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Steven Paine to serve again as WV Superintendent of Schools

Steven Paine to serve again as WV Superintendent of Schools

Staff reports The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education voted unanimously March 23 to appoint Steven Paine as the state’s next Superintendent of Schools. Paine will begin serving Monday, March 27 at a salary of $230,000 per year, the same as his predecessor, Michael Martirano, whose last day in the […]

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Vice President Pence to visit Putnam County Saturday

By ALI SCHMITZ Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to be in Putnam County Saturday afternoon, according to the Putnam County sheriff and a federal flight plan. The flight restriction released by the Federal Aviation Administration, which is in effect from 3:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., said aircraft supporting “the […]

By March 24, 2017 Read More →
Constituents rally against health bill At Rep. David McKinley’s Parkersburg field office

Constituents rally against health bill At Rep. David McKinley’s Parkersburg field office

By JESS MANCINI The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — A group concerned with Republicans’ proposed dismantling of the Affordable Care Act rallied Thursday morning at a Parkersburg field office for Rep. David McKinley. About 18 residents associated with Wood County Indivisible held signs and spoke with Robert Villers, a field representative for McKinley, […]

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WVPA Sharing

Around the Rotunda: Legislative, Committee Schedule for Wednesday, March 29

Around the Rotunda: Legislative, Committee Schedule for Wednesday, March 29

W.Va. Legislative Committee Meeting Schedule – Subject to change West Virginia Needs SB 576 Joint-Development   Watch WV Legislature Live each day at http://www.legis.state.wv.us/live.cfm   Wednesday, March 29, is the 50th Day of the Legislative Session. Also known as “crossover day,” this is the last day for a bill to be passed out of the house of the Legislature in which […]

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Senate rejects Gov. Justice’s proposed tax increases

Release from the W.Va. Senate:    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, today proposed an amendment to Senate Bill 484, the bill submitted by Governor Jim Justice to “stabilize” the budget for Fiscal Year 2018 through hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue increases.  The amendment was based upon the Governor’s most […]

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WV House, Senate tax plans in jeopardy

WV House, Senate tax plans in jeopardy

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Prospects were in doubt Monday for West Virginia House and Senate bills to lower state income tax rates, making up for lost revenue with sales taxes expanded to cover groceries and several professional and personal services that are currently exempted. The Senate Finance Committee postponed consideration of […]

By March 28, 2017 Read More →

Opinion

Editorial: Hope for the future – More coal moving through Bluefield

Editorial: Hope for the future – More coal moving through Bluefield

From The Bluefield Daily Telegraph: It is something we are seeing just about every day now. Trains are hauling more coal through Bluefield. It is a comforting sight for those who are hoping to see a long-awaited resurgence of the coal industry. The reason more coal is being shipped through Bluefield is due to an uptick in the […]

By March 26, 2017 Read More →
Editorial: Used car bill would provide real help for many

Editorial: Used car bill would provide real help for many

From The Inter-Mountain of Elkins:   Give West Virginia legislators several years ago credit for wanting to protect their constituents from junk cars. But like so many consumer-protection laws, the statute enacted for that purpose was detrimental to many it was supposed to help. Under current law, if you want to buy a used car or […]

By March 26, 2017 Read More →
This week in the House of Delegates

This week in the House of Delegates

Release from The W.Va. House of Delegates: CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With a key legislative deadline looming next week, members of the House of Delegates worked late hours this past week to process a large volume of bills, including legislation addressing the state’s budget situation, and bills to improve the state’s access to broadband and response […]

By March 26, 2017 Read More →

Industry News

Gazette-Mail pain pill series wins second national award

Gazette-Mail pain pill series wins second national award

Staff reports Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter Eric Eyre has been named the winner of an investigative reporting award from the Association of Health Care Journalists for his stories about prescription opioid shipments to West Virginia. The association honors the best health reporting in print, broadcast and online media across the country. […]

By March 20, 2017 Read More →
Online News Association WV hosts first event

Online News Association WV hosts first event

By BRENDA PINNELL West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Online News Association West Virginia hosted its inaugural event at the West Virginia University’s Economic Development Center on Saturday morning to discuss trends in the media’s move to digital news delivery. More than 20 people representing television, print, technology innovators and academia attended the meeting to listen […]

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Ogden Newspapers in agreement to purchase Maryland daily newspaper: Frederick News-Post

Ogden Newspapers in agreement to purchase Maryland daily newspaper: Frederick News-Post

FREDERICK, MD. — An agreement in principal has been reached by the Randall Family, LLC, owners of The Frederick News-Post, to explore the sale of the News-Post to Ogden Newspapers, Inc., of Wheeling, WV according to Gary Greene, Cribb, Greene & Cope newspaper brokerage firm. The announcement was made this morning by Will Randall, Chief […]

By March 17, 2017 Read More →

Photos

Around the Rotunda: Tourism Day fills Capitol Rotunda with activities

Around the Rotunda: Tourism Day fills Capitol Rotunda with activities

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Tourism Day at the West Virginia Legislature, March 20,  brought tourism industry representatives from across West Virginia to the State Capitol Rotunda.  WV Press Association Photographer Dalton Walker offers photographs of the event.          

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2017 WVSSAC Boys Basketball State Tournament Photos

2017 WVSSAC Boys Basketball State Tournament Photos

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Press Association will provide member newspapers with photos from the West Virginia Boys High School Basketball Tournament. Clarksburg Notre Dame wins Class A Championship, 63-55 Ravenswood vs. Clarksburg Notre Dame The Ravenwood Red Devils finished runner-up in the 2017 W.Va. Class A Boys Basketball Championship at the Civic Center in Charleston. WVPA Photo/Tom Hunter […]

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Blog: WVPress Extra

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 […]

By July 21, 2016 Read More →

Heavy rains fall on WV flood victims

A heavy rain pours across the flood ravaged areas of West Virginia. Predictions call for three inches and flash flooding. Today, on Independence Day, thousands of West Virginians sit cold and damp in tents, shelters, their vehicles and their damages homes – most still without power – watching the rain fall and the creeks rise. […]

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Other Recent News

House passes Bill 2520, prohibiting tanning devices for individuals under 18

House passes Bill 2520, prohibiting tanning devices for individuals under 18

By Lexi Browning For the West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With less than 24 hours left to communicate bills between chambers, members of the House of Delegates passed House Bill 2520, which prohibits tanning device usage for individuals under 18, for Senate review. H.B. 2520, lead-sponsored by Del. Amy Summers, R-Taylor, would carry a […]

By March 28, 2017 Read More →
Senate Judiciary passes negotiated bill addressing consumer protections

Senate Judiciary passes negotiated bill addressing consumer protections

By SARAH PLUMMER The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee Monday passed a much-amended version of a bill that changes the Consumer Credit and Protection Act. An earlier version had significant opposition from citizens, consumer advocates and financial institutions. More than 5,000 emails were sent to legislators in opposition to its […]

By March 28, 2017 Read More →
Could West Virginia lawmakers be rallying to save arts funding?

Could West Virginia lawmakers be rallying to save arts funding?

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Coalwood native Homer Hickam may be best known as a NASA scientist and author of the best-selling novel “Rocket Boys.” But the STEM education supporter returned to West Virginia recently to meet with Gov. Jim Justiceand his staff about something else he sees as important — continued state funding for the […]

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