Archive for October, 2017

WV House votes to push for daily Amtrak service
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WV House votes to push for daily Amtrak service

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Legislation to promote daily service for the Amtrak Cardinal passenger train passed the House of Delegates Wednesday on a 95-5 vote (HB2856), with advocates saying it would benefit tourism and economic development in southern West Virginia. “It’s going to be a wonderful thing for tourism. It’s going […]

Bill to lessen power of HEPC advances in WV House
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Bill to lessen power of HEPC advances in WV House

By JAKE JARVIS Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice’s bill to restructure how colleges and universities across the state are governed was approved with a voice vote Wednesday afternoon by the House of Delegates’ Education Committee. House Bill 2815, which was forwarded to the House Judiciary Committee, would largely strip the Higher Education […]

Senate increases penalties for child abuse, House promotes Cardinal service
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Senate increases penalties for child abuse, House promotes Cardinal service

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia Senate passed a bill on Wednesday, March 22 that would increase the prison sentence for child abuse by a parent or guardian that results in the death of a child. Current law puts a penalty of 10 to 40 years in […]

Greyhound bill advances in Senate: Breeders fund would be eliminated
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Greyhound bill advances in Senate: Breeders fund would be eliminated

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News and Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — A bill to eliminate West Virginia’s Greyhound Breeders Fund will get a vote on the Senate floor. The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday advanced Senate Bill 437, which would discontinue the West Virginia Racing Commission’s special account known as the West Virginia […]

Lawmakers consider drug info repository
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Lawmakers consider drug info repository

By DANYEL VANREENAN The Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Lawmakers in Charleston generally agree that the drug epidemic across the state is a top priority, and 11 state representatives — including Delegate Eric Householder, R-Berkeley — co-sponsored a bill to create an office of drug control policy for the state, where information about drug prosecutions, overdoses […]

Emmaleigh’s law passed by Senate
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Emmaleigh’s law passed by Senate

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would increase the penalties for child abuse cases causing death. Called Emmaleigh’s Law, the measure stemmed from a case out of Jackson County in which 10-month-old Emmaleigh Barringer died of a skull fracture. According to Metro News, Benjamin […]

Senate passes Emmaleigh’s Law
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Senate passes Emmaleigh’s Law

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The Senate unanimously passed Emmaleigh’s Law on March 22. It increases the penalties for child abuse causing death by a parent or guardian. And two local senators took time Wednesday to address Gov. Jim Justice’s March 21 taunts of the Legislature and his lighting of the […]

Marshall, WVU leaders implore legislators against budget cuts
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Marshall, WVU leaders implore legislators against budget cuts

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The leaders of the two largest universities in West Virginia are calling on legislators to find a way to save funding for the state’s higher education institutions. In joint statements from Marshall University and West Virginia University, Marshall President Jerome Gilbert and WVU President Gordon Gee this week […]

WV drug OD deaths soared above 840 in 2016
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WV drug OD deaths soared above 840 in 2016

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 840 West Virginians fatally overdosed on drugs last year — a record number — and additional deaths are expected to be added to the total in the coming weeks. Fatal overdoses related to fentanyl, an opioid that’s 100 times stronger than prescription morphine, have fueled […]

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NCAA: WVU offense must be efficient against Gonzaga
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NCAA: WVU offense must be efficient against Gonzaga

By MIKE CASAZZA Charleston Gazette-Mail SAN JOSE, Calif. — That West Virginia remains in the NCAA tournament indicates the Mountaineers have neither need nor interest in changing what produced 24 regular-season wins and now four more in the postseason. Fortunately for them, the Sweet Sixteen requires WVU does very little new and unusual, and it begins […]