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May 4, 2015 For many of us, talk of drug abuse in Appalachia conjures images of meth labs and oxycontin bottles. more »»

Public Health

May 3, 2015 During a meeting of the state’s new Public Health Impact Task Force last week, officials were looking for a way to redefine the mission of “public health in West Virginia.” But as Dr. more »»

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May 2, 2015 To Pope Francis, who said last week the disparity in earnings between men and women is “pure scandal,” as he asked “Why is it a given that women must earn less than men? No! They have the same right... more »»


May 1, 2015 Remember the last time you had to roll up your car windows because you were driving through a Mid-Ohio Valley town where the air was so polluted it brought tears to your eyes? Neither do we. more »»


April 30, 2015 When West Virginia’s Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification set a May 21 deadline for the Punnamma Memorial Rehab Clinic to close, director Jolynn Marra made something clear. more »»

Japan Trip

April 29, 2015 Local officials who travel to Japan next month will be building on a relationship begun 25 years ago when the West Virginia Department of Commerce opened an office in Nagoya that has since... more »»

Idle Hands

April 28, 2015 Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has said he chose to remain in Washington, D.C., because he can better serve the people of West Virginia by serving in Congres. more »»

Mine Safety

April 27, 2015 Laws put in place to protect our coal miners do little good without full enforcement. more »»


April 26, 2015 For seven years now, President Barack Obama has annually broken a promise. In 2008, while able to say whatever he thought would garner the most votes, Obama pledged to recognize the slaughter of 1. more »»

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April 25, 2015 UP: To the arrival of the steel that will help replace the press box and existing seating at Erickson All Sports Facility. Rick Bush, chairman of the Erickson All Sports Facility Development Corp. more »»


April 24, 2015 Despite the flurry of attention last year about the state of our nation’s Veterans Affairs hospitals, the facilities are still poorly enough funded and supervised that, here in West Virginia, one... more »»


April 23, 2015 Regardless of the circumstances, Parkersburg residents have a right to expect their municipal government will continue to function properly, to serve their needs, and to do so in a way that is at... more »»

Child Abuse

April 22, 2015 Children in West Virginia are under siege, as they are too often the unnoticed victims of the many challenges we face — economic uncertainty, drug and alcohol abuse, physical and mental health woes ... more »»


April 21, 2015 Employers want to be able to rely on a quality, educated workforce when they choose a locatio. more »»


April 20, 2015 Social workers gathered in West Virginia last week noted schools play a pivotal role in reducing the number of young people incarcerated — with truancy prevention being only part of the solution. more »»

Fill the Boot

April 19, 2015 Local residents might want to throw a little extra loose change, or bills, into their cars this week, in anticipation of the Fill the Boot fundraiser Thursday. more »»

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April 18, 2015 DOWN: To reports indicating there is an increase in abuse and neglect cases in Wood County — attributed in part to increases in drug abus. more »»


April 17, 2015 Bad news about taxes for West Virginians and Ohioans came out this week, but it is not the fault of local and state officials. more »»


April 16, 2015 No one can dispute the degree to which folks in the Mid-Ohio Valley give of themselves when the call is mad. more »»


April 15, 2015 Only five states do a worse job of giving taxpayers a return on their investment than West Virginia, according to a recent WalletHub report. more »»



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