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Cabell Huntington makes elite list

December 19, 2013

For the eighth consecutive year, the Home Health Department at Cabell Huntington Hospital has been named to the Top 500 of the 2013 HomeCare Elite, which recognizes the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

Sterling to Step Down At Wheeling Chamber

December 19, 2013

WHEELING - After almost 20 years as president of the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce, Terry Sterling has decided to call it a career.

Lewisburg could see costs rise for volunteer fire department

December 19, 2013

LEWISBURG — City officials learned this week that the cost of maintaining Lewisburg’s volunteer fire department may soon include an $86,000 annual penalty, thanks to what at least one lawmaker terms a “technical error” in the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Senator has it wrong about health reform

December 19, 2013

A recent column penned by former Democrat and now Republican State Sen. Evan Jenkins, which seeks to place blame on Congressman Nick Rahall for what Jenkins refers to as the unfolding “Obam­acare debacle,” is both mis­leading and ultimately false.

Lawmakers Should Know Jobs Impact

December 19, 2013

When members of Congress get copies of bills under consideration, they also receive estimates of the measures' costs - not that it seems to do much good in controlling government spending.

Fewer admissions hurt CAMC

December 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Area Medical Center officials are having to re-evaluate next year's budget because of higher expenses and less revenue than expected this year, the hospital's chief financial officer said Wednesday.

Ron Pollack: Realities of health system

December 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Now that technical fixes to the health insurance marketplace website are mainly accomplished, it is time to assess how the Affordable Care Act will affect people across the nation in the months ahead.

Editor: Meth nightmare gets worse

December 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's meth narcotic mess is sickening -- destroying lives of addicts, wrecking families, hurting children, injuring police officers, bankrupting landlords and inflicting million-dollar losses on taxpayers -- as reporters Eric Eyre and David Gutman outlined in a two-day report. It's a blight on the Mountain State.

RGH eliminates 14 positions

December 18, 2013

BECKLEY — “Hospitals nationwide are experiencing significant challenges that are affecting operations and financial performance,” Raleigh General Hospital CEO David Darden said Tuesday in a prepared statement.

Editorial: DMV shouldn't wait any longer to start modernizing services

December 18, 2013

No matter what states we have lived in, most of us no doubt have encountered the frustrating waits that seem common at government motor vehicle registration and driver licensing offices.

Robert C. Byrd’s vision of a grand ‘King Coal Highway’ must be fulfilled

December 18, 2013

— — While recent budget negotiation developments would hint of some reappearance of common sense in Washington, reality would suggest that lawmakers instead simply understand that the public is still angry at them and that the 2014 midterm elections are fast approaching.

Tuning up for a House of Delegates run

December 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Michael Ari Pushkin is one of a very few candidates who could rock the house at one of his own campaign fundraisers.

W.Va. response to infectious disease found lagging

December 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia is lagging in its approach to handling threats of infectious disease, including the failure to meet benchmarks for flu and whooping cough vaccinations, two health advocacy groups said Tuesday.

Report: W.Va. response to disease threats lagging

December 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia is lagging in its approach to handling infectious disease threats, including the failure to meet benchmarks for flu and whooping cough vaccinations, two health advocacy groups said Tuesday.

Manchin bill would keep volunteer firefighters out of Affordable Care Act

December 16, 2013

BECKLEY — Sen. Joe Manchin has teamed up with a handful of other senators to present a bill that would keep volunteer fire departments and their firefighters out of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Report examines landownership in W.Va.

December 16, 2013

MARTINSBURG - In its recently released report titled "Who Owns West Virginia?", the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy shows that in parts of the state, especially in the southern part, private lands are held by very few landowners and most are out-of-state companies.

Tom Miller: Committees unveil major policy initiatives for state

December 15, 2013

It is less than a month until the West Virginia Legislature convenes for the regular 2014 session, so the three days of legislative interim committee meetings last week at the Capitol resulted in several substantial policy decisions about issues that will be coming up before the session adjourns in mid-March.

DMV needs more online services, audit finds

December 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles should offer more services to the public online, including vehicle registration renewals that many other states have offered for more than a decade, according to a legislative audit.

Jenkins opposes health reform; group's position uncertain

December 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The head of the West Virginia State Medical Association thinks the Affordable Care Act is a "boondoggle." The top physician in the organization wouldn't comment on that this week, or say where the state doctors' group stands.

Phil Kabler: Drug cost estimate raises eyebrows

December 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ted Cheatham, executive director of the state Public Employees Insurance Agency, had stayed out of the headlines of late. That's what happens when you manage a health insurance plan that's going into it's third straight year without a premium increase.

