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By February 23, 2018 Read More →

West Virginia legislators Ward, Caputo, Longstreth react to tense day

By CAITLYN NEFF, CARTER WALKER and EDDIE TRIZZINO Times West Virginian FAIRMONT — While West Virginia teachers and service personnel rallied in the hallways of the Capitol on Thursday, Marion County legislative representatives were working hard in session. Gov. Jim Justice recently passed a pay raise bill for teachers, school service personnel and the State […]

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By February 23, 2018 Read More →

West Virginia House supports PEIA fund, but not all delegates think it will work

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Support for a bill in the House of Delegates to create a new funding stream for the state Public Employees Insurance Agency was unanimous Thursday, but views on how well the proposal will work were anything but. The bill (HB4625) passed 98-0, but during a 90-minute floor […]

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By February 23, 2018 Read More →

West Virginia Senate approves non-disclosure bill

By RUSTY MARKS NCWV Media CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A split West Virginia Senate approved a bill Thursday that would exempt wage information for state contractors under the state Freedom of Information Act. Senate Bill 474 would keep private certain information about employees hired to work on state construction jobs through the West Virginia Jobs Act. The […]

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By February 23, 2018 Read More →

West Virginia House passes bill affecting bail in misdemeanor cases

By LACIE PIERSON Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the House of Delegates approved a measure Thursday that seeks to change guidelines for how magistrates in West Virginia set bond in certain misdemeanor cases. House members approved House Bill 4511 by a margin of 94-4 Thursday afternoon and sent it to the Senate. The bill […]

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By February 23, 2018 Read More →

Marshall University Student Government Association Senate votes to oppose House bill 4012

By GINNY BLAKE The Parthenon HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Since the Parkland school shooting, there has been much debate among teachers, parents, students and politicians as to what should be done to best protect students. This past Tuesday, senators of Marshall University’s Student Government Association discussed House Bill 4012, which would allow conceal carry on college […]

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Around the Rotunda: Legislative, committee schedule for Friday, Feb. 23
By February 23, 2018 Read More →

Around the Rotunda: Legislative, committee schedule for Friday, Feb. 23

Watch WV Legislature Live each day at http://www.legis.state.wv.us/live.cfm Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 45th Day of the Legislative Session Rotunda and social activities: WVACTE Day at the Legislature, Upper House, Upper Senate Rotundas, Upper Well Area; Day 2 of WV Teacher Work Stoppage. SENATE:   Senate Convenes at 11 a.m.  On the Agenda:  RESOLUTIONS SCR 38: Urging Congress reassess federal […]

Local Food and Farms Day celebrated at W.Va. Capitol
By February 22, 2018 Read More →

Local Food and Farms Day celebrated at W.Va. Capitol

Farm Groups engage with state legislators CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition and the West Virginia Farmers Market Association hosted the 4th Annual Local Food and Farms Day at the Capitol on Feb. 21 at the State Capitol. “The day was spent engaging policymakers and food and farm advocates in conversation around West […]

WV Manufacturers Association, Huntington Regional Chamber officials discuss economic development legislation
By February 22, 2018 Read More →

WV Manufacturers Association, Huntington Regional Chamber officials discuss economic development legislation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Manufacturers Association President Rebecca McPhail and Huntington Regional Chamber President Bill Bissett join West Virginia Press InDepth host Don Smith to discuss legislation addressing manufacturing and economic development at the 2018 WV Legislative session. NOTE: This clip concludes with host Betsy DeBord’s look at tourism in the state’s Northern Panhandle.

Opponents fear impact of ‘Sneaky Possum” coal bill — WV SB 626 — would greatly reduce local residents awareness of proposed surface mining in communities
By February 22, 2018 Read More →

Opponents fear impact of ‘Sneaky Possum” coal bill — WV SB 626 — would greatly reduce local residents awareness of proposed surface mining in communities

Staff Report CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Rivers Coalition and West Virginia Press Association are speaking out today to draw attention to a “sneaky possum” bill addressing the West Virginia coal industry that is currently being considered in the West Virginia Senate. Senate Bill 626 —  with Senator Randy Smith, R-Tucker, as the sole sponsor —  has the summary title “Relating […]

By February 22, 2018 Read More →

Democrats slam Gov. Justice statement on West Virginia teachers

By JESS MANCINI The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The state Democratic Party called the governor’s statement Tuesday about teachers “ridiculous” and it “continued his pattern of telling tall tales.” The releases by Gov. Jim Justice and Democratic Party Chairman Belinda Biafore precede the anticipated statewide walkout by teachers and employees today and […]