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W.Va. Senate clerk retiring Jan. 9

December 31, 2012

Longtime West Virginia Senate Clerk Darrell Holmes is retiring next week.

W.Va. Senate clerk retiring after 24 years

December 31, 2012

Longtime state Senate Clerk Darrell Holmes is thinking about reopening his machine shop after he retires.

Sen./Dr. Dan Foster: West Virginian of the Year

December 29, 2012

For two years, he worked tirelessly promoting legislation for what then was a novel idea -- promoting healthy lifestyles by requiring chain restaurants to post calorie counts for their menu items.

Keadle retiring from bench

December 27, 2012

Thomas Keadle often performs marriages as part of his duties as the judge in the 26th Judicial Circuit, and he always has a ready quip for the couple's initial question.

Circuit judge retiring after 28 years on bench

December 27, 2012

Circuit Judge Thomas Keadle is retiring after 28 years on the bench in Lewis and Upshur counties.

Fitzsimmons Appointed To W.Va. Senate

December 27, 2012

Wheeling lawyer Robert "Rocky" Fitzsimmons will represent the 1st District in the West Virginia Senate.

County Dem co-chair picked for W.Va. Senate seat

December 26, 2012

A Northern Panhandle Democratic Party official is being tapped to fill a West Virginia Senate vacancy.

Ohio County Democratic co-chairman picked for state Senate seat

December 26, 2012

A Northern Panhandle Democratic Party official is being tapped to fill a West Virginia Senate vacancy.

Statehouse beat: Highlights of 2012

December 23, 2012

Looking back on the year at the Statehouse, top stories and events of 2012 (in no particular order of significance):

Capito sends Obama a bucket of coal for Christmas

December 23, 2012

Generations ago, the standard parental warning to misbehaving children was to either straighten up or expect to find a lump of coal in their stockings on Christmas morning.

Statehouse Beat: Manchin's familiar rumblings

December 22, 2012

The national media last week learned what those of us who have covered Sen. Joe Manchin for years have always known: He can sound like he's saying something substantive without saying much of anything at all.

Malone, Poling and Ellem top financial reports

December 21, 2012

A candidate who spent nearly $26,000 for the West Virginia House of Delegates was the high spender among the 2012 legislative campaigns in Wood County.

1st District Candidates Selected for Appointment

December 21, 2012

The 1st District Senate Replacement Committee met Thursday and selected three candidates for possible appointment to state Senate seat formerly held by Ohio County's newest commissioner, Orphy Klempa.

Long-serving legislator retiring

December 21, 2012

For 20 years now, Jefferson County resident John Doyle has been a fixture on the floor of the state House of Delegates. That will change come February when the new 60 day session begins.

12 seek to fill vacant state Senate seat

December 20, 2012

A dozen people are seeking to fill a vacant seat in the West Virginia Senate.

Democrat speculates attorney general-elect eyeing US House seat

January 3, 2013

A top Democrat accused Republican Attorney General-elect Patrick Morrisey of preparing a U.S. House run before Morrisey begins his four-year term as the state's chief lawyer.

Obama soundly rejected by Logan Co., ‘Coal Country’

November 9, 2012

Is the “War on Coal” real or not?

Incoming agriculture commission takes short hiatus before settling into role

November 9, 2012

After a brutal, almost yearlong campaign for agriculture commissioner, Walt Helmick is taking a short political hiatus before settling into his new job.

AG-elect Morrisey lays out his plan

November 9, 2012

Attorney General-elect Patrick Morrisey announced Thursday afternoon his 17-point plan for his first 100 days in office, which includes revamping how the office operates and taking steps to improve its efficiency.

Grumbling about leadership follows Democratic losses in House

November 9, 2012

Democratic losses in the state House of Delegates have some questioning the leadership of the House and the state Democratic Party.

Senate race: Two gentlemen stood out amid the mud of the election season

November 9, 2012

Mud-slinging is, unfortunately, now the norm for candidates at almost every level in American politics.

Newly elected A.G.: Change is coming to W.Va.

November 8, 2012

West Virginia Attorney General-elect Patrick Morrisey has spent the past 20 years representing pharmaceutical and health-care corporations as a lawyer and lobbyist in Washington, D.C.

Manchin, Tomblin re-elected; House Dems take hit

November 8, 2012

West Virginia voters on Tuesday re-elected U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, both Democrats, even as they rejected President Barack Obama’s bid for a second term, but also nearly erased the Democrats’ majority in the House of Delegates and rejected a proposed repeal of county sheriff term limits.

Residents react to election results

November 8, 2012

As the dust settled in the aftermath of Tuesday's general election, citizens reacted to the results across the nation and in north-central West Virginia.

Editorial: Bipartisan action, not just rhetoric, is a necessity

November 08, 2012

The political make-up in Washington is little changed after Tuesday's election, which means the same impediments to solutions for the nation's problems still exist if current leaders don't abandon their rigid, partisan ways.

Editorial: West Virginia's voting enigma

November 8, 2012

We ask again: Why does the Mountain State, with almost two-to-one Democratic registration, vote Republican in presidential showdowns? It's illogical.

State GOP attacks DMV rate increase effort

November 5, 2012

Last year's vote to raise Department of Motor Vehicle fees is coming back to haunt Democrats in legislative races, even though the fees never actually increased.

W.Va. House control up to handful of races

November 4, 2012

The general election battle for the West Virginia Legislature has cost $2.7 million, with non-candidate groups spending nearly $480,000 on ads meant to influence the state Senate and House of Delegates races, campaign finance reports show.

W.Va. House balance could shift

November 4, 2012

The general election battle for the West Virginia Legislature has cost $2.7 million, with non-candidate groups spending nearly $480,000 on ads meant to influence the state Senate and House of Delegates races, campaign finance reports show.

Handful of races could decide W.Va. House control

November 4, 2012

The general election battle for the West Virginia Legislature has cost $2.7 million, with non-candidate groups spending nearly $480,000 on ads meant to influence the state Senate and House of Delegates races, campaign finance reports show.

Sandy causes W.Va. officials to move 5 precincts

November 4, 2012

The Secretary of State's Office has moved five precincts in three counties hard hit last week by Superstorm Sandy.

Tom Miller: Democratics likely to fare well in statewide contests

November 4, 2012

It's usually easy to predict winners in West Virginia elections because of a solid Democrat majority among voters.

Statehouse Beat: The end of the campaign trail

November 4, 2012

Some more absolutely final thoughts about the election:

Statehouse Beat: Tomblin shines through storm

November 3, 2012

Final election thoughts:

Hoppe files for House of Delegates

November 2, 2012

A Belington man has thrown his hat into the ring to represent Barbour County in the West Virginia Legislature.

West Virginia reports $3.8 million surplus

November 2, 2012

A boost in corporate tax collections and a rebound in severance taxes helped deliver a $3.8 million surplus for the state's general revenue fund in October.

