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Updates on recent stories of local interest

Action in the Wheeling Hospital lawsuit, the hospital’s recent Medicare ratings (one star), and the China-West Virginia energy deal

Wheeling Hospital

Kickback case moved to West Virginia

Three months ago, the United States Department of Justice joined a lawsuit against Wheeling Hospital alleging that the hospital had improperly paid millions of dollars in kickbacks to doctors. As Health Leaders wrote at the time:

Federal prosecutors have . . .

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June 30, 2019

I think I found the reason why the 2017 memorandum of understanding (sorry, I meant "trade agreement") between West Virginia and China may never happen

Here's our president on Friday

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February 24, 2019

West Virginia and China

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As I look for topics to write about, I occasionally do a search to see what Chinese and West Virginia officials are saying about the November 2017 proposed energy deal between the two countries. Most of the time, I come up empty but today I found two differing opinions on the megadeal’s future. Phil Kabler, in today’s Charleston . . .

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January 23, 2019

Some updates on previous posts and the latest polling results

Political cartoonists, China/West Virginia "understanding," and the most recent West Virginia senatorial poll

Rob Rogers' political cartoons

Three weeks ago, I did a blog post about Rob Rogers, then Pittsburgh Post-Gazette political cartoonist, whose publisher and new editor wanted the P-G to be more pro-Trump. The pressure was put on Rogers, whose cartoons are known nationally, to soften his cartoons. He refused and was fired on June . . .

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June 28, 2018

Updating the West Virginia/China energy "understanding"

The governor and our local paper remain optimistic. Is it warranted?

Yesterday's lead editorial in the Wheeling News-Register, "A Win for West Virginia and Chinese," reminded me that it has been a while since I last checked in on last fall's energy "memorandum of understanding" between China and West Virginia. Despite numerous questions raised by credible sources at the time, the . . .

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June 22, 2018

Credit where credit is due

Mike Myer makes an important point about the China/WV deal

In a column that makes a number of barely-connected points, Myer starts with one of his favorite themes -- why West Virginian are so special and different from other Americans:

We have a pull-ourselves-up-by-our-own-bootstraps attitude. It’s necessary. Seldom do we have any reason to look for knights in shining armor to give us . . .

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November 18, 2017

Maybe we should wait to open the champagne: more on the China/West Virginia “deal”

Sunday News-Register still celebrating

Two front page articles in this morning’s paper continue the reveling following Thursday’s announced $84 billion deal (to be more precise, it was a “statement of intent”) with China. The larger article, with an accompanying picture of a gas worker, takes up almost half of the front page:

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November 12, 2017

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