Archive for January 2008

BB&T gives millions to colleges that teach philosophy of Ayn Rand

January 31, 2008

By Clark Davis

cdavis@wvpubcast.org

Last week the charitable arm of BB&T Bank announced it’s donating $1 million to Marshall University’s business college.

The money will go toward teaching courses based on the economic philosophy of deceased writer Ayn Rand. The money is also being used to create what will be called the BB&T Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism.

Since 2005, the BB&T Charitable Foundation has given several million dollars to at least 25 colleges and universities to start similar programs dedicated to Rand, whose free-market laissez-fair philosophy is a rallying cry for many libertarians and CEOs.

WV GOP prepares for Super Tuesday convention

January 31, 2008

By Anna Sale

WV’s GOP holds its first presidential convention next week. The 1,200 or so delegates will pick one candidate to receive 18 of the state’s 30 GOP delegates to the national convention. Convention CEO Bob Fish explains how it will work.

Child custody laws debated at Capitol

January 31, 2008

By Tom Miller 

WV’s child custody laws were the subject of a public hearing at the Capitol Weds. Three bills were up for debate before House Judiciary members, but most of the attention was on the bill that would make 50/50 shared parenting the default in custody battles.

Presidential candidate profiles: Mitt Romney

January 31, 2008

By Sara Sciammacco, Capitol Hill Bureau

It’s no surprise that the Democratic presidential candidates are running on a platform of change. But Republican Mitt Romney is too.

John Grisham disses Blankenship and WV courts

January 30, 2008

By Scott Finn 

West Virginia’s judiciary is getting national attention from one of America’s best-selling novelists, John Grisham. In a recent interview, he referred to West Virginia’s 2004 Supreme Court election as an example to show that what happens in his latest book, “The Appeal,” isn’t far from reality.

Rahall calls for more wilderness in WV national forest

January 30, 2008

By Anna Sale

Congressman Nick Rahall introduced a bill in the US House of Representatives yesterday that would designate 47,000 more acres in the Monongahela National Forest as wilderness. A wilderness designation by Congress permanently protects forest areas and restricts activities like mining, timbering, road-building, and mountain-biking. Hiking, hunting and fishing are allowed.  Rahall explains why he introduced the bill.

Weston hospital plans include casino, name change

January 30, 2008

By Anna Sale  

Morgantown contractor Joe Jordan bought the 150 year-old Weston state hospital last August. Now, his daughter, Rebecca Jordan, has moved up from Florida to oversee renovations on the property. The first step is installing a new roof on the building, but there are big plans – including shops, tours, a hotel, and a casino. She also says they have renamed the hospital the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, which was also the name of the hospital in the 19th century.