Today October 23, 2019

WV business tax structure rates better than most

No one likes to pay taxes, but it is understood that some taxation is necessary to pay for the services that we believe the government...

Yesterday October 22, 2019

Huntington next up after Ohio counties settle opioid suit

Two Ohio counties have settled with drug companies in a landmark case over responsibility for the opioid epidemic.  The settlement came just hours before the...

Monday October 21, 2019

Warren dodges price tag for Medicare for All

One of the hottest debate topics among Democratic candidates for President is health care.  Surging Elizabeth Warren has embraced Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All proposal....

Friday October 18, 2019

Greyhound racing’s ticking clock

  Another state is getting out of the dog racing business.  Southland Gaming, which operates the only greyhound racing facility in Arkansas, announced a phase...

Thursday October 17, 2019

Time for West Virginia to raise minimum age for tobacco purchases

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 974 people died in West Virginia in 2017 from drug overdoses.  But according to the state...

Wednesday October 16, 2019

Suspicious VA hospital deaths to be taken up by House committee

The alarming and highly suspicious deaths of 11 or more aging veterans at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg will finally come...

Tuesday October 15, 2019

West Virginia: Help Wanted!

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, West Virginia’s unemployment rate in August was 4.6 percent.  That’s a low number, although context is important...

Monday 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...

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