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Are private institutions truly independent?

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I was asked the other day if sleep deprivation was a recent arrival in my life.“No, it’s been going on for about 23 years,” I answered — the amount of time I’ve served as a college president.
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Keeping our heads even further in the cloud

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Have you ever noticed that: Non-techies think computers are more powerful than they really are, and technology then does eventually progress to make the machines do pretty much what our non-technical brothers and sisters thought they were capable of all along? More>>

Supreme Court invalidates labor relations board appointments

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The United States Supreme Court has invalidated the “recess” appointments of three members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) who were appointed in January 2012 while the U.S. Senate was not in recess. More>>

Going for the gold in the foot-in-mouth Olympics

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We’ve all done it: blurted out something so completely tactless and insensitive that the only cure is crawling under a rock. Just as bad is wanting to say something to make a situation better and not having the nerve. Unfortunately, the first instance in my experience is far more prevalent than the latter. More>>

Hemlock decline has many consequences for WV

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Dave Arnold, co-owner of Fayetteville-based Adventures on the Gorge, tells a story familiar to anyone who spends days surrounded by forests and trees in the Appalachian Mountains. More>>

CindySays™...

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Are you concerned that your child is spending too much time in front of a screen? TV, laptops, tablets and other mobile devices are at our children’s fingertips and also standing between them and active lives.
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Take a trip ‘down under’ for a good glass of wine

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Australian wines have been among my favorite sippers for more than three decades, ever since I locked my purple-stained lips around a glass of Penfold’s Grange Hermitage. The Grange, which set the standard for shiraz, is still among the most coveted red wines on the planet. More>>

Urban wealth, economic growth in WV cities

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The degree to which West Virginia prospers in the future will depend, to a large extent, on the prosperity and growth of its cities. More>>

Adventures on the Gorge helps travelers vacation their own way

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“What vacation is right for me?” That’s the question our vacation specialists get asked every day. It is their job to guide callers to the vacations that are right for their budgets, schedules and travel groups.
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Planning is key to ensuring integrity of electronic health information, data

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Our society is moving more and more toward the use of electronic health data and records, and this is bringing about new opportunities and new challenges. One key challenge is the proper protection and maintenance of electronic health data on patients. More>>

WV towns still have room to angle for D.C. dollars

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As the national economy goes, so goes tourism, in many cases. Although hard times continue to haunt many parts of the country, West Virginia’s eastern counties have found a virtual pot of gold in Washington, D.C. residents with full wallets looking for a place to get away. More>>

Letter to the editor: Public should take advantage of cannabis comment period

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Soon, we will have a chance to usher in a new and exciting industry in West Virginia. Industrial Agricultural Cannabis Hemp is making a worldwide comeback and new rules and Legislation for West Virginia Hemp Operations is forthcoming. More>>

Celebrating Independence Day or the Fourth of July

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It was Independence Day. Hot wind whipped my hair around my face as I stood in the back of our neighbor’s pickup truck. We rumbled along a skinny blacktop road but soon turned onto a dirt road leading to a large field. Flowing nearby, a taffy-colored river offered a swimming hole. Upon arrival we unloaded picnic supplies.

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State gets poor grade in manufacturing, logistics report

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The 2014 Manufacturing and Logistics Report prepared by Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research ranked West Virginia with an “F” in “human capital,” “worker benefit costs” and “expected liability gap.” More>>

No need for a clear signal with new generation radio

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Charlie Bowen is a writer, teacher and web designer. He lives in Huntington.We love to identify people with their toys. We speak of The Television Generation, The Computer Generation; in an earlier era, The Automobile Generation. More>>

WVU Online Executive MBA: Ranked nationally, recognized by veterans

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Even though it has been in existence for a little more than three years, the Online Executive MBA program at West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics has received national rankings and recognition for its educational offerings to veterans. More>>

Lazy summer days were made for the indoors

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The air is balmy, things are beginning to flower, my neighbors are putting plants out on their decks and buying new porch furniture. More>>

CindySays™...

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We all want to improve our health, but because we are so busy with life, it’s sometimes difficult to step back and make the right adjustments to our lifestyle.If you are serious about redesigning the way you train, remember to base your lifestyle changes around fact, not fiction.
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Real estate in residence: Teamwork makes it happen

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The State Journal hosted the “Who’s Who In West Virginia Business” award luncheon in May at the Charleston Marriott Town Center hotel. This annual event honors a select group of people who have made a difference in the business climate in West Virginia along with contributing to their communities. More>>

Equal representation in House of Delegates in question

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The United States Supreme Court has ruled that as a basic constitutional requirement, the Equal Protection Clause of the federal constitution requires seats in both houses of a bicameral state legislature be apportioned among senatorial and delegate districts that are nearly of equal population as is practicable. More>>

American energy experiencing a bright new day

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America faces new energy opportunities based on the emergence of abundant resources. Once largely dependent on foreign producers, the abundance of newly tapped domestic shale oil and gas has positioned the country as a world energy leader. 
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