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March 4, 2016 Though the proverbial bloom is off the natural-gas-industry rose by now in West Virginia, a survey conducted by Energize WV and Mark Blankenship Enterprises indicates most voters in the Mountain... more »»

Jobless Fund

March 3, 2016 West Virginia’s jobless rate is inching back up, and the gap between the Mountain State and the rest of the country is widening. In January, the jobless rate in West Virginia was 6. more »»

Fire Season

March 2, 2016 Spring may be 18 days away, according to the calendar, but as far as the West Virginia Division of Forestry is concerned, spring has sprung — the spring forest fire season, anywa. more »»

HB 2704

March 1, 2016 Changes to West Virginia House Bill 2704 sneaked in over the weekend would have been devastating to West Virginia consumers and small-business owners, and lawmakers were right to table the measure. more »»


February 29, 2016 Planning and preparation, as well as an unflinching look at sacrifices that may be required, are putting the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department in a good position to weather whatever storm may come... more »»


February 28, 2016 When members of nine different Christian denominations agree to join forces to tackle a problem, congregants should take notice. more »»

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February 27, 2016 UP: To local first responders, who have had a busy, difficult, heart-breaking week. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for all you do for the rest of us. more »»


February 26, 2016 Late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia left behind far-reaching legal opinions that could make their marks on this country for a long time. more »»


February 25, 2016 Lawmakers in Charleston are looking everywhere for ways to spend less this year. more »»


February 24, 2016 Drugs, and the long list of crimes that come with them, are doing tremendous damage to West Virginia. more »»


February 23, 2016 Though there is no need to point out the obvious, for many West Virginians, Bloomberg Business has confirmed the Mountain State is one of four in the nation that is in an economic recession. more »»


February 22, 2016 There are many reasons for those in Washington, D.C., to believe they can get away with ignoring West Virginia. We are small, relatively poor and lost our most powerful U.S. Senator in 201. more »»


February 21, 2016 Spending cuts hurt. more »»

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February 20, 2016 UP: To Parkersburg resident Patsy Thompson, who saw our story about an Edison Middle School sixth-graders’ project to participate in a national science and technology contest by creating a giant... more »»


February 19, 2016 Children learn better on a full stomach. Without breakfast, they get hungry, distracted, irritable and difficult to reach. (The same can be said for many adults. more »»


February 18, 2016 For six years in a row, Ohio has seen record numbers of new entities filing to do business in the stat. more »»


February 17, 2016 Closure of the former Rax and Oliver’s Roast Beef and Barbecue restaurant on Blizzard Drive earlier this month should serve as a lesson to lawmakers — at all levels — on the outsized effect policies... more »»

Replace Scalia

February 16, 2016 Those who fear a Supreme Court on which President Barack Obama has appointed three members (and Bill Clinton two others) are suggesting the U.S. more »»


February 15, 2016 Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp and city officials appear to be taking a better-safe-than-sorry approach to the possibility of slightly elevated C8 levels in parts of the Vienna water supply. more »»


February 14, 2016 Parkersburg City Attorney Joe Santer could not have summed up the situation any better when he said a good idea is “dying on the vine” if council members let another plan to improve the Point Park... more »»



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