News

Report: Many WV jobs don’t pay living wage

By FRED PACE The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia has always been known as a place where people have to work incredibly hard in order to barely get by. The recently released 10th annual “State of Working West Virginia” report for 2017 shows that poverty is a persistent problem in West Virginia, where tens of […]

By October 16, 2017 Read More →

Frontier won’t return $4.7M in broadband funds to WV

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Frontier Communications won’t give back any of the $4.7 million in stimulus funds that the federal government says the state overpaid Frontier as part of a statewide project that aimed to expand high-speed internet, the company told state officials this week. A federal agency recently ordered the […]

By October 12, 2017 Read More →

Federal grants announced for WV projects to help coalfield communities

By MAX GARLAND Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Eight West Virginia projects will receive a total of about $8.2 million in funding from the federal Economic Development Administration as part of a new initiative to support economic development in areas hit by the coal industry’s decline, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Wednesday. The 2017 […]

By October 12, 2017 Read More →

WVPA Sharing

Revenue secretary: More people needed for road bond work

By ANDREA LANNOM For the Times West Virginian CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Revenue Secretary Dave Hardy said more people are needed in the tax department in auditing, compliance and enforcement before even accounting for extra work under the Roads to Prosperity amendment. Hardy outlined legislation on the special session call during a Monday meeting of […]

By October 17, 2017 Read More →

Local leaders in Steubenville, Weirton react to New York Times column

By PAUL GIANNAMORE For The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Local business and economic development leaders were incensed by a column that appeared in the New York Times last week depicting the Steubenville-Weirton area as ill-suited to thrive or recover from the Great Recession. The column, “Why Big Cities Thrive and Smaller Ones […]

By October 17, 2017 Read More →

Justice Assistance Grant program funds go to drug task forces, school resource officers

Staff report NCWV Media CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A total of $1,125,875 in federal Justice Assistance Grant program funds have been awarded to 36 projects statewide. The money will fund Prevention Resource Officers and drug task forces around West Virginia. These funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of […]

By October 17, 2017 Read More →

Opinion

EDITORIAL: High-speed internet vital to state’s future

The Inter-Mountain editorial If you have traveled for business or pleasure during the past couple of years, you probably had to make lodging reservations in advance. Before doing so, you looked into the hotel, rental unit or other accommodation you were considering. Clean? Check. Breakfast? Check. Near attractions or where you are bound on business? […]

By October 10, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Better late than never

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register editorial It is unfortunate for the nation as a whole, not just for energy-producing states, that former President Barack Obama’s war on coal and affordable electricity is being ended after years in which it was pursued with attack-dog tenacity and yes, viciousness. Better late than never, however. “The war on […]

By October 10, 2017 Read More →

EDITORIAL: With the bond passed, now it’s time to get to work

The Exponent Telegram editorial West Virginia Department of Transportation Secretary Tom Smith had it right Saturday night after voters overwhelmingly supported Gov. Jim Justice’s $1.6 billion road bond amendment: “It’s time for us to roll up our sleeves and get to work. We’re ready to roll.” Smith and Justice were both ebullient after the bond […]

By October 9, 2017 Read More →

Industry News

WVU Reed College of Media launches new Sports and Adventure Media major

WVU Today MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media has developed the only known undergraduate major in the country to focus on sports and adventure media. With its big-time college sports programs and beautiful natural setting, the Mountain State is a mecca for sports and adventure enthusiasts, and also the perfect setting for […]

By October 13, 2017 Read More →

WVPA adds public notice categories to advertising, editorial contests

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia newspaper industry works hard to ensure greater public access, open meetings and government transparency. Now there is an industry incentive for that effort. The WVPA is targeting those areas in the WVPA newspaper contests. There will be two new contest categories considered for the 2017 contest year:  “Best Promotion of Public Notice” […]

By October 6, 2017 Read More →
WVU Reed College of Media hosts panel on diversity

WVU Reed College of Media hosts panel on diversity

By ALI BARRETT The Daily Athenaeum MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The WVU Reed College of Media moderated a panel on diversity in the media featuring four panelists from diverse backgrounds in print and broadcast journalism on Tuesday. Mizell Stewart III, vice president of news operations at Gennett and USA Today Network, started in journalism 30 years […]

By October 4, 2017 Read More →

Photos

Video: Davis & Elkins celebrating fall with music

ELKINS, W.Va. — With fall colors out across the region, visitors to the Davis and Elkins College Campus on Monday were able to enjoy both the fall foliage and the talent of students during a musical program on the deck of Hallihurst Hall. See more on D&E at  https://www.dewv.edu  

By October 10, 2017 Read More →

Video: W.Va. Capitol Veterans Memorial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  While West Virginia officials were inside the state Capitol Saturday, Oct. 7, monitoring election results, a WVPA photographer captured these images of the Veterans Memorial that honors those who monitor our safety and freedom every night and make such free and open elections possible.    

By October 10, 2017 Read More →
Community comes together to mourn Denise Burditus, victim of Vegas shooting

Community comes together to mourn Denise Burditus, victim of Vegas shooting

The Journal Djabril Burton, left, Alexis Hough and Brenda Hough bow their heads in a crowd of other mourners in a moment of prayer at the Denise Burditus candlelight vigil at Hedgesville High School Thursday evening. See more from The Journal  

By October 6, 2017 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

State senators look forward at Shepherdstown research forum

State senators look forward at Shepherdstown research forum

By JIM McCONVILLE The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va.  — It was a tale of two senators at Shepherd University’s research forum held Monday, with Sen. Joe Manchin D-WVa. addressing the country’s opioid crisis, while Shelly Moore Capito R-W.Va, stressed the importance for West Virginia to tap into the next cutting edge technological trends. Manchin and Capito […]

By October 17, 2017 Read More →
Spotlight hits Huntington’s recovery needs

Spotlight hits Huntington’s recovery needs

By BISHOP NASH The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  — A week ago, as first lady Melania Trump sat down within earshot of about a dozen infants suffering addiction withdrawal and asked what the White House could do for Lily’s Place, there was one glaring tangle of red tape on Rebecca Crowder’s mind. The world’s first center […]

By October 17, 2017 Read More →
Free black lung screenings offered through Friday at Matewan UMWA hall

Free black lung screenings offered through Friday at Matewan UMWA hall

Williamson Daily News MATEWAN, W.Va. — Matewan-area Miners Michael Johnson and his brother, Ronald Johnson, board the NIOSH Black Lung Mobile Screening truck on Monday morning. The mobile screening unit will be giving free black lung screenings through Friday at the UMWA hall in Matewan and miners can just walk in from 8 a.m. to […]

By October 17, 2017 Read More →