Early voter turnout heavy in Greenbrier County

November 2, 2012

Despite an unseasonable snowstorm that knocked out courthouse electrical service midweek, early voting totals in Greenbrier County continue to rise.

State plans for powerless Election Day

November 2, 2012

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said Thursday she was still waiting for assessments from power companies before her office can finalize contingency plans for polling places that may still be without power on Election Day.

W.Va. preps for election in Sandy's shadow

November 2, 2012

West Virginia election officials were worried about lingering power outages from Superstorm Sandy as the death toll climbed to six, making the state one of the worst hit by the powerful tempest.

W.Va. power outages dip below 100K

November 2, 2012

Members of a U.S. Army and Air National Guard special-operations unit flew a Black Hawk helicopter to a remote area in the Preston County mountains where deep snow stranded a young mother and her neighbor.

DMV extends expiration of registration, IDs

November 2, 2012

The West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is extending the expiration of state passenger vehicle registrations, driver's licenses and identification cards.

DMV extends dates for document renewal

November 1, 2012

West Virginia drivers with expiring driver's licenses or vehicle registrations have been given an extension in the wake of inclement weather caused by superstorm Sandy.

W.Va. AG sues law firm for exploiting consumers

November 1, 2012

West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw is suing a Texas company for allegedly charging fees to receive benefits from a national mortgage settlement.

Editorial: West Virginia political puzzle

November 1, 2012

For Tuesday's election, this state's official voter registration is 640,532 Democrats, 358,655 Republicans, 222,016 independents, 1,385 Mountain Party members and 23,971 "other."

Absentee ballot contractor for state prompts concerns

November 1, 2012

Some county clerks across the state are wary of an effort to change the handling of overseas and military ballots.

McGraw seeks sixth term; Morrissey challenges

November 1, 2012

Darrell Vivian McGraw Jr., Democrat, is seeking re-election to serve a record sixth term as attorney general of West Virginia.

Editorial: Republicans have hurt middle class

October 31, 2012

Ever since the Reagan-Bush administration in the 1980s, Republican policies systematically have undercut America's middle class and lavished lucrative rewards on the 1 percent elite at the top.

W.Va. Election Fraud A Very Real Concern

October 29, 2012

With early and absentee voting already under way, West Virginia and federal officials are hoping to prevent any fraud before it happens as Election Day approaches.

Political action committees spend $6.5 million

October 29, 2012

Political action committees have spent more than $6.5 million trying to sway voters on state elections, according to public records.

Endorsement: Governor of West Virginia, Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin

October 29, 2012

Voters in the Mountain State will have to choose between two familiar names Nov. 6 in the race for governor of West Virginia.

Group asks to meet with Tomblin about economy

October 29, 2012

About 30 voters and supporters knocked on Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s door last week, asking for his plan to diversify the state’s economy in the face of recent massive layoffs in the coal mining industry.

Election fraud not an abstract concern in W.Va.

October 28, 2012

With early and absentee voting already under way, West Virginia and federal officials are hoping to prevent any fraud before it happens as Election Day approaches.

Clashing views mark W.Va. gov race rematch

October 28, 2012

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he would stay the course if re-elected, including continuing tax cuts for businesses and consumers.

Manchin's relationship with Obama: It's complicated

October 28, 2012

Among the millions of wavering voters in the presidential race, the most prominent might be West Virginia's Joe Manchin -- a U.S. senator, a candidate for re-election and a lifelong Democrat who, less than two weeks out, is undecided about whether to support Barack Obama again.

Another $1.8M poured into W.Va. governor's race

October 27, 2012

The major candidates for West Virginia governor have spent another $1.8 million as the general election approaches.

Statehouse Beat: Quiet election in West Virginia

October 27, 2012

Having read an account in The Washington Post about how TV stations in battleground states are making programming changes to accommodate the massive onslaught of political ads -- including one station airing movies in place of regular network programming in order to free up more local ad time -- it occurred to me that West Virginia is enjoying a relatively slow campaign cycle.

AFL-CIO registers 450,000 voters from union homes

October 4, 2012

The AFL-CIO says it has registered more than 450,000 new voters from union households over the past 18 months, part of an ambitious push to swell the ranks of Democratic-leaning voters and help President Obama win reelection.

W.Va. PAC that challenged finance law raises $50K

October 3, 2012

West Virginia political action committee has raised $50,000 after winning the right to unlimited contributions.

U.S. Senate candidates debate in Shepherdstown

October 3, 2012

Democrat Joe Manchin, Republican John Raese and Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber clashed on education, the environment, health care and other issues at a United States Senate debate in Shepherdstown last night.

Baber Defends Manchin In Senate Debate

October 3, 2012

Republican John Raese's unrelenting portrayal of Sen. Joe Manchin as anti-coal and in bed with an "anti-West Virginia" Obama administration is "ridiculous and absurd" and "a bald-faced lie," the third-party candidate in the race said Tuesday night.

Raese, Manchin React after Debate

October 3, 2012

Republican John Raese wants to debate Sen. Joe Manchin without Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber.

Candidates Collide

October 3, 2012

Citizens and students alike were given an opportunity to hear firsthand where West Virginia's U.S. Senatorial candidates stand on the political spectrum Tuesday evening. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., John Raese and Dr. Bob Henry Baber were under one roof at Shepherd University for the 2012 U.S. Senatorial debate.

Gubernatorial candidates draw contrasts

October 3, 2012

Bill Maloney, the Republican candidate for governor, easily ticks off West Virginia's problems, as he sees them.

U.S. Senate candidates square off in Shepherdstown

October 2, 2012

Republican John Raese's unrelenting portrayal of incumbent U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin as anti-coal and in bed with an "anti-West Virginia" Obama administration is "ridiculous and absurd" and "a bald-faced lie," the third-party candidate in the race said Tuesday night.

Tempers flare in W.Va. Senate debate

October 2, 2012

Republican John Raese's unrelenting portrayal of incumbent U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin as anti-coal and in bed with an "anti-West Virginia" Obama administration is "ridiculous and absurd" and "a bald-faced lie," the third-party candidate in the race said Tuesday night.

W.Va. AG, treasurer candidates among better-funded

October 2, 2012

Several candidates for statewide offices are vastly outraising their opponents.

Perdue, Hall spar over campaign contributions

October 2, 2012

West Virginia's Republican candidate for state treasurer sharply criticized incumbent John Perdue Tuesday for accepting $28,800 in campaign contributions from at least 35 state employees who work in Perdue's office.

State Supreme Court race getting pricey

October 2, 2012

West Virginia's Supreme Court nominees have spent more than $1.2 million since the May primary, and appear ready to spend more.

