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WV counties fight to return pill-dumping lawsuits to local courts

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Lawyers for towns and counties across Southern West Virginia want lawsuits against prescription painkiller shippers heard in county courthouses, overseen by local judges and decided by jurors who have watched the opioid crisis decimate their communities. “A plague is a better description of this problem,” Leticia “Tish” […]

By October 20, 2017 Read More →
Fairmont State Board of Governors names Dr. Martin president-elect

Fairmont State Board of Governors names Dr. Martin president-elect

Staff report The Exponent Telegram FAIRMONT, W.Va.  — The Fairmont State University Board of Governors has selected Dr. Mirta M. Martin as president-elect of the university, pending approval from the Higher Education Policy Commission. Martin, who was present for the meeting, is scheduled to officially begin her presidency on Jan. 1, taking over duties from […]

By October 19, 2017 Read More →

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 →

WVPA Sharing

WVONGA says pipelines mean more drilling

WVONGA says pipelines mean more drilling

By CASEY JUNKINS The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — About $8.5 billion worth of new pipeline infrastructure may help unleash West Virginia’s oil and natural industry, but environmental advocacy groups vow to continue the fight against both the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline. “The approval of these projects marks a […]

By October 23, 2017 Read More →

Lawmakers look for fix to overcrowding, understaffing in jails, prisons

By LINDA HARRIS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — What do you do when your jails are overflowing, you have nearly 600 openings for correctional officers you can’t fill and 10 counties that, collectively, have fallen more than $5 million behind on their regional jail fees? State Sen. Charles Clements, R-Wetzel, and Del. Tom Fast, […]

By October 23, 2017 Read More →

Interest rate lower than expected for first GARVEE road bond sale

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The interest rate for the first GARVEE bond sale is lower than state officials initially expected. In a Friday news release, Gov. Jim Justice announced the interest rate for the first GARVEE bond sale of $260 million is 2.145 percent. The bond sale will close next Thursday. “To […]

By October 23, 2017 Read More →

Opinion

Editorial: West Virginia’s children deserve better than adversity

From The Parkersburg News and Sentinel:  According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, there are several experiences for children that can contribute to high stress, sidetrack healthy development and increase the chances of risky behavior, including: having a parent or guardian die, serve time in jail or be divorced/separated; living in a household where there […]

By October 22, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: W.Va. must ensure medical marijuana survey results are honest

From The Wheeling News-Register: State officials have begun conducting a survey, both online and by mail, to gauge interest in West Virginia’s newly legalized medical marijuana program. Judging by questions on the survey form, the intent is to determine how many people believe medicinal marijuana would help them cope with illness or injury, and where […]

By October 22, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: W.Va. Roads to Prosperity bond initiative lacked road map

From The Dominion Post:  “Adventure is just bad planning.” So said the explorer Roald Amundsen. This coming from the first person to reach both the Earth’s poles because of careful preparation gives him all the bona fides one needs to say such a thing. Most would agree the heavy sledding to move the “Roads to […]

By October 22, 2017 Read More →

Industry News

Spirit of Jefferson first W.Va. newspaper to unveil new public notice ‘spotlight’

Spirit of Jefferson first W.Va. newspaper to unveil new public notice ‘spotlight’

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia newspaper industry works hard to ensure greater public access, open meetings and government transparency. To recognize, support and increase that effort, the West Virginia Press Association has added an industry incentive for that effort. The WVPA is targeting those areas in the WVPA newspaper contests. While many newspapers already regularly promote […]

By October 22, 2017 Read More →

Newspaper seeks stories, photos from Mid-Ohio Valley veterans

Staff report The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — Submissions are being accepted for the annual Veterans Tab published by The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. The tab is a collection of reader-submitted stories and photos about veterans in Wood, Washington and surrounding counties, living or deceased in any period of history. Information readers would […]

By October 20, 2017 Read More →
John Douglas, longtime Messenger editor, dies at 70

John Douglas, longtime Messenger editor, dies at 70

The Morgan Messenger BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — We are saddened to learn of the death this morning of John Douglas, the former longtime editor of this paper and The Hancock News. He died at his Berkeley Springs home with family present. Douglas became a reporter for the papers in 1974 and continued to work in […]

By October 20, 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

More former students sue over alleged abuse at boarding school

By LACIE PIERSON Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nine former students of a now-closed boarding school have filed lawsuits this month saying they suffered severe abuse as part of a “culture of silence and secrecy” among officials at two schools in West Virginia and Tennessee. The lawsuits, filed in Kanawha Circuit Court from Oct. 13-17, […]

By October 23, 2017 Read More →
WVU researcher looks to Iceland to curb teen substance use in West Virginia

WVU researcher looks to Iceland to curb teen substance use in West Virginia

WVU Today MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — In Iceland, drug, alcohol and tobacco use in teens has been “virtually eradicated” as a result of a nationwide push to replace teens’ unsupervised, aimless leisure time with purposeful, organized activities. Now, a West Virginia University researcher is transplanting the program to West Virginia and hoping it takes root. Alfgeir Kristjansson, […]

By October 23, 2017 Read More →

Berkeley County officials: Drug czar important to opioid epidemic

By JIM McCONVILLE The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — How important is a national “drug czar” to the county level fight against the opioid crisis? Quite important, say Berkeley County officials who work in the drug recovery field, who cited the need to have a leader at the national level who will take a proactive stand […]

By October 23, 2017 Read More →