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W.Va. Senate OKs Dropping Tax on Social Security Benefits

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A bill to eliminate West Virginia personal income taxes on Social Security retirement benefits has been passed by the state Senate. The Republican-led Senate voted 33-0 Thursday to approve the bill. The bill now returns to the House, which must concur on Senate changes to phase in the elimination over three… Read More

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W.Va. Budget Heading for Showdown Over Teacher Raises

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Senate has passed a state budget that doesn’t include funding for teacher raises, almost certainly setting up a potential showdown with the House of Delegates. Senators voted 20-14 on the proposal Wednesday, one day after they gutted a House version of the budget that would have raised teacher… Read More

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W.Va. House Passes Free Tuition Bill for Community Colleges

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill that would allow state residents to attend community and technical college for free. The bill was approved on an 85-13 vote Wednesday. It now goes back to the Senate, which had previously passed the bill unanimously and now must address House… Read More

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Bill to Allow Concealed Carry on W.Va. Campuses Fails


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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Legislation to allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry guns on West Virginia college campuses has been defeated. The Senate judiciary committee voted Tuesday night by a narrow margin to keep the measure from going to the full Senate. The House of Delegates had passed the bill last week. Leaders… Read More

Morrisey Among Attorneys General Seeking Robocall Measure

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s attorney general is joining with others around the country to support federal legislation to help cut down on illegal robocalls. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said that his office receives frequent calls from residents complaining about scams, robocalls and call spoofing. The release said a coalition of 54 state and… Read More

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W.Va. Senate Passes Banking Fix to Medical Marijuana Law

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill addressing banking services for the state’s medical marijuana program. The Senate approved the bill 29-4 Tuesday. It now goes to the governor. The bill would authorize the state to allow financial institutions, including credit unions, to bid on contracts to process fees and… Read More

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W.Va. Gov Signs Bill Mandating High School Computer Science

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has signed legislation requiring students to take computer science classes before graduating high school. Justice held a ceremonial bill signing Thursday at Cranberry-Prosperity Elementary School in Beckley. The governor’s office says in a news release West Virginia is the first state to require high school computer… Read More

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Bill Would Revive West Virginia Film Tax Credits

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A bill that would revive film production tax credits in West Virginia has passed the House of Delegates. Last year Gov. Jim Justice signed legislation ending the state’s program after an audit showed the $5 million in annual credits produced little economic benefit. Delegate Dianna Graves is the bill’s sponsor. The… Read More

West Virginia to Receive $1.4M in Federal Funds to Fix Roads

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NEW MARTINSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) – The federal government has provided $1.4 million to repair West Virginia roads that were damaged in storms last spring. The funding is through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s public assistance grant program. The repairs are to be made to roads in Wetzel County. Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West… Read More

W. Va. Hunters Argue Against Guided Bear Hunts, For Buck Limits


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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia hunters have protested a bill to allow guided bear hunts and supported lowering the limit on bucks for deer hunters from three to two. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports more than 300 people packed the midwinter meeting of the state Natural Resources Commission on Sunday. The commission has no influence… Read More

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W.Va. Senate Refuses to Immediately Take up Teacher Raises

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Senate has decided not to immediately consider a bill to raise pay for teachers, school service workers and state police. The Republican-led Senate on Saturday rejected a motion to take up the bill that the House of Delegates passed Friday. Instead, the Senate referred the bill to its… Read More

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W.Va. House Passes Pay Raise Bill for Teachers, Others

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia House of Delegates has approved pay raises for teachers and school service workers a day after they returned to classrooms following a two-day strike. The bill that passed the House 89-8 on Friday also includes raises for state police. The governor last fall requested the raises, which still… Read More

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Protest at West Virginia University Over Campus Carry Bill

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – A protest has been held at West Virginia University over legislation that would allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry weapons on college campuses. Dozens of people gathered at WVU in Morgantown on Thursday to listen to concerns from students and other speakers about campus safety. The bill was endorsed… Read More

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Marshall University Building to Keep Confederate Name

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A building at Marshall University will retain its name after a Confederate Army general. The Marshall Board of Governors on Thursday voted to keep the building as Jenkins Hall, named after Marshall Academy graduate Albert Gallatin Jenkins. The announcement came after a committee evaluated the names of every building on campus…. Read More

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Senate Passes Bill That Gives Incentives for Consolidation

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Senate has approved incentives for cities and counties to consolidate services. The Intelligencer reports the measure calls for counties that consolidate to become eligible for a 10 percent discount in their monthly regional jail bill for a decade following the consolidation. It also would allow counties and municipalities… Read More

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West Virginia Coal Miners Rally For Black Lung Legislation

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Miners and advocates rallied Wednesday at the West Virginia Capitol in support of a series of bills aimed at preventing and treating severe black lung disease. Five bills introduced by lawmakers would make it easier to make qualify for state benefits and provide benefits to miners who have early-stage black lung. The bills come at… Read More

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W. Va. Board of Education Approves Security Guards for 12 Schools

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia school board has approved placing security guards at 12 schools. News outlets report the Cabell County Board of Education approved placing security guards at several schools that don’t have man-trap entry Tuesday. A handful of buildings do not have double-doored man-trap main entrances, which are reinforced and remotely… Read More

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Bill Allowing Sunday Liquor Sales Heads to W.Va. Governor

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia House of Delegates has agreed with a Senate amendment that will allow retail outlets to sell liquor on Sundays except when it falls on Christmas or Easter. The House previously passed the bill and approved it with the Christmas-Easter amendment added on an 86-12 vote Tuesday without debate…. Read More

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EQT Gas Company to Pay $53M to Settle Lawsuit Over Royalties

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) – Court documents say the second-largest natural gas producer in West Virginia will pay $53.5 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit over royalty payments to residents and businesses. The deal’s terms were unsealed Wednesday. Pittsburgh-based EQT Corp. agreed to pay the money to settle the suit brought for about 9,000 people… Read More