News

By February 21, 2017 Read More →

WV secretary of state defends firing 1/3 of staff

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner on Monday defended his decision to fire 16 longtime employees upon taking office in January, an action that has resulted in wrongful-termination lawsuits being filed against him. “It’s just what we needed to do to move the office forward,” Warner […]

Posted in: News
More kids are eating breakfast at school
By February 21, 2017 Read More →

More kids are eating breakfast at school

By TAYLOR STUCK The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — It’s often labeled as the most important meal of the day, and in West Virginia, most students are digging in. More than 80 percent of low-income West Virginia students eat breakfast every day they are at school, according to the annual School Breakfast Scorecard, released last week by […]

Posted in: News
By February 20, 2017 Read More →

Ohio, West Virginia senators target opioid abuse

By CASEY JUNKINS The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — Addiction to painkillers such as heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil continues sweeping through the U.S., regardless of socioeconomic status or geographic location, so a group of Senate Democrats and Republicans are joining forces in the effort to combat the opioid epidemic. U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Marco Rubio, […]

Posted in: News
By February 20, 2017 Read More →

Bluefield hosting ‘Meet the Millennials’ event to ‘pass down knowledge’ to next generation

By CHARLIE BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD, W. Va. — The City of Bluefield is using the skills and experience of successful business people to help those who have just started a business or plan to. As part of National Entrepreneurship Week, which starts today, the city’s Community and Economic Development Department (CED) is participating by […]

Posted in: News
Bill to change WV right-to-work law advances over objections
By February 19, 2017 Read More →

Bill to change WV right-to-work law advances over objections

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill to make retroactive changes to West Virginia’s right-to-work law — currently being challenged in Kanawha Circuit Court — advanced from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, over objections from senators who said it could violate separation of powers provisions of the U.S. and state constitutions. […]

Human trafficking bill heads to House
By February 16, 2017 Read More →

Human trafficking bill heads to House

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON — A bill to combat human trafficking in West Virginia began its third round through the Legislature on Feb. 15, receiving the unanimous approval of the House Judiciary Committee. The bill explains that trafficking involves recruiting, transporting and harboring, among other actions, a person for forced labor or […]

Posted in: News, WVPA Sharing
House committee approves campaign fund bill
By February 16, 2017 Read More →

House committee approves campaign fund bill

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Wednesday to require incumbent legislators to promptly disclose campaign fundraisers held during legislative sessions. As amended in committee, HB 2319 requires a legislator running for legislative office who holds a fundraiser to disclose the event, the receipt of all contributions […]

Posted in: News, WVPA Sharing
By February 16, 2017 Read More →

Montgomery residents hear about future of WVU Tech campus

By JAKE JARVIS Charleston Gazette-Mail MONTGOMERY, W.Va. — Dozens of Montgomery residents and others gathered on the West Virginia University Institute of Technology’s campus this morning to hear more details of a potential future for the school’s facilities after WVU Tech moves to Beckley later this year. Officials with KVC Health Systems, a nonprofit group, said last […]

Posted in: News, WVPA Sharing
By February 16, 2017 Read More →

PEIA plans to cut $50 million, director says

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Public Employee Insurance Agency executive director Ted Cheatham told legislators Wednesday that the PEIA Finance Board had no choice but to impose about $50 million in benefits cuts for the 2017-18 plan year, since no additional funding for premiums was expected. In December, the board approved the […]

Posted in: News, WVPA Sharing
By February 16, 2017 Read More →

Justice continues criticism of WVDEP inspectors

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday doubled down on his criticism of his own state Department of Environmental Protection, using a speech to a group of oil and gas operators to increase his attacks on the way he says DEP inspectors dress when they inspect coal mines […]

Posted in: News, WVPA Sharing