Seven West Virginia nursing homes change ownership in merger

October 2, 2012

Seven West Virginia nursing homes are changing hands after a Pennsylvania-based company bought their parent company.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare receives $6.7 million

October 2, 2012

An approved $6.7 million loan was announced today for the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia, Appalachian Regional Healthcare.

Tomblin query postpones state’s health care decision

October 2, 2012

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration was expected to make a key decision on health care reform by Sunday. Instead, he punted and asked seven questions.

W.Va. tax revenues rebound in Sept.

October 2, 2012

West Virginia’s monthly tax collections have exceeded their estimate for the first time since the budget year began in July.

Senate hopefuls still clashing over federal deficit

October 2, 2012

Sen. Joe Manchin and challenger John Raese agree the country is on the verge of a fiscal disaster, but the two differ sharply over how to fix the problem.

State tax revenues rebound in September

October 1, 2012

West Virginia's monthly tax collections have exceeded their estimate for the first time since the budget year began in July.

State has more questions about health care

October 1, 2012

West Virginia officials are questioning another major provision of the federal health-care overhaul, this one calling on states to set basic levels for 10 categories of services that many insurance policies must cover.

Tomblin makes case for re-election; Maloney, Johnson say state needs new leadership

October 1, 2012

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin made his case for re-election to a full four-year term during interviews with Gazette editors Monday, while Republican challenger Bill Maloney and Mountain Party candidate Jesse Johnson said it is time for a change in state government.

BrickStreet still tops W.Va. workers' comp market

September 30, 2012

BrickStreet Insurance is still the dominant workers' compensation insurer in West Virginia, despite competition from more than 200 other companies.

Statehouse beat: A notice of intent to file suit

September 30, 2012

A great deal of the expenditures in the period were for lobbyists' campaign contributions, but there were some interesting disclosures.

BrickStreet remains king of workers' comp market

September 29, 2012

More than 240 insurance companies have filed to carry workers' compensation insurance in West Virginia, but one company maintains half of the business in the state.

Statehouse Beat: Voter fatigue setting in

September 29, 2012

Discussing the voter lethargy surrounding the 2012 election, West Virginia Wesleyan political science professor Robert Rupp remarked that you'd probably have to go back a long ways to find the last time the most interesting statewide race was for state Supreme Court.

Tom Miller: Rift among DHHR officials continues to grow

September 30, 2012

Recent developments in what can best be described as a soap opera situation have focused unnecessary media attention on a major agency in West Virginia state government.

Political Calls Meant to Mislead

September 27, 2012

Registered Republicans throughout West Virginia who received automated political phone calls criticizing some of their party's leaders during the weekend may have spent a few moments wondering what was up.

Democrat robocalls prompt GOP outrage

September 27, 2012

Republicans are crying foul over a series of weekend phone calls by the West Virginia Democratic Party.

State Senate campaign turns ugly

September 26, 2012

A decade ago, a series of explicit messages were posted under the name of a former professional wrestler who's now running in West Virginia's 8th District Senate race.

Redistricting Done Properly in W.Va.

September 26, 2012

Partisan politics rules much of what happens under the state Capitol dome in Charleston, often to the detriment of the people of West Virginia.

State faces health care decisions

September 25, 2012

By Sunday, West Virginia officials will have to make an important decision about health care reform.

W.Va. Attorney General Shown Shoving Camera

September 25, 2012

A Republican political staffer following state Attorney General Darrell McGraw with a video camera alleges McGraw "lunged" at him and ripped his camera away during the Pumpkin Festival Parade in Milton on Saturday.

McGraw asked to apologize

September 25, 2012

A weekend run-in between West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw and a Republican video tracker has reached YouTube and prompted calls from the GOP staffer for an apology.

Elections panel may litigate public campaign financing

September 24, 2012

Although the state Supreme Court ruled against them earlier this month, members of the state Elections Commission will meet Tuesday to discuss litigation seeking to uphold the state's Supreme Court public campaign financing pilot project.

Candidates continue to joust over recusal reform

September 24, 2012

The two Democratic candidates for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals continue to joust over a proposal to set clear rules that would force justices to give a reason to stay on cases on which they have a perceived conflict of interest.

GOP challenger criticizes Tennant on election fraud

September 24, 2012

The Republican candidate for West Virginia secretary of state said Monday that incumbent Natalie Tennant is taking too much credit for the spate of election-fraud convictions in Southern West Virginia in recent years.

State GOP decries videotaped run-in with McGraw

September 24, 2012

A weekend run-in between West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw and a Republican video tracker has reached YouTube and prompted calls from the GOP staffer for an apology.

Rick Thompson: Two steps forward

September 24, 2012

Recently, in the span of just a few days, I enjoyed the great pleasure of witnessing the beginning steps of two state initiatives I have strongly supported, and for which I hold high hopes.

Kid gloves come off at meeting of attorney general candidates

September 20, 2012

To hear incumbent Attorney General Darrell McGraw tell it, his Republican opponent is a front man for the companies McGraw's office prides itself for suing.

Justice makes Forbes 400 list

September 20, 2012

Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice was the sole West Virginian on the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans, announced Wednesday.

State PSC plans public meeting on storm response

September 19, 2012

State regulators plan to hold a public meeting on utilities' responses to windstorms in late June that left more than 680,000 customers without electricity.

W.Va. court candidate advocates email disclosures

September 19, 2012

West Virginia' justices and judges should reveal any messages they exchange with people who have cases before them, Supreme Court candidate Tish Chafin proposed Wednesday.

W.Va. court candidate advocates email disclosures

September 19, 2012

West Virginia' justices and judges should reveal any messages they exchange with people who have cases before them, Supreme Court candidate Tish Chafin proposed Wednesday.

State business court to be headquartered in Martinsburg

September 17, 2012

The West Virginia Supreme Court says the newly created business court division will be headquartered in Martinsburg.

W.Va. business court to be located in Martinsburg

September 17, 2012

The West Virginia Supreme Court says the newly created business court division will be headquartered in Martinsburg.

W.Va. business court to be HQ'd in Martinsburg

September 17, 2012

The West Virginia Supreme Court says the newly created business court division will be headquartered in Martinsburg.

Chamber’s PAC endorses Tomblin, Manchin, Capito

September 14, 2012

The state Chamber of Commerce's Political Action Committee has endorsed Democrat Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for re-election in November.

W.Va. Chamber, Coal Association endorse Tomblin

September 13, 2012

West Virginia's leading business and coal industry groups endorsed Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Thursday in a race marked by dueling views of the long-struggling state's economy and whether it has made progress in recent years.

Supreme Court to debut business court

September 11, 2012

The state Supreme Court will debut a business court division next month.

W.Va. Supreme Court to start business court next month

September 11, 2012

Businesses will have a new arena to settle legal disputes in West Virginia next month.

