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Legislators hear details of challenges, ongoing recoveries from June flood
By September 20, 2017 Read More →

Legislators hear details of challenges, ongoing recoveries from June flood

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Officials from towns in Kanawha and Greenbrier counties Tuesday detailed challenges and ongoing recovery efforts after last June’s devastating floods. County and city officials told members of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Flooding about challenges they faced after the flood, including what some said was a need […]

WV Gov. Justice appoints Foster’s replacement to House
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WV Gov. Justice appoints Foster’s replacement to House

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia governor appointed an auditor from Cross Lanes to fill a vacant seat in the House of Delegates on Tuesday. Dianna Graves will take over the Putnam County seat vacated by Nancy Foster, who resigned Sept. 1. Graves currently works as an auditor for Suttle & […]

Issues raised about costs of moving state agencies to WV Capitol grounds
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Issues raised about costs of moving state agencies to WV Capitol grounds

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher told legislators Tuesday that, if he had a choice, he would not have moved department agencies into Capitol complex Building 3, which reopened this summer after undergoing a $34 million renovation. “It’s a judgment call whether we should have moved to that building,” […]

By September 20, 2017 Read More →

WV officials unsure PEIA would benefit from privatization

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Privatization of West Virginia’s Workers’ Compensation insurance was successful, particularly in lowering employer premiums and increasing competition, Brickstreet Insurance CEO Greg Burton told legislators Tuesday. Whether those successes would apply to privatization of the state Public Employees Insurance Agency health insurance remains to be seen, he said. “I’m […]

By September 20, 2017 Read More →

Wood County official meets with lawmakers on jail bill

By BRETT DUNLAP The Parkersuburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Wood County officials feel they have discovered major problems with how regional jail bills are figured and are presenting them to state officials. Commission President Blair Couch said he recently attended a meeting of the Post Audit Subcommittee that is part of the West […]

Media Advisory:  Meeting on Route 35 Buffalo/Toyota Interchange,  WV Road Bond Amendment set for 6 p.m. in Winfield
By September 19, 2017 Read More →

Media Advisory: Meeting on Route 35 Buffalo/Toyota Interchange, WV Road Bond Amendment set for 6 p.m. in Winfield

State Sen. Glenn Jeffries to host public meeting WINFIELD, W.Va. — West Virginia State Sen, Glenn Jeffries, (D-Putnam), will host a public meeting to discuss the Route 35 Buffalo/Toyota interchange and the road bond amendment election today, Sept. 19, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Senator Jeffries will be joined by West Virginia Transportation Secretary Tom […]

By September 19, 2017 Read More →

WV lawmakers hear about policies on teacher seniority, school vouchers

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail Reducing the role of seniority in teacher layoff decisions, and allowing families to put public school funding toward private schooling and home schooling, were both concepts that school employee unions opposed and that saw supportive bills fail during this year’s legislative session. This week, the ideas resurfaced in legislative interim […]

Correctional officers need raises, lawmakers told
By September 19, 2017 Read More →

Correctional officers need raises, lawmakers told

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia needs to raise starting salaries for correctional officers in state prisons and regional jails by at least $6,000 in order to compete with pay rates in neighboring states and reduce dangerously high turnover rates, legislators were told Sunday. “We have to look at getting to […]

Interim meeting hints at coming tax reform debate
By September 19, 2017 Read More →

Interim meeting hints at coming tax reform debate

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia lawmakers are gearing up for another try at passing tax reform in the state. How sweeping those reforms may be appears to be something that will be open for a great deal of debate. Several tax reform ideas were discussed Monday at a meeting […]

Justice to discuss road bond in Elkins
By September 11, 2017 Read More →

Justice to discuss road bond in Elkins

Staff report The Inter-Mountain ELKINS, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice will be making a stop today in Elkins to discuss the upcoming “Roads to Prosperity” bond referendum that will be voted on during an Oct. 7 special election. Justice will be taking part in a town hall meeting at 2:30 p.m. today at the West […]