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W.Va. pain clinics scrutinized; 3 facilities shut down

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When state inspectors descended on pain clinics in Beckley and Charleston earlier this year, they found numerous infractions: outdated and improperly stored medications, no infection-control plans, d...

W.Va. Internet firms clash over fiber routes

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In an escalating dispute between two competing Internet providers in West Virginia, Citynet is accusing Frontier Communications of playing “hide the ball” by withholding information about unused fiber cable...

Kessler files early paperwork for W.Va. governor bid

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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...

W.Va. broadband panel to get new duties, but no funds

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A governor-appointed panel charged with expanding high-speed Internet in West Virginia is getting a new name, members and duties — but no money for projects.

Last week, state lawmakers passed a bill (SB488) ...

Drug overdose ‘Good Samaritan’ bill heads to governor

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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...

Vaccine bill passes after House nixes edit

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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 Wes...

W.Va. Senate OKs bill with casino smoking, tobacco tax

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A bill that raises West Virginia’s tobacco tax and exempts racetrack casinos from county smoking bans sailed through the state Senate on Friday — but with one day left in the legislativ...

W.Va. Senate OKs resolution for constitutional convention

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After debating the powers of the U.S. Constitution for more than an hour, the West Virginia Senate passed a resolution Thursday that calls for a constitutional convention to adopt a federal balanced-budget amendment.

W.Va. Senate adds casino smoking ban repeal, tobacco tax to fireworks bill

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Responding to pressure from gambling industry lobbyists, West Virginia lawmakers took a fireworks-related bill Wednesday and tacked on a measure to allow smoking at casinos across the state.

“Fireworks and c...

House passes raw milk, straight ticket bills

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West Virginia lawmakers finally got their raw milk bill passed on Tuesday, over the objections of delegates who said the bill would jeopardize the health of children and families.

The House of Delegates voted 81-19...

Group cancels pricey breakfast fundraiser

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The $100,000-a-person fundraiser planned for Tuesday by Republican-booster Go West Virginia Inc. appears to be a no-go.

Last week, the conservative group invited high-dollar donors to the...

Morrisey retained private lawyer for advice on drug suit conflict

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While his wife was working as a lobbyist for drug giant Cardinal Health in Washington, D.C., West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey hired a private lawyer to advise him whether he could take part in his office&#...

Daughter’s job with Morrisey leads W.Va. speaker to step aside from A.G. funding bill

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West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead announced Friday that he was removing his name as a sponsor of a bill that affects Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s budget after disclo...

20-week abortion ban to become W.Va. law; Senate overrides Tomblin veto

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West Virginia legislators prohibited women from having abortions after 20 weeks on Friday, as the state Senate enacted the law over Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto.

Tomblin vetoed the bill (HB2568) Tuesday ove...

Beef tenderloin, shrimp and lobbyist money on menu at Senate dinner

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With the legislative session in full swing, 32 of West Virginia’s 34 state senators took time off the evening of Feb. 18 to honor Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, while dining on whole tenderloin of beef, ice...

Lawmakers at odds over campaign finance overhaul

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West Virginia lawmakers are wrestling over a bill that would significantly raise campaign contribution limits and allow corporations to funnel money directly to candidates for the first time.

Senate Republicans lau...

W.Va. Senate OKs bill to allow concealed carry without permit

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Senators approved a bill Friday that could make West Virginia the sixth state to allow residents to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.

After reading aloud f...

Coal industry-backed bill clears House

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A coal industry-backed bill that rewrites rules on mine safety and the environment could soon be headed to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s desk.

On Friday, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted 73-25 to pass th...

W.Va. GOP lawmaker faces ethics complaint

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A union worker has filed an ethics complaint against Delegate Eric Householder, R-Berkeley, alleging that Householder’s heating, cooling and ventilation business stands to profit from legislation the GOP lawmaker ...

Senate OKs bill to exempt casinos, gambling parlors from smoking bans

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Buckling to the gambling industry, the West Virginia Senate opened the door Wednesday for smoking at all casinos and video slot parlors in the state.

State senators voted 20-12 to pass a bill that allows county co...

