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Betsy Miles takes you ‘Miles in a Minute’ with her daily updates from across West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.VA. — West Virginia Executive Director Betsy Miles takes readers “Miles in a Minute” with quick updates on events around the Mountain State.

Miles in a Minute

Hi everyone,

We all have … and are entitled to have … an opinion on politics.

That said, we should all applaud Senate President Craig Blair, House Speaker Roger Hanshaw and the clerks and staff in both chambers for moving their Friday floor sessions to a 9 a.m. start.

The earlier start helps many legislators get home earlier on Friday to family, friends and constituents.

The 60-day legislative session – a throwback to when travel across West Virginia took days and not hours – becomes endurance government in the final days as exhausted legislators and staff battle the clock. Anything that can be done to give legislators a break and keep them rested is a good idea. This probably can’t happen in the last two or three weeks of the session, but it can be done now. Nice work.

At the WV Legislature, you might be interested in this:

Ogden Newspaper’s Steven Allen Adams reports that House Bill 2879, which would provide a pay increase to state correctional workers, has been sent to the House Finance Committee for further review.

HB 2879 would give employees with the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DCR), the Division of Juvenile Services, and the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, who have three years of service, a $6,000 bonus beginning July 1.

Looking for some fun this weekend? Can you say, “ROAD TRIP!”

Saturday should be clear with temperatures breaking 50 degrees.

In Morgantown, WVU hosts Auburn at noon on Saturday in men’s basketball. If you can’t get to Morgantown, the game is on ESPN.

In Huntington, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Marshall hosts Georgia State in men’s basketball. If you can’t get to Huntington, the game is on ESPN Plus.

See ya Monday.

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