WVCBP in the News

August 3, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Justice Forms Census Committee After Urging

Parkersburg News and Sentinel, Martinsburg Journal, Wheeling Intelligencer - After a think tank raised concerns, Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday the creation of a committee to ensure all West Virginians are counted for the 2020 U.S. Census. Read article. Justice, in a press release Friday, said preparations are underway for creating a Complete Count Committee to…

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July 28, 2019 by WVCBP
At Summer Policy Institute, Experts Discuss Mass Incarceration

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Before West Virginia can make any substantial progress in lowering its incarceration rates, Lida Shepherd, with the American Friends Service Committee, said that residents here — and everywhere — need to shift the way they think about “wrongdoings.” Read article. “We need to shift the idea of what we consider bad behavior, and…

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July 26, 2019 by Sean O'Leary
WV Economic Growth Leads Nation, but Will It Last?

WOWK-TV - The economic upswing is being credited to a significant increase in coal production, and the construction of natural gas pipelines across the Mountain State. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, West Virginia had the highest state economic growth rate in the first quarter of this year. It also had the highest growth for…

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July 16, 2019 by WVCBP
ACLU Kicks Off Campaigns in Wheeling

Wheeling Intelligencer - Leaders of the Northern Panhandle chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union met in Wheeling Monday to discuss three goals the organization has, outlining their trajectory for the next three years. Read article. Eight local residents attended the meeting, held at the First State Capitol building on Eoff Street for the Campaign Kickoff…

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July 15, 2019 by Sean O'Leary
What Happened to Weirton? Part 4: Where is God Today?

The consequences of deindustrialization manifest in many different ways. Read/Listen. Sherry Linkon and John Russo, two prominent scholars in working class studies, have written several books and articles about this topic, and at this point, they find you can easily make a list of what will happen when industry leaves. Let’s run down it. In…

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July 15, 2019 by Sean O'Leary
What Happened to Weirton? Part 5: Moving Forward

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - If someone had a crystal ball, they could tell you exactly what the future holds for Weirton. Sadly, there are no magic tools to make this a short story. But, with a bit of help from the gift of gab, I’ll tell you about the current trajectory of the area.…

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July 5, 2019 by WVCBP
Jobs and Risk — Atlantic Coast Pipeline Shutdown Divides W.Va.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - When life long Valley Head resident Melissa Wilfong first heard that the 600-mile Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline was going to be constructed just a few miles from her community, she wasn’t happy. “My first thought was, ‘oh no, they're going to just tear up everything and be a nuisance,’” she…

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July 1, 2019 by WVCBP
Companies, County Officials Wait to See Fallout from Natural Gas Tax Decision

Charleston Gazette-Mail  – Earlier this month, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled in a case in which local tax departments and gas companies battled over the way property taxes should be calculated. But the companies and counties are still trying to figure out how they’ll be affected by the court’s decision. Read article. Ted Boettner, executive…

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June 19, 2019 by WVCBP
One of Two Education Tax Credit Bills Still Alive in House

West Virginia Metro News - The House Finance Committee spent just over two hours hashing over HB 168, the so-called Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship program, and barely passed it, with two Republican members crossing over. Read article. Shortly after, chairman Eric Householder, R-Berkeley, took up another tax credit bill, HB 167, but apparently sensing party discord,…

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