GOP-backed bill would make it criminal to enforce ACA in W.Va.

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In another salvo against the federal Affordable Care Act, some Republicans in West Virginia’s House of Delegates want to make it a crime for state and federal officials to enforce the health-care law.

Under ...

Delegate with HVAC business pushes to repeal regulations

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A Republican state lawmaker who owns a heating, ventilation and cooling business in the Eastern Panhandle is pushing a bill that would repeal all state laws that regulate HVAC technicians.

Delegate Eric Householder...

GOP bills would exempt W.Va. casinos, slot parlors from smoking bans

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Over objections from doctors, public health officials, business leaders and cancer survivors, the Republican-controlled West Virginia Legislature is advancing bills that could undo smoking bans across the state.

On...

W.Va. bill to build $78M rural broadband network advances

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A West Virginia Senate committee advanced legislation Wednesday that aims to expand affordable high-speed Internet service to rural communities across the state.

The bill (SB459) would authorize the construction of...

Morrisey and Tomblin at odds over Medicaid fraud unit bill

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wants to take over the state’s Medicaid fraud unit — a power grab that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s administration strongly opposes.

The Republican-co...

House buckling to Frontier, Republican delegate alleges

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A Republican lawmaker is accusing the GOP-controlled House of Delegates leadership of refusing to run any bills designed to improve high-speed Internet service because the legislation could harm Frontier Communications.<...

Deer farming expansion bill headed to governor

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West Virginia lawmakers paved the way Thursday for the expansion of deer farming across the state.

Legislators passed a bill (SB237) that transfers regulatory control of deer farms from the Division of Natur...

Lawmakers pass bill to curb W.Va. drug overdoses

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A life-saving medication that reverses the effects of heroin and prescription pain-pill overdoses could soon be in the hands of addicts across West Virginia.

The House of Delegates unanimously passed a bill Wednesd...

House approves bill to allow Teach for America in W.Va.

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Teach for America, an education program that puts recent college graduates from non-education backgrounds in low-performing schools, has its first invite to West Virginia.

The House of Delegates approved an alterna...

House approves bill that limits workplace injury suits

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West Virginia’s House of Delegates passed legislation Tuesday that will make it more difficult for workers to sue their employers for on-the-job injuries.

The legislation (HB2011), which now goes to the Sen...

GOP bill hits snag with volunteer firefighters

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The Republican-controlled House of Delegates delayed a final vote on a bill that restricts worker injury lawsuits, after a Democratic lawmaker alerted the House on Monday that volunteer firefighters oppose the legislatio...

Frontier asks judge to dismiss class-action suit

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Frontier Communications says its customers have no right to file a class-action lawsuit that alleges the company failed to provide the high-speed Internet services it advertised.

Frontier has asked Lincoln County C...

GOP bill that limits worker injury lawsuits set for final vote

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Legislation that would restrict workers’ compensation recipients and their families from collecting lawsuit damages from on-the-job injuries will move to final passage stage Monday, after Repu...

W.Va. GOP ramrodding radical bills, Democrats say

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Three weeks into West Virginia’s legislative session, Democratic lawmakers accused Republicans Thursday of “steamrolling” a series of bills that are “radical and wrong.”

“I...

W.Va. House passes bill to make judges’ elections nonpartisan

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Judicial candidates in West Virginia could no longer run as Republicans or Democrats, under a bill that passed Wednesday in the House of Delegates.

By a 90-9 vote, House members approved legislation (HB2010) that w...

Tomblin opposes Morrisey’s plan for second Medicaid fraud unit in W.Va.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s office is opposing Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s plan to start a second Medicaid fraud unit in West Virginia.

Tomblin’s aides said West Virginia already has an agg...

State Senate OKs straight-ticket voting ban

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Straight-ticket voting could become a thing of the past in West Virginia.

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would prohibit straight-party voting in elections. The legislation next moves to the House of Delegate...

Senate passes bill that gives addicts access to medicine that reverses overdoses

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The West Virginia Senate unanimously passed a bill Monday that would put a drug overdose-reversing medication in the hands of addicts.

The legislation (SB335) would authorize doctors to prescribe the medicine ...