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Editorial: W.Va. Newspaper’s ongoing fight for the public’s right to know

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail: Forty years ago Friday, a teenager at Hayes Junior High School in St. Albans shot and killed one of his classmates, Albert Smith. The following morning, The Charleston Gazette identified the shooter as 14-year-old Stuart Perrock. The Charleston Daily Mail, after not naming the teenager in its initial coverage, identified him […]

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Editorial: WV legislature should get bigger ‘take’ from sports bets

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: Five and one-half million dollars doesn’t even amount to chicken feed in the context of the billions of dollars wagered on sports every year in the United States. Yet that is one estimate, by some in the state Senate, of how much West Virginia government would get annually by legalizing […]

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Opinion: Responsible timbering in WV state parks makes sense

By Kenneth Cobb Outdoors Columnist The Inter-Mountain of Elkins Improving the health of West Virginia’s State Parks is the objective of Senate Bill SB270 and House Bill HB4082. Gov. Jim Justice appears to be in favor of this legislation. According to State Park officials, West Virginia’s 81,000 acres of forested land within all of the […]

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Editorial: For W.Va. SB 284, education means jobs

The Dominion Post of Morgantown:  What does free education have to do with free enterprise? Many might think, “Nothing,” but a unanimous state Senate declared “Everything” last week. In a 34-0 vote, the Senate approved SB 284, which increases access to community and technical college. Though as initially skeptical of this bill as we are […]

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Editorial: Déjà vu all over again? W.Va. legislators giving business tax breaks, while cutting social, public funding

From The Register-Herald of Beckley: We are not sure what set of statistics or nonpartisan reports our legislators in Charleston are studying – if any – but clearly they are not giving much yard to those that speak to the realities on the ground here in West Virginia. Maybe they don’t want the facts to […]

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Editorial: WV public deserves to know how bond money is spent; SB 474 is a bad idea

From The Parkersburg News and Sentinel: Not so long ago, West Virginia Auditor J.B.McCuskey garnered praise for plans to launch a new program that would give all residents the ability to monitor state spending. “Part of the auditor’s job, in my opinion, and it is part of my duty to ensure that every citizen has […]

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Opinion: West Virginia Forward gaining traction in WV Legislature and across state

By Dr. E. Gordon Gee, President, West Virginia University; Dr. Jerome Gilbert, President, Marshall University; and H. Woody Thrasher, Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Commerce   On the heels of Governor Justice’s State of the State address and the start of the Legislative session, many ideas and strategies for the growth and development of our […]

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Editorial: WV Auditor’s website – wvsao.gov – will add transparency to state projects

From The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington Within the next several days, residents of West Virginia are slated to have a clearer window into how their state government spends their money. That’s the word from state Auditor J.B. McCuskey, who earlier this month said his office is ready to roll out new features on its website that […]

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Opinion: At The Capitol —  Gov. Justice meeting with teachers at town hall meetings​

By Phil Kabler ​F​or The West Virginia Press Association As the Legislature passed the midway point of the 60-day regular session, the biggest development of the week was not at the Capitol, but in Logan and Lewisburg, as Gov. Jim Justice launched the first of a series of town hall meetings in hopes of dissuading […]

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Editorial: WV Legislature should stop politics, end attacks on women’s health issues, access to abortion

From The Register-Herald of Beckley:   Strident social conservatives are at it again at the state capitol, trying to gin up reasons to pass legislation that would restrict access to abortion for all women – especially the poor – in West Virginia. Don’t be fooled by the political deception. This isn’t about claiming the moral high […]