Here was the top story on this morning’s WV MetroNews site:
Education workers give union leaders work action “authorization” in statewide vote
And at the top of the front page of today’s Charleston Gazette-Mail:
'It feels like deja vu'
With the subheadline:
One year after voting to strike, teachers, school employees authorize union leaders to take unspecified work action in response to ed. bill
Here’s the story’s lede:
As the West Virginia House of Delegates considers the state Senate’s education omnibus bill, leaders from the state’s three education unions met in Flatwoods on Saturday, where they announced, after tallying votes from all 55 counties, that teachers and school employees “overwhelmingly” authorized an unspecified, statewide work action sometime in the future, should they deem it appropriate.
This has some significance for West Virginians and yet today’s Wheeling News-Register had nothing about the vote. The biggest story on this morning’s front page (with two large pictures, it covered 2/3 of the front page) was:
More Ohio County Students To Get New Chromebooks
This feature story could have been written weeks or months ago.
The front page also included two articles (proposed parking garage and public safety building) that came out of the Wheeling city council meeting last Tuesday. Both stories could have appeared on Wednesday. In fact, one did. The headline on page 7 of Wednesday’s Intelligencer told us:
Development’s Possible Cost to City Unknown
This morning’s headline expanded it:
Details On Proposed Garage Still Unknown
(That’s quite an update! And in other news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.*)
The other front-page story from city council’s Tuesday meeting is
Wheeling Still Considering Public Safety Building
As with the previous article, the operative word is “still.” In fairness to the article, it did include a Friday quote from Wheeling city manager, Robert Herron that “we were and continue to be open to alternatives.” However, not unlike the article on the parking garage, most of this was Wednesday’s news, not Sunday’s.
Finally, the Ogden reporter that you would expect to cover yesterday’s action by school personnel, Steven Allen Adams, did have a front-page article:
Paving the Way: Lawmakers Offer Solutions for Secondary Road Woes
The article is about three bills that address road problems in West Virginia. The most recent was introduced on Tuesday and according to the legislature’s website, all three have been referred to committee. While it is nice to know that some legislators are aware of the conditions of our roads, this is not serious news until the bills get out of committee and reach the floor of the legislature. Like the previous stories, this article is simply more front-page filler masquerading as news.
Hopefully, local readers will see something about the school personnel vote tomorrow or Tuesday.
- For those readers not around or not familiar with the first year of Saturday Night Live, this was a recurring bit from Chevy Chase as anchor on the program’s fake newscast, Weekend Update. The joke satirized the way news is constantly repeated even when nothing new has happened.