Phone app allows reporting of drunken drivers

December 13, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky motorists who get behind the wheel after drinking may be outsmarted by their phones with the introduction of a new app from the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.

Drop in teen smoking good news for public health

December 13, 2013

THE good news is in: the rate of teen smoking in the state has dropped dramatically. That translates into better adult health for many West Virginians in the years to come and potentially even fewer teen smokers in the future.

Case against legalizing marijuana presented

December 13, 2013

KENOVA -- Advocates for drug prevention made the case against marijuana legalization at a town hall meeting Thursday evening at the Kenova Municipal Building.

For first time in years, Ethics Commission full

December 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For the first time in years, Thursday's meeting of the state Ethics Commission had a full complement of 12 commissioners participating, as the governor's office filled long-standing vacancies on the commission.

Chafin withdraws from Mingo judge consideration

December 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Former state Supreme Court candidate Letitia Neese Chafin has taken her name out of the running to be appointed Mingo County's circuit judge.

W.Va. reps split on budget deal

December 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's House of Representatives members were split on a budget agreement that passed the House Thursday evening.

Fairmont leaders eye home rule priorities

December 11, 2013

FAIRMONT — Fairmont City Council members met during a work session Tuesday to discuss the city’s plans to submit an application to be included in a home rule pilot program.

E-filing brings W.Va. court system ‘into the 21st century’

December 11, 2013

FAIRMONT — Marion County made history Tuesday when the first lawsuit was filed on West Virginia’s new e-filing system by a Fairmont attorney

Dip in premiums for PEIA is probably just a blip

December 10, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State employees will see a $10 decrease in their health insurance premiums next year, although the savings likely will not last.

Meth ingredient legislation would cost PEIA $4.3M

December 10, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Legislation requiring prescriptions for cold and allergy medications containing pseudoephedrine could cost the Public Employees Insurance Agency as much as $4.3 million in additional expenses each year, PEIA executive director Ted Cheatham told legislators Tuesday.

W.Va. Obamacare enrollment: 1,237

December 10, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- While there's more work to be done on Healthcare.gov, the head of the only company offering insurance plans on West Virginia's Health Insurance Marketplace said he's encouraged by new enrollment figures.

Thumbs up: Tougher law aids effort to reduce distracted driving

December 10, 2013

For the motorists on the receiving end, word that police are writing citations for violations of West Virginia’s tougher distracted driving law is not necessarily good news.

More than 280 state distracted driving citations since July

December 9, 2013

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- More than 280 motorists have been cited for distracted driving violations in West Virginia since a new law went into effect July 1.

In 5 months, nearly 400 ticketed for using phone while driving

December 9, 2013

BECKLEY — Officers with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program wrote 394 tickets for violations of the new distracted driving law from July 1 to Nov. 30, Beckley Police Capt. Lonnie Christian said.

Statehouse beat: The sky isn't falling

December 8, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Some media outlets last week were all in a dither about November state revenue collections coming up $14.9 million short for the month, and that the year-to-date revenue shortfall had jumped some 25 percent, from $42.5 million to $57.4 million, in a single month.

Unfair burden: Time to strip tolls from W.Va. Turnpike Bluefield Daily Telegraph

December 8, 2013

Southern West Virginia motorists routinely commute north on the West Virginia Turnpike in order to work, shop, visit relatives or visit the state capitol.

Don’t Delay Action On W.Va. Budget

December 8, 2013

Unless tax collections pick up, there will be no "happy New Year" in Charleston. Instead, there will be notices going out to state agencies that they must cut spending for the remainder of the fiscal year, ending June 30.

E-filing systems take shape across W.Va.

December 7, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Attorneys in West Virginia will soon be able to file a lawsuit from any computer, as a new electronic filing system takes shape.

Budget cuts possible as W.Va. revenues decline

December 5, 2013

CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s administration is considering mid-year budget cuts to offset a decline in state revenues.

Charleston's natural gas filling station up and running

December 5, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston's new natural gas fueling station had a low-key opening last month and is now providing 24/7 access to fill up vehicles that run on compressed natural gas.

Editorial: Accident serves as a reminder to drive cautiously

December 5, 2013

The collision of a car and a tractor-trailer truck on Monday in Huntington had serious conse­quences, the most significant being that the car’s driver was badly hurt.

State's highest court shows big improvement

December 5, 2013

THIS year appears to be the busiest year ever in the history of the state Supreme Court. And that's great news for fairness and justice in West Virginia.

