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Statehouse Beat: Lobbyist spending down over the summer
Statehouse Beat: Lobbyist spending down over the summer

Five lobbyists chipped in to host a reception and dinner Aug. 26 in Clarksburg for legislators attending out-of-town interim meetings in nearby Bridgeport, according to the latest round of lobbyists’ financial disclosures to the Ethics...

Innerviews: Chemical engineer living dream role as nonprofit CEO
Innerviews: Chemical engineer living dream role as nonprofit CEO

Reared in Guyana, she immigrated to New York as a teenager and envisioned a lifelong career in chemical engineering. Then that game-changing rascal called fate stepped in.

A chemical engineering post at Carbide brought her to...

Innerviews: Visionary teacher builds new career as
Innerviews: Visionary teacher builds new career as "social entrepreneur"

She calls herself a “professional social entrepreneur.”

That’s the nutshell title. There’s also “serendipity concierge,” a matchmaker of sorts for business wannabes.

Officially,...

Statehouse Beat: Conservation district supervisor responds
Statehouse Beat: Conservation district supervisor responds

A few follow-ups before I take a well-deserved break:

Heard from Bill Stewart, one of the conservation district supervisors who pulls down more than $10,000 a year in compensation and travel expenses.

Stewart suggested the supervisors who...

Innerviews: Upbeat outlook grounded in joy of music
Innerviews: Upbeat outlook grounded in joy of music

Weekdays, he pores over tax returns as a state tax audit clerk. But that’s not the Kai Haynes most people know.

He’s one of Charleston’s busiest and most-recognizable musicians, longtime bassist with the ...

Essays on Faith: I felt His presence

I had errands to run. It wasn’t something I wanted to do, but sometimes we have to make ourselves do things whether we want to or not. So, with a few words to my husband about dinner and when to expect me back, I was off. Heading west....

Statehouse Beat: Money squirreled away by state agencies

In a year when the Legislature had to beg, borrow, raid and transfer funds to get the 2014-15 state budget to balance, in a year when groups had to rally at the Capitol to restore $1.06 million in cuts to family resource and social service programs,...

Innerviews: Inventive photographer thinks outside the (camera) box
Innerviews: Inventive photographer thinks outside the (camera) box

Life-size portraits of American Indians and coal miners stand guard in the foyer of his East End home. Enormous pictures of the Manhattan skyline dominate both walls in the hallway.

...

Statehouse Beat: War on ... casinos?

We hear a lot about the purported war on coal, but it occurred to me there’s a war on West Virginia casinos.

State Revenue officials last week noted that coal severance tax collections are down 11 percent compared to last year, primarily...

Essays on Faith: Going ‘Back to the Future’ in Wirt County

Even though I do not drive a DeLorean, I nevertheless had a “Back to the Future” moment this past weekend as I went to visit some college friends in Wirt County. In this venture, I was confronted by God’s beautiful creation as I...

Statehouse Beat: Tax credit slowing down returns
Statehouse Beat: Tax credit slowing down returns

About 98 percent of the state income tax returns have been processed, but judging by complaints in the newspapers’ forum/vent lines, people who haven’t gotten their refunds yet are a very vocal 2 percent.

Going into the weekend,...

Innerviews: Inveterate traveler embraces life of adventure
Innerviews: Inveterate traveler embraces life of adventure

A journal thicker than the unabridged Oxford dictionary chronicles his travels — 92 countries and counting.

His home overflows with an astonishing collection of trinkets, artifacts and other...

Statehouse beat: 9 conservation supervisors claim more than $10k

Like many of you, I suspect, when I came to the nonpartisan Conservation District Supervisors portion of primary ballots, I had no clue what the office entailed, or why I was supposed to help elect such an office.

That was before the uproar this ...

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