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Senate Finance Committee begins hearing budget presentations

West Virginia Press Association Staff Report CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Senate Finance Committee, on Thursday, began their deliberation of Gov. Jim Justice’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 budget proposal. On-hand to provide an overview and answer committee member’s questions regarding the proposal was the state’s Acting Revenue Secretary Larry Pack. “The[Read More…]

Justice unveils FY 2025 budget proposal

West Virginia Press Association Staff Report CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Jim Justice delivered his eighth and final State of the State address Wednesday night. At the conclusion of his speech, the governor’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 budget proposal was delivered to lawmakers. Recorded in the House of Delegates as HB[Read More…]

W.Va. VOAD facing investigation after recent Joint Committee on Flooding interim meeting

By Autumn Shelton, West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – In light of recent allegations surrounding the possible misappropriation of state funds by Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) leadership, the Joint Committee on Flooding has asked for increased investigations into the organization.  During the interim committee’s Sunday meeting, Sen.[Read More…]

State healthcare leaders discuss need for more providers, lack of healthcare access, and abortion ban legislation during WVPA Legislative Lookahead

By Autumn Shelton, West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Healthcare industry leaders joined together on Friday for the West Virginia Press Association’s annual Legislative Lookahead, where they discussed healthcare priorities that should be considered during the upcoming legislative session.  James W. Nemitz, Ph.D., president of the West Virginia School[Read More…]

WV Legislative Interims: Health and Human Resources Accountability committee hears update on DHHR

WV Press Staff Report WHEELING, W.Va. – The West Virginia Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources Accountability (LOCHHRA), on Sunday, met at The Health Plan’s Wheeling offices to hear status updates regarding the transformation of the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR).   Dr. Sherri Young, who currently[Read More…]

Media Advisory: Fairmont State University, WVSOM to announce partnership

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) has issued the following media advisory. What: WVSOM, Fairmont State University to announce partnership When: Noon, Friday, Oct. 27. Where: Fairmont State University, Falcon Center, 1201 Locust Ave, Fairmont, WV 26554 The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM)[Read More…]

Media Advisory: Leadership WV visiting West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine on Thursday; media invited to Lewisburg campus

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) has issued the following media advisory: Members of the media are invited to attend the visit of the 2023 Class of Leadership WV to the WVSOM Lewisburg campus, starting at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26. What: Leadership WV –[Read More…]

WV Legislative Interims: Committee on Technology and Infrastructure updated on PSC’s investigation into water utility fire hydrant practices

Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Charlotte Lane, chairwoman of West Virginia’s Public Service Commission (PSC), on Tuesday, provided members of the legislative interim Joint Standing Committee on Technology and Infrastructure with an update on the PSC’s investigation into the state’s water utility fire hydrant practices.  According to[Read More…]

WV Legislative Interims: Committee on Children and Families updated on vaccine requirements in various states

WV Press Staff Report CHARLESTON, W.Va. – “All 50 states, and the District of Columbia, require certain immunizations to attend schools, but some of the specific immunizations they require vary by state.” That’s what Shannon Kolman, senior health policy specialist with the National Coalition of State Legislators (NCSL) told state[Read More…]

WV Legislature Interims: Committee on Manufacturing and Energy hears presentation on governmental trends, coal development industry

WV Press Staff Report CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Manufacturing and Energy, on Monday, heard a presentation from  Coal Association President Chris Hamilton regarding governmental trends and the overall market of the coal development industry. Hamilton began by thanking legislators for “all the pro-coal[Read More…]

West Virginia Legislative Interims: Questions remain on financial aid for eastern Kanawha County

By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Kanawha County officials are still awaiting response from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to determine if financial aid will be provided for the severe flooding that occurred on Aug. 26 and Aug. 28 in the eastern part of the county.[Read More…]

WV Legislative Interim Report: Mountaineer Trail Network Authority explained

WV Press Staff Report CHARLESTON, W.Va – The West Virginia Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism got an update from the Mountaineer Trail Network Authority on Sunday, during the first day of the October Interim Session. Mountaineer Trail Network Authority Executive Director Andrew Walker spoke to the[Read More…]

Opinion: Charleston Area Medical Center is at the center of medical education

By David L. Ramsey President and CEO of Vandalia Health When you come to a hospital in central or southern West Virginia, your providers may include doctors, nurses, radiology techs, ultrasound technicians, pharmacists, phlebotomists and other health care professionals. Many of these folks received their clinical training at CAMC. Each[Read More…]

Opinion: West Virginia is winning

Mitch Carmichael Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Economic Development I am writing to share the good news that West Virginia is winning! Our state is scoring incredible economic development victories that in previous years would have been unimaginable. West Virginia has successfully awakened America to the value, benefits, and[Read More…]

Don Smith joins West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine as director of communications

Smith served for 10 years as executive director of the West Virginia Press Association following a decade of service on the organization’s board of directors. WV Press Release Sharing LEWISBURG, W.Va. — James W. Nemitz, Ph.D., president of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), has named Don Smith the[Read More…]

WV Press Convention Follow-up: Pulse Research to begin follow-up calls and emails with data and information

Pulse to share new WV Data survey By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The WV Press Association is encouraging newspaper publishers, ad directors and advertising staffers to talk with Pulse Research Representative Sammy Papert in the coming weeks about his company’s research and opportunities to increase advertising[Read More…]

Political Advisory: Delegate Brandon Steele to seek Circuit Judge seat in West Virginia’s 10th Judicial Circuit

Steele: “I feel strongly that this is the next stage in my life”  By Autumn Shelton, West Virginia Press Association BECKLEY, W.Va. – Del. Brandon Steele, R-Raleigh, has announced his candidacy for circuit court judge in Raleigh County’s 10th Judicial Circuit. As a result, Steele will not be seeking re-election[Read More…]

WV Governor, state officials and residents celebrate grand opening of the historic Wellsburg Bridge

WV Press Release Sharing WELLSBURG, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice, West Virginia Transportation Secretary Jimmy Wriston, P.E., federal, state, and local officials took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the grand opening of the 1,875-foot Wellsburg Bridge connecting the communities of Wellsburg, W.Va., and Brilliant, Ohio. Hundreds of people[Read More…]

U.S. Sen. Manchin announces $11.9 million to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in West Virginia

WV Press Release Sharing WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has announced $11,977,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for four West Virginia projects. The funding will upgrade and improve water and wastewater infrastructure for communities across the state. “The Appalachian Regional[Read More…]