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West Virginia Legislature Wraps First GOP-led Session In 8 Decades

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Lawmakers have concluded a 60-day session under Republican leadership for the first time in more than eight decades. A charter school push died Saturday without a vote. In a 49-49 tie, House delegates killed a forced pooling bill, which would have allowed horizontal drilling from missing or unwilling mineral rights owners when 80 percent of… Read More

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West Virginia Accepting Specialty Block Grant Proposals

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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for specialty block grants. Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, maple syrup and Christmas trees, among others. Excluded are livestock, eggs and field crops such as soybeans and corn. To be considered for funding, projects must focus on industry-related research, education, improved production or marketing… Read More

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WV Board OKs Waivers For School Days Lost Due Weather

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The West Virginia Board of Education has approved a waiver process aimed at giving counties flexibility in making up instructional days cancelled because of weather. The policy approved Wednesday will allow counties to seek waivers from the state-required 180 instructional days for school days cancelled due to states of emergency. A bill granting similar exemptions… Read More

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West Virginia Pushes to Remove Straight Ticket Ballot Option

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West Virginia lawmakers have approved a push to remove the option for voters to cast straight party-line ballots by checking one box. The Republican-led House of Delegates voted 87-13 to prohibit the practice earlier today. Only Democrats opposed the bill. The Senate cleared a similar proposal last month. Currently, voters in the Mountain State can… Read More

West Virginia Chemical Spill Law Approved By House

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A House panel narrowly approved a bill to scale back protections to prevent chemical spills from sullying water supplies. The January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents for days spurred the tank law. At 11:30 p.m. Monday, the committee voted 13-12 to send the proposal to the floor. Several Kanawha County… Read More

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West Virginia Senate Panel Backs Away From Full Common Core Repeal

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State senators have backed away from repealing the Common Core educational standards. A Senate committee voted Monday to drop the repeal and study English and math standards further. In the amended bill, the state schools superintendent will suggest any changes after a comprehensive review ending in 2017. The review group would include a parent, teachers… Read More

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Marshall County Mine Accident Under Investigation

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State officials are investigating a coal mine accident in Marshall County that killed one worker and injured two others. In a statement, Murray Energy identified the miner who was killed as John M. “Mike” Garloch of Neffs, Ohio. The company says Garloch was a management employee. The injured miners haven’t been identified. Murray Energy says… Read More

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Thousands Attend Union Rally At West Virginia Capitol

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The West Virginia AFL-CIO estimates that about 7,000 people attended a rally protesting actions and proposals by the state’s Republican Legislature. The “Mountaineer Workers Rising Rally” at the state Capitol Saturday was organized to protest Republican proposals that union leaders say are bad for workers. Labor groups are opposing the introduction of charter schools, changes… Read More

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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