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WV House Finance members get first glimpse of $4.27B budget plan
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WV House Finance members get first glimpse of $4.27B budget plan

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia House Finance members got a first glimpse Saturday of what may be the House’s 2017-18 budget plan, a plan that contains $4.27 billion of general revenue spending — about $124 million less than Gov. Jim Justice’s budget plan. “It’s a very balanced approach,” House Finance […]

WVSU official: Cuts to state land-grant funding could cost school $2.9M
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WVSU official: Cuts to state land-grant funding could cost school $2.9M

By JAKE JARVIS Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia State University could be on the verge of losing millions of federal dollars if state lawmakers cut its land-grant funding even marginally. If the Legislature should cut WVSU’s land-grant funding by just 5 percent, or roughly $77,000, the school stands to lose $2.9 million in […]

‘Broadband access is crucial’: High speed internet bill passes House, makes way to Senate
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‘Broadband access is crucial’: High speed internet bill passes House, makes way to Senate

By CHARLIE BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Broadband access in West Virginia will get a boost if a bill passed Friday by the House makes its way through the Senate and is signed by Gov. Jim Justice. The bill passed overwhelmingly, 97-2, in the House. Co-sponsored by Del. John Shott, R-Mercer, the bill is […]

WV House passes flood protection planning bill
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WV House passes flood protection planning bill

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail The House of Delegates on Saturday approved a bill aimed at jump-starting the process of trying to protect West Virginians from future flooding and reduce damage to lives and property from floods that do occur. House members voted 96-0 in favor of the bill, with delegates standing during the vote in […]

Bill would allow first responders to carry firearms
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Bill would allow first responders to carry firearms

By MICHELLE DILLON Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va.  — The West Virginia Senate is considering a House bill that would allow non-police first responders, who receive training first, to carry firearms. On March 20, the House passed HB 2916 by a 96-2 vote, with two delegates not voting. The bill was introduced in the Senate […]

Locals weigh pros and cons of medical marijuana
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Locals weigh pros and cons of medical marijuana

By KIRSTEN RENEAU The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — As the bill to legalize medical marijuana makes its way through the House, area residents have conflicting views on the possibility of seeing it become law. W. Fred Wilson of Philippi believes that medical marijuana has a real possibility to help others. “It can be used […]

West Virginia Senate votes to raise DMV fees, raise gas tax
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West Virginia Senate votes to raise DMV fees, raise gas tax

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal The cost of doing business with the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles could go up under a bill approved by the state Senate on Saturday, March 25. Sen. Greg Boso, R-Nicholas, said the bill would raise most fees charged by DMV, and would raise a portion of the […]

Bill would redraw map of school districts
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Bill would redraw map of school districts

By DANYEL VANREENEN The Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Some representatives in Charleston believe the West Virginia school system needs to be changed, and one legislator introduced a bill that would eliminate county boards of education and establish 10 statewide school districts of approximately 180,000 students each. A high school graduate from Charles Town, Delegate Ron […]

West Virginia House, Senate consider dozens of bills
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West Virginia House, Senate consider dozens of bills

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates had a busy Friday, March 24, passing or advancing dozens of bills as the 60-day legislative session heads into its final days. Among bills approved by the House of Delegates on Friday was House Bill 3093, […]

Uncertain future for hundreds of W.Va. greyhounds
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Uncertain future for hundreds of W.Va. greyhounds

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — The next run for racing greyhounds in West Virginia could be to Florida — another state that has dog racing — or to adoption and a new home if the greyhound breeders’ fund is eliminated by the West Virginia Legislature. Greyhound racing in West […]