WV wins $15 million judgment against CashCall lending company

September 11, 2012

A ruling this week against a predatory lending company is being labeled "a big, big win" for West Virginia consumers.

McGraw's office holds 'tele-town hall' meeting on gun, hunting laws

September 11, 2012

Attorney General Darrell McGraw's Office made nearly 50,000 automated phone calls last Thursday evening to see if West Virginians wanted to join a live question-and-answer conference call on gun and hunting laws.

State’s business climate

September 11, 2012

Swanson Industries of Morgantown is a worldwide supplier of hydraulic, machining and plating services, with expertise in designing and manufacturing new products.

W.Va. court candidate denied ‘rescue’ funding

September 8, 2012

West Virginia Supreme Court candidate Allen Loughry cannot seek additional “rescue” money from a public financing pilot program, in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion against such matching funds, but can now raise campaign cash from individuals and groups, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Supreme Court rejects candidate’s plea for public campaign funds

September 7, 2012

West Virginia Supreme Court justices on Friday unanimously denied a request from a high-court candidate for more than $140,000 in public matching campaign funds.

Tomblin bullish on comp system

September 6, 2012

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is in no mood to entertain changes to workers' compensation insurance, which was transformed from a state monopoly to a private, competitive market starting in 2006.

Chris Walters:Taxpayers' money wasted

September 5, 2012

In the past few months we have learned from Gazette statehouse reporter Eric Eyre that West Virginia is squandering its $126 million dollar federal stimulus grant for broadband deployment.

W.Va. Supreme Court hears arguments on 'rescue' funding

September 05, 2012

Whether West Virginia Supreme Court candidate Allen Loughry receives additional public funds for his campaign hinges on whether the U.S. Supreme Court sees a difference between elections for the judiciary and races for other political posts, the state court was told during a hearing Tuesday.

Attorneys debate pilot public financing project before the state Supreme Court

September 4, 2012

Attorneys Tuesday debated whether a state pilot project for public financing of Supreme Court elections could withstand a challenge in the U.S. Supreme Court on the grounds it applies strictly to judicial elections.

Tomblin says call center firm is creating 130 new jobs

August 27, 2012

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced that TRG Customer Solutions is creating 130 new jobs and filling 195 vacant positions in the call centers it operates in Charleston, Beckley and Elkins.

Campaign financing wouldn't survive challenge, AG says

August 27, 2012

Based on previous U.S. Supreme Court rulings -- including the Citizens United case that overturned limits on corporate campaign contributions -- there's no way a matching funds provision in West Virginia's public campaign financing pilot project could survive a challenge before the high court, the state attorney general's office has concluded.

Supreme Court candidate received rare reprimand

August 27, 2012

Republican Supreme Court candidate John Yoder received a rare reprimand last year for his actions as a Berkeley County circuit court judge.

Call to step in adds to drama of state Supreme Court finance law case

August 27, 2012

A state case that could affect the outcome of the state Supreme Court race got another dose of intrigue.

W.Va. Chamber gears up for annual summit

August 26, 2012

Four West Virginia state Supreme Court candidates have been invited to speak at the annual Chamber of Commerce gathering.

Chamber to host state, federal candidates

August 26, 2012

Four West Virginia state Su-preme Court candidates have been invited to speak at the annual Chamber of Commerce gathering.

W.Va. Chamber hosting state, federal candidates

August 26, 2012

Virginia state Supreme Court candidates have been invited to speak at the annual Chamber of Commerce gathering.

Tomblin slams new Maloney campaign ad

August 22, 2012

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney's campaign launched a new radio attack ad against Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Thursday, and Tomblin's campaign quickly denounced it as "ridiculously misleading."

Snuffer to speak during prime time at national GOP convention

August 22, 2012

From the relative obscurity of the West Virginia House of Delegates, congressional hopeful Rick Snuffer is being elevated to prime time Monday night at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Manchin wants end to political gridlock

August 22, 2012

In order to move the country forward, elected officials must find common ground and work together, a U.S. senator told a group of residents in Parkersburg Tuesday.

Darrell McGraw Jr.: Attorney general's role is to protect citizens

August 20, 2012

We usually think of threats to our security coming from extremists in foreign lands.

House of Delegates chamber getting audio upgrade

August 20, 2012

Leaders in the House of Delegates hope to have a new $77,000 audio system for the chamber installed and working by the end of next month.

Settlement reached involving railroad rights of way of way

August 20, 2012

A proposed settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit that involves owners of land next to or under some railroad rights of way in West Virginia.

West Virginia needs a plan to address funding needs for state’s highways

August 19, 2012

“Take me home, country roads.”

Allen Loughry: Candidate wants to provide people a voice

August 19, 2012

The year's campaign season is well under way and we still have more than two months until Election Day.

W.Va.'s state vehicle fleet chief steps down

August 18, 2012

Clay D. Chandler, who was hired to fix widespread and longstanding problems with West Virginia state government's vehicle fleet, has resigned after less than two years on the job.

Funds allocated to meet federal stormwater standards

August 18, 2012

Martinsburg's planning department was allocated $40,000 out of the city's unencumbered fund balance by City Council members for MS4 stormwater consultant services.

Tom Miller: State considers ways to streamline REAL ID rules

August 18, 2012

This state's implementation of the requirements for a new federal REAL ID plan as West Virginia residents obtain or renew their driver's license got under way back on Jan. 3, 2010.

Statehouse Beat: State contract sparks investigation

August 18, 2012

Latest on the Department of Health and Human Resources' imbroglio over the awarding of a $485,000 advertising contract to high bidder Fahlgren Mortine: DHHR Inspector General David Bishop is conducting an investigation into the contract and the placing of three top department employees on administrative leave.

Lawmakers to tour Boy Scouts camp, mine sites

August 16, 2012

Sitting around a coffee-stained table in a committee room under the Capitol dome hardly conveys the image of a revamped old mine site, or a sparkling new Boy Scout complex.

State reconsidering its European development office

August 14, 2012

State Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette is rethinking economic development efforts in Europe after a top development official left one of West Virginian's overseas offices for a job in North Carolina.

W.Va. Lawmakers Urged To Extend ‘Home Rule’

August 14, 2012

Wheeling Mayor Andy McKenzie and City Manager Robert Herron met with state legislators Monday, urging them to continue the home rule pilot program that has allowed Wheeling to address vacant and dilapidated structures and reduce fees and permits for businesses.

AFL-CIO endorses candidates in November elections

August 13, 2012

West Virginia's largest labor union on Monday selected the candidates it wants to endorse in November's elections -- but decided not to endorse anyone in two of the state's three races for the U.S. House of Representatives.

State lawmakers warned of weak investment earnings

August 13, 2012

West Virginia's investments fell well short of their earnings target during the just-completed budget year.

WV on “Toxic 20” list

August 13, 2012

According to a recent report, the worst states in the nation when it comes to toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants are those of central and north Appalachia. West Virginia is ranked 5th-worst.

