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Legislators debate whether to help video lottery retailers

Legislators debated Thursday whether the state has an obligation to help limited video lottery retailers who paid the state nearly $70 million for 10-year West Virginia Lottery licenses – only to learn afterward they will have to replace or...

Legislators debate whether to help video lottery retailers

Legislators debated Thursday whether the state has an obligation to help limited video lottery retailers who paid the state nearly $70 million for 10-year West Virginia Lottery licenses – only to learn afterward they will have to replace or...

Fight looms in W.Va. over prevailing wage repeal

Nearly 100 people, including dozens of union workers, packed a committee room Thursday as the state Senate began an effort to repeal West Virginia’s prevailing wage law, only to see the repeal abruptly dropped from the committee agenda, pushed...

W.Va. GOP wants election changes in possible Manchin gov bid

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin considers a 2016 return bid for governor, Republicans hope to block West Virginia’s most prominent Democrat from handpicking his Senate successor for two years.

Should he reclaim his old ...

State still hopes to turn ex-Navy base into prison

Proposals are moving forward with plans to convert a portion of the soon-to-be closed Naval Information Operations Command base in Pendleton County into a state prison, Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein told legislators Thursday....

W.Va. lawmakers pass bill allowing well pad permit transfers

CHARLESTON, W.Va — State lawmakers have approved a bill letting companies transfer oil and natural gas horizontal drilling well permits. The change would help Southwestern Energy Co., which bought $5 billion in assets from Chesapeake Energy...

W.Va. stakeholders split in House hearing on charter schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Business interests and union groups fell on opposite sides of a debate Wednesday over whether to allow public charter schools in West Virginia.

The hour-long House of Delegates public hearing came on the heels of the...

Senate passes DOH audit bill

Legislation to require a performance and efficiency audit of the West Virginia Division of Highways (SB8) passed the Senate, 26-8, on Wednesday over objections from Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, who said the potential $500,000 cost of the study should...

ACA ‘kill-bill’ advances

In their first swipe at the federal Affordable Care Act, West Virginia Republican lawmakers advanced a bill Tuesday that would take away Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s power over any future changes in how West Virginians receive subsidized health...

W.Va. Legislature dives into charter schools debate

The now-Republican-controlled West Virginia Legislature is considering allowing charter schools in the state, but teachers’ unions are criticizing the effort and questioning the need.

The Legislature will hold a public hearing on the...

Bowling: higher tobacco tax would lower smoking rates

Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen Bowling agreed Tuesday that raising state tobacco taxes would reduce the state’s high rates of smoking and tobacco use.

“Yes, senator, the research points to that, definitely,...

Capito talks politics with county commissioners
Capito talks politics with county commissioners

In her 14 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Shelley Moore Capito represented one-third of West Virginians.

As she told a meeting of county commissioners in Charleston on Monday, being a U.S. senator is different....

Repeal of 2009 energy law goes to governor

With a final 33-0 vote, the Senate on Tuesday sent the Alternative Energy Portfolio Act repeal bill to the governor.

The bill (HB2001), repealing a 2009 law setting thresholds that eventually would require power companies to use alternative...

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