The Wheeling Alternative

The Trump administration’s war on coal miners

Tombstones instead of monuments: black lung is back

From today’s New York Times:

Federal investigators this month identified the largest cluster of advanced black lung cases ever officially recorded.

More than 400 coal miners frequenting three clinics in southwestern Virginia between 2013 and 2017 were found to have complicated black lung . . .

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February 22, 2018

Saving Senator Ryan

Northern panhandle Ogden newspapers have their work cut out for themselves

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Spoiler alert: here are just some of the recent efforts by Wheeling "newspapers" to promote local state senator Ryan Ferns.

January 8

A front page article on January 8 tells us that

Legislators Look at Elections for W.Va. School Board

In the article, Ferns makes an interesting admission:

Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, . . .

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February 20, 2018

McKinley town halls 7

The congressman claims that he held one recently!

Does this look like a town hall meeting to you?

I was surprised earlier today when I read the following in WV . . .

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February 19, 2018

Not just the front page

This morning's Intelligencer edits and slants an AP sports story

According to the Associated Press:

David Freese thinks Pirates are not trying hard enough to win

That's the headline that most news sources placed atop the AP story about Pittsburgh Pirate third baseman David Freese. This morning's Wheeling Intelligencer headline isn't as specific:

Bucs' Freese Reports Unhappy

Those media . . .

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February 17, 2018

Pending sale of the Charleston Gazette-Mail

The Washington Post's coverage and a petition

The Washington Post is just up with an excellent article about the likely sale of the Charleston Gazette-Mail to Ogden Newspapers:

A West Virginia newspaper is in bankruptcy. The powerful coal industry celebrates.

The article by Steven Mufson begins with the coal head mocking G-M reporter Ken Ward that I wrote about two weeks ago. The . . .

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February 16, 2018

Guns on West Virginia’s campuses?

What's the status of the Campus Self Defense Act (HB4298)?

According to Legiscan:

The purpose of this bill is to create “The Campus Self Defense Act” which denies institutions of higher education the authority to restrict or regulate the carrying of a concealed deadly weapon by a person who holds a current license to carry a concealed deadly weapon.

The NRA supported bill passed the House . . .

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Posted in: gun control

February 16, 2018


The Onion satire returns

Commentary on today's shooting from the satirical newspaper, The Onion. This is the fifth time that they've run the same article changing only the place, the picture, and the number of deaths.

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February 14, 2018


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