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Statehouse Beat: Legislative leaders missing point on prevailing wage

When legislative leaders, including Senate President Bill Cole, criticized WorkForce West Virginia’s prevailing wage rate survey because only about 560 of the 3,722 contractors who responded actually reported having payroll for major...

Innerviews: High energy fuels one of city’s busiest volunteers
Innerviews: High energy fuels one of city’s busiest volunteers

He’s the quintessential Type-A personality, an energetic whirling dervish with dimples and a positive disposition that flavors all involvements -- and they are legion. This hyper, high-profile civic worker bee belongs to more than a dozen...

Fox, NatGeo marriage made in heaven -- or someplace to the south?

Executives from both sides of Fox’s $725 million purchase last week of National Geographic magazine and the National Geographic Channel maintain that the sale will benefit both entities’ “brand” and bottom line, while not...

Essays on Faith: A mother’s prayer

Circumstances had kept us apart longer than usual and I wasn’t happy about it. One evening, as my daughter and I texted, I said, “Are you aware we haven’t seen you and your family since Christmas?”

“Yes, I know,...

Statehouse Beat: Naval Base closure angers delegate
Statehouse Beat: Naval Base closure angers delegate

Delegate Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, is normally a level-headed guy, but he went medieval on Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for the governor’s decision not to accept ownership of the 122-acre Sugar Grove Naval Base in Sponaugle’s home county...

Statehouse Beat: Business tax cuts not working as planned

Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss was being brutally frank recently. He conceded that business tax cuts enacted in 2008 have helped create a “structural imbalance” that is contributing to near-monthly revenue shortfalls that over the past two...

Alyce Faye Bragg: Old schooltime memories as autumn gets started


We are held in wonder as our years have left us old,

Of the friendships we have known and the ones we’re blessed to hold.

Though the web of years may dim the eye and gray the aging head,

We rest well in this...

Essays on Faith

Farmer John Brown was feeling good about his farm. He and his full-time farmhand, Jim, were proud of what they had accomplished. The needed rains had come at the perfect times and their crops were bountiful.

They were ready to start harvesting, ...

Alyce Faye Bragg:

August has been called the bridge from summer to autumn. Well, we’ve crossed over now, and autumn can come in its fullness. It’s worth waiting for — this incomparable season in the West Virginia hills. It’s not only lovely...

Statehouse Beat: WVU Tech move felt inevitable

Unlike the uproar in 2006 that thwarted then-Gov. Joe Manchin’s plan to move WVU Tech’s engineering programs to the Technology Park in South Charleston, the announcement last week that the Montgomery campus will be moving to become part...

Rick Steelhammer: Of mountains, mole hills and Denali

When it comes to making a mountain out of a mole hill, those accusing President Obama of overreach by officially restoring an Alaskan native name to North America’s highest peak could take a tip from West Virginia.

In 1949, the...

Innerviews: Pastor uses business, academic background to build up churches
Innerviews: Pastor uses business, academic background to build up churches

Talk about credentials. She’s got ‘em. A full list of her degrees, titles, achievements and community involvements would consume a page of newsprint. Well, almost. She owns six degrees, including a doctorate in philosophy from Virginia...

Essays on Faith: One nation under God? Or one nation under judgment?

This morning, I awoke to news of more murders in our country — an entire family wiped out by one crazed man. All day long our TV will provide vivid accounts of more violence in our country. Nearly always, innocent men, women and children are...

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