At the Capitol: Will colorful State of State generate contentious session?
By February 10, 2017 Read More →

At the Capitol: Will colorful State of State generate contentious session?

By Phil Kabler For the West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — (Feb. 10) — What may go down in history as one of the most unusual and colorful State of the State addresses also opened what could become one of the most contentious legislative sessions in recent memory. Abandoning the traditional elements of the […]

EDITORIAL: A long road for the legislature
By February 9, 2017 Read More →

EDITORIAL: A long road for the legislature

The Weirton Daily Times editorial West Virginia has a steep hill to climb this year, facing an expected deficit of hundreds of millions of dollars, a rocky economy, a polarized political landscape and an uncertain future. The Legislature officially got to work Wednesday, with Gov. Jim Justice presenting his first State of the State Address […]

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By February 8, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: ‘It can’t be done’ attitude must change

The Journal Editorial Jim Justice has been governor of West Virginia for less than a month. Yet during that time, three state agencies suddenly have found they don’t need as many cars and trucks as they have, courtesy of taxpayers. Justice himself led the way, announcing a couple of days after taking office that the […]

Posted in: Opinion
By February 5, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Don’t Kill Jobs Or Hurt Families

From the Wheeling News-Register: State revenue was down again last month, reinforcing to Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia legislators that dramatic action is needed to get the budget in balance. Any debate over how to do that ought to be erased by a glance at the revenue report for January. A look at it […]

By February 2, 2017 Read More →

Diane Mufson: Truth, First Amendment under attack by Trump

Herald-Dispatch opinion The news is always enlightening and controversial. Lately, the media has been under attack and there is concern for our First Amendment rights, especially following President Trump strategist Stephen Bannon’s statement that “The media should keep its mouth shut.” News organizations often slant reports to fit their political persuasions, yet we expect the […]

Posted in: Opinion
By January 30, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Restricting immigration based on religion

Opinion from The Daily Athenaeum In our Jan. 11 issue we asked how people felt about restricted immigration based on religion. At the time the question was because new pick for Attorney General Jeff Sessions argued the idea on the senate floor for more than 20 minutes. The responses are relevant now however because it […]

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By January 26, 2017 Read More →

Tourism holds great potential to boost economy

Herald-Dispatch editorial Most West Virginians agree that we need to diversify the state economy, but where do you start? One of the potential growth industries at the top of Gov. Jim Justice’s list is tourism, and that certainly seems to be an area where the Mountain State has much to offer and plenty of room […]

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Strange Things: ‘Ghosts of Shepherdstown’ gears up for second season
By January 25, 2017 Read More →

Strange Things: ‘Ghosts of Shepherdstown’ gears up for second season

By MARY STORTSTROM The Journal SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va.  — The spooky series “Ghosts of Shepherdstown,” which highlights local paranormal activity, will get a second season, according to Shepherdstown Police Chief Mike King. The show, which is filmed documentary-style and includes interviews with property owners in Shepherdstown who claim unexplained phenomena occur in their residences or places of business […]

By January 24, 2017 Read More →

New deadly drug threat requires state’s quick action

The Herald-Dispatch editorial The story is well-known how billions of powerful prescription pain pills such as hydrocodone and oxycodone were shipped to the Appalachian region over the last decade-plus, with a high percentage of those diverted for non-medical uses. And we’re familiar with the following chapters, too. As authorities cracked down on “pill mills” and […]

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By January 23, 2017 Read More →

Neighbors may be less fortunate

The Journal editorial Almost undoubtedly, Jim Justice is the only governor in the United States who kept a beat-up old fishing tackle box and an ax in his personal car at all times. As he told those listening to the speech he gave last Monday, after being inaugurated as governor of West Virginia, he did […]

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