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Bernie returns to McDowell: Sen. Sanders addresses crucial issues during MSNBC town hall meeting
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Bernie returns to McDowell: Sen. Sanders addresses crucial issues during MSNBC town hall meeting

By CHARLES BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph WELCH, W.Va.  — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made a return trip to McDowell County Sunday afternoon, telling a town hall meeting audience that he will continue to stand up for working people and fight injustice as well as tax breaks for the rich. “I was here during the campaign,” […]

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to attend town hall at Wheeling Jesuit University
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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to attend town hall at Wheeling Jesuit University

Staff reports The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice will participate in a town hall hosted by Wheeling Jesuit University Tuesday evening. The “Your Voice, Your Future” town hall is open to the public, and will take place from 7-8 p.m. in WJU’s Troy Theater, located inside Swint Hall. The seating […]

WV Senate passes, advances bills during Saturday session
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WV Senate passes, advances bills during Saturday session

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia Senate had a busy day Saturday, March 11, passing 13 bills, advancing 25 more and discussing more than a dozen in committee. With the 60-day legislative session half over, Senators felt the need to come in over the weekend to get […]

Legislation would restrict SNAP benefits
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Legislation would restrict SNAP benefits

By Lori Kersey Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill introduced in the state Legislature this session would require a means test for food stamp recipients. Senate Bill 60 and its House companion House Bill 2741 would limit assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to households with less than $2,000 in assets or $3,000 for households with […]

State code spells out legislator pay
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State code spells out legislator pay

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — State code spells out in detail — in Chapter 4, Article 2A, covering three pages — how legislators are paid. Basic salary is $20,000 per year. Monthly disbursements vary, with a slightly different schedule every fourth year following a gubernatorial election — when the session starts […]

Justice seeks tax break for retired vets
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Justice seeks tax break for retired vets

By ANDREA LANNOM Times West-Virginian CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice is asking the Legislature to pass a bill to exempt military retirement from the state’s income tax. Justice announced in a Friday news release he wants to give veterans a 100 percent tax exemption for military retirement, saying he sees it as a way […]

Delegates push drug bills, hoping stiffer penalties deter crime
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Delegates push drug bills, hoping stiffer penalties deter crime

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In recent weeks, members of the West Virginia House of Delegates have passed a series of bills that would drastically increase sentences on many drug crimes. Those in favor of the bills say they are aimed at out-of-state drug traffickers and are intended to convince drug pushers not […]

Senate votes to revoke drug court mandate
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Senate votes to revoke drug court mandate

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate voted Saturday to scrap a requirement that every circuit court participate in a drug court program. Upon full passage, the legislation would give the judicial branch control over which courts will operate a drug court and which will not. The Senate voted 20-13 […]

Cabell prosecutor: Drug bills aim to help city
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Cabell prosecutor: Drug bills aim to help city

By COURTNEY HESSLER The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Cabell County Prosecutor Sean “Corky” Hammers said the West Virginia House of Delegates’ aim at reducing substance abuse by creating and increasing criminal penalties for drug offense is a step in the right direction toward fighting the area’s raging drug issues. Bills passed last week aspire to protect […]

Committee moves forward with 8 percent sales tax
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Committee moves forward with 8 percent sales tax

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESOTON, W.Vva. — Moving forward with a plan to scrap personal income taxes in favor of an 8 percent sales tax, a Senate select committee received updated numbers Saturday from a state revenue official on the slowed-down implementation plan. Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow went over the ins and outs […]