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Voters to decide if abortion a right in West Virginia

By TAYLOR STUCK The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Along with electing new representatives to speak for them in both the state and federal legislative system in November, West Virginia voters will have a chance to decide whether women have a right to an abortion under the state Constitution. The House of Delegates on Monday passed Senate […]

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No Constitutional Right to Abortion Amendment

The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — After more than an hour of debate, the House of Delegates adopted SJR 12, the No Constituional Right to Abortion Amendment to put before the voters in November. Opponents objected it could lead to a ban on all abortions. Supporters argue it would make the Constitution neutral regarding abortion […]

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Bill to allow oil, gas drilling with 75% owners’ consent heads to West Virginia governor

By KATE MISHKIN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After passing the Senate Saturday morning, House Bill 4268, or the “co-tenancy bill,” is headed to the governor’s desk. The House of Delegates concurred with the Senate’s changes to the bill’s name on a 58-41 vote Monday morning. The new title is a longer explanation of the bill, […]

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Co-tenancy bill heads to governor’s desk

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The co-tenancy bill is now headed to Gov. Jim Justice’s desk. The bill allows the development of oil and natural gas resources on property with more than seven owners if at least three-fourths of the owners of the same piece of property agree. The Senate passed the […]

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House puts GPA criteria back in Promise Scholarship eligibility bill

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia House of Delegates Monday put back into a bill the Promise Scholarship eligibility requirement that says public and private students must have at least a 3.0 high school grade point average “in the required core and elective course work necessary to prepare students for […]

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Delegate asks HEPC to extend deadline to apply for PROMISE Scholarship

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Jefferson County delegate is asking the state Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) to extend the March 1 deadline for the PROMISE Scholarship until after the end of the statewide teacher walkout. Delegate Jill Upson, R-Jefferson, a member of the House Education Committee, has sent a letter to […]

Ohio Valley restaurant, bar owners want a piece of the sports betting action
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Ohio Valley restaurant, bar owners want a piece of the sports betting action

By CASEY JUNKINS The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — West Virginia bar owners want a piece of the sports betting action, as they do not believe facilities such as Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack and Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort should “monopolize” the business. “We are a group of restaurant and bar owners who are […]

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Committee on pay raises adjourns until Tuesday

By TAYLOR STUCK The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As the last county in the state called off school for the ninth day in a row due to a strike, the conference committee formed to reconcile differences between the House of Delegates and Senate plans to give teachers and other state employees a raise met for […]

Committee fails to come together on differences; West Virginia teacher strike continues
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Committee fails to come together on differences; West Virginia teacher strike continues

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN and RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Public schools across West Virginia will remain closed Tuesday as a conference committee composed of House of Delegates and Senate members failed to reconcile their differences on legislation granting pay raises to teachers and school service personnel Monday evening. However, Senate Majority Leader Ryan […]

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Schools remain closed as Legislature debates raises

By MICHAEL ERB The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — Schools will remain closed today despite an initial meeting between state House and Senate representatives to work on a pay raise bill for teachers, service personnel and other public employees. All 55 counties canceled classes for the ninth day as teachers and service personnel protest […]