Latest News

Joint Committee on Insurance and PEIA hears update from The Health Plan

West Virginia Press Association Staff Report CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Insurance and PEIA, on Tuesday, heard a presentation from Jeff Knight, president and CEO of The Health Plan, regarding their coverage options available through PEIA (Public Employees Insurance Agency).  “We are a West Virginia-based health insurance[Read More…]

Jail Oversight Committee hears staffing update, presentation on ‘justice reinvestment’

West Virginia Press Association Staff Report CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Oversight Committee on Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, on Monday, heard an update regarding the “Justice Reinvestment Initiative,” from Council of State Governments Justice Center Senior Advisor, Carl Reynolds. “What I’d like to do today is very briefly tell[Read More…]

Celebrating National County Government Month: County Commissioners’ Association of West Virginia hosts annual essay contest for 8th grade students

West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The County Commissioners’ Association of West Virginia (CCAWV) is proud to announce the launch of its annual essay contest in celebration of National County Government Month. As April unfolds, the CCAWV invites 8th-grade students from across West Virginia to participate in this educational[Read More…]

WVSOM alumnus turns tragic events into opportunity to serve others

LEWISBURG, W.Va. – To this day, Michael Peterson, D.O., tastes blood in his mouth during stressful situations. Peterson is regional assistant dean for the South Central Region of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine’s (WVSOM) Statewide Campus, where third- and fourth-year medical students complete clinical rotations. The South Central[Read More…]

Jennifer Garner to deliver keynote address at GameChanger event 

Award-Winning actress headlines dinner program for Prevention Education Golf Classic  FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Award winning actress, businesswoman and philanthropist Jennifer Garner will deliver the Keynote Address at the fourth annual GameChanger Prevention Education Dinner and Golf Classic May 22-23 at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Garner will[Read More…]

U.S. Senators Manchin and Capito, both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, vote to secure a number of West Virginia priorities in a bipartisan appropriations package

Funding included for WVU, Marshall, WVSOM and numerous other schools and projects WV Press Association Sharing Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito, members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted to secure a number of West Virginia priorities in a bipartisan appropriations package, which included the Fiscal Year[Read More…]

W.Va. Guard Aircraft and personnel assist with aerial firefighting support

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On March 22, two West Virginia National Guard UH60M and HH60M Blackhawk helicopters and personnel arrived on scene and are assisting the West Virginia Division of Forestry and local government and emergency management officials in Hardy County, West Virginia, as they combat large-scale wildland fires.. The deployment[Read More…]

Gov. Justice declares State of Emergency in Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, and Pendleton counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Justice has declared a State of Emergency for the counties of Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, and Pendleton counties today due to extensive forest fires in those counties. The declaration is a proactive measure ensuring the allocation of necessary resources and expedite emergency response efforts. The State of Emergency allows State[Read More…]

Celebrate Women’s History Month at the West Virginia and Regional History Center

West Virginia Press Association MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Join us as we celebrate Women’s History Month at the West Virginia and Regional History Center at WVU Libraries. The public is invited to view the exhibition, “Women Making History: Showcasing the West Virginia Feminist Activist Collection,” currently on display in the Center’s[Read More…]

Pulmonology and critical care specialties address health risks common in West Virginia

WV Press Association LEWISBURG, W.Va.— If you think pulmonologists always focus on a patient’s lungs, you’d be wrong. Tom Takubo, D.O., of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine’s (WVSOM) Class of 1999, said many people don’t realize how intimately the lungs are intertwined with other organs involved in the breathing[Read More…]

Three first responders honored with West Virginia Medal of Valor

West Virginia Press Association Staff Report CHARLESTON, W.Va. – “Today we come together to recognize the extraordinary acts of bravery performed by three West Virginia first responders, who in the face of danger demonstrated unwavering commitment to protecting and serving their communities.” That’s what Deputy Homeland Security Cabinet Secretary Rob[Read More…]

Bills removing marital exception for sexual abuse, teaching of scientific theories heard by House Judiciary Committee

By Autumn Shelton, West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House Judiciary Committee advanced two Senate bills on Tuesday morning, both of which will now go before the full House for consideration. One of these bills would fix a loophole regarding sexual abuse in a marriage, and one would[Read More…]

Primary care is ingrained in WVSOM’s mission, but school excels at preparing students for any specialty

Urologist, pediatric anesthesiologist, dermatologist, pulmonologist and general surgery featured in latest magazine LEWISBURG, W.Va. — At its core, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) has always been driven by one purpose — to educate students to pursue careers as primary care physicians in rural and underserved areas, especially in[Read More…]