MORGANTOWN – The raging flood waters of a month ago have long since retreated and hundreds of tons of debris have been collected and hauled away, but in some ways the arduous and expensive recovery is just beginning.
MORGANTOWN – Presidential campaign stops and stump speeches become a blur after awhile, but occasionally there is a moment of intense clarity, a comment or circumstance where sharp focus is brought to bear on what the election is really about.
MORGANTOWN – Opponents of West Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice made sure the press saw the story in the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader newspaper. “Coal companies controlled by a billionaire running for Governor of West Virginia owe $3.5 million in delinquent property taxes in Eastern Kentucky, shortchanging schools and other public agencies at a time many are struggling.”
MORGANTOWN – West Virginia’s political leaders, contractors and labor representatives have been arguing for months now over prevailing wage, the hourly pay and benefits that the state determines should be paid to workers on state taxpayer-funded projects.
The picture on the front page of the Charleston newspaper was revealing; West Virginia circuit judges Phillip Stowers, Paul Farrell and Darrell Pratt looking perturbed as they presided over a hearing aimed at removing Charleston Mayor Danny Jones from office.
MORGANTOWN – West Virginia public officials, from the governor to county officeholders, are sifting through an advisory opinion by the state Ethics Commission to try to figure out how they can and cannot use their names and/or likenesses.
CHARLESTON – It will take a few days for the dust to settle and sort out everything that happened during the just-completed 60-day regular session of the Legislature, but here are some initial observations.