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Nationally Known, Locally Owned

WV has a lot of fast food. Is it the healthiest choice you could make? Probably not, but sometimes after a hard day of work, or a long night of driving the kids around to band or football practices, a burger and a milkshake feels like the dinner of champions, not to mention the jobs these spots provide to their local communities. Continue reading

One Job Jim Justice Created

Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. Jim Justice. It was one of the few policy position Jim Justice was pretty clear about in the 2016 Election. It's a pretty safe thing for a politicians to promise. Everyone either wants a job, or wants a better job. Well, revenue may be up, but according to Google's Unemployment Tracker, Unemployment went from 5.3 in January of 2017 when Justice was inaugurated to 5.4 in March of 2018 (the latest data Google provides). But there is one job Jim Justice has created that he can't seem to fill. Continue reading

This Week In WV Strong September 2 - September 8

It's been quite the week in WV, and we hope WVStrong has given you a fresh perspective on the headlines. Here's a quick run-down of some of our stories for the week incase you missed any. Be sure to share your favorite WV Strong stories with your friends and family! Continue reading

Treading Water Next to Strangers

Morsels of Truth: By Bil Lepp One of the funniest things my wife ever said was, “Oh, she looks like she’s auditioning to be the Grand Marshall of the Redneck Parade.” My editor is going to immediately object to printing that. He’s going to say it is offensive to the people we are trying to reach. But I am going to argue that the people we are trying to reach know full-well - and are proud of- their redneck heritage. We’re here. We like domestic beer. Get used to it. Continue reading

This Week In WV Strong August 19 - 25

It's been quite the week in WV, and we hope WVStrong has given you a fresh perspective on the headlines. Here's a quick run-down of some of our stories for the week incase you missed any. Be sure to share your favorite WV Strong stories with your friends and family! Continue reading

A Tale Of Two Bus Drivers

Talking politics and taking care of business: West Virginians don't let different different opinions about Trump keep them from being close friends and colleagues. Continue reading

Need to Brush Up On Your WV History?

West Virginians are a proud people. We all know a good deal about our state history, but we're always excited to learn more. We're always on the lookout for new facts about our home state to share with our out-of-state friends and family. Heck, we'll even share WV History with strangers if they're kind enough to listen. Continue reading

This Week In WV Strong August 11-18

It's been quite the week in WV, and we hope WVStrong has given you a fresh perspective on the headlines. Here's a quick run-down of some of our stories for the week incase you missed any. Be sure to share your favorite WV Strong stories with your friends and family! Continue reading

When Insurance Rules Really Matter

Digging Deeper: By Dan Heyman Charleston, WV – For the 40% of West Virginians with pre-existing conditions, the fight over whether insurance plans have to cover their medical problems is a big deal. But many also point to the way health insurance rules like those are freeing them – financially, professionally and personally. Continue reading

This Week in WV Strong August 5 - 11

It's been quite the week in WV, and we hope WVStrong has given you a fresh perspective on the headlines. Here's a quick run-down of some of our stories for the week incase you missed any. Be sure to share your favorite WV Strong stories with your friends and family! Continue reading

Back To School

As WV Students, Teachers, and other School Support Staff head back into classrooms this month, many are looking back on the past year's strike and what has changed since then.  Continue reading

Hauling Precious Cargo

Children are the future of West Virginia, and it's important that they're ready when it's their turn to lead. Part of getting them ready is education, but before the teachers can do their job, WV's kids need to get on the bus and get to the classrooms. Continue reading

The Road Less Paved

The passage of the "Roads To Prosperity" road bond ballot issue was one of the proudest moments of Governor Justice's administration. At the time the Governor's office released an ambitious list of projects that would be completed if the road bond passed. Continue reading

This Week in WV Strong July 29 - August 4

It's been quite the week in WV, and we hope WVStrong has given you a fresh perspective on the headlines. Here's a quick run-down of some of our stories for the week incase you missed any. Be sure to share your favorite WV Strong stories with your friends and family! Continue reading

Something Else, Something Different

Getting laid off can be pretty scary, especially if you've been working the same job for 30 years. That was the reality for former coal miner Johnny Lawson. Continue reading

WV Teachers in the U.K.

The struggles WV Teachers face with pay, healthcare, and other issues aren't unique to the mountain state, but West Virginia Teachers were the first to stand up. The 2018 Teachers strike made headlines around the world and inspired teachers not only in other states, but in other countries. Continue reading

This Week In WV Strong July 21-July 28

It's been quite the week in WV, and we hope WVStrong has given you a fresh perspective on the headlines. Here's a quick run-down of some of our stories for the week incase you missed any. Be sure to share your favorite WV Strong stories with your friends and family! Continue reading

Getting Ahead Of Addiction

Photo Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Via STAT The Opioid Crisis is one of the biggest challenges facing West Virginia today. The common thinking about how to stop this crisis focuses mainly focuses on doctors, pharmacists, and pharmaceutical companies. Of course stopping the access to opioids is a huge step that must be made to stopping this crisis, but pills exist in all 50 states. Shouldn't we also be looking at the factors that left West Virginia so vulnerable to addiction?  Continue reading

This Week In WV Strong June 15-July 21

It's been quite the week in WV, and we hope WVStrong has given you a fresh perspective on the headlines. Here's a quick run-down of some of our stories for the week incase you missed any. Be sure to share your favorite WV Strong stories with your friends and family! Continue reading

Still Looking for Answers on RISE

Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Shauna Johnson/WVMetroNews.com After attempting to avoid testimony by resigning her position earlier this month, former RISE WV Director Mary Jo Thompson testified before members of the WV Legislature this Thursday.  Continue reading