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Justice, Legislative Leaders Still Divided On Budget

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Nearly two weeks after West Virginia’s Democratic governor vetoed the state budget approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, negotiations have yet to resolve disagreements on tax changes and spending cuts. However, Gov. Jim Justice says he’ll call legislators back to a special budget session “soon.” On Tuesday, he didn’t say exactly when… Read More

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West Virginia Increases Autonomy Of Universities

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Gov. Jim Justice has signed a law revamping state oversight of West Virginia’s colleges and universities, saying it will give some schools more autonomy from West Virginia’s Higher Education Policy Commission. Institutions exempted schools from certain regulatory requirements are West Virginia University, including West Virginia University Potomac State College and West… Read More

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House Budget Pumps $170M into Solving Ohio’s Opiate Epidemic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A plan unveiled Tuesday by majority House Republicans includes funding for a smartphone app, a 24-hour hotline and other inventive ways to tackle Ohio’s opioid crisis. Speaker Clifford Rosenberger and Finance Chairman Ryan Smith said their version of Ohio’s two-year operating budget adds over $170 million to address the scourge driven… Read More

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Mine Owned By Justice Cited For Safety Violations In Death

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Authorities have cited a West Virginia mining operation owned by Gov. Jim Justice for six safety violations following a workers’ fatal fall in February. The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training says 43-year-old Jason Kenneth Matthews of Bluefield, Virginia, fell from a ladder while attempting repairs inside the… Read More