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State Senate votes to terminate Women’s Commission
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State Senate votes to terminate Women’s Commission

By JIM ROSS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The state Senate on Thursday approved a House bill that terminates the Women’s Commission. The measure passed 24-10, with all nay votes coming from Democrats, although none spoke in opposition. The two women in the Senate stood and supported the bill. Sen. Sue Cline, R-Wyoming, said […]

WV Senate joins House in passing bill to kill Women’s Commission
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WV Senate joins House in passing bill to kill Women’s Commission

By ERIN BECK Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Given about $40,000 a year in 1977 and charged with improving “the broad status of women in society,” the West Virginia Women’s Commission was called by some a “program to fail” at the time. Forty years later, both the House and Senate in the West Virginia Legislature, […]

Environment groups criticize coal, gas legislation
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Environment groups criticize coal, gas legislation

By JIM ROSS The State Journal CHARLESTON — Representatives of several environmental groups say the West Virginia Legislature has allowed the coal and natural gas industries to relax some environmental standards without allowing the people most affected by those changes to have any input. Three bills are on the groups’ watch list: House Bill 2506 […]

Digital project ‘100 Days in Appalachia’ takes closer look at Trump country
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Digital project ‘100 Days in Appalachia’ takes closer look at Trump country

By JOHN DAHLIA The Fairmont News MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — It’s 3 p.m. Thursday on the fourth floor of West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media Innovation Center. A handful of modern millennial and some old-school media scholars crowd a pristine conference room. The clear, glass walls can’t contain the overflow of multiple voices mixed with […]

WV Senate passes bill to lessen authority of HEPC
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WV Senate passes bill to lessen authority of HEPC

By JAKE JARVIS Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate on Thursday approved a bill to lessen the authority of the Higher Education Policy Commission, a move that would give greater leeway to colleges’ own governing boards. With only a brief overview of the bill’s implications, Senators voted 30-4 in favor of House […]

Common Core, Smarter Balanced nixed as Justice’s K-12 bill advances
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Common Core, Smarter Balanced nixed as Justice’s K-12 bill advances

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Senate Education Committee on Thursday passed a version of the governor’s education bill that would now also ban Common Core standards and the current Smarter Balanced standardized tests. It could be amended on the Senate floor today. Gov. Jim Justice’s bill (House Bill 2711), which already […]

WV House of Delegates approves budget, revenue bills
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WV House of Delegates approves budget, revenue bills

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates passed a budget bill Wednesday, April 5 following more than three hours of sometimes heated debate. Delegate Eric Nelson, R-Kanawha, chairman of the House Finance Committee, said the original general revenue budget proposed by Gov. Jim Justice came in […]

SNAP asset test bill ‘effectively killed’ in WV House
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SNAP asset test bill ‘effectively killed’ in WV House

By LORI KERSEY Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill that would have imposed an asset test on food stamp recipients in West Virginia is effectively dead for the legislative session, a lobbyist who’s been working against the legislation said. Senate Bill 60 would have, among other things, limited assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) […]

Cannabis bill passes the House
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Cannabis bill passes the House

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The medical cannabis bill completed its legislative journey April 6 and heads to the governor, where a signature is expected. Also, during second readings of bills in the Senate, the bill to sell Hopemont Hospital in Terra Alta saw a significant amendment to benefit the patients. […]

House passes bill creating coalition on diabetes care
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House passes bill creating coalition on diabetes care

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill creating a coalition on diabetes management was unanimously passed Thursday by the West Virginia House of Delegates. Senate Bill 360 tasks the coalition with finding conclusions and recommendations to the Legislature for a better means of diabetes management for state residents. The dean of the School of […]