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By June 24, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: One year later, hope endures in West Virginia

From The Bluefield Daily Telegraph: A year ago today, devastating floodwaters ripped through Greenbrier County and other parts of the Mountain State. Lives were lost. Homes were destroyed. A federal disaster declaration was issued for a dozen counties. Not even the Greenbrier Resort was spared from the ravaging waters. But despite the devastation, our neighbors to the […]

By June 24, 2017 Read More →

W.Va. taxes, gas, fees to increase

By CHARLIE BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia residents will be paying more in vehicle fees and the cost of gasoline will also rise starting July 1. Gov. Jim Justice signed House Bill 1006 Thursday, raising more money for the State Road Fund, with about $140 million a year projected to be […]

‘I can see the light’: Year after flood, Clendenin recovery continues
By June 24, 2017 Read More →

‘I can see the light’: Year after flood, Clendenin recovery continues

By Lori Kersey The Charleston Gazette-Mail CLENDENIN, W.Va. — Once a busy grocery store, the interior of Smith’s Foodfair in Clendenin is dark, its parking lot practically empty. One year after the June 2016 flood, the only grocery store in town limits has not reopened, and its owners say they don’t know if it ever will. […]

By June 24, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: State budget funds vital government services

From the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Daily Mail Editorial Page: To hear Gov. Jim Justice put it, West Virginia could have “absolutely eradicated this terrible drug epidemic” if only legislators had included a five-percent successful “bidders fee” to roads projects in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget. Who knew that eliminating the drug problem could be as simple […]

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By June 24, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Capito holds the fate of millions

From the Charleston Gazette-Mail: Sen. Shelley Capito, R-W.Va., says she is studying intensely to decide whether to support the proposed Senate Republican replacement of the Affordable Care Act. She says she will “evaluate whether it provides access to affordable health care for West Virginians, including those on the Medicaid expansion and those struggling with drug […]

Opinion: Using miners for political gain nothing new, still repulsive
By June 24, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Using miners for political gain nothing new, still repulsive

By Rob Byers Executive Editor The Charleston Gazette-Mail Earlier this spring, I was asked a question about my late father, who had been a coal miner in the 1970s and ’80s. It had to do with a familiar romantic storyline: Did he feel at home underground? Was it a calling that tugged at him during […]

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One year after deadly flood, there are still ‘tremendous needs’
By June 23, 2017 Read More →

One year after deadly flood, there are still ‘tremendous needs’

By LORI KERSEY Charleston Gazette-Mail CLENDENIN, W.Va. — Bobbi Keiffer hates to hear it rain. So does her 15-year-old son, Tyler. It’s easy to understand why. They lost everything they owned a year ago in the June 2016 flood that led to the deaths of at least two-dozen people and destroyed thousands of houses across […]

By June 23, 2017 Read More →

Justice, lawmakers commemorate 2016 flood in WV

Staff report The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is among the thousands of people who will be participating in events today to commemorate the one-year anniversary of a flash flood that killed 23 people on June 23, 2016. Justice and other lawmakers on Thursday began their remembrance of the disaster with a […]

Manchin remains opposed to Senate GOP health plan, Capito still mum
By June 23, 2017 Read More →

Manchin remains opposed to Senate GOP health plan, Capito still mum

By ERIN BECK Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, remains opposed to Senate Republicans’ newest plan to replace the Affordable Care Act released Thursday morning. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, the state’s Republican senator, still isn’t saying where she stands. The American Health Care Act, House Republicans’ plan to replace […]

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders returning to WV for health care rally
By June 23, 2017 Read More →

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders returning to WV for health care rally

Staff reports Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Those who didn’t get a chance to “feel the Bern” in March will have another chance Sunday. Bernie Sanders, the independent Senator from Vermont and former Democratic presidential candidate, is returning to Charleston for the Protect Our Health Care Rally at the Charleston Civic Center at 3 p.m. […]