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Son of Charleston’s mayor nabbed for drugs CHARLESTON – Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said Thursday that the arrest of his son on drug charges is a “life saving fall’’ that might be the only way to save him. Jones said in a statement that his son, 23-year-old Zachary Jones, and another man were arrested Thursday […]

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March 3 7:15 a.m. South Mildred Street, suspicious vehicle, area checked/unable to locate 3:30 p.m. High Street, alarm, accidental 5:15 p.m. East Washington Street, vehicle crash, report taken 8:20 p.m. Cold Storage Road, welfare check, subject located and taken to residence March 4 12:55 a.m. South Preston Street — Ranson, assist Ranson Police Department (combative […]

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Let’s hope the West Virginia Senate exercises the good sense that the House of Delegates failed to demonstrate when it voted Monday on a bill that will repeal West Virginia municipalities’ efforts at regulating firearms within their jurisdictions. In a move that should show West Virginians that state lawmakers’ frequent refrain about the evils of […]

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Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia’s new high-energy Attorney General, has been in office since January, but he and his office still seem caught up in election mode – still criticizing his predecessor Darrell McGraw’s practices at every turn. The latest dustup came last week when McGraw’s new spokeswoman Beth Ryan – a talented journalist, most recently […]

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I am persuaded myself that the good sense of the people will always be found to be the best army. They may be led astray for a moment, but will soon correct themselves … The way to prevent these irregular interpositions of the people, is to give them full information of their affairs through the […]

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On small farms, everything is coming up regulators

I am a big fan of supporting local agriculture. Small local farms provide what I consider to be a healthier alternative to so-called factory farms. As much as possible, when I put something on my table, I prefer to know where it comes from. It is better for the environment and I also get added […]

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As the fourth week of the 81st West Virginia Legislative Session comes to a close, I can hardly believe that my fifth session as a state legislator is well underway. As I walk down the marble hall to my office in the East Wing of our grand Capitol building each morning, I can recall my […]

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AG amendment is petty  Charles Town’s Democrat delegates Tiffany Lawrence and Stephen Skinner have distinguished themselves in Charleston. The two co-sponsored an amendment to West Virginia law specifically intended to thwart Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s hiring of top D.C. attorney Elbert Lin for the Solicitor General’s position to represent all state agencies in court. […]

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In the first two full weeks of the legislative session we have already taken up many important issues in the Senate but the most important issue of all is our mission to end child poverty in West Virginia. As many of you know, the child poverty issue is dear to my heart and that is […]

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Less fawning, more hard questions

According to his office’s press release, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey sent a letter to President Obama on February 11 expressing his concerns about the current direction of the Environmental Protection Agency, and urging the president to change the agency’s “current path” by nominating a more reasonable successor to recent EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.” […]

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