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By March 29, 2018 Read More →

West Virginia House Speaker asks for death benefit bill to be retroactive following Pratt tragedy

By CARLEE LAMMERS Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — House Speaker Tim Armstead has called for a bill that will double the death benefits for emergency personnel who die in the line of duty to be retroactively effective Jan. 1, in light of a crash that killed two members of the Pratt Volunteer Fire Department. In a […]

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By March 29, 2018 Read More →

West Virginia S.N.A.P. measure draws ire, praise

Staff reports The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The governor Wednesday signed a bill eliminating the cabinet level Department of the Arts and Education. Meanwhile, a bill imposing the federal 20-hour weekly work requirement for many food stamp recipients in West Virginia is going to hurt people, a state research group said on […]

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By March 22, 2018 Read More →

W.Va. State Tax Department releases list of additional W.Va. municipalities Imposing sales and use taxes  

Release from the W.Va. State Tax Department: CHARLESTON, W.Va. — W.Va. State Tax Department has announced that, effective July, 1, 2018, four additional municipalities in West Virginia will impose a local sales and use tax: Athens, Davis, Elizabeth and Elkins. Those four are in addition to the 39 municipalities that currently impose sales and use taxes. This […]

By March 19, 2018 Read More →

West Virginia lawmakers say special session on sports betting unnecessary

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — Republicans and Democrats in the West Virginia Legislature agree no changes are needed to sports betting legislation passed during the recent legislative session, and there is no need for Gov. Jim Justice to call a special session to amend it. Representatives of the National […]

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By March 19, 2018 Read More →

Former educator Criado running as Democrat for West Virginia House of Delegates

By EDDIE TRIZZINO Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va.  – After retiring with more than 30 years of education experience, John “Mike” Criado recently decided to enter the race for the West Virginia House of Delegates. Criado, 70, who filed in January, will be running as a Democrat looking to get the nomination for the primary. […]

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West Virginia’s legislative session could have been better, senators say
By March 16, 2018 Read More →

West Virginia’s legislative session could have been better, senators say

By FRED PACE HD Media CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It was the last day of the 83rd session of the West Virginia Legislature and there are always mixed feelings, according to some southern Democrat Senators. “It could have been worse, but it could have been a whole lot better,” said Senator Ron Stollings, D-Boone. Stollings, along with […]

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By March 16, 2018 Read More →

West VIrginia’s sports betting law: Model legislation or ‘fatally flawed’?

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In a month when the American Gaming Association is projecting that Americans will bet $10 billion on the NCAA men’s basketball tournament — 97 percent illegally — states are looking to follow West Virginia’s lead in legislation to legalize sports betting, with advocates in at least one […]

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By March 14, 2018 Read More →

Justice allows West Virginia election vacancy bill he vetoed in 2017 to become law

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill Gov. Jim Justice vetoed last year as a Democrat quietly became law without his signature on Saturday. The West Virginia Legislature passed House Bill 3004, which says when certain politicians vacate office, they must be replaced by a member of their party at the time […]

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Medical marijuana bill rejection leaves some concerned about future of program
By March 13, 2018 Read More →

Medical marijuana bill rejection leaves some concerned about future of program

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Medical Cannabis Advisory Board member says he is concerned about affordability for patients after a bill involving the state’s medical marijuana program failed to make it through the Legislature. Jesse Forbes, a Charleston attorney, said he was surprised the bill did not pass. It died in the House in […]

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With teachers gone and budget passed, last night of West Virginia session undramatic
By March 12, 2018 Read More →

With teachers gone and budget passed, last night of West Virginia session undramatic

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With a teacher pay raise struggle resolved Tuesday and teachers back in the classroom Wednesday, much of the legislative drama evaporated before Saturday, the last night of the 2018 regular session. On top of that, lawmakers for the first time in 36 years passed the state budget […]

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