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WV House committee sends watered-down voter ID bill to floor
By March 24, 2017 Read More →

WV House committee sends watered-down voter ID bill to floor

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House Judiciary Committee sent a bare-bones, edited version of a new voter-identification law to the chamber floor Thursday for consideration by the full West Virginia House of Delegates. The original bill would have required state-issued photo identification to vote, making West Virginia one of the strictest […]

WV House passes drug-testing bill
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WV House passes drug-testing bill

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill Thursday, March 23 that would allow private employers to require drug-testing of workers. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Delegate John Shott, R-Mercer, said the program outlined under House Bill 2857, called the Safer Workplaces Act, would […]

WV Senate Education Committee OKs school vaccination exemptions
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WV Senate Education Committee OKs school vaccination exemptions

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill allowing for exemptions for students from receiving vaccinations before enrolling in public schools narrowly cleared the West Virginia Senate Education Committee on Thursday. The body has spent its last several sessions hearing testimony from doctors regarding the efficacy and safety of vaccines. Current law requires […]

WV Senate amends Tourism funding bill to include bond sales
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WV Senate amends Tourism funding bill to include bond sales

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice’s plan to reorganize the state Division of Tourism will be up for a passage vote in the Senate Friday — but with an amendment approved Thursday that could effectively hold funding for all state tourism advertising hostage. In Senate Bill 535, as amended by Senate […]

Raleigh delegate gives weekly budget speech
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Raleigh delegate gives weekly budget speech

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Delegate Mick Bates said he knows an easy way to balance the budget without tax increases or crippling cuts. Taking out a stack of papers he said was the budget bill, Bates balanced the papers on top of his head. After Thursday’s floor session, Bates, D-Raleigh, reminded […]

Hopemont bill overhauled
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Hopemont bill overhauled

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The bill to sell Hopemont Hospital in Terra Alta was overhauled March 23 to make provisions for staff and patients. House Finance took up a new version of HB 3102. It orders Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to sell Hopemont, but doesn’t address selling […]

Preston commission talks Hopemont options
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Preston commission talks Hopemont options

By KATHY PLUM The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Preston County Commission is asking the state to consider an alternative use for Hopemont Hospital, if it stops using it as a long-term care facility. In Charleston on March 21 for Preston and Monongalia County Day at the legislature, the county administrator and commissioners spoke […]

Blackwater Falls State Park hosting ‘Becoming an Outdoors-Woman’ workshop
By March 24, 2017 Read More →

Blackwater Falls State Park hosting ‘Becoming an Outdoors-Woman’ workshop

Workshop set for April 7-9; Registration closes April 3 DAVIS, W.Va. – Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) invites women to give hunting, fishing and other outdoor interests a try with a little help from knowledgeable instructors and mentors. Registration is underway for the 2017 April 7-9 event at Blackwater Falls State Park, with a deadline of April 3. […]

Gonzaga sours WVU’s Sweet 16
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Gonzaga sours WVU’s Sweet 16

By JUSTIN JACKSON The Dominion Post SAN JOSE, Calif. — No timeouts. Two crucial missed free throws and one hell of a defensive possession by Gonzaga point guard Nigel Williams-Goss. All of that was finally the undoing of the WVU men’s basketball team March 23, at the SAP Center, as the Mountaineers fell to Gonzaga, […]

Register now for Rural Water, Small Wastewater Systems Workshop
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Register now for Rural Water, Small Wastewater Systems Workshop

Event set for Twin Falls Resort State Park March 31 MULLENS, W.Va. – Owners of small water and wastewater utility systems can learn easy ways to assess their systems’ strengths and weaknesses during a free, full-day workshop March 31 at Twin Falls Resort State Park. The results of those assessments can then be used to develop management plans […]