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Senate votes to revoke drug court mandate
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Senate votes to revoke drug court mandate

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate voted Saturday to scrap a requirement that every circuit court participate in a drug court program. Upon full passage, the legislation would give the judicial branch control over which courts will operate a drug court and which will not. The Senate voted 20-13 […]

Cabell prosecutor: Drug bills aim to help city
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Cabell prosecutor: Drug bills aim to help city

By COURTNEY HESSLER The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Cabell County Prosecutor Sean “Corky” Hammers said the West Virginia House of Delegates’ aim at reducing substance abuse by creating and increasing criminal penalties for drug offense is a step in the right direction toward fighting the area’s raging drug issues. Bills passed last week aspire to protect […]

Committee moves forward with 8 percent sales tax
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Committee moves forward with 8 percent sales tax

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESOTON, W.Vva. — Moving forward with a plan to scrap personal income taxes in favor of an 8 percent sales tax, a Senate select committee received updated numbers Saturday from a state revenue official on the slowed-down implementation plan. Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow went over the ins and outs […]

Committee considers bill to spur rural internet implementation
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Committee considers bill to spur rural internet implementation

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Economic Development Committee put off a decision Friday on a bill intended to stimulate loans to companies that would bring internet services to underserved, rural areas. The bill (SB 485) gives the state Economic Development Authority the green light to insure private loans issued […]

W.Va. higher education personnel bill advances
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W.Va. higher education personnel bill advances

By JOSELYN KING The Weirton Daily Times CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill allowing West Virginia’s colleges and universities the option of establishing their own hiring policies not based on seniority is now on its way to a full vote in the West Virginia Senate. Senate Education Committee members on Thursday advanced House Bill 2542, sending […]

Statehouse Beat: Senate bickering doesn’t bode well
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Statehouse Beat: Senate bickering doesn’t bode well

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kansas: “No state could ever come up with a more destructive tax cut scheme than the one we enacted.” West Virginia: “Hold my beer.” When the fiscal note on the income tax repeal/consumption tax bill (SB335) showed it would blow a $600 million revenue hole on top […]

State Senator: Pornography is “public health crisis”
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State Senator: Pornography is “public health crisis”

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia state senator is working to get a resolution through the Legislature declaring pornography to be a “public health crisis.” Sen. Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, said pornography viewership ultimately damages families and children, can cause depression, psychological issues and self-esteem issues, and leads to the objectification […]

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Winter to revisit tonight, Tuesday morning

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — Most of Greenbrier County and higher elevations in Nicholas County can expect between 6 and 8 inches of snowfall tonight into Tuesday morning. Eastern Fayette County, eastern Raleigh County and southeastern portions of Greenbrier can expect between 4 and 6 inches. Charleston National Weather Service meteorologist Tom […]

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WVU to take on Bucknell in NCAA Tournament

By BOB HERTZEL Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. — West Virginia’s first round NCAA tournament game against Bucknell on Thursday will be the second game of the afternoon session at KeyBank Center. The game will be televised by CBS. Game times on Thursday in Buffalo, New York are as follows: Notre Dame vs. Princeton – […]

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10 things to know: Monday, March 13

Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Monday, March 13, 2017. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers. 1. UNDER SCRUTINY: TRUMP’S ‘INSURANCE FOR EVERYBODY’ PLEDGE Republicans pushing a plan to dismantle Obama’s health care law brace for a […]