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Tomblin signs bill that rolls back chemical tank safety law

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Friday signed into law a bill that significantly reduces the scope and strength of a chemical tank safety bill passed a year ago in the wake of the Freedom Industries leak and the resulting regionwide water crisis.

The...

Alyce Faye Bragg Column: the poetry of spring plowing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The robins are back. They are spread all over the muddy lawn, with their tiny heads bobbing in queer, jerky movements as they locate the juicy earthworms underground. They are the true harbingers of spring, and their coming...

Budget spat leaves House GOP leaders facing new discord
Budget spat leaves House GOP leaders facing new discord
WASHINGTON (AP) – Whether the issue is immigration or federal budgets, Republicans keep learning a bitter lesson: Their sizable and near-historic congressional majority doesn’t necessarily mean they can govern.
Kessler files early paperwork for W.Va. governor bid
Kessler files early paperwork for W.Va. governor bid

State Sen. Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, is eyeing another run for governor of the Mountain State.

On Thursday, Kessler, the Senate’s minority leader, changed his pre-candidacy paperwork to...

Longtime W.Va. agriculture commissioner Gus Douglass dies
Longtime W.Va. agriculture commissioner Gus Douglass dies

Gus Douglass, West Virginia’s longest-serving agriculture commissioner, died Thursday at age 88 after a fall at his home in Mason County, his family announced the same day.

Douglass served as commissioner for 44 years, first winning...

W.Va. secretary of state files early re-election paperwork

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Natalie Tennant is eyeing another term as West Virginia’s secretary of state.

On Tuesday, the Democrat filed pre-candidacy paperwork to run for a third term as secretary of state.

In a crushing 2014...

Lawmakers OK budget, correct vetoed bills
Lawmakers OK budget, correct vetoed bills

Legislators closed out the first regular session of the 82nd West Virginia Legislature on Wednesday, approving a 2015-16 budget bill that includes $4.3 billion in spending from tax revenue while also continuing to correct an upsurge of bills vetoed...

Tomblin: ‘lot of concern’ from people about concealed-carry permit repeal

Being unable to run for re-election and not seeking other political office in 2016, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin agreed Tuesday that there will be less political pressure as he decides whether to sign or veto bills passed this session – including a...

State budget expected to be approved Wednesday

House and Senate budget conferees moved closer Tuesday to approving a 2015-16 budget bill, taking nearly $23 million out of the state’s “Rainy Day” reserve fund to close the funding gap in the $4.3 billion general revenue budget....

Vaccine bill passes after House nixes edit
Vaccine bill passes after House nixes edit

A Senate bill (SB286) that aims to streamline children’s immunizations passed late Saturday night, after the House of Delegates agreed to remove an amendment that would have eliminated the West Virginia Bureau for Public...

Drug overdose ‘Good Samaritan’ bill heads to governor

Delegate Tom Fastaddress in January.

The Senate passed the 911 Good Samaritan bill unanimously. Delegate Tom Fast, R-Fayette, was the only member of the House of Delegates to vote against it.

The bill aims to encourage more people to call...

House, Senate about 1 percent apart on spending

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — House and Senate conferees began meeting Monday evening on what they believe will be the short work of closing out a handful of differences in their versions of the 2015-16 state budget bill.

Conferees need to resolve...

W.Va. lawmakers considering lower cuts to higher ed

The House of Delegates and Senate are considering lower budget cuts to higher education than Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposed, according to the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.

Sean O’Leary, policy analyst for the nonprofit...

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