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Today October 14, 2019

Stephen Smith’s ‘small ball’ fundraising producing big returns

It takes awhile to read through Stephen Smith’s campaign finance reports. The Democratic Gubernatorial candidate’s 2nd quarter report was 83 pages. The recently filed 3rd...

Friday October 11, 2019

Teacher absenteeism creates problems for WV public schools

Last month, we learned that West Virginia public schools have a student absenteeism problem.  The State Department of Education’s Balanced Scorecard report found that more...

Thursday October 10, 2019

‘Christmas’ is back in the Charleston Christmas Parade

(Editor’s note: Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin has announced that after hearing from the public and consulting with religious leaders of all faiths she has...

Wednesday October 9, 2019

Berkeley, Jefferson Counties must pay up to save train service

Municipal and county leaders from Jefferson and Berkeley Counties are scheduled to meet Thursday afternoon with eastern panhandle legislators to brainstorm about ways to save...

Tuesday October 8, 2019

When the brains come back to West Virginia

Change through innovation is not easy.  There is a certain comfort in the status quo, even if that condition does not necessarily serve the best...

Monday October 7, 2019

VA deaths investigation takes time, patience.

One of the most common questions being asked about the suspicious deaths at the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Hospital in Clarksburg is, “Why hasn’t anyone...

Friday October 4, 2019

Salango expected to enter Governor’s race

Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango is expected to announce soon that he is entering the race for the Democratic nomination for Governor. Salango would become...

Thursday October 3, 2019

Report: DEA dropped the ball on opioid crisis

There’s a lot of blame to go around for the opioid crisis that has hit West Virginia so hard—the addicts themselves, unscrupulous pill mill doctors...

Wednesday October 2, 2019

Fair pay for play rocks NCAA

The New York Times reports that the college sports industry generated $14 billion last year.  The biggest reason for the financial haul is that big-time...

Tuesday October 1, 2019

Impeachment dread

I’m dreading the coming months. As a radio talk show host, I should be thrilled for the content and conversation that an impeachment probe will...

Monday September 30, 2019

The existential drug crisis in West Virginia

I kept up with the news while on staycation last week and two stories on the MetroNews website stood out to me. The first detailed...

Monday September 23, 2019

I’ll be back

Folks, I’m off this week.  Dave Wilson will be filling in  on Talkline.  I’ll be back Monday, September 30th. Hop

Friday September 20, 2019

Pattern develops in suspicious VA hospital deaths

The stories are strikingly similar. An aging veteran checks into the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Hospital in Clarksburg.  He has some health problems, but he...

Thursday September 19, 2019

Governor may have to explain slower economic growth

When politicians take credit for economic growth it’s a little bit like the weatherman accepting praise for the sunshine. Of course, government policies have a...

Wednesday September 18, 2019

Weighty West Virginians

This column is not about fat shaming, but rather an acknowledgment of this fact: West Virginians are too heavy. Well, not everyone, but a significant...

Tuesday September 17, 2019

The Shaw family waits for answers

If you drive out past Lumberport in Harrison County and stay on the road when it turns to gravel, you will eventually come to the...

Monday September 16, 2019

The Mountaineers ‘defining moment’

A little over a week ago, Mountaineer Nation was notably and appropriately subdued.  Nothing about the embarrassing butt whipping at Missouri looked like what Mountaineer...

Friday September 13, 2019

Kids can’t learn if they are not in school

West Virginia’s public education system has a major student attendance problem; too many students are missing too many days of instruction. The newest figures from...

Thursday September 12, 2019

Poll: West Virginians are not seeing enough progress on #FTDR

It would not surprise me if every West Virginia Governor has a recurring nightmare about the state’s roads. Imagine waking up in a cold sweat...

Wednesday September 11, 2019

Remembering 9/11

As a child, I remember the news media coverage every December 7th. Earnest television reporters would recount in serious tones the Japanese attack on Pearl...

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