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Eastern Panhandle representatives respond to proposed budget
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Eastern Panhandle representatives respond to proposed budget

By DANYEL VANREENEN The Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — All state representatives knew West Virginia faced a budget crisis, and many anticipated Governor Jim Justice to announce budget cuts and reform. However, Eastern Panhandle representatives seemed surprised by Justice’s drastic call for tax increases and more state spending. Delegate Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson, 66, said the budget proposal […]

Justice: ‘Didn’t like’ making state cuts, hates tax increases
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Justice: ‘Didn’t like’ making state cuts, hates tax increases

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Whether or not he has the support of the members of the Republican-majority West Virginia Legislature, Democratic Gov. Jim Justice doubled down on his message Thursday that he was interested in making tough decisions and hearing additional ideas to balance the state’s budget and foster economic growth in […]

Oliverio: Cuts to RESA will remove local control
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Oliverio: Cuts to RESA will remove local control

By MICHAEL ERB The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — The head of RESA 5 says a plan to eliminate state funding for regional service agencies will have a ripple effect on communities and send local control of RESAs back to Charleston. Gov. Jim Justice this week unveiled his plan to address an estimated […]

Justice’s transportation plan: King Coal Highway included
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Justice’s transportation plan: King Coal Highway included

By CHARLES OWENS Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD, W.Va.  — The King Coal Highway has cleared another hurdle in Charleston. Supporters of the future Interstate 73/74/75 corridor were quick to point out Thursday that the Mercer County segment of the project was prominently displayed in Gov. Jim Justice’s listing of priority transportation projects during his State of the State address. Midway […]

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Morrisey and US Attorney team up to stop drugs

By DANYEL VANREENEN The Journal MARTINSBURGm W.Va. — A Pennsylvania man was charged with trafficking oxycodone into the Eastern Panhandle thanks to the partnership between West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Acting U.S. Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen. Morrisey said it was the eighth conviction credited to the partnership, which was announced December 2015. According […]

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Student proposes ‘Save the Bees’ bill

By KATRINA DUCKWORTH The Inter-Mountain BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — A local student addressed the Upshur County Commission Thursday about a bill she has been working on through Buckhannon-Upshur Youth Leadership Association. Lindsay Bever presented a draft of the “Save the Bees” bill she hopes the state will adopt. Her idea is to fill vacant spaces with non-genetically modified […]

WV outdoorsmen’s videos to focus on Appalachian adventures
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WV outdoorsmen’s videos to focus on Appalachian adventures

By JOHN McCOY Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — If they have their way, a motivated group of West Virginians will give the rest of the country a good long look at outdoor recreation in the Appalachian Mountains. They call their endeavor “Appalachian Range.” Through video, still photography and the written word, they hope to acquaint […]

Around the Rotunda: WV Legislative Committee Schedule
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Around the Rotunda: WV Legislative Committee Schedule

W.Va. Legislative Committee Meeting Schedule – Subject to change SENATE:                       Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 Senate convenes at 11 a.m.   HOUSE OF DELEGATES:  Friday, Feb. 10, 2017  House convenes at 11 a.m. Committee on Finance – 9 a.m. & 10 a.m. – Room 464M Committee on Judiciary – 10 a.m. […]

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Callaghan suspended 2 years without pay, fined $15,000 over campaign flyer

Staff reports The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nicholas County Circuit Judge Steve Callaghan will be suspended without pay for two years, fined $15,000 and publicly reprimanded for an election flyer, though at least one of the judges hearing the case felt the penalty isn’t severe enough. Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Judge James A. Matish said […]

West Virginia Senators Capito and Manchin Meet With Trump
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West Virginia Senators Capito and Manchin Meet With Trump

By IAN HICKS with Assoicated Press dispatches The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — As President Donald Trump courts the Democratic votes he needs to prevent a filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Sen. Joe Manchin isn’t ready to say whether he’ll back the appellate judge from Colorado. Manchin, D-W.Va., was one of several Senate […]