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How to use FOIA laws to find stories, deepen sourcing

Editor’s note: Sunshine Week, March 16-22, 2014, is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Freedom of information laws are invaluable resources to reporters covering any beat. The laws provide access to a wide range of government documents, from budgets[Read More…]

Steubenville still divided over rape convictions

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — The wound runs deep – so deep that some refuse to talk about it and others lash out at the very mention of it. One year ago today, two Steubenville High School students went to jail for raping a 16-year-old Weirton girl in August 2012. But the[Read More…]

The Associated Press shares 10 things to know Monday, March 17

Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Monday, March 17, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers. 1. CRIMEANS VOTE OVERWHELMINGLY TO JOIN RUSSIA Crimea’s parliament[Read More…]

Celebrate a century of sunlight

Editor’s note: Sunshine Week, March 16-22, 2014, is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. It was, perhaps, no coincidence that a century of “sunlight” was born during the winter holidays, when celebrants burn Yule logs, place stars atop trees[Read More…]

Employment Opportunity: Braxton Citizens’ News seeks full-time staffer

SUTTON, W.Va. — Braxton Citizens’ News is now accepting resumes  for a full-time position. Candidates must be be dependable, have proficient computer skills and able to work and thrive in a deadline-oriented setting. Resumes make be dropped off or mailed to 501 Main St., Sutton, W.Va. 26601. Candidates can e-mail[Read More…]

Mason County office holders to see salary decrease

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — It’s been said that everything rolls downhill. With Mason County facing one of its bleakest budget years in recent memory, county officials will not be exempt from feeling the pinch of a loss in personal property revenue. As reported in an adjacent story on the county’s[Read More…]

Freedom cleanup firm owner loses gun permit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department has revoked the concealed weapons permit of the man whose company has been cleaning up Freedom Industries’ tank farm on the Elk River. Daniel Kessler, who owns Diversified Services, the cleanup company, had his permit revoked on Wednesday after the Sheriff’s Department[Read More…]

Geocaching adventure comes to Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The marquee on the historic Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center reads, “Welcome Geocachers.” Don’t worry, that’s not another new band you don’t know about — that’s just a sign letting people know this weekend is chock full of geocaching adventure. People can try the high-tech treasure hunt called[Read More…]

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