Industry groups form ‘COALition’ for upcoming election

August 13, 2012

West Virginia coal industry groups have formed a "COALition" with those in other states to defeat President Barack Obama in the fall election.

W.Va. exports continue to surge, lawmakers told

August 13, 2012

After leading the rest of the U.S. in exports last year, West Virginia continues to see that part of its economy explode.

Cities praise home-rule program to W.Va. lawmakers

August 13, 2012

Some West Virginia cities have reduced blight, enhanced their downtown sections and removed bureaucratic hurdles for businesses thanks to an experiment that shifted powers from the state's highly centralized government, lawmakers were told Monday.

Gubernatorial candidates divided on state budget

August 13, 2012

If elected, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney wants a state budget next year that is smaller than this year's budget.

WV Supreme Court to hear arguments next month on campaign funding

August 10, 2012

West Virginia's Supreme Court will hear arguments next month over whether to release additional public funds to a candidate running for the court.

State still needs to trim $200 million from budget

August 10, 2012

Earlier this week, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered state agencies to free up $85 million in next year's budget, but those cuts are by no means an end to the administration's search for savings and cash.

Chamber sets Business Summit agenda

August 10, 2012

Democrat Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Republican challenger Bill Maloney are among the speakers tentatively scheduled to speak at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's Business Summit Aug. 29 to 31 at The Greenbrier Resort.

Federal judge blocks W.Va. PAC contribution limit

August 9, 2012

West Virginia cannot limit contributions to political action committees that act independently of candidates or parties, a federal judge ruled Thursday, agreeing to block the state's $1,000-per-election cap while one such group challenges its constitutionality.

Federal judge blocks W.Va. PAC contribution limit

August 9, 2012

West Virginia cannot limit contributions to independent expenditure political action committees, after a federal judge agreed Thursday to block the state's $1,000-per-election cap.

W.Va. bid denied for individual aid from storm

August 9, 2012

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the federal government has denied his request for individual assistance to help homeowners hit by a June 29 windstorm.

Attorney for Democrat candidate to high court seeks to block 'rescue' funds for Republican

August 9, 2012

An attorney who has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court to have West Virginia's Supreme Court public-funding pilot project declared unconstitutional asked to be allowed to intervene Thursday in a petition by candidate Alan Loughry that seeks a Supreme Court order to release more than $144,400 in campaign "rescue" funds.

Ethics complaint says official using post for own benefit

August 10, 2012

An ethics complaint was filed against a member of the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority alleging he is making policy decisions that benefit him financially.

'Diabolical': Black lung is back

August 9, 2012

Coal miners' pneumoconiosis was supposed to be gone by now.

Letitia "Tish" Chafin: Recusal reform can restore public confidence

August 09, 2012

There are two places where Americans should have an equal and level playing field: the ballot box and the courtroom.

GOP says election going to be different this year

August 6, 2012

At their state party convention, Republicans tried to make clear they are focused on winning Democratic strongholds in southern West Virginia and raising money.

Courts hold key to W.Va. election issues

August 5, 2012

Several disputes over the funding of political campaigns have made West Virginia a legal battleground, three months ahead of this year’s general election.

Courts hold key to WV election issues

August 05, 2012

Several disputes over the funding of political campaigns have made West Virginia a legal battleground, three months ahead of this year's general election.

Statehouse Beat: Sponsors help pay for SLC

August 4, 2012

Now that Southern Legislative Conference has come and gone, I can only hope that when it returns to Charleston again in 15 years, I can say, yep, I used to cover those conferences before I retired ...

W.Va. gets $2.2 million for highway improvements

August 3, 2012

Members of West Virginia's congressional delegation say funding totaling more than $2.2 million is headed to the state for seven highway and scenic byway improvements.

Court candidate suing over public funds

July 30, 2012

Supreme Court candidate Allen Loughry, the sole recipient of public campaign funds from a West Virginia pilot project, announced Monday that he had petitioned the Supreme Court to compel the release of the program's so-called rescue funding.

W.Va. leading the way toward growth, commerce secretary says

July 30, 2012

States must put their "own house in order" to spark job growth and set the stage for economic development, West Virginia Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette said Monday.

W.Va. court candidate suing over public funds

July 30, 2012

West Virginia's only candidate receiving public funds is suing after state election officials balked at providing his campaign with more money.

States eye way to shift expense of Medicaid

July 30, 2012

As states decide whether to expand their state Medicaid programs, the true cost remains elusive, an expert on health care reform told a group of lawmakers from across the southern United States on Sunday.

Base Decisions On Facts, Not Rumors

July 29, 2012

The natural gas industry is too important to our region, not to mention the rest of the country, for decisions about it to be based on misinformation. Unfortunately, getting the facts out seems to be an uphill battle.

Study suggests putting severance taxes into trust funds

July 29, 2012

States typically collect severance taxes on the production of natural resources, such as coal, natural gas, oil, limestone, gravel and salt.

Tom Miller: Lawmakers explore hiring their own cost estimators

July 28, 2012

It's understandable that those holding leadership positions in the legislative branch of state government in West Virginia have an inferiority complex when it comes to their relative strength compared to those in the executive and judicial branches of state government.

Legislative conference offers events to public

July 27, 2012

The general public can take advantage of two events in Charleston this weekend as the four-day Southern Legislative Conference kicks off.

Insurance bill leads to war of words

March 1, 2012

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce calls an insurance-related lawsuit bill detrimental to recent legal reforms made in the state, but supporters of the proposal disagree.

Legislation would mandate insurance disclosure

March 1, 2012

A bill that would force insurance companies to disclose information to plaintiff's attorneys before a personal injury suit is ever filed alarms insurance industry representatives.

Insurance disclosure in West Virginia law

February 29, 2012

The state Senate should take a closer look at the House bill

Will fourth time be the charm for a primary seatbelt law?

February 29, 2012

A third lap around the legislative track last year certainly wasn’t the charm for a primary seatbelt law.

W.Va. Senate tackles seatbelts, DUI charges

February 28, 2012

Drunken drivers who trigger a crash causing serious injuries would face a felony charge under a bill advancing in the West Virginia Legislature.

Dan Foster: We can control the costs of care

February 28, 2012

The high cost of health care is constantly in the news. First, it was the recent action of the PEIA Finance Board to address the state's enormous unfunded liability for promised retiree health-care benefits. Then there was the story about the overwhelming financial challenges in future state budgets from Medicaid costs.

High Court lowers budget request

February 28, 2012

The state Supreme Court is lowering its budget request by $2.2 million for next year.

