News

W.Va. attorney general intervenes in gun bill case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s attorney general is getting involved in the debate over Senate Bill 317, also known as the municipal gun bill. In March, the city of Charleston filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court asking a judge to determine whether the city’s municipal recreation centers qualify as educational facilities under state law. […]

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Post-water crisis, W.Va. ups tourism ad spending

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A $1.2 million cash infusion announced Thursday will more than double the Division of Tourism’s spring advertising campaign budget, in hopes of offsetting negative publicity from the Jan. 9 chemical leak in the Elk River. “We acknowledge we need to be pro-active in looking toward our image and our ability to market […]

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The Associated Press shares 10 things to know Friday, April 18

Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Friday, April 18, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers. 1. UKRAINIAN MILITIA DENIES CALLS TO FREE BUILDINGS Pro-Russian insurgents in the east who […]

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WVPA Sharing

Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad opens 2014 season with Cottontail Express

Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad opens 2014 season with Cottontail Express

  ELKINS, W.Va. – The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad opens its 2014 season on Saturday, April 19, with “a fun excursion for families celebrating springtime weather and the Easter weekend.” “The Cottontail Express pulls out of the Elkins Depot at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a 90-minute hop down the rails, all the […]

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New Book tells story of hope and Christ’s second coming

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — A new book about a West Virginia tragedy shows how a nightmare became hope as a young man accused of murdering his father finds hope in the spirit of Jesus Christ. “With a trial for the murder of his father still looming in the distance … Scott Harrison brings the truth to light […]

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Wild, Wonderful & Wired: Many have learned advantages of computers, Internet

Wild, Wonderful & Wired: Many have learned advantages of computers, Internet

CHARLESTON, W.VA. —  Future Generations Graduate School and Mission West Virginia know the Mountain State, from Pendleton County to Kanawha County and beyond. Based in West Virginia, these nonprofit educational organizations have trained West Virginia residents for several years to use computers and access information through the Internet. They are having success. From 2010-13, more […]

By April 4, 2014 Read More →

Opinion

Guns discovered at airport checkpoints on the rise

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Some readers may have been surprised to read that a loaded .32-caliber handgun was confiscated from a woman’s carry-on luggage at Tri-State Airport in Ceredo this week. Passenger screening for commercial air travel has been in place since the 1970s, and with the increased airport security since […]

By April 18, 2014 Read More →

Bridgeport airport lands another football team

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — North Central West Virginia Airport continues to receive good news. Already ahead of last year’s passenger pace, the airport has landed another Big 12 football team — Baylor, which will use the local airport as well as the Wingate by Wyndham and Bridgeport Conference Center as […]

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Coldwater owes state of West Virginia millions

A column by Jared Hunt, business editor of the Charleston Daily Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Economic Development Authority, Wood County Development Authority and United Bank will have millions of dollars on the line in the looming bankruptcy proceedings for soon-to-be defunct retailer Coldwater Creek. The company has benefited from two rounds of […]

By April 17, 2014 Read More →

Industry News

Employment opportunity: The Exponent Telegram in Clarksburg looking for graphic artist

CLARKSBURG — The Exponent Telegram in Clarksburg is looking for a graphic artist who has a “nose for news” and the graphic design skill to make it come alive for readers. “We are looking to hire a graphic artist in our newsroom to compliment our agressive efforts to grow both print and digital audience. You will work with […]

By April 16, 2014 Read More →

Goss presses, folder for sale at WVU Institute of Technology

MONTGOMERY, W.Va. — West Virginia University Institute of Technology has two Goss printing presses for sale. The presses have four units each plus a folder and some other specialized additions. One of the presses was rebuilt in 2004. More details, including pricing and specifications, are available by calling Jack Knuckles, director of the department, at 304-442-4712. […]

By April 10, 2014 Read More →
WVPA Legal Hotline: Is your newspaper participating?

WVPA Legal Hotline: Is your newspaper participating?

Few things are more time-consuming and potentially expensive for newspapers than lawsuits and court challenges. The West Virginia Press Association assists its member newspapers by operating the WVPA Legal Hotline. With your newspaper’s participation in the WVPA’s Legal Hotline program, your publisher, advertising department and newsroom are entitled assistance from  WVPA Legal Hotline Attorney Carte Goodwin with […]

By April 9, 2014 Read More →

Photos

Baltimore Ravens safety training in Huntington

Baltimore Ravens safety training in Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A Marshall University football alumus returned to Huntington in the offseason for three months to prepare for the upcoming NFL season. Omar Brown, a safety for the Baltimore Ravens, has been training at the Hit Center on Fifth Avenue, trying to gain 12 pounds of muscle before traveling back to Baltimore for […]

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Williamson native’s work on W.Va. magazine cover

Williamson native’s work on W.Va. magazine cover

  WILLIAMSON, W.Va. — May’s cover of Wonderful West Virginia magazine showcases the work of renowned photographer Randall Sanger with the setting sun illuminating abundant flowers along the King Coal Highway in Mingo County. Sanger is a native of Williamson. “We are pleased to present a few of Randall Sanger’s striking landscape images in this […]

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Students make Lincoln’s face with Rubik’s Cubes

Students make Lincoln’s face with Rubik’s Cubes

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Ever since the Rubik’s Cube was invented by Erno Rubik, in 1974, people have struggled to solve it. According to rubiks.com, there are 43 quintillion ways to scramble the three-dimensional puzzle, Students in the eighth-grade Higher Order Thinking Skills class at South Middle School went beyond solving, turning 225 cubes into art. […]

By April 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 […]

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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. […]

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Other Recent News

‘Hands on the River’ provides licensed massage therapy

‘Hands on the River’ provides licensed massage therapy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Residents of Kanawha County and the surrounding region have another option for massage therapy as Geraldine Gardner, a licensed massage therapist, has opened “Hands on the River, ” on US 119,  between the Mink Shoals and Big Chimney exits of  Interstate 79. With office hours and appointments available, Gardner is able work […]

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Manchin says he’s keeping 2016 options open

Manchin says he’s keeping 2016 options open

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Thursday that he’s keeping his political options open for 2016, even though his U.S. Senate term doesn’t end until two years after that. The West Virginia Governor’s Office — as well as other state and national offices — will be open that year. Manchin served one term […]

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Pulitzers affirm public service of whistleblowers

An editorial from The Charleston Gazette CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Ever since “Deep Throat” (FBI Associate Director Mark Felt) furtively told reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein about hidden White House sleaze — eventually sending many Nixon administration officials to prison and driving the president from office — we have admired “leakers” who bring dirty government […]

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