Archive for October, 2017

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Column: Our protection in the press is a fundamental freedom

From the Bluefield Daily Telegraph: By Larry Hypes I have been in and out of the newsroom here at the daily paper for more than 40 years and I can tell you that I have never known a reporter to intentionally misrepre- What has it been – 58 days since the presidential inauguration? Since the […]

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Editorial: Either way, tax increases/budget cuts are going to hurt
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Editorial: Either way, tax increases/budget cuts are going to hurt

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Daily Mail page: For fiscal year 2017, like previous years, the state of West Virginia is in bad financial shape. Using current revenue projections and current levels of spending, West Virginia is expected to be about $500 million short of funds next fiscal year, which begins July 1. Gov. Jim Justice proposed a […]

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Editorial: Mountain State transformation
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Editorial: Mountain State transformation

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Gazette Page: West Virginia’s remarkable switch from mostly Democratic to mostly Republican is lamented in a New York Times commentary by a longtime political expert. A leader of John F. Kennedy’s 1960 victory in this state, Charles Peters left Charleston to help lead President Kennedy’s new Peace Corps. Then, he founded […]

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Scaled-down storage tank rollback passes WV House
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Scaled-down storage tank rollback passes WV House

By Ken Ward Jr. The Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A scaled-down version of the chemical tank safety law rollback sought by West Virginia’s natural gas industry easily passed the House on Friday. Delegates voted 94-5 in favor of the rewritten version of House Bill 2811, which exempts an estimated 2,300 tanks used to store brine and other […]

At The Capitol Legislative Column March 17: Legislators present Budget framework
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At The Capitol Legislative Column March 17: Legislators present Budget framework

By Phil Kabler For the West Virginia Press Association With less than a month remaining in 60-day regular session, House and Senate leaders unveiled their counterproposal to Gov. Jim Justice’s budget plan. What Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, proposed was not so much an alternative budget bill, but what they called […]

WV DNR announces trout stocking for March 13-17
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WV DNR announces trout stocking for March 13-17

ELKINS, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has announced that the  following waters were stocked the week of March 13, 2017:  Anthony Creek Bear Rocks Lake Big Clear Creek Blackwater River Buffalo Creek (Logan) Buffalo Fork Lake Bullskin Run Cacapon Park Lake Camp Creek Cherry River Clover Run Cranberry River Deer Creek […]

Gov. Justice restores money for W.Va. Public Broadcasting to FY18 budget plan
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Gov. Justice restores money for W.Va. Public Broadcasting to FY18 budget plan

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice today announced that he is reinstating $4.6 million in his FY18 budget to fund the Educational Broadcasting Authority. The Governor is working on a deal with West Virginia University to allow Public Broadcasting to become a fully integrated part of WVU in the near future. Next year’s budget allocation will […]

W.Va. Department of Commerce announces recall of 15 laid-off state foresters
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W.Va. Department of Commerce announces recall of 15 laid-off state foresters

Release from the W.Va. Department of Commerce:   CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  West Virginia Secretary of Commerce H. Wood Thrasher today, March 17,  announced the recall of 15 state foresters who were laid off last year. The recall will take effect immediately. “We are excited to put our foresters back to work,” said Secretary Thrasher. “This is just one […]

Manchin at town hall: Repair, not repeal and replace Obamacare
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Manchin at town hall: Repair, not repeal and replace Obamacare

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., pledged Thursday to a packed town hall in South Charleston that he would fight to stop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Manchin spoke at LaBelle Theater at the citizen-organized event to a mostly liberal crowd, many of whom had a […]

Justice: State on verge of meltdown
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Justice: State on verge of meltdown

By JIM MCCONVILLE The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice insists he doesn’t want to raise the state’s taxes, but says he will be forced to do it anyway to close the estimated $500 million hole in the state budget. Speaking before an estimated150 attendees at Citizens Fire Company in Charles Town […]