Rowe Eyes Seat On W.Va. Supreme Court

February 28, 2012

Democrat Jim Rowe of Greenbrier County wants to take his 15 years experience as a circuit court judge to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

State Supreme Court refuses to hear ag commissioner challenge

February 27, 2012

The state Supreme Court Monday refused to hear a motion for a writ of mandamus to remove Sen. Walt Helmick, D-Pocahontas, from the May primary ballot as a candidate for agriculture commissioner, saying the case should first be heard in circuit court.

State court system trims its budget request by $2.2M

February 27, 2012

A robust pension fund has West Virginia's judicial system voluntarily seeking a $2.2 million budget cut.

End of legislative session nears

February 27, 2012

The Legislature has two weeks left to tackle mine safety legislation, substance abuse, prison overcrowding and how to punish drivers who make calls and send text messages.

W.Va. reins in benefit costs

February 27, 2012

West Virginia is already reaping benefits from recent efforts to rein in public retiree health benefit costs, officials say: They expect to shrink the projected funding shortfall further, by more than $1 billion, and a Wall Street credit rating agency appears ready to praise the state's handling of its last major liability.

Capital Focus: Other post-employment benefits action shrinks shortfall in W.Va.

February 27, 2012

West Virginia is already reaping benefits from recent efforts to rein in public retiree health benefit costs, officials say: They expect to shrink the projected funding shortfall by more than $1 billion, and a Wall Street credit rating agency appears ready to praise the state’s handling of its last major liability.

Recent OPEB actions yielding dividends for W.Va.

February 26, 2012

West Virginia is already reaping benefits from recent efforts to rein in public retiree health benefit costs, officials say: They expect to shrink the projected funding shortfall by more than $1 billion, and a Wall Street credit rating agency appears ready to praise the state's handling of its last major liability.

OPEB actions already helping W.Va. finances

February 26, 2012

West Virginia is already reaping benefits from recent efforts to rein in public retiree health benefit costs: Officials say they expect to shrink the projected funding shortfall further, by more than $1 billion, and a Wall Street credit rating agency appears ready to praise the state's handling of its last major liability.

Health insurance for workers declines

February 25, 2012

According to a report released today by the Economic Policy Institute, employer-sponsored health insurance has declined for the tenth year in a row nationwide, from 59.4 percent in 2009 to 54.6 percent in 2011.

W.Va. bill to require seatbelts advances

February 24, 2012

Police could stop a driver just for failing to wear a seatbelt, under a bill that won Senate committee approval Thursday.

House sends autism coverage bill on to Senate

February 24, 2012

The House passed six bills on third reading Thursday. One of the bills passed fixes issues with an autism insurance coverage bill passed during the past legislative session.

Capito says GOP presidential win will be difficult

February 24, 2012

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito said replacing President Barack Obama with a Republican will be an uphill battle this year.

House OKs change to autism coverage law

February 23, 2012

West Virginia's House of Delegates has unanimously endorsed a clarification of the state's new autism insurance coverage mandate.

State lawmakers consider $51M Medicaid boost

February 23, 2012

Rising health-care costs have caused West Virginia lawmakers to try to shore up future funding for Medicaid.

House committee kills PEIA exemption bill

February 23, 2012

When is an insurance company NOT an insurance company? When it’s the Public Employees Insurance Agency, which provides medical insurance to state, county and municipal employees.

Delegate lobbies for DUI bill

February 23, 2012

Delegate Brian Savilla made an emotional plea to his House colleagues Wednesday to consider his bill toughening the state's laws against driving under the influence.

Legislators: $1.5B road bond issue likely dead

February 23, 2012

A proposed constitutional amendment that would let voters decide if they want to approve a $1.5 billion bond issue for highway construction and road repairs in West Virginia appears dead in the water with less than three weeks remaining in the 2012 regular session of the state legislature.

Maloney criticizes safety bill talks

February 23, 2012

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney said Wednesday that union and coal company lobbyists are spending too much time fighting over what happens after a coal mine explosion and not doing enough to prevent another one.

Is Real ID a step toward ‘mark of the beast’?

February 22, 2012

Is the Real ID a precursor to the end-time world dictator known in Bible prophecy as the Antichrist?

Senate committee hears concerns about ‘Mark of the Beast’

February 22, 2012

Some West Virginia Christians want state lawmakers to let them opt out of the state's new Real ID driver's license system, saying some of the technologies it employs could be precursors to the "Mark of the Beast" as foretold in the Book of Revelation.

Primary seatbelt law gets new lease on life

February 22, 2012

A renewed attempt to make failure to hook up a seatbelt while driving a primary traffic offense in West Virginia got off to another start Tuesday.

U.S. Supreme Court: W.Va. court's nursing-home ruling wrong

February 21, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday that West Virginia's highest court incorrectly interpreted a federal law when it ruled that nursing homes can't use arbitration to avoid lawsuits over residents' care.

U.S. Supreme Court smacks W.Va. over nursing home ruling

February 21, 2012

The West Virginia Supreme court must reconsider a major ruling that would have made it harder for state nursing homes to avoid personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, the U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday.

W.Va. House OKs $8.5 million in judgments vs state

February 21, 2012

Fatal traffic accidents, jail fees and lawsuits have led to $8.5 million in judgments against West Virginia agencies this year.

Tomblin Touts Session Success

February 20, 2012

With the West Virginia Legislature two-thirds of the way through its 2012 session, a pair of early and major successes has helped propel Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's 16-item agenda.

Tomblin seeing key successes this session

February 19, 2012

With the West Virginia Legislature two-thirds of the way through its 2012 session, a pair of early and major successes has helped propel Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's 16-item agenda.

Gov sees key successes this session

February 19, 2012

With the West Virginia Legislature two-thirds of the way through its 2012 session, a pair of early and major successes has helped propel Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's 16-item agenda.

Unlikely delegate takes over momentarily for House Speaker

February 17, 2012

A Republican took over House Speaker duties, albeit momentarily, when Minority Whip Mitch Carmichael filled in for Rick Thompson Thursday.

State Supreme Court seeks input on business court

February 17, 2012

The West Virginia Supreme Court is seeking comment on proposed rules for a new court system for business-related lawsuits.

W.Va. Senate bill requires pregnancy, contraception insurance

February 17, 2012

West Virginia lawmakers have resurrected a bill that would require health insurance plans to cover pregnancy care and contraception for insured daughters and wives.

Legislators challenge drivers license rules for Real ID Act

February 20, 2012

Saying that the current process lacks common sense, a group of Eastern Panhandle lawmakers introduced a bill last week to force the state Division of Motor Vehicles to rewrite rules for getting driver's licenses.

New bill to spur industry growth

February 20, 2012

Lawmakers in the House of Delegates will begin work this week on a bill designed to encourage investment and job growth in emerging industries in West Virginia.

Tom Miller: Proposals to establish lieutenant governor, redefine term limit unlikely to gain traction

February 18, 2012

At last count more than six dozen proposed amendments to the West Virginia Constitution have been introduced at this legislative session, including the usual suspects like higher homestead exemptions on property taxes and a ban on same-sex marriages in this state.

