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As House debates Hopemont Hospital future, local leaders mull back-up plan
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As House debates Hopemont Hospital future, local leaders mull back-up plan

By CYNTHIA McCLOUD The Preston County News & Journal KINGWOOD, W.Va.  — As the West Virginia House of Delegates makes its final vote on a bill to sell Hopemont State Hospital in Terra Alta, leaders and residents have some ideas about how to keep the facility in service and keep jobs in the county. The cost […]

Around the Rotunda: Legislative, Committee Schedule for Tuesday, March 28
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Around the Rotunda: Legislative, Committee Schedule for Tuesday, March 28

W.Va. Legislative Committee Meeting Schedule – Subject to change Watch WV Legislature Live each day at http://www.legis.state.wv.us/live.cfm SENATE:                       Tuesday, March 28, 2017 REVIEW BILLS INTRODUCED The Senate will convene at 11 a.m. RESOLUTIONS   SR 55: Designating March 28, 2017, as WVU and WVU Extension Service Day (Beach, Prezioso) SR 56: […]

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10 things to know: Tuesday, March 28

Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers. 1. TRUMP TAKES AIM AT CLIMATE CHANGE The U.S. president will sign an executive order that will suspend, rescind or flag […]

Innovative ‘pothole terminator’ targets age-old road woes
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Innovative ‘pothole terminator’ targets age-old road woes

By JOHN DAHLIA The Preston County News and Journal MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — According to the West Virginia Division of Highways, despite its relatively small size, the Mountain State is home to approximately 36,000 miles of state-maintained highways. Imagine how many millions of potholes exist on those thousands of miles of country roads people drive each day. […]

WV House Finance members get first glimpse of $4.27B budget plan
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WV House Finance members get first glimpse of $4.27B budget plan

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia House Finance members got a first glimpse Saturday of what may be the House’s 2017-18 budget plan, a plan that contains $4.27 billion of general revenue spending — about $124 million less than Gov. Jim Justice’s budget plan. “It’s a very balanced approach,” House Finance […]

WVSU official: Cuts to state land-grant funding could cost school $2.9M
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WVSU official: Cuts to state land-grant funding could cost school $2.9M

By JAKE JARVIS Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia State University could be on the verge of losing millions of federal dollars if state lawmakers cut its land-grant funding even marginally. If the Legislature should cut WVSU’s land-grant funding by just 5 percent, or roughly $77,000, the school stands to lose $2.9 million in […]

‘Broadband access is crucial’: High speed internet bill passes House, makes way to Senate
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‘Broadband access is crucial’: High speed internet bill passes House, makes way to Senate

By CHARLIE BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Broadband access in West Virginia will get a boost if a bill passed Friday by the House makes its way through the Senate and is signed by Gov. Jim Justice. The bill passed overwhelmingly, 97-2, in the House. Co-sponsored by Del. John Shott, R-Mercer, the bill is […]

WV House passes flood protection planning bill
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WV House passes flood protection planning bill

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail The House of Delegates on Saturday approved a bill aimed at jump-starting the process of trying to protect West Virginians from future flooding and reduce damage to lives and property from floods that do occur. House members voted 96-0 in favor of the bill, with delegates standing during the vote in […]

Bill would allow first responders to carry firearms
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Bill would allow first responders to carry firearms

By MICHELLE DILLON Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va.  — The West Virginia Senate is considering a House bill that would allow non-police first responders, who receive training first, to carry firearms. On March 20, the House passed HB 2916 by a 96-2 vote, with two delegates not voting. The bill was introduced in the Senate […]

Locals weigh pros and cons of medical marijuana
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Locals weigh pros and cons of medical marijuana

By KIRSTEN RENEAU The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — As the bill to legalize medical marijuana makes its way through the House, area residents have conflicting views on the possibility of seeing it become law. W. Fred Wilson of Philippi believes that medical marijuana has a real possibility to help others. “It can be used […]