WV Legislative Interims: Foster care ombudsman, correctional inmate grievances discussed

By Matt Young, West Virginia Press Association HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Government Organization, on Monday, heard presentations on both the scope of the state’s Foster Care Ombudsman, as well as the grievance procedure for inmates housed within the state’s correctional facilities.   First to[Read More…]

WV Legislative Interims: How does the state regulate artificial intelligence?

By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Regulating artificial intelligence (AI) is something that West Virginia’s legislators must begin to consider, at least according to some experts.  On Monday, members of the interim Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary heard from three experts on how AI is being[Read More…]

WV Legislative Interims: Fire, EMS discuss suicide prevention, more funding for first responders

First responder suicide rates outnumbering line-of-duty deaths By Matt Young, WV Press Association HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – “I need to drive this home – Suicide rates aren’t just outnumbering line-of-duty deaths – they’re doing so even with suicides being under-reported by as much as 60%.” That’s what Kari Mika-Lude told the[Read More…]

WV Public Energy Authority still preparing to govern under new law requiring its approval for decommissioning fossil fuel-fired plants

By Mike Tony, HD Media CHARLESTON, W.Va. — At its monthly meeting Wednesday, the West Virginia Public Energy Authority got an update on work under a new law poised to thrust it into a key role in the possible shutdown of a coal-fired plant slated to shutter soon. But it wasn’t[Read More…]

West Virginia’s ‘Shape Our Future’ tourism education initiative to launch statewide

New hospitality-tourism education program part of  WV Tourism’s statewide ‘Tourism Works’ effort By Matt Young, WV Press Association CRAIGSVILLE, W.Va. – Gov. Jim Justice, along with several state officials, during a Tuesday press conference at the Nicholas County Career and Technical Center (CTC), announced the launch of the “Shape Our[Read More…]