Statehouse Beat: With no campaign jockeying, a smooth session

February 18, 2012

unday marks the two-thirds point of the 2012 legislative session, and the word that best describes the session to date is copasetic, at least compared to this point in the 2011 regular session.

Senator prefers texting as a primary offense

January 20, 2012

Outlawing cell phone texting by adult drivers as a primary traffic violation is more workable, and that is the direction he would like to take, says Senate Judiciary Chairman Corey Palumbo.

Study gives state C- for follow-up on job promises

January 19, 2012

West Virginia gets a grade of C- for the way it monitors, verifies, enforces and discloses the terms of taxpayer subsidies it gives to businesses that promise to create jobs, according to a new study.

Manchin to seek Senate re-election

January 19, 2012

Despite apparent frustration with the slow-moving, bitterly contentious Washington political machine, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Wednesday he will seek re-election.

House lawmakers fix FOIA loophole

January 19, 2012

House lawmakers unanimously passed a fix to the state's Freedom of Information Act Wednesday following a failed attempt by Republicans to include far greater changes in the bill.

Miller appointed to House Finance Committee

January 19, 2012

West Virginia Delegate Carol Miller, R-Cabell, has been appointed to the House of Delegates' Finance Committee by House Speaker Rick Thompson.

Committee Selects Candidates

January 18, 2012

A four-member panel Tuesday night selected two Brooke County residents and one from Ohio County as the best candidates to represent the 2nd District in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Texting ban would save lives, police say By Eric Eyre

January 18, 2012

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's legislation that bans drivers from text messaging and using cellphones would deter distracted driving and save lives, West Virginia State Police troopers told lawmakers Wednesday.

Texting While Driving Bill Hits Early Snag

January 18, 2012

The House of Delegates Transportation Committee Wednesday took up the plan to outlaw texting and talking on your cell phone while driving, but it quickly hit some roadblocks.

Delegate Tim Armstead wants improvements in FOIA

January 18, 2012

House Minority Leader Tim Armstead thinks a Freedom of Information Act bill before the chamber is solid legislation.

House passes public record law update, sends it to Senate

January 18, 2012

A document's content or context would help determine its release under West Virginia's Freedom of Information Act, under an update to the open government law unanimously passed Wednesday by the House of Delegates.

W.Va. unemployment rate increases in Dec.

January 18, 2012

West Virginia's unemployment rate rose to 7.7 percent in December, up from 7.1 percent in November.

High court soon may decide on stay in redistricting case

January 18, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court may signal as soon as today how West Virginia officials ought to proceed with this year's congressional elections, according to those involved with the case.

Snuffer not seeking re-election

January 18, 2012

After one term in the Legislature, Delegate Rick Snuffer is calling it quits, saying his realigned district is too large for him to provide Raleigh County residents the representation they deserve, given his family obligations.

Race for House of Delegates heats up

January 18, 2012

The field of candidates for the West Virginia House of Delegates got a little more crowded Tuesday as three new candidates filed for the race.

Driver cellphone, texting ban should sail through, lawmakers say

January 17, 2012

West Virginia could soon join a growing number of states where it's illegal to send text messages or use a cellphone while driving.

W.Va. redistricting stay petition opposed

January 17, 2012

Foes of West Virginia's congressional redistricting plan are urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to block the ruling that struck it down.

News at 3:15 p.m.: W.Va. redistricting stay petition opposed

January 17, 2012

Foes of West Virginia's congressional redistricting plan are urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to block the ruling that struck it down.

Former Gov. Hulett C. Smith dies

January 16, 2012

Hulett Carlson Smith, West Virginia's governor from 1965 to 1969, whose term was marked by several disasters and the state's first attempt to regulate the strip mining industry, died on Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the age of 93.

Former W.Va. Gov. Hulett Smith dies at age 93

January 16, 2012

Hulett Smith, West Virginia's governor from 1965 to 1969, is being remembered as a good governor who guided the state during a turbulent time.

W.Va. Gov. Who Abolished Death Penalty Dies at 93

January 16, 2012

Former Gov. Hulett C. Smith, who signed West Virginia's first strip mining laws and the bill that abolished the state's death penalty, has died. He was 93.

Cabell Co. looks for ways to boost juror pools

January 16, 2012

Cabell County judicial officials are looking for ways to increase the number of people who respond to summonses for jury duty.

New U.S. House maps emerging

January 16, 2012

West Virginia lawmakers are considering new maps for the state's congressional districts, while the legal fight continues over the one struck down by a panel of federal judges this month as unconstitutional.

New Congressional Map Plans Emerge

January 16, 2012

West Virginia lawmakers are considering new maps for the state's congressional districts, while the legal fight continues over the one struck down by a panel of federal judges this month as unconstitutional.

New U.S. House maps emerging

January 16, 2012

West Virginia lawmakers are considering new maps for the state's congressional districts, while the legal fight continues over the one struck down by a panel of federal judges this month as unconstitutional.

New redistricting maps taking shape at Capitol

January 16, 2012

West Virginia lawmakers are considering new maps for the state's congressional districts, while the legal fight continues over the one struck down by a panel of federal judges this month as unconstitutional.

Congressional redistricting plan introduced produces grumbling

January 16, 2012

The first of at least three proposals for congressional redistricting was introduced in the state Senate on Monday -- prompting considerable consternation among some senators.

W.Va. ass't prosecutor appointed to House vacancy

January 16, 2012

A Mingo County assistant prosecutor is the newest member of the House of Delegates.

Mingo prosecutor appointed to House vacancy

January 16, 2012

A Mingo County assistant prosecutor is the newest member of the House of Delegates.

Editorial: Buying elections

January 16, 2012

A year ago, conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court opened floodgates to let big-money special interests pump millions into political campaigns, to ensure election of their favorites.

Ferguson lobbied board on retirement issue that could benefit him

January 16, 2012

As a member of the state retirement board, Administration Secretary Robert Ferguson lobbied fellow board members to settle an ongoing state employee's dispute that could significantly affect Ferguson's own retirement pay, according to a letter obtained by the Gazette on Monday.

Reps mulling ban on texting while driving

January 15, 2012

Three bills have been introduced in the 2012 session of the West Virginia Legislature addressing growing concerns about the use of cell phones and texting while driving a motor vehicle.

New U.S. House maps emerge in W.Va. Legislature

January 15, 2012

West Virginia lawmakers are considering new maps for the state's congressional districts, while the legal fight continues over the one struck down by a panel of federal judges this month as unconstitutional.

Tom Miller: Tomblin's proposals for state well received, if light on details

January 15, 2012

In his first State of the State address since moving from the unusual role of acting governor to elected chief executive, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proved he's already mastered the art of offering tantalizing, appealing new proposals to move West Virginia forward that are short on details. But he still needs work on his public speaking delivery.

