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Berkeley crowd divided over tougher smoking ban

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — It was standing room only at Tuesday afternoon’s Berkeley County Health Department meeting, when board members listened to comments from 17 citizens before unanimously approving moving forward a new indoor air quality regulation aimed at eliminating smoking in private clubs and fraternal organizations, as well as some[Read More…]

WVU police chief paid more than city, county peers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — WVU Police Chief Bob Roberts has a higher salary than any other police chief in Monongalia County. He also makes more than the county sheriff. Roberts said he makes about $122,000 a year and manages the department’s budget of $3 million. Mon County Sheriff Al Kisner said[Read More…]

Kids coalition wins victories during tumultuous state legislative sessions

  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The “Our Children, Our Future Campaign to End Child Poverty” coalition counted several pieces of legislation as victories in the just-completed sessions of the state Legislature, but organizers of the grassroots legislative movement think politics sent other bills to defeat. Stephen Smith, a member of the coalition’s Steering Committee, called the lawmaking “incredibly tumultuous.” Example: In early[Read More…]

Legislature gives county elected officials pay raise

KEYSER – If Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signs it into law, county elected officials will get a pay raise this July. House Bill 1005, raising the pay of county elected officials by 12 percent, was passed Friday, March 14, during a special session of the West Virginia State Legislature. In[Read More…]

Sistersville woman wins $2 million in lottery

SISTERSVILLE, W.Va. – A Sistersville woman won $2 million playing Powerball. On Tuesday, West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave introduced Beverly Swartzmiller, of Sistersville, as the state’s latest Powerball match-five winner at a press conference in Charleston. Swartzmiller, who was accompanied by her husband Herb at the press conference, purchased[Read More…]

The Associated Press shares 10 things to know Wednesday, March 19

Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers. 1. CRIMEAN FORCES TAKE UKRAINIAN NAVY HEADQUARTERS Crimea’s self-defense[Read More…]

WVPA to share photos from boys state basketball tournament

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Press Association plans to provide photos from the opening rounds of the West Virginia State Boys Basketball Tournament, which starts Wednesday at the Charleston Civic Center. The WVPA will provide two action photos of each of the six games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.[Read More…]

Wood County Schools probe teacher’s FB post

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A Facebook post by a Parkersburg South High School teacher that ignited a controversy over the weekend is under investigation by Wood County Schools, officials said on Monday. David Foggin, a science teacher at Parkersburg South, on Friday posted a photo of a meeting announcement for the[Read More…]

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