Archive for December, 2017

Governor Tomblin sees increase in gas tax, changes in school funding as options
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Governor Tomblin sees increase in gas tax, changes in school funding as options

Governor looks at school aid formula, highways, concealed carry and tobacco tax CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Thursday issued statements on key legislative proposals that will be addressed during the final two weeks of the 2016 Legislative Session. “During my State of the State address, I presented a structurally sound, fiscally responsible and balanced budget […]

West Virginia makes it easier to transfer college credits
By February 26, 2016 Read More →

West Virginia makes it easier to transfer college credits

Program gives new life to unfinished college education By George Hohmann For the W.Va. Press Association CHARLESTON — About 200,000 West Virginians — 20 percent of the state’s adults — have some college credits but no degree and every year about 3,000 seek to transfer their credits, said Paul Hill, the state’s chancellor of higher education. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin thinks […]

New Bluefield nursing facility holds open house
By February 26, 2016 Read More →

New Bluefield nursing facility holds open house

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — The new $12 million Mercer Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Bluefield hosted an open house Thursday afternoon, showcasing the facility and what it offers. Opening its doors on Feb. 9, the 56,000-sq.-ft. long-term care and skilled-nursing facility already has 58 residents and should be at its 83-bed full capacity soon. “Our goal […]

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WV House votes for coal and gas tax cuts
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WV House votes for coal and gas tax cuts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly Thursday to give major tax cuts to the coal and gas industries, approving a proposal from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin that helps balance this year’s budget while costing the state about $110 million annually beginning next budget year. The bill (HB 419) would remove the “excess” severance […]

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By February 26, 2016 Read More →

The Associated Press shares 10 things to know Friday, Feb. 26

Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers. 1. LOTS ON LINE AT GOP DEBATE With Super Tuesday’s mega-round of voting looming, the presidential campaign is shifting […]

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Average WV American Water bill to rise by $6
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Average WV American Water bill to rise by $6

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia American Water customers can expect to pay more than $6 extra a month on their average bill in the near future. Late Wednesday, the Public Service Commission approved an $18.2 million — or 15.1 percent — annual increase for American Water, the largest water company in the state. The company serves […]

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Marshall professor’s app helps share history
By February 26, 2016 Read More →

Marshall professor’s app helps share history

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Just over 50 years ago, Marshall University students and Huntington community leaders challenged racial discrimination at local restaurants with sit-ins. Students – mainly black – poured out of the White Pantry Inn on 4th Avenue after the owner lit sulfur cakes to force them to leave his restaurant. The moment is captured […]

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Amendment hardly supports idea of equal treatment

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Once again, legislation has been introduced in West Virginia aiming to ban local governments from enacting ordinances that go beyond the non-discrimination protections included in state law. Once again, this legislation should be left on the cutting-room floor, for the same reasons it wasn’t appropriate during the 2015 […]

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By February 26, 2016 Read More →

PEIA debate heats up in WV House of Delegates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Discussion continues in the West Virginia House of Delegates on issues surrounding funding for the Public Employees Insurance Agency, but local legislators differ on where it stands. The topic of PEIA funding has been extremely controversial, and the massive potential cuts to PEIA benefits has teachers and public employees concerned about their […]

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By February 26, 2016 Read More →

Unger’s stunt sheds light on religious freedom bill

An editorial from The Journal  MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A devout Christian baker being asked to make a cake for a same-sex couple. A Muslim woman being asked to remove her hijab at the Department of Motor Vehicles. These are examples of someone’s religious beliefs and “freedoms” being questioned. Now, is asking ordained pastor Sen. John Unger, […]

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