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Monongalia County Board of Education Shows Support to Teachers Fighting for Higher Wages

14 Feb

The Monongalia County Board of Education voted unanimously to support higher staff wages at an emergency meeting held on Tuesday, February, 13. This comes directly after the House of Delegates passed the teacher pay raise bill 98-1 and sent it to the Senate. Under this bill, teachers will receive a two percent raise in the […]

Teachers voice concerns about PEIA at public hearing

14 Feb

Teachers from across the state voiced their support of affordable health insurance at a public hearing on Tuesday evening. Hosted by the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board, 28 people spoke during the hearing, which was held at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center. All 28 speakers expressed concerns of changes in PEIA, a health plan […]

Shadow Of Young Victim Looms Over Pedestrian Safety Meeting

14 Feb

The monthly Morgantown Pedestrian Safety Board Meeting is normally a rather simple affair. Led by the mutton chopped Matt Cross, meetings primarily consist of safety lectures, with such advice as “wear bright colors” and “look both ways”, delivered by Cross in a fashion that can perhaps best be described as  exuberant.   Pedestrian Safety Board […]

The Monongalia County Board of Education Unanimously Vote to Support Higher Staff Wages

14 Feb

At a recent emergency meeting, the Monongalia County Board of Education voted unanimously on a resolution to support higher teacher wages and better staff benefits. This comes after West Virginia legislators voted for a one percent pay raise each year for five years, for a grand total of a five percent raise. Some call this an […]

West Virginia Public Employees Voice Concern Over PEIA Coverage

14 Feb

For many public employees in West Virginia, the proposed premium increases and changes in coverage provided by the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) have caused an uproar in complaints and concerns. On Tuesday night, teachers, state troopers, retirees, and public employees alike gathered at the Erickson Alumni Center at West Virginia University to lobby for […]

Planning Commission Talks Updates and Improvements

13 Feb

At its regular meeting last week, the Morgantown Planning Commission reviewed proposed zoning changes that would increase housing density, improve pedestrian safety, and make transportation easier in one particular area of downtown. The Woodburn neighborhood and surrounding area, including North Willey, Snyder, and Richwood streets is mostly single-family homes that have been converted to apartments. […]

Ethics in Journalism

4 Dec

“It was just one of those situations when you question everything you do. No room for mistakes,” said Brooke Chaplain. Chaplain is one of the multimedia reporters on WTRF 7 News located in Wheeling, WV. Chaplain experienced a difficult ethical dilemma this past summer. She was on the scene for the terrible flooding that took place in the […]

An Ethical Dilemma

4 Dec

In February of 2013, Pete Mundo was an Oklahoma radio personality who did the play-by-play for one particular high school basketball team. A snowstorm was brewing prior to a weekend tournament, so everyone involved – coaches, teams, media – went in advance of the snowstorm. After a safe arrival, the tournament got cancelled – but the snow had already […]

When a journalist succumbed to bullies

4 Dec

To Neal Justin, then a young regional reporter in Illinois 25 years ago who had been tipped off about a local judge who, because of an alleged addiction to alcohol, usually slept through court sessions only to later hand down “irrational” judgements, getting to the bottom of the matter was a no-brainer. However, Justin, 23 […]

Ethics in the Newsroom: A Business of Details

4 Dec

As professional journalists must filter through mass amounts of sensitive information every day in order to provide the public with the knowledge it needs, ethical dilemmas are inevitable. Ashley Craig, now the assistant city editor at the Charleston Gazette-Mail, has dealt with her fair share of ethical issues in her nine years working as a […]