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The Wheeling Alternative

Our local media are failing us

Last Friday's Wheeling Hospital story is just one more example

The Wheeling Hospital lawsuit

Last Friday, the United States Department of Justice joined a lawsuit against Wheeling Hospital. The story broke early in the day and the local TV stations carried the announcement on their evening newscasts. On Saturday, the Wheeling Intelligencer provided a short summary as well as the denials from a . . .

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December 26, 2018

Supporting Trump by keeping its readers uninformed

The Wheeling Intelligencer ignores another important national news story

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As the above screenshots illustrate, yesterday’s Michael Flynn sentencing hearing was the major story on the front page of this morning’s major newspapers. (Last night, it was also a top story on network and cable newscasts.) Today’s Wheeling Intelligencer did not cover the Michael Flynn story. However, it did cover the following . . .

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December 19, 2018

I’m looking forward to the day when West Virginia will cease being “a canary in a coal mine”

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Today, a number of newspapers carried an Associated Press article* by their medical writer, Mike Stobbe:

As US life expectancy falls, West Virginia offers lessons

Writing from Madison, West Virginia, Stobbe begins:

If you want to understand why U.S. life expectancy is declining, West . . .

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December 18, 2018

Obamacare is declared unconstitutional but more importantly, our local community college has regained ownership of a city lot

Who said the Wheeling Intelligencer's front page doesn't cover the news that’s important to West Virginians?

Yesterday’s news event with the largest impact upon West Virginians was undoubtedly the ruling by a federal judge in Texas that the entirety of Obamacare was unconstitutional. (Hundreds of thousands of West Virginians will lose their health insurance if the ruling is upheld.) Here are the related front-page headlines from major U.S. . . .

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December 15, 2018

For those keeping score at home, the final result is in

"Warner lawsuits end, top $3.2M"

That's the headline on the front page story in this morning's Charleston Gazette-Mail. Yes, the twelve lawsuits against West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner for wrongful termination have ended and it has cost the state a total of $3.2 million (legal fees not included).

Warner still contends that these were . . .

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December 14, 2018

West Virginia Republicans get their revenge on public school teachers

Senator Patricia Rucker (R-Jefferson) named the new chair of the Senate Education Committee

Ogden’s West Virginia political reporter, Steven Allen Adams, detailed the Republican plans for the upcoming legislative session on the front page of today’s Wheeling newspapers. Most of the article is an interview with Senate President Mitch Carmichael who explains Republican legislative plans as well as leadership changes.

Given . . .

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December 12, 2018

Coal, Trump and West Virginia University

Recent stories about climate change our local “newspapers” have somehow missed

An important international conference on climate change

From today’s Washington Post:

President Trump’s top White House adviser on energy and climate stood before the crowd of some 200 people on Monday and tried to burnish the image of coal, the fossil fuel that powered the industrial revolution — and is now a major . . .

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December 11, 2018

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