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Manchin, state Republicans at odds on meth eradication

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is urging West Virginia legislators to pass a bill that would require a prescription for a cold medication that’s used to fuel illegal methamphetamine labs.

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ACA ‘kill-bill’ advances

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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...

W.Va. lawmakers to take up ACA ‘kill bill’

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West Virginia’s Republican-controlled Legislature has fired its first salvo against the federal Affordable Care Act.

Lawmakers plan to take up a GOP-backed bill today that would repeal a 2010 state law that ...

State lawmakers seek contract ban on businesses owned by state officials

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West Virginia lawmakers are sharpening a bill that would bar companies owned by government officials or their immediate family members from doing business with many state agencies.

Fundraisers held during legislative session targeted

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Republican lawmakers in West Virginia are picking up right where Democrats left off when it comes to at least one popular pastime — holding campaign fundraisers during the legislative session.

Delegate Chris...

GOP lawmakers skip gay rights rally

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Two Republican state senators scheduled to speak at a gay rights rally at the state Capitol Monday were no-shows.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and Sen. Daniel Hall, R-Wyoming, snubbed a press...

Morrisey gives pay raises

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The West Virginia Attorney General has handed out promotions and salary hikes to his high-ranking staff members, following a major exodus of lawyers who departed to work for the Legislature.

Earlier this month, Pat...

Fired W.Va. education official wants job back

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Tammy McGraw wants her job back.

The former executive director of instructional technology at the West Virginia Department of Education has filed a grievance, alleging she was fired for no good reason after just th...

GOP lawmakers says Tomblin lifting part of their agenda

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After Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin talked about education reform and jobs in his State of the State address Wednesday night, some Republican lawmakers were left wondering whether Tomblin was trying to steal a page from their pl...

GOP takes control of W.Va. Legislature for 1st time in 8 decades

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After more than 80 years of being on the outside looking in, Republicans officially took control of the West Virginia Legislature on Wednesday,...

W.Va. education official misused funds at former Va. job, report says

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A former high-ranking administrator at the West Virginia Department of Education misused public funds and falsified travel records while working at a similar post in Virginia, according to a report released this week.

Legal reform on GOP legislative agenda

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Incoming West Virginia Senate leaders gave a glimpse into their legislative agenda Monday, saying they plan to push through bills that reform the state’s legal system, but they expect to...

Judge orders suit against pain pill distributors to proceed

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A lawsuit that seeks to hold a dozen drug distribution companies accountable for West Virginia’s prescription pain pill problem has cleared a major hurdle.

Boone County Circuit Judge William Thompson rejecte...

Morrisey hires former Delegate Suzette Raines as legislative liaison

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has hired former Republican Delegate Suzette Raines as his legislative liaison.

In August, Raines withdrew as a candidate in the 35th House of Delegates race, citing ...

W.Va. Republican lawmakers to probe spending

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After seizing control of the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates, Republican lawmakers have started a review of wasteful spending in state government.

GOP legislators have directe...

Morrisey’s office hit by departures

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More high-ranking lawyers are leaving West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office.

The departures include three senior deputy attorneys general – Marty Wright, Tracy Webb and Richie Heath...

‘These are preventable’: Group backs bills to lower drug overdose deaths in West Virginia

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A national organization that has raised $8 million over two years to fight substance abuse is urging West Virginia legislators to pass two laws designed to reduce drug overdose deaths.

Shatterproof, a nonprofit hea...

Task force pushes again for meth lab bill

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For the second consecutive year, a Kanawha County task force is recommending that West Virginia legislators pass a law that would require people to get a prescription for a cold medicine that’s used to make metham...

State-funded Snowshoe resort Internet project nets customers

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In just two months, more than 1,300 customers at Snowshoe Mountain Resort have signed up for high-speed Internet and phone service through a project paid for with funds distributed by the West Virginia Legislature.

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W.Va. education official hired, fired amid investigation in Virginia

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West Virginia Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano’s first major administrative hire lasted four days on the job, after Department of Education officials learned that the office’s n...

Coalition urges W.Va. lawmakers to target child poverty

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A West Virginia coalition of community groups dedicated to fighting child poverty unveiled legislative proposals Monday that include reforming juvenile justice and expanding early childhood education – initiatives...

Rx drug overdoses linked to doctors; prescriber names to be sent to prosecutors

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A state panel is targeting doctors and pharmacists linked to drug overdose deaths in West Virginia.

In just six months, one West Virginia doctor prescribed medicatio...

Heroin overdoses sapping medic resources

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Kanawha County’s heroin problem is overwhelming law enforcement agencies and fire departments, a county substance abuse task force learned Wednesday.

The Charleston Fire Department’s paramedics respo...

After big gains, W.Va. GOP leaders work on agenda

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After making historic gains in the November election, West Virginia’s state and federal Republican leaders are promising “unprecedented cooperation” to create jobs, lower taxes and fight the U.S. Dep...

Morrisey resists suit against drug firm; AG formerly lobbied for trade group that represents McKesson

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For four months, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has balked at two state agencies’ requests to sue the nation’s largest prescription drug distributor, McKesson Corp., a ...