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Governor Tomblin sees increase in gas tax, changes in school funding as options

Governor looks at school aid formula, highways, concealed carry and tobacco tax CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Thursday issued statements on key legislative proposals that will be addressed during the final two weeks of the 2016 Legislative Session. “During my State of the State address, I presented a structurally sound,[Read More…]

West Virginia makes it easier to transfer college credits

Program gives new life to unfinished college education By George Hohmann For the W.Va. Press Association CHARLESTON — About 200,000 West Virginians — 20 percent of the state’s adults — have some college credits but no degree and every year about 3,000 seek to transfer their credits, said Paul Hill, the state’s chancellor of higher education.[Read More…]

2016 WVPA Newspaper Contest site open, packets available

Editorial and advertising packets emailed and linked below CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Press Association’s 2016 Newspaper Contest entry packets for editorial and advertising are available and the contest website is open for entries. Every August, the West Virginia Press Association sponsors a statewide convention for newspaper staff members around the state. Benefits include professional development[Read More…]

Senate President Bill Cole: Statement on petition to stop Senate meeting on Sundays

CHARLESTON – Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, issued the following statement about Senator John Unger’s (D-Berkeley) petition for injunction against the Senate conducting business on Sunday: “I am extremely disappointed by what is clearly a sad attempt at political gamesmanship and obstructionism. The West Virginia Constitution unambiguously calls for a 60-day[Read More…]


From the Hampshire Review:  We realize that calling for bipartisanship and tough choices in an election year has about as much chance of succeeding as Jeb Bush in South Carolina, but still we must try. West Virginia has to close a $350 million gap in the budget for this fiscal[Read More…]

Libertarian Karl Kolenich Announces for Attorney General

BUCKHANNON, W.VA. — Karl Kolenich, an attorney in private practice in Upshur County, today announced his intention to seek the Libertarian Party nomination for Attorney General. “I’ve never viewed myself as a politician,” said Kolenich, “although I guess everyone says that.” Kolenich, a civil attorney and first-time-ever candidate for public[Read More…]

WV Senate President Bill Cole: Statement on Tobacco Tax Increase

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, issued the following statement about the West Virginia Senate’s vote to pass a $1 per pack tax increase on tobacco: “It is unfortunate that throughout this entire legislative session, the opposing side has continued to play political gamesmanship with the funding of PEIA.[Read More…]

Town of Pine Grove, MarkWest Energy dealing with oil spill, drinking water issue

Water usage ban lifted PINE GROVE, W.Va. – While MarkWest Energy Partners continues to deliver water to the town, Pine Grove Tuesday evening reported the water usage ban for residents has been lifted following a oil spill into the North Fork of Fishing Creek in Wetzel County. Water Works’ manager Tim Flint, Pine Grove Mayor[Read More…]

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