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Governor cuts $67 million from W.Va. budget bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Wielding his line-item veto authority, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin cut nearly $67 million in appropriations out of the 2014-15 budget bill, passed by the Legislature last Friday. Tomblin, in his veto message, raised concerns that the Legislature’s spending plan took about $147 million out of the state’s[Read More…]

The Associated Press shares 10 things to know Friday, March 21

Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Friday, March 21, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers. 1. PUTIN: NO NEED FOR FURTHER RETALIATION AGAINST US[Read More…]

Most of 200 bills passed await governor’s signature

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Final tally for the 2014 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature: Of the 1,876 bills introduced this session, 201 passed both houses and, to date, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed 27 into law. Another 37 bills are pending the governor’s action, while the other 137[Read More…]

FOIA reform key to open government

 Editor’s note: Sunshine Week, March 16-22, 2014, is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. This column was published by the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. This Sunshine Week, the National Security Archive is reporting that 50 out of 101 agencies have[Read More…]

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