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Senator pulls his dealership ad featuring teachers union chief

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Sen. Bill Cole, R-Mercer, stopped running television commercials Monday that feature West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee promoting Cole’s car dealership in Bluefield. Cole said he pulled the ads after learning that people were criticizing Lee, a longtime customer of the Bill Cole Automall. “If[Read More…]

The Associated Press shares 10 things to know Tuesday, March 18

Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers. 1. PUTIN APPROVES DRAFT BILL FOR ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA[Read More…]

W.Va. coalition against child poverty sees successes

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — As Stephen Smith sees it, this legislative session may go down as the one that made ending childhood poverty a priority. The Our Children, Our Future Campaign saw much of its legislative platform pass during the regular session that ended last weekend, said Smith, a member of[Read More…]

WVU wins 16th NCAA rifle championship

MURRAY, Ky. — The WVU rifle team won its nation-best 16th NCAA championship Saturday, March 15, with a 4705 score at the finals, at Murray State’s CFSB Center. It was the second straight title for the Mountaineers and third under eight-year coach Jon Hammond. WVU’s first title under Hammond came[Read More…]

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…]

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