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West Virginia Gov. Justice set to deliver second State of the State address

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Eleven months after giving an unconventional State of the State address, which consisted of an unscripted 52-minute talk complete with a whiteboard and references to Frankenstein’s monster, Gov. Jim Justice is set for an encore tonight at 7. Last year, the then-freshman governor gave few advance clues […]

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West Virginia lawmakers ready with bill to rein in state vehicle fleet

By RUSTY MARKS NCWV Media/The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — West Virginia lawmakers have prepared a bill intended to rein in the state’s ponderous fleet of state-owned cars. Members of the House and Senate Joint Committees on Government Organization and Government Operations voted to send the bill to the Legislature for consideration when the 2018 […]

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Greenbrier County delegate offers a glimpse of West Virginia legislative priorities

By TINA ALVEY The Register-Herald LEWISBURG, W.VA. — Saying he expects the 2018 session of the West Virginia Legislature to be “very robust,” Delegate George “Boogie” Ambler, R-Greenbrier, provided constituents with a glimpse behind the curtain Tuesday. Addressing the Greenbrier County Commission and a packed meeting room, Ambler said he expects movement on several fronts […]

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Draft bill would terminate West Virginia Board of Funeral Examiners

By CARLEE LAMMERS Charleston Gazette-Mail Legislators plan to introduce in the upcoming session a bill that would terminate the West Virginia Board of Funeral Examiners and transfer all of its powers and duties to the secretary of state. The bill is a response to a September 2017 audit conducted by the Performance Evaluation and Research […]

H. John Rogers of New Martinsville plans to seek West Virginia Senate seat
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H. John Rogers of New Martinsville plans to seek West Virginia Senate seat

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register NEW MARTINSVILLE, W.Va. — H. John Rogers of New Martinsville estimates he has run for public office at least 12 times during his life, and he said he will make another run for West Virginia’s 2nd District Senate seat in 2018. Rogers, 77, was on the general […]

W.Va. House Democratic Caucus announces 2018 legislative priorities
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W.Va. House Democratic Caucus announces 2018 legislative priorities

CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Pledging to support legislation that will create jobs in West Virginia and help the state’s students and seniors, the Democratic Caucus of the West Virginia House of Delegates announced its priorities for the upcoming legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 9,  at the state Capitol. “It is imperative that we focus on legislation that will actually do some […]

W.Va. higher education presidents introduce Alliance for Economic Development of Southern W.Va.
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W.Va. higher education presidents introduce Alliance for Economic Development of Southern W.Va.

By Jordan Nelson The Register-Herald of Beckley CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Claiming that utilizing resources can create jobs, enhance the state’s business sector and competitive edge, ensure workers have access to the latest training and technology, build long-lasting partnerships and revitalize small communities, 10 southern West Virginia higher education institutions Monday unveiled their Alliance for the Economic Development […]

Final changes to PEIA are heard by West Virginia Joint Finance Committee
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Final changes to PEIA are heard by West Virginia Joint Finance Committee

By TAYLOR STUCK The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State employees will see a slight increase in health insurance premiums again this year, but some of those employees may see higher or lower numbers, depending on their salary. Under the Public Employees Insurance Agency, or PEIA, all premiums will rise 0.5 of a percent due to the […]

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West Virginia to save on pension premiums due to good investment returns

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia House and Senate Finance Committee members received a bit of good news Monday, two days before the start of the 2018 legislative session: Thanks to strong investment earnings and more employees in a new benefits tier, the state’s contribution to public employees and teachers’ pension […]

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West Virginia lawmakers seek to limit opioid prescribing

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In response to the opioid epidemic, state lawmakers plan to introduce legislation that would limit how much pain medicine doctors can prescribe in West Virginia. Prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Lortab would be limited to a seven-day supply for short-term pain, under the bill. House of Delegates […]