Having lived in West Virginia for better than four decades by choice, the troubling reality is that life in the Mountain State is not unlike a pond: On the surface, everything looks calm and inviting, but underneath there is muck and mire, and poisonous creatures.

After 30-some years in this job, one would think there would be nothing new or unprecedented that could come down the pike. Yet, if you had told me that Gov. Jim Justice would make national headlines not for the state’s coronavirus response but for dropping an f-bomb in a live broadcast, I w…

During discussion in Senate Finance Committee Monday on how to close a potential $300 million fiscal hole that a proposed phase-out of a variety of personal property taxes would blow into county, school board and municipal budgets, Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow made a very astute obse…

West Virginia has passed an unfortunate milestone, according to data from the state Bureau of Vital Statistics: For the past three years that data is available, firearm fatalities have surpassed motor vehicle fatalities in the state.