Save Lives. campaign. The students worked with the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership, Trifecta Productions, the City of Huntington and other partners to make their video storyboards a reality.

By July 18, 2014 Read More →
Long quest ends in photos of rare white robin

Long quest ends in photos of rare white robin

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — You’ve heard of the white whale that was a symbol of obsession in Moby Dick? Well, the white whale’s got nothing on the white robin of Charleston’s West Side. In the spring of last year, my friend Sallie Daugherty spoke of a strange, white-looking robin on the West Side of Charleston. On […]

By July 18, 2014 Read More →
42nd annual fair opens in Mineral Wells

42nd annual fair opens in Mineral Wells

MINERAL WELLS, W.Va. – With sunny skies throughout the day and warm weather, people came out to enjoy themselves and have a little fun Tuesday during the opening of the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition. The 42nd annual fair got underway at the fairgrounds on Butcher Bend Road Tuesday with the 4-H Rabbit Show, […]

By July 16, 2014 Read More →

Blog: WVPress Extra

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 →

Do we undervalue our editors and copy desk staff?

A blog by Don Smith, WVPA Executive Director: Posted on Feb. 9, 2014. With newspapers competing for audience share in today’s 24-hour cycle, in newsrooms around the state, our editors  and copy desk staffers are being challenged to maintain our journalist standards on multiple platforms: print editions, online editions and various forms of social media. […]

By February 10, 2014 Read More →

Other Recent News

Editorial: The state’s health insurance plan shouldn’t be a rip off

The Daily Mail of Charleston, W.Va.: Officials at West Virginia University complained last week that the health insurance plan for state employees charges the college too much. WVU employees pay $54 million a year in premiums to the Public Employees Insurance Agency — but receive only $30 million in benefits annually, WVU officials told the […]

By July 22, 2014 Read More →

Editorial: Juvenile Justice

States trying alternatives that prioritize rehabilitation BECKLEY, W.Va. — West Virginia nearly doubled the rate it sent youths to juvenile facilities from 1997 to 2011, in contrast to declining rates of youthful incarceration elsewhere in the United States. In fact, West Virginia had higher rates than the other three states that showed increases: Nebraska, North […]

By July 21, 2014 Read More →

Guard ready if needed at border, WV Guard official says

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A high-ranking official with the West Virginia National Guard said if President Barack Obama decides to send the Guard to the nation’s border, troops will be ready. “If the president decides it, it is a good mission for us. We have [gone down to the border] before,” Brig. Gen. David Buckalew, a […]

By July 21, 2014 Read More →