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Over Attorney General’s objections, West Virginia lawmakers renew push to control settlement funds

Over Attorney General’s objections, West Virginia lawmakers renew push to control settlement funds

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. For a second consecutive year, West Virginia lawmakers are targeting Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s use of lawsuit settlement funds. On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee advanced a measure (House Bill 4009) that aims to ensure the Legislature gets to spend settlement money as it sees fit. Morrisey’s office […]

By January 16, 2018 Read More →
Sunken towboat leaking oil in Big Sandy River on West Virginia-Kentucky border

Sunken towboat leaking oil in Big Sandy River on West Virginia-Kentucky border

Staff report The Herald-Dispatch KENOVA, W.Va. — A West Virginia National Guard team has joined the response to an oil spill from a sunken towboat in the Big Sandy River just south of Kenova, on the West Virginia-Kentucky border. The Guard’s 35th Civil Support Team is providing personnel for environmental sampling and monitoring as a part […]

By January 12, 2018 Read More →

$151M water crisis settlement moves closer to final court approval

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Four years to the day after the Freedom Industries chemical spill, a landmark $151 million class-action settlement over the regional water crisis that followed the spill moved one step closer to final court approval during a hearing Tuesday morning in Charleston. U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver […]

By January 10, 2018 Read More →

WVPA Sharing

Tourism Commissioner Ruby: Return on Investment for W.Va. tourism advertising is now $8 on each dollar spent

Tourism Commissioner Ruby: Return on Investment for W.Va. tourism advertising is now $8 on each dollar spent

Governor Justice’s $20 million marketing budget proposal could generate $160 million in economic activity     West Virginia Press Association Report CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Governor Jim Justice wants the West Virginia Legislature to approve $20 million for the state’s Tourism Office to spend on marketing West Virginia.  Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby says that investment could […]

By January 16, 2018 Read More →
Judiciary committee passes single-member redistricting plan to West Virginia House floor

Judiciary committee passes single-member redistricting plan to West Virginia House floor

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia House Judiciary Committee sent a bill to the chamber floor Monday designed to reorganize the state into 100, single-member House districts during the decennial redistricting process. During the debate, the committee also voted down an amendment to the bill that would have compelled the […]

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West Virginia teachers call for more than a 1 percent raise

West Virginia teachers call for more than a 1 percent raise

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice, in his State of the State address last week, requested a “1 percent” across-the-board pay increase for West Virginia teachers in this year’s legislative session, with further 1 percent increases in each of the next four years. “That’s it?” has essentially been the response […]

By January 16, 2018 Read More →

Opinion

Editorial: Remember King’s words of America’s promise

Editorial: Remember King’s words of America’s promise

Charleston Gazette-Mail editorial There are still West Virginians who remember segregation — white-only schools, restaurants, hotels, movie theaters, pools, neighborhoods. Higher-skilled jobs were tougher for black people to get. Wave after wave of civil rights struggles have moved the United States closer to its aspirations. In the early 20th century, many thousands of black Americans […]

By January 15, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Remember King’s words of America’s promise

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail: There are still West Virginians who remember segregation — white-only schools, restaurants, hotels, movie theaters, pools, neighborhoods. Higher-skilled jobs were tougher for black people to get.a Wave after wave of civil rights struggles have moved the United States closer to its aspirations. In the early 20th century, many thousands of black […]

By January 15, 2018 Read More →
Lifestyles Columnist Linda Arnold: Four words to stop any argument

Lifestyles Columnist Linda Arnold: Four words to stop any argument

 By Linda Arnold Life 101 Columnist Nobody wins in a heated argument.  What if there was a way to defuse that heat and provide a “time out?”  This one-minute video reveals a phrase you can use to get a conversation back to neutral.  It disarms the other person — without taking away your power.  

By January 14, 2018 Read More →

Industry News

WVU Reed College of Media among the best in MediaShift rankings

WVU Today MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia University Reed College of Media has topped two different “best of” lists for innovation. MediaShift, the premier destination for insight and analysis at the intersection of media and technology, recently announced its top picks for media innovation in several areas. Dean Maryanne Reed was recognized in “EducationShift20: […]

By January 12, 2018 Read More →

Report for America Initiative aims to strengthen local journalism

By PENELOPE De La CRUZ The Daily Athenaeum MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A new national initiative aims to strengthen local journalism. On Jan. 9, the Reed College of Media hosted a panel at the Media Innovation Center to explain the mission of the new national initiative Report for America, which is part of the GroundTruth project. According […]

By January 12, 2018 Read More →

Mountain Media continues expansion in West Virginia

Mountain Messenger LEWISBURG, W.Va. — 21Mountain Media LLC, a Lewisburg-based community newspaper company, has purchased the assets of Calhoun Publishing Inc., which includes the Calhoun Chronicle and Grantsville News community weekly newspaper. Mountain Media LLC, based in Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, West Virginia, publishes community weekly newspapers, their affiliated publications and multimedia products in the two […]

By January 8, 2018 Read More →

Photos

PHOTO GALLERY: West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s Second State of the State

PHOTO GALLERY: West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s Second State of the State

The Register-Herald See Chris Jackson’s photos from Governor Jim Justice’s Second State of the State Wednesday in the House Chambers of the West Virginia Capitol on Wednesday. See more from The Register-Herald

By January 11, 2018 Read More →
West Virginia fiber artist stays busy during cold spell

West Virginia fiber artist stays busy during cold spell

By SARAH GOODRICH The Inter-Mountain BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — As the area experiences frigid temperatures, Suzan Morgan, an artist member of Artistry on Main, enjoys the warmth inside as she sews Christmas ornaments in preparation for the 2018 holiday season. Morgan, who specializes in textile and fabric art, has been part of Artistry on Main in […]

By January 8, 2018 Read More →
Photos from 2018 WVPA Legislative Lookahead

Photos from 2018 WVPA Legislative Lookahead

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The WVPA has emailed and posted a sample of photos from the West Virginia Press Association’s Legislative Lookahead Friday, Jan. 5, in Charleston. Here is a large selection of photos that can be downloaded from this page.        

By January 5, 2018 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 […]

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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 →

Other Recent News

Senate could be in agreement on community college access in West Virginia

Senate could be in agreement on community college access in West Virginia

By RUSTY MARKS NCWV Media CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Members of the West Virginia Senate appear to have their first bipartisan issue of the 2018 legislation session in a proposal to offer free community and technical college to state residents. Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, took the uncommon step of relinquishing the podium Monday to talk […]

By January 16, 2018 Read More →
West Virginia Senate introduces Bill 284 to aid in community technical college initiative

West Virginia Senate introduces Bill 284 to aid in community technical college initiative

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A bipartisan group of senators spoke during Monday’s floor session in favor of a bill that would increase access to career education and workforce training. The West Virginia Senate introduced Senate Bill 284 which creates the West Virginia Invests Grant Program, which has the goal of eliminating the […]

By January 16, 2018 Read More →
House Finance discusses outcomes-based funding for higher education in West Virginia

House Finance discusses outcomes-based funding for higher education in West Virginia

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Higher Education Policy Commission chancellor Paul Hill updated members of the House Finance Committee Monday on a study to move funding of state colleges and universities to an outcomes-based model. Under the proposal, 70 percent of funding would be based on credit hours taken, with higher-level courses, […]

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