Lawmakers, health agency join forces

January 14, 2012

While legislators tackle various health issues, Delegate Meshea Poore, D-Kanawha, wants to ensure the lawmakers themselves are also healthy.

Perfect plan revisited

January 14, 2012

Senate Majority Leader John Unger, D-Berkeley, says he's building consensus in the Legislature for his "practically perfect plan" for congressional redistricting -- actually, he calls it the "more perfect plan," but I prefer the "Mary Poppins" allusion.

WVU Hospitals to outline expansion plans today

January 13, 2012

Officials with WVU Hospitals will soon offer more detail about their plans for a $248 million expansion project that will involve several facilities

Lawsuit against insurer moved to federal court

January 13, 2012

lawsuit accusing an insurer and an auto body shop of illegally using junkyard parts to repair vehicles has been moved to federal court.

House Finance Committee gets FY 2013 forecast

January 13, 2012

Mining and exports are the driving factors in West Virginia’s revenue situation for the next fiscal year. The fiscal forecast was presented to the House Finance Committee Thursday morning.

Delegate district map ruled faulty

January 13, 2012

The Jefferson County Clerk's Office was notified earlier this week by state officials of a mistake on the county's final House of Delegates redistricting map, according to Jefferson County Clerk Jennifer Maghan.

Guthrie, Mahan pleased with backing on proposed texting ban

January 13, 2012

For the past few legislative sessions, Delegate Nancy Guthrie has been on a mission to take cell phones out of the hands of motorists.

Highways chief floats road bond issue

January 13, 2012

West Virginia Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox wants state voters to consider authorizing a $1 billion to $1.5 billion road bond that could finish 17 different projects statewide, including a new, toll-free U.S. 35.

News at 5:15 p.m.: W.Va. lawmakers weigh $1B bond for road needs

January 12, 2012

West Virginia voters may be asked to approve the borrowing of at least $1 billion for state roads.

Lawmakers weigh $1B bond for roads

January 12, 2012

West Virginia could complete 19 shelved road and bridge projects all around the state if voters approve a bond amendment to borrow $1 billion, Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox told legislators Thursday.

Raese files to run for Senate

January 12, 2012

For the second time in less than 18 months, Morgantown businessman John Raese has filed to run for U.S. Senate.

Redistricting plan gets reprieve, but hitch still exists

January 11, 2012

West Virginia lawmakers don't have to come up with a new U.S. House redistricting plan by next week, but the state is now in a no man's land for the 2012 congressional elections.

Redistricting deadline lifted

January 11, 2012

West Virginia officials no longer face a Jan. 17 deadline to submit a new congressional redistricting plan, but they also cannot conduct this year's three U.S. House races with the map that was struck down last week as unconstitutional, the federal judges who issued that decision said Tuesday.

Tomblin to Chamber: No new taxes

January 10, 2012

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin promised no new taxes and minimal growth of government in next year's budget during a state Chamber of Commerce event in Charleston Tuesday night.

W.Va. investment assets’ value down 4.4 percent

January 10, 2012

Since July, assets managed by the state Investment Management Board are down about 4.4 percent, or about $436.7 million, Executive Director Craig Slaughter told lawmakers on Tuesday.

W.Va. redistricting deadline lifted, but election calendar looms

January 10, 2012

West Virginia officials no longer face a Jan. 17 deadline to submit a new congressional redistricting plan, but they also cannot conduct this year's three U.S. House races with the map that was struck down last week as unconstitutional, the federal judges who issued that decision said Tuesday.

Tomblin's second State of the State to be first as governor

January 10, 2012

In a rare quirk of history, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will be giving his second State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature this evening -- but it will be his first as governor.

WV Secretary of State discusses election filing period

January 10, 2012

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and several statewide incumbents are among the candidates filing for West Virginia's ballot this year.

Teacher pay raise sought

January 10, 2012

A year after public school teachers got pay raises, West Virginia’s largest educators’ group is calling for another one.

West Virginia lieutenant governor: Legislators consider new post

January 10, 2012

Hoping to avoid the legal battles and election costs that haunted West Virginia only a year ago, lawmakers took the first step Monday in creating the post of lieutenant governor.

W.Va. judge warns he may toss DuPont lawsuits

January 9, 2012

Fourteen families who blame ailments ranging from rashes to cancer on long-term exposure to a former DuPont zinc-smelting plant have until March 15 to produce new evidence or risk seeing the case thrown out.

Lawmakers ready for session

January 9, 2012

State lawmakers are getting prepared to take on a number of issues as the West Virginia Legislature convenes this week for its regular session.

Focus on coal, drugs, jobs

January 9, 2012

Protecting coal miners and the coal industry from EPA regulations are two of the major goals Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will be asking the West Virginia Legislature to address during the 2012 legislative session.

Audit arrives on eve of session

January 9, 2012

A wide-ranging review of West Virginia's public school system has arrived just as lawmakers prepare to launch their regular session for 2012.

Legislature needs to improve the state’s margin of error

January 9, 2012

West Virginia state government financial analysts have a good record for accuracy — but as legislative leaders recognize, it needs to be improved.

W.Va. lawmakers holding off on Coopers Rock change

January 8, 2012

It may be another year before West Virginia lawmakers consider changing the oversight of Coopers Rock State Forest.

Candidate filing period starts Monday

January 8, 2012

It's time for West Virginians to add their names to what will be a packed 2012 ballot.

State candidate filing period begins today

January 8, 2012

It’s time for West Virginians to add their names to what will be a packed 2012 ballot.

Lawmakers get look at education audit

January 8, 2012

A wide-ranging review of West Virginia's public school system has arrived just as lawmakers prepare to launch their regular session for 2012.

Tom Miller: Redistricting a pressing problem for Legislature

January 7, 2012

The West Virginia Legislature's first order of business at the 60-day regular 2012 session beginning Wednesday in Charleston is now obvious, thanks to a 2-1 decision by a three-judge federal panel last week.

Don’t Keep Burdening Businesses

January 7, 2012

It's entirely possible West Virginians could have had a noticeable income tax break by 2016 - except for the sins of state officials in the past. Remember that when you do your state income tax returns for the next couple of decades.

Audit of education system is released

January 7, 2012

A sweeping review of West Virginia’s public schools released Friday offers scores of recommendations that its authors say can improve lagging student performance and save about $70 million a year statewide.

Redistricting big topic at legislative discussion

January 6, 2012

Don't expect West Virginia's legislators to allow a federal court to determine the state's congressional districts.

West Virginia K-12 audit results released

January 6, 2012

A sweeping review of West Virginia's public schools released Friday offers scores of recommendations its authors say can improve lagging student performance and save about $70 million a year statewide.



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