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West Virginia Senate advances bills to make public information less public

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Public information could be a little less public, under two bills advanced by the Senate Thursday. That includes legislation to make contractors’ employee wage records confidential (Senate Bill 474). The documents, which have to be filed to comply with the West Virginia Jobs Act, currently are public […]

By February 23, 2018 Read More →

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central WV hosting ‘Day of Introspection’ on drug addition on Feb. 26

BBBS partnering with WVU School of Public Health; Charleston to host Icelandic solutions to drug addiction CHARLESTON, WV – Along with other local and statewide organizations, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia is pleased to co-sponsor the “Day of Introspection,” an event for the community to hear from health and policy leaders on […]

By February 22, 2018 Read More →

U.S. Attorney unseals indictment charging 12 with operating pill mill

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A 69-count indictment has been unsealed, charging 12 individuals with operating a pill mill. The indictment charges the owners, managers and physicians associated with HOPE Clinic, which operated as a purported pain management clinic in Beckley, Beaver and Charleston, as well as Wytheville, Va., and a related company […]

By February 21, 2018 Read More →

WVPA Sharing

’55 United’: Hundreds of teachers strike in Princeton

’55 United’: Hundreds of teachers strike in Princeton

By CHARLIE BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph PRINCETON, W.Va.  — Hundreds of teachers lined Mercer Street in Princeton Thursday, carrying signs and hearing motorists honk their horns in support of their efforts to see an increase in pay and help with the growing costs of health insurance. “This is so awesome to see teachers stand together,” said […]

By February 23, 2018 Read More →
Brooke, Hancock teachers take to picket lines

Brooke, Hancock teachers take to picket lines

By CRAIG HOWELL and WARREN SCOTT The Weirton Daily Times WEIRTON, W.Va. — West Virginia teachers and school service personnel were on the picket lines throughout the area Thursday, with plans to return today, as part of a statewide work stoppage protesting issues connected with pay and healthcare. Rallies were held in Charleston last week, with […]

By February 23, 2018 Read More →

Elkins-area educators, service personnel take part in walkout

By BROOKE BINNS The Inter-Mountain ELKINS, W.Va.  — A work stoppage continues today for teachers and school service personnel across West Virginia, closing schools around the state. Despite the West Virginia State Legislature approving a multi-year pay raise for teachers, school service employees and the West Virginia State Police, the work stoppage will continue today. […]

By February 23, 2018 Read More →

Opinion

Editorial: West Virginia residents knowing how our money is spent

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register editorial Just a few months after West Virginia voters said yes to a $1.6 billion road improvement bond issue, state legislators want to limit the public’s ability to know how the money will be spent. Among promises made to sway voters in favor of the measure was one that most […]

By February 21, 2018 Read More →

EDITORIAL: Public has right to know how its money is spent

The Journal editorial In October, voters in West Virginia approved a road bond referendum allowing the state to sell up to $1.6 billion in state bonds to improve state roads. West Virginia’s Roads to Prosperity — a $3 billion roads infrastructure spending plan — has been touted as not just fixing the state’s roads, but […]

By February 21, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: The spending of tax dollars is the public’s business

Logan Banner editorial It’s ironic — and disheartening to open-government advocates — that while the West Virginia auditor’s office is touting the importance of public access to the state’s spending records, another branch of government is trying to place a shroud of secrecy on some of that information. That other government branch is a group of state […]

By February 21, 2018 Read More →

Industry News

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‘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, […]

By February 16, 2018 Read More →

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 […]

By February 14, 2018 Read More →

Photos

Photo Album: The Ohio River at Mason and Point Pleasant

Photo Album: The Ohio River at Mason and Point Pleasant

Point Pleasant Register Read the entire article: http://www.mydailyregister.com/news/24367/photo-album-the-ohio-river-at-mason-and-point-pleasant See more from the Point Pleasant Register

By February 19, 2018 Read More →
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 […]

By February 12, 2018 Read More →
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 […]

By February 8, 2018 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

‘They just don’t care’: Boone County school employees rally

‘They just don’t care’: Boone County school employees rally

By CAITY COYNE Charleston Gazette-Mail MADISON, W.Va.  — As she was studying at Marshall University to be a teacher three years ago, Kelli Vance’s professors told her and her classmates that in the first few years of their careers, they would probably see a teachers’ strike. “They said, ‘not sure when, but you guys are going […]

By February 23, 2018 Read More →
Mingo school employees enter first day of statewide strike

Mingo school employees enter first day of statewide strike

By TRAVIS CRUM Williamson Daily News WILLIAMSON, W.Va. — School employees in Mingo County said they will continue to strike beyond Friday unless a permanent fix is made to their health insurance benefits. Intimidation over possible fines or jail time for their actions did not scare them, they said. More than 30 teachers and public school […]

By February 23, 2018 Read More →
Wood County teachers, service employees on the picket lines

Wood County teachers, service employees on the picket lines

By MICHAEL ERB The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — Area teachers and service personnel stood in the rain and cold Thursday to protest low pay and dwindling benefits as part of a statewide work stoppage. Thousands of public employees converged on Charleston Thursday morning to hold protests on the state Capitol grounds, but teachers […]

By February 23, 2018 Read More →