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WV PEIA Task Force to meet 2 p.m today

CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  West Virginia’s PEIA Task Force, established by Gov. Jim Justice to find long-term solutions for public employees health insurance, will hold its second meeting at 2 p.m., April 10, 2018, in the West Virginia Theater at the State Culture Center. PEIA Director Ted Cheatham will give task force members a detailed presentation […]

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W.Va. House Speaker Tim Armstead reflects on 20-year service in the House
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W.Va. House Speaker Tim Armstead reflects on 20-year service in the House

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — On Tim Armstead’s desk is the gavel he used most days in his four years as speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates. Behind his desk, however, is another smaller gavel used for special occasions — marking the first and last day of the 60-day regular […]

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By April 4, 2018 Read More →

National group praises signing of West Virginia’s DNA bill

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — A national advocacy group praised the signing of a bill that takes aim at reducing the processing time of DNA lab tests, calling it “an important step toward comprehensive rape kit reform.” Joyful Heart, a national organization with the goal of transforming society’s response to sexual assault, […]

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By April 3, 2018 Read More →

Bill that releases funds for West Virginia flood recovery becomes law

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — A bill releasing funds that will go toward flood recovery in White Sulphur Springs recently became law without the governor’s signature. Senate Bill 500 will allow the city to expend principal and interest from a special interest-bearing fund. The town sold an airport for $1 million to […]

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West Virginia Delegate Overington: I accomplished most of my goals
By April 3, 2018 Read More →

West Virginia Delegate Overington: I accomplished most of my goals

By JIM McCONVILLE The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va.  — West Virginia House Delegate John Overington, who steps down from the House of Delegates at the end of the year after a 34-year tenure, said he accomplished most of the goals he had set out to do when he came to Charleston in 1983. Overington, R-Berkeley, said […]

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By April 2, 2018 Read More →

West Virginia Lyme disease treatment bill signed by governor

The Morgan Messenger CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A new law will go into effect June 6 requiring health insurance providers to cover the expenses of long-term antibiotic therapy for patients suffering from Lyme disease. Senate Bill 242 was passed by the West Virginia Legislature during their 2018 session and was signed into law on March 20. […]

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Justice proposes special session, creating ‘Department of the Arts’
By March 30, 2018 Read More →

Justice proposes special session, creating ‘Department of the Arts’

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — On Wednesday, Gov. Jim Justice signed legislation (House Bill 4006) eliminating the state Department of Education and the Arts, erasing the cabinet secretary position that led it and sending its agencies elsewhere in state government, with much of the bill’s impact taking effect July 1. On Thursday, […]

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By March 30, 2018 Read More →

Governor vetoes bills including one limiting settlement funds

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice vetoed a bill that would limit the Attorney General’s use of settlement funds, saying the bill would “significantly delay any implementation of correcting the problem or redress of the damages awarded.” House Bill 4009 would have required the award or recovery of funds or assets as a […]

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By March 30, 2018 Read More →

Governor signs West Virginia correctional officers pay raise bill

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill on Thursday that will provide an $8,000 pay raise for correctional officers over the next three years, bumping starting pay to $32,000 a year. Starting July 1, officers of the Division of Corrections, Division of Juvenile Services and the West Virginia […]

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By March 29, 2018 Read More →

Governor signs bill eliminating West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice signed off Wednesday on eliminating the Department of Education and the Arts, but in doing so said he will create the Department of the Arts and Culture and History that will answer to him. Justice said no programs will have federal funding reduced and […]

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