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Legislators take Justice to task for lighting emergency lantern
By March 23, 2017 Read More →

Legislators take Justice to task for lighting emergency lantern

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Delegates and senators criticized Gov. Jim Justice’s lighting the State of Emergency lantern on top of the Capitol dome Wednesday, calling it a political ploy and disrespectful to victims of last summer’s floods. The governor ordered the lantern lit Tuesday to highlight the state’s continuing budget crisis. […]

Bill to lessen power of HEPC advances in WV House
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Bill to lessen power of HEPC advances in WV House

By JAKE JARVIS Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice’s bill to restructure how colleges and universities across the state are governed was approved with a voice vote Wednesday afternoon by the House of Delegates’ Education Committee. House Bill 2815, which was forwarded to the House Judiciary Committee, would largely strip the Higher Education […]

Senate increases penalties for child abuse, House promotes Cardinal service
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Senate increases penalties for child abuse, House promotes Cardinal service

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia Senate passed a bill on Wednesday, March 22 that would increase the prison sentence for child abuse by a parent or guardian that results in the death of a child. Current law puts a penalty of 10 to 40 years in […]

Emmaleigh’s law passed by Senate
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Emmaleigh’s law passed by Senate

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would increase the penalties for child abuse cases causing death. Called Emmaleigh’s Law, the measure stemmed from a case out of Jackson County in which 10-month-old Emmaleigh Barringer died of a skull fracture. According to Metro News, Benjamin […]

WV drug OD deaths soared above 840 in 2016
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WV drug OD deaths soared above 840 in 2016

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 840 West Virginians fatally overdosed on drugs last year — a record number — and additional deaths are expected to be added to the total in the coming weeks. Fatal overdoses related to fentanyl, an opioid that’s 100 times stronger than prescription morphine, have fueled […]

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Senator pulls WV mine safety bill, says compromise measure coming
By March 22, 2017 Read More →

Senator pulls WV mine safety bill, says compromise measure coming

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill that would eliminate almost all coal-mine safety enforcement by West Virginia inspectors has been pulled and alternative legislation — billed as a compromise between industry and labor — will be made public later this week, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining […]

Capitol emergency light rankles GOP
By March 22, 2017 Read More →

Capitol emergency light rankles GOP

Staff reports The Weirton Daily Times CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Actions taken by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice on Tuesday in regard to lighting the emergency lantern on the top of the Capitol dome for the duration of the budget crisis has rubbed the Republican leadership the wrong way. The light has traditionally been used in […]

Justice takes budget plan to tourism industry
By March 21, 2017 Read More →

Justice takes budget plan to tourism industry

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice urged state tourism industry leaders Monday to advocate for his plan to jump-start the state economy — a plan that is encountering blowback from the Republican-controlled Legislature. “We’re going to win this battle,” Justice said. “I’m going to tell you, they do have a […]

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By March 21, 2017 Read More →

10 things to know today: Tuesday, March 21

Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers. 1. SUPREME COURT NOMINEE FACING DAYLONG QUESTIONING Senate Democrats are determined to press Neil Gorsuch on everything from abortion and guns […]

Around the Rotunda: Legislative, Committee Schedule for Friday, March 17
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Around the Rotunda: Legislative, Committee Schedule for Friday, March 17

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:                       Friday, March 17, 2017 REVIEW BILLS INTRODUCED The Senate will convene at 11 a.m. UNFINISHED BUSINESS SCR 42: Five Champ Brothers Bridge THIRD READING Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 255: Relating to filling […]