News

In push to keep opioid pill numbers secret, DOJ claims release would spur robberies

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The nation’s largest drug companies — backed by the U.S. Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration — are fighting to shield the release of information that would show how many prescription opioids they shipped to pharmacies across the country over the past decade. The drug manufacturers […]

By June 27, 2018 Read More →

China Energy officials cancel trip related to WV deal due to Trump trade spat

By MAX GARLAND Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — China Energy has canceled its trip to a petrochemical industry event in the United States — where officials were expected to make an announcement about the company’s more than $80 billion natural gas investment deal with West Virginia — because of the Trump administration’s trade spat with […]

By June 20, 2018 Read More →

Valley Health pays tribute to Mountaineer Opry House in Milton, W.Va.

Valley Health pays tribute to Mountaineer Opry House in Milton, W.Va. Importance of historic venue commemorated with free concert Release from Valley Health: MILTON, W.Va.  –  After nearly 46 years and more than a thousand shows, the Mountaineer Opry House is soon preparing to close the curtains for the last time. Only a few performances […]

By May 18, 2018 Read More →

WVPA Sharing

Communications, security staff testify at West Virginia Supreme Court hearing

By STEVEN ALLEN ADAMS The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Lawmakers met for day three of impeachment hearings on the conduct of the state’s High Court, with much of the focus on specific allegations against the court’s former chief justice. The House Judiciary Committee met in the House Chamber Thursday morning, a week […]

By July 20, 2018 Read More →
Automakers rely on WV manufacturers, and vice versa

Automakers rely on WV manufacturers, and vice versa

By DOUGLAS SOULE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The automobile manufacturing industry just isn’t what it used to be. While people who have never had a role in the transformation of the raw materials of steel, rubber and plastics into sleek new automobiles may think of black-and-white images of old Detroit assembly lines, such images […]

By July 20, 2018 Read More →

Personnel Board OKs removing protections for West Virginia budget director

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With little discussion, the West Virginia Personnel Board voted Thursday to eliminate civil service protection for the state Budget Office director, effective Saturday. That also is longtime Budget Director Mike McKown’s last day in that office. Doug Buffington, managing deputy secretary of Revenue, told the board the […]

By July 20, 2018 Read More →

Opinion

Editorial: Credit Trump with diplomacy

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register editorial President Donald Trump is accused frequently of shooting from the lip — that is, speaking and tweeting what is on his mind without regard to the potential consequences. This week, he is being criticized harshly for not doing that. After meeting in Helskinki, Finland, on Monday, Trump and Russian […]

By July 17, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Visiting national arts officials can see what W.Va. offers

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel editorial Several months ago, a couple of Kentucky lawmakers suggested the Appalachian Regional Commission move its headquarters from Washington, D.C., to a location in the region it serves. It was a good idea — bureaucrats need to get outside the swamp once in a while to best serve taxpayers in […]

By June 29, 2018 Read More →

EDITORIAL: W.Va. lawmakers must embark on new initiatives on the economy

The Inter-Mountain editorial Increasing salaries paid to public school teachers in West Virginia was a step toward improving the state’s economy. The action, taken earlier this year by legislators, should make it easier to attract and retain educators. But, as West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee pointed out last week, the process of gaining […]

By June 19, 2018 Read More →

Industry News

Charleston to host WVPA Convention 2018; book your rooms at Embassy Suites today

Charleston to host WVPA Convention 2018; book your rooms at Embassy Suites today

WVPA room discount at Embassy Suites is a limited time offer . CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Registration is now open for the West Virginia Press Association’s 2018 WVPA Convention, Aug. 9-11, in Charleston.  . “The WVPA is partnering with WVU’s Academic Media Day program. It’s an excellent opportunity for all media,’ said Don Smith, executive director of […]

By July 18, 2018 Read More →
West Virginia Public Broadcasting nominated for regional emmy awards

West Virginia Public Broadcasting nominated for regional emmy awards

The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  The West Virginia Public Broadcasting production team has been nominated for Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards. These nominations are for two episodes of the children’s program, “Abracadabra,” as well as the historical documentary, “Vietnam: West Virginians Remember,” according to the Ohio Valley Chapter’s National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. […]

By July 18, 2018 Read More →

CHNI considering selling all of its newspaper properties

From CNHI News Service:   MONTGOMERY, Ala. – CNHI, LLC, one of the country’s leading providers of local news and information, said Monday it is exploring the sale of its newspaper properties in 22 states. Register-Herald in Beckley, Times West Virginia in Fairmont, Bluefield Daily Telegraph are among the CNHI newspapers located in West Virginia. […]

By June 29, 2018 Read More →

Photos

Ripley hosting Mountain State Art & Craft Fair

Ripley hosting Mountain State Art & Craft Fair

Charleston Gazette-Mail The 56th annual Mountain State Art & Craft Fair will be held through Saturday at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center, located at 82 FFA Drive in Ripley. The fair features more than 100 exhibitors including heritage artisans, as well as members of the West Virginia Art & Craft Guild. Fair hours are from […]

By July 5, 2018 Read More →
West Virginia’s first lady Cathy Justice is a doll

West Virginia’s first lady Cathy Justice is a doll

By KENNY KEMP Charleston Gazette-Mail West Virginia Division of Culture and History and first lady Cathy Justice unveiled a doll in Justice’s likeness for the First Ladies of West Virginia Collection in a ceremony Wednesday in the Great Hall at the Culture Center. The Cathy Justice doll was hand-sculpted by Washington, D.C., artist Ping Lau […]

By June 28, 2018 Read More →
PHOTO: Cats convene in Charleston

PHOTO: Cats convene in Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 150 purebred cats competed during the annual All Breed Cat Show at the Charleston Civic Center Saturday and Sunday. The show was sponsored by the Cat Fanciers’ Association and member clubs Almost Heaven and Great Lakes Great Maines.

By May 21, 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 […]

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

WVU researcher investigates risk for opioid overdose in rural West Virginia

WVU researcher investigates risk for opioid overdose in rural West Virginia

WVU Today MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Drug overdose deaths are on the rise in rural areas, and in some cases are overtaking death rates in urban areas. But unlike urban areas, there is little data about overdose prevention in rural America. Based at West Virginia University’s Eastern Campus in Martinsburg, Joy Buck, a WVU School of […]

By July 20, 2018 Read More →

Secretary of State Mac Warner announces plan to distribute $6.5 million to West Virginia counties for election security

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Secretary of State Mac Warner is pleased to announce that his office will work with county clerks across the state to distribute a total of $6.5 million in federal funding to help improve election security throughout the state.  According to Warner, this funding will allow West Virginia to continue to be a leader […]

By July 20, 2018 Read More →

TransCanada pipeline that exploded in Marshall County now back In service

By MATT SAXTON The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va.  — Natural gas is flowing once again through the pipeline that exploded in June, while the company that owns it also said it is taking steps to ensure a similar event does not occur again. Lindsey Fought, a communications specialist with TransCanada Corp., said in […]

By July 20, 2018 Read More →