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Rockefeller introduces black lung bill; Capito still mum on support

Congressional Democrats introduced a broad bill Thursday intended to make it easier for miners with black lung disease to get the federal benefits that they are owed.

Rockefeller introduces black lung bill; Capito still mum on support

Congressional Democrats introduced a broad bill Thursday intended to make it easier for miners with black lung disease to get the federal benefits that they are owed.

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Lawmakers OK panel for constitutional amendment

Legislative leaders voted Wednesday to spend the next two months studying enabling legislation that will need to be passed next session to implement a constitutional amendment that would allow the Boy Scouts of America to lease out the Summit Bechtel...

McKinley named vice chair of oversight committee

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Rep. David McKinley has been named vice chair of an Energy and Commerce Committee oversight subcommittee.

The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations is responsible for oversight of the Environmental Protection...

Audit: Hatfield-McCoy agency acting illegally
Audit: Hatfield-McCoy agency acting illegally

Since its inception in 1996, the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority — which operates the popular ATV trails in seven Southern West Virginia counties — has functioned as a nonprofit corporation that happens to receive state...

W.Va. schools chief seeks to transform role of principals
W.Va. schools chief seeks to transform role of principals

After two months on the job, West Virginia Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano told state lawmakers Tuesday about his “robust vision plan” that includes changing the role of principals, bolstering reading instruction and increasing...

Jones to seek fourth term as Charleston mayor
Jones to seek fourth term as Charleston mayor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston Mayor Danny Jones announced Tuesday that he will run for a fourth term, in what he said would be his last campaign.

Jones, a Republican, made the announcement at a morning news conference in his office at...

Tomblin invites 5,600 to holiday parties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — About 5,600 West Virginians have been invited to attend the governor’s annual holiday parties.

The guest list includes constituents, public officials and journalists.

The invitation-only events will be...

Ad cuts hurting business, rafting outfitters say
Ad cuts hurting business, rafting outfitters say

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Whitewater rafting in Southern West Virginia has been in a free-fall in recent years, dropping from more than 225,000 rafters on the New and Gauley rivers in 2000 to fewer than 100,000 this year, industry representatives...

As broadband council disbands, Internet in W.Va. remains poor

West Virginia’s only state-sponsored group that aims to expand high-speed Internet is set to disband on Dec. 31, but state lawmakers say much work remains to be done to improve broadband service across the state.

At a joint House-Senate...

State jail jobs still going unfilled, lawmakers told
State jail jobs still going unfilled, lawmakers told

The state Division of Corrections continues to have troubles filling jobs, with the Mount Olive and Huttonsville correctional centers presenting the biggest problems, Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein told legislators Monday.

Rubenstein...

Freda Tomblin, governor’s mother, dies
Freda Tomblin, governor’s mother, dies

Freda Mae Tomblin, the owner of a large and successful greyhound breeding kennel in Southern West Virginia and the mother of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, died Saturday. She was 80. Her death was announced by the Governor’s Office.

“Our...

Morrisey, fishermen and village elders in W.Va. Supreme Court opinion

If an imbalance of freshwater and saltwater fishermen in a village creates a conflict between farmers and the saltwater fishermen, the village elders should not resolve the conflict until it comes to a head — with farmers digging irrigation...

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