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WV House Votes to Override 20-Week Abortion Ban Veto

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The House of Delegates has overridden a veto of an abortion ban 20 weeks after conception. The House voted 77-16 on the override Wednesday. The Senate hasn’t acted yet. Overriding policy vetoes requires a simple majority. Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the bill again Tuesday, citing constitutionality concerns. Tomblin, an anti-abortion advocate, said the… Read More

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After Veto Last Year, West Virginia Lawmakers Clear Abortion Ban

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Lawmakers are sending Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks conception, similar to one he vetoed last year. The Senate passed the proposal 29-5 Wednesday. The House passed it earlier this month. The bill provides some exemptions for women in medical emergencies. Rape and incest aren’t exempted. Proponents have cited… Read More

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West Virginia Senate Starts Work To Scale Back Law After Chemical Spill

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State lawmakers have taken their first action to scale back a wide-ranging law safeguarding against chemical spills from aboveground tanks. A January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents for days spurred the law. A Senate committee passed an amended bill Tuesday to deregulate about 36,000 aboveground storage tanks from the new… Read More

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West Virginia County To Send Off Its 1st Adult Drug Court Grads

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The Putnam County Adult Drug Court is scheduled to conduct its first graduation ceremony. Five will graduate from the program Wednesday in the Putnam County court building in Winfield. Circuit Judge Joseph K. Reeder will preside at the ceremony. The Putnam County program is among two dozen adult drug court programs serving 40 counties. Sixteen… Read More