BACK PEW: The hard truth about child deaths in WV

By Stephen Baldwin Kyneddi Miller, a 14-year old girl from Boone County, was found dead and in a “skeletal state” inside her home this past April. Her mother and grandparents have been charged with felony neglect. She’d been homeschooled since 2019, and, according to reporting, had little connection to the world outside her home.  The […]

Dark money floods eastern panhandle, sinks Senate President Blair


By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Senate President Craig Blair, who also serves as the state’s Lt. Governor, lost in the primary election earlier this month to Tom Willis, a lawyer and member of the West Virginia National Guard from Berkeley County. Blair is a longtime leader in the state Republican party who had amassed a huge […]

BACK PEW: What do the primary election results mean? 

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After fifteen months of covering the primary races in West Virginia, what did we learn? West Virginia continues to turn deeper red, as expected, with a few small exceptions. RIGHT TURN. The governor’s race was always about which of the four main candidates could best appeal to the right wing of state party voters. Patrick Morrisey […]

Charles Saunders wants to ‘finish the job’ as Summers County Commissioner

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Charles Saunders began serving as a Summers County Commissioner six years ago. His fellow commissioners elected him as president four years ago. While he’s happy with what they’ve been able to accomplish “as a team,” he wants to “finish the job” in a second term.  “After going to meetings around the […]

OPINION: West Virginia Childcare Programs Prepare for Permanent Closure

By Tiffany Gale, WV Women’s Alliance The West Virginia Women’s Alliance was saddened to receive news that Momma Bear Daycare located in Elkview, WV closed permanently yesterday. With many childcare programs preparing to close by August, the news of this unfortunate closing did not come as a shock. As a result of loss of American […]

Three candidates for governor have at least $1 million left for final weeks of campaign 

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV With less than three weeks to go until the primary election, years of campaigning will come down to the wire. Candidates for governor have raise more than $10 million in combined campaign contributions. Much of it from out-of-state candidates, especially for frontrunner Patrick Morrisey. Three candidates still have more than $1 […]

State rescinds remote work options for employees

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV On Friday, March 15, at 4:34pm, at least some state employees received an email stating, “After much thought and deliberation, we are announcing the end of the telework policy that has been in place. Effective April 1, 2024, all employees will be required to return to the office.”  But according to […]

Pocahontas students suspended for protesting academic cuts

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV On Monday morning just after 9am, the students of Pocahontas County High School (PCHS) walked out of their classrooms and assembled in front of the school. They were voicing their displeasure and disagreement with proposed budget cuts affecting academic teaching positions in science and math.  All year long, this group of […]