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By January 26, 2017 Read More →

Horse racing industry struggles to stabilize

By DANYEL VANREENAN The Journal CHARLES TOWN, W.Va.  — Providing 3,500 jobs, the horse racing industry in Jefferson County is a significant part of the community, according to Randy Funkhouser, president of Charles Town Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association. Not only does the racing industry provide thousands of jobs, but Funkhouser said annual economic impact […]

By January 25, 2017 Read More →

Justice fills 3 school board seats, SBA director role

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A day after announcing his appointment of West Virginia Board of Education member Bill White to a new role, Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday that he’d be filling White’s seat and two other state school board seats with former longtime county school system administrators. The new state school […]

By January 24, 2017 Read More →

Gayle Manchin fires 4 employees as new department

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gayle Manchin, West Virginia’s new secretary of the Department of Education and the Arts, has fired one-third of the department’s central office staff in a sweeping reorganization. Missy Phalen, executive assistant to Manchin, confirmed Monday that the terminated employees are: Brent Sansom, chief financial officer; Tiffany Redman, […]

By January 24, 2017 Read More →

Officials unsure how ACA exec order will affect W.Va.

By MICHAEL ERB The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — State leaders and insurance providers are as yet unsure what President Donald Trump’s executive order on the federal Affordable Care Act might mean for West Virginia. On Friday, Trump signed an executive order giving agencies leeway in enforcing some of the ACA’s requirements. The […]

By January 24, 2017 Read More →

Three picked to potentially fill vacant Second District West Virginia Senate Seat

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va.  — The names of three prospective candidates who could be the next member of the West Virginia Senate representing the 2nd District are on their way to Gov. Jim Justice. A total of 12 candidates submitted letters of interest to fill out the unexpired term of former […]

By January 23, 2017 Read More →

Opioid alternative linked to spike in WV overdose deaths

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A drug being touted as a safer alternative for treating pain than more powerful prescription opioids is contributing to an increasing number of overdose deaths in West Virginia. The number of fatal overdoses related to the nerve-pain drug gabapentin — sold by Pfizer under the brand name […]

By January 20, 2017 Read More →

Resolution is seeking to stop Stream Buffer Zone

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — Congressman Evan Jenkins said Thursday that Congress should immediately act to stop the the Stream Buffer Zone Rule. Jenkins introduced a joint resolution of congressional disapproval to stop the rule, which was set to go into effect Thursday, from going forward. The resolution requires a simple majority vote of each chamber. […]

By January 19, 2017 Read More →

State budget forecast worst since great depression

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Economists in Gov. Jim Justice’s office are forecasting that West Virginia’s budgetary indicators are the worst since the Great Depression, Justice’s chief of staff said Wednesday. Nick Case said for the 2018 fiscal year, West Virginia will have to reduce its budget by $497 million. “We have […]

MLK Day celebrated in Charleston
By January 17, 2017 Read More →

MLK Day celebrated in Charleston

Staff reports Charleston Gazette-Mail Residents came together Monday to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Charleston. Local festivities began with a packed service at Asbury United Methodist Church in the morning, when David M. Fryson delivered the keynote address. Fryson is West Virginia University’s vice president for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, […]

ACA repeal may affect black lung patients, families
By January 16, 2017 Read More →

ACA repeal may affect black lung patients, families

By LORI KERSEY Charleston Gazette-Mail BECKLEY, W.Va.  — Despite the disease that left him disabled, Gary Hairston looks back fondly on his time as a coal miner. “If I could be, I would be in there right now,” the 62-year-old Beckley resident said.   Hairston had been a coal miner more than 27 years when he […]