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Crowd turns out for Ohio River drilling debate
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Crowd turns out for Ohio River drilling debate

WHEELING, W.Va. — Although a potential $40 million windfall awaits West Virginia’s coffers if Gastar Exploration drills and fracks for natural gas under the Ohio River, at least one legislator does not believe the money outweighs the potential environmental risk such a plan could bring to the region’s drinking water supply. More than 100 concerned […]

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Legislative battle over W.Va. labor issues heating up

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The new Republican majority in the West Virginia Legislature has a strategy for state labor laws, and the beginning of what will likely be some of the most heated debates in the 2015 session are about to unfold, many lawmakers believe. Democrats in the House of Delegates have said the battle began […]

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Low natural gas prices could impact state budget

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — The recent drop in natural gas prices hasn’t really factored into the Legislature’s budgeting process during the current session, Senate Finance Chair Mike Hall, R-Putnam, said. But should those prices remain depressed, the resulting decline in severance tax revenues could create budgeting challenges moving forward, he said. “Right now, we are operating off […]

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The Associated Press shares 10 things to know Monday, Feb. 9

Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers. 1. OBAMA AND MERKEL HOLD TALKS OVER UKRAINE Ahead of Russian-Ukrainian dialogue in Minsk […]

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Putnam prosecutor decries Guantanamo in post

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia prosecutor whom the U.S. government has invited several times to observe legal proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, wrote Friday that the detainees there “can rot in hell as far as I am concerned.” Putnam County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Sorsaia made the comment in a post on his Facebook page. […]

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Workers’ comp bill at passage stage in House

BLUEFIELD — When the House of Delegates resumed this morning, one of the bills up for third reading and possible passage — House Bill 2011 — a bill designed to modify the current interpretation of “deliberate intent” exemption in the state’s Workers’ Compensation laws. “That bill will be up for a vote (today),” State Delegate […]

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After last year’s veto, W.Va. ‘fetal pain bill’ is back
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After last year’s veto, W.Va. ‘fetal pain bill’ is back

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Facing a threat of veto, Republicans have once again introduced legislation that will ban abortions after 20 weeks. The House Health Committee on Thursday held a public hearing on House Bill 2568, the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” Committee members heard from 25 speakers opposing the bill, and only eight in […]

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Group says bill could leave only 90 tanks regulated

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As few as 90 of the thousands of chemical storage tanks across West Virginia might be covered by new state Department of Environmental Protection safety requirements passed after last year’s Freedom Industries leak, if legislation introduced this week passes, according to a new analysis of DEP data. That’s 0.2 percent of the nearly 44,000 […]

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WVU’s Evansdale student union nears halfway point
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WVU’s Evansdale student union nears halfway point

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A WVU Construction official said the Evandsale Crossing building is about 40 percent completed and looks to be open, and functioning by the spring 2016 semester. John Sommers said during a Thursday interview that construction to the building, deemed by some WVU officials as the “mini-Mountainlair” of the Evansdale Campus, is progressing […]

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Beech Fork lodge project on hold, proponents upset
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Beech Fork lodge project on hold, proponents upset

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Joyce Clark still has the pen Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin gave her in April 2012 after signing Senate Bill 362, which authorized a $28 million bond issue to build a lodge at Beech Fork State Park in Wayne County. At the time, Clark was a member of a grassroots lobbyist group called […]

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