Standard & Poor's sends W.Va. a message

December 5, 2013

IN the early 1990s, state officials allowed its four racetracks to add slot machines - and the money poured in from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Maryland.

W.Va. receives failing grade for financial disclosure

December 4, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia once again got a failing grade -- this time for the state's level of financial disclosure for judges.

Political parties in WV see profit

December 2, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Democratic Party spent more than $58,000 on travel and catering expenses for its annual fundraising dinner headlined by Vice President Joe Biden.

W.Va. Turnpike: Predicted snowstorm caused people to change their travel plans

December 2, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Forecasts for a Thanksgiving-eve snowstorm didn't pan out, but apparently convinced a lot of people to change their travel plans, Parkways Authority General Manager Greg Barr said Monday.

Survey: State youth tobacco use declines

December 2, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A new survey shows more West Virginia teenagers are staying away from tobacco.

W.Va. revenue shortfall tops $50 million

December 2, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State revenue collections continued to sputter in November, increasing the likelihood budget officials will cut spending in the middle of the budget year.

Two-Party Government

December 2, 2013

It should not have come as a surprise to those who have watched West Virginia. Delegate Ryan Ferns that he decided to leave the Democrat Party and become a Republican. His approach of ignoring what party leaders wanted in order to do what he felt was best for West Virginia residents made such a change virtually inevitable.

Nominees sought for business awards

December 2, 2013

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- West Virginia nominees are being sought for the Small Business Administration's national awards.

Political shift

December 1, 2013

The latest defection to jolt the West Virginia Democratic Party came this week when Delegate Ryan Ferns made public his intention to not only become a Republican but to run for the state Senate.

Statehouse beat: Crossing over to the other side

December 1, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Quote of the week: "Ryan is the sort of leader folks in either party should hold up as a community exemplar." -- Conrad Lucas, West Virginia Republican Party chairman, welcoming Ohio County Delegate Ryan Ferns to the GOP, after switching his party affiliation.

Adequate Minimum

December 1, 2013

West Virginia legislators should continue looking into a proposal they increase minimum requirements for vehicle insurance in the state - but they need more information before proceeding.

Keep calm and drive

November 20, 2013

It’s not just for teenagers anymore. Distracted driving, that is.

Thumbs down: Too many motorists are failing to buckle up

November 20, 2013

Seat belts reduce serious highway crash injuries and deaths by about 50 percent, researchers say.

Insurance industry against raising minimum coverage, lawmakers told

November 19, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If West Virginia drivers were forced to pay more for mandatory minimum vehicle insurance, more of them would drive without any coverage at all, an insurance industry representative told legislators Tuesday.

Majority against prescription for cold medicine

November 19, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va.--A new poll finds the majority of West Virginia voters oppose requiring a prescription for medicines containing pseudoephedrine but support banning criminals from buying the meth-making ingredient.

EMS crews want exemption from broker proposal

November 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A group representing ambulance crews from all over West Virginia will ask Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to exclude ambulance services from a proposal to hire a third-party broker to manage nonemergency medical transport.

Vast amounts of campaign cash poisons U.S. politics

November 12, 2013

Four West Virginia coal industry millionaires evidently exceeded federal limits for political donations — nearly all given to Republicans — reporter David Gutman revealed.

Political polling a science

November 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va.--When it comes right down to it, running for elected office is a business decision.

WVU president Clements leaving for Clemson

November 11, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After nearly five years as president of West Virginia University, Jim Clements announced Monday that he's leaving WVU for Clemson University.

State to end high-risk insurance pool

November 11, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- West Virginia is ending a state-run high-risk insurance pool for people who can't obtain coverage elsewhere.

Access WV coverage to end under ACA

November 10, 2013

MARTINSBURG - Ken Rozich said he was "totally blindsided" by news that insurance coverage he'd been purchasing for himself and his son would no longer be available after Dec. 31.

Ethics act is all that’s adequate

November 8, 2013

It's not uncommon for the governor and/or Legislature to start a new initiative, and then -- whether intentionally, through neglect, or because their attentions are diverted to a new issue -- allow it to whither away.

New flood insurance rates discussed

November 8, 2013

VIENNA - Changes in the National Flood Insurance Program and how it will affect residents in the city were discussed Thursday.

Fall Injures Judge Gaughan, Recht Is Recalled to Service

November 8, 2013

With First Judicial Circuit Judge Martin Gaughan recuperating from injuries sustained in a fall - and a subsequent hip replacement surgery - former Circuit Judge Arthur Recht has been recalled to active service.

Gainer announces congressional bid

November 8, 2013

West Virginia Auditor Glen Gainer this morning announced he will run for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives 1st District.

Probe sought of black lung lawyers, doctors

November 7, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two Democratic U.S. House members have asked the Department of Labor's Inspector General to investigate alleged misconduct by lawyers and doctors who helped coal companies successfully fight black lung claims by miners.

W.Va. health centers get grants to expand access

November 7, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two health centers in West Virginia have been awarded federal grants to expand access to care.

Manchin introduces bill to delay individual mandate penalty

November 7, 2013

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., introduced a bill Thursday that would delay the penalty in the portion of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," that requires everyone to have health insurance.

Jobs

November 7, 2013

When national and international companies force states into bidding wars over new businesses, they pay attention to more than the temporary incentives placed on the table. The long-term tax and regulatory outlooks are more important.

New fund hopes to aid W.Va. businesses

November 6, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. -- West Virginia entrepreneurs and business owners may have a new way to find investors, with a new program announced by state and regional officials Wednesday.

ACA a 'magnificent work,' Rockefeller proclaims

ACA a 'magnificent work,' Rockefeller proclaims

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller on Wednesday praised the Affordable Care Act and denounced what he called a "maniacal" Republican attack on the health-care reform law.

Tomblin task force backs prescription-only pseudoephedrine

November 6, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's task force on substance abuse is recommending West Virginians be required to get a doctor's prescription before they can buy cold medications that contain an ingredient used to make illegal methamphetamine in clandestine labs.

Coal firm pleads guilty in scheme to defraud Brickstreet

November 6, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A mining contract firm pleaded guilty on Wednesday to using dozens of illegal cash withdrawals from a Mingo County bank to help finance a multimillion-dollar scheme to lower workers' compensation premiums for companies that provided workers to some of West Virginia's largest coal producers.

Study: 71,000 in state eligible for tax credits

November 5, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A new study says about 71,000 West Virginia residents will be eligible for tax credits under the federal health care reform law if they purchase coverage through new health insurance marketplaces.

Manchin's state director stepping down

November 5, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's state director is stepping down.

W.Va. ranks high in tax friendliness

November 4, 2013

West Virginia is one of the most taxpayer-friendly states in the union, imposing a lower tax burden on its citizens than Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and 35 other states.

Revenue down at start of fiscal year

November 4, 2013

Although there are a few reasons to be optimistic, like increasing natural gas production and better-than-expected revenues for the state road fund, West Virginia's 2014 budget year is shaping up to be a rough one.

Attorney: Country has lost faith in judicial system

November 4, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The country has lost faith in the judicial system, said Bruce Stanley, a well-known plaintiff's attorney.

Parkersburg works to become more bicycle-friendly

November 4, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- Parkersburg officials are working to make the city more bicycle-friendly.

Legalize: Medical pot humane

November 4, 2013

Another national Gallup poll found that 58 percent of American adults now think marijuana should be legalized -- and only 39 percent oppose it. This is a remarkable upsurge, a rapid shift in U.S. public opinion in the past generation.

Editorial: Chain’s decision on selling drug used for meth may not be enough

November 4, 2013

A decision by Rite Aid pharmacies in West Virginia to stop selling cold medications that have only pseudoephedrine as their active ingredient has received mixed reviews

W.Va. Rite Aid stores stop selling most sought-after meth-making medicines

November 3, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Rite Aid stores in West Virginia have stopped carrying several top-selling cold medications that are used to make methamphetamine illegally in clandestine labs.

Cabell Huntington workers reject proposed contract

November 3, 2013

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Union employees at Cabell Huntington Hospital have rejected a proposed contract.

Candidacy announced by Collis

November 3, 2013

INWOOD - Gary "Peanut" Collis has announced his candidacy for state representative for the 60th District in South Berkeley County to the West Virginia House of Delegates.

NPLEx tracking system has pros, cons as police tool against meth

October 28, 2013

CHARLESTON (AP) — One recent day, a man walked into a local Rite-Aid and tried to purchase more than his legal limit of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the manufacture of crystal meth. Thanks to a tracking system used in pharmacies statewide, he walked away empty-handed.

Some legislators want to dissolve Parkways Authority

October 27, 2013

There are a growing number of West Virginia legislators who would like to see the West Virginia Parkways Authority, which is responsible for the 88-mile West Virginia Turnpike between Charleston and Princeton, dissolved and control of the road turned over to the state Division of Highways. There is even