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Wider lens necessary for effective education

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We say it often, but if West Virginia is going to reach its enormous potential, we will need a dynamic, robust educational system that challenges and prepares our people for the rigors of life in the 21st century. More>>

Can we be realistic on roads?

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Building and maintaining roads should not be a political issue. In fact, it should be pretty straightforward. Potholes need filled, drainage ditches need cleaned, the highways need striped — while it might be painstaking and expensive, the overall concept is pretty simple. More>>

Looking the other way perpetuates criminal politics

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Former Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for his role in a political scheme that has dominated headlines for nearly a year and shined a bright light on one part of the state’s tangled web of public corruption. More>>

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  • Were the two firefighters at the Tunnel lending a helping hand, or doing something illegal?

    Were the two firefighters at the Tunnel lending a helping hand, or doing something illegal?

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:00:46 GMT
    When lending a helping hand, how far is too far? During the tractor trailer fire on Friday, Colin Dunn and Virginia Prince stole an emergency vehicle and drove it through the tunnel. Dunn is a firefighter in Maryland and Prince is a firefighter in Maine.
    When lending a helping hand, how far is too far? During the tractor trailer fire on Friday, Colin Dunn and Virginia Prince stole an emergency vehicle and drove it through the tunnel. Dunn is a firefighter in Maryland and Prince is a firefighter in Maine.
  • Alleged robbery leaves bartender scarred for life

    Alleged robbery leaves bartender scarred for life

    Alleged robbery leaves bartender scarred for life

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:18:38 GMT
    In Summers Countythe Lilly Pad Bar in Hilldale was taken by surprise over the weekend.According to reports, two men allegedly walked into the bar with knives demanding money. Around 1:00AM on Sundaythere were only two people in the entire bar, the bartender and a customer.Two men allegedly came in armed with knives. and tied up the customer and cut his hand.After that, deputies say the robbers took 7-8 thousand dollars from the bar.While this was going on, the bartender says she was cut acros...
    In Summers Countythe Lilly Pad Bar in Hilldale was taken by surprise over the weekend.According to reports, two men allegedly walked into the bar with knives demanding money. Around 1:00AM on Sundaythere were only two people in the entire bar, the bartender and a customer.Two men allegedly came in armed with knives. and tied up the customer and cut his hand.After that, deputies say the robbers took 7-8 thousand dollars from the bar.While this was going on, the bartender says she was cut acros...
  • Will parking be an issue for Saints fans as the State Fair of West Virginia comes to town?

    Will parking be an issue for Saints fans as the State Fair of West Virginia comes to town?

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:29 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:29:53 GMT
    Local New Orleans Saints fans continue to watch and enjoy their beloved team as they continue to practice in our area. But as the State Fair of West Virginia grows closer and closer, some are concerned if parking will soon be an issue.
    Local New Orleans Saints fans continue to watch and enjoy their beloved team as they continue to practice in our area. But as the State Fair of West Virginia grows closer and closer, some are concerned if parking will soon be an issue.