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Compromise over unemployment benefits needed

An editorial from the Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Last month, the U.S. Congress broke its typical gridlock and reached a compromise on a budget bill. What was not included, however, was the extension of a five-year federal program that provided unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless. The end[Read More…]

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Posting calorie info on machines a good step

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — While most of the attention related to the Affordable Care Act has been focused on a troubled website, policy cancellations and some sticker shock regarding premiums, another aspect of it has the attention of the vending machine industry. That’s because part of[Read More…]

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W.Va. agriculture agency audit goes to U.S. attorney

By Dave Boucher Charleston Daily Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An audit of the state Agriculture Department reveals “very troubling” financial activities under previous leadership, House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison said Thursday. After reviewing initial audit findings, Miley said he and Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, ordered the information immediately go[Read More…]

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With 6 in 2013, W.Va. again leads U.S. in coal deaths

By Ken Ward Jr. Charleston Gazette CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia again led the nation’s coal-producing states in mining deaths last year, with six coal miners killed on the job, according to preliminary federal statistics. The state’s total coal-mining deaths dropped from seven in 2012, but was still more than[Read More…]

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W.Va. coal, timber baron Buck Harless dies

By Lucinda Bradford Williamson Daily News GILBERT, W.Va. — Mingo County entrepreneur and philanthropist James H. “Buck” Harless died Wednesday at the age of 94 at his home in Gilbert. Harless was well known throughout the state for being an exceptionally successful businessman while maintaining a down-to-earth nature. Harless began[Read More…]

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Lewis County dress code draws teacher grievances

By Roger Adkins Exponent Telegram WESTON, W.Va. — Most staff members in the Lewis County school system have accepted the new dress code, officials said. Five teachers filed a grievance through the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, but school officials said no one else seems to have a problem with[Read More…]

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The Associated Press shares 10 things to know Friday, Jan. 3

Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers: 1. BRUTAL WINDS, COLD AND SNOW ASSAULT NORTHEAST With[Read More…]

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Blog: wvpress extra — Good Morning, 2014

A blog by Don Smith, WVPA Executive Director: Jan. 2, 2014: Good morning, 2014. As we close another year and Christmas season, I would ask that all newspapers send me information on their Christmas Charity events. Many of our newspapers sponsor special Christmas projects. We distribute food, coats, clothes, money[Read More…]

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West Virginia ranks high in ATV deaths

By Andrea Lannom Charleston Daily Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia has the highest rate of ATV rider deaths on public roads according to a recent study. The study, released Tuesday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, looked at rider deaths on public roads from 2007 to 2011. In[Read More…]

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