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Senate President: Future Fund approved by Senate

By CHARLESTON, W.Va. — I am extremely pleased to report that the Future Fund bill passed unanimously in the Senate this week. I have been a passionate advocate for this bill, which would set up an endowment fund for future use by drawing on a portion of present-day severance tax collections, for[Read More…]

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Legislative Update: Budget issues unresolved

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With less than two weeks remaining in the 2014 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature,  the biggest unresolved issue appears to be the shortfall in funding to balance the 2014-2015 state budget.  And state legislators so far seem reluctant to pass legislation to close a $146 million gap in the spending plan. Sen. Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, is chairman[Read More…]

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Chemical spill bill could ‘kill’ small water systems

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Keeping a wary eye on water-related legislation now under consideration in Charleston, city officials are concerned that SB373, if approved in its present form, could more than double the cost of a new water treatment plant Lewisburg has on the drawing board. That bill, as it now[Read More…]

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Berkeley Springs water festival begins

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — The 24th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting festival kicked off Thursday at the Country Inn. The largest and longest-running water tasting in the world, the festival this year features several dozen entries, including waters from more than 20 states and across Canada, as well as[Read More…]

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Barbour sheriff has history of legal woes

ELKINS, W.Va. — Thursday’s guilty plea by the now former Barbour County Sheriff John Hawkins isn’t his first legal entanglement in recent months. In July, teenager Brittany Mae Keene filed a 15-count lawsuit in federal court for the Northern District of West Virginia, alleging Hawkins sexually assaulted her and then[Read More…]

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Pseudoephedrine Rx bill should become law

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — With the scourge of methamphetamines, and the dangerous labs that manufacture the product expanding, we’re glad to see Senate Bill 6 weaving its way through the legislative process. The full Senate passed the measure on to the House on a 25-9[Read More…]

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Pseudoephedrine Rx bill victimizes allergy sufferers

An editorial from The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The idea of regulating over-the-counter pseudoephedrine to prescription only is nothing to sneeze at. That’s about the only thing both sides agree on in the debate in the Legislature to do just that. For the record, we oppose Senate Bill 6[Read More…]

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WVU student shows ‘super’ support for friend

  MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Mountaineer spirit that exists inside each student at West Virginia University is often put on display in the form of charity, kindness and support to those who may be going through a difficult time. One WVU student has made it his mission to help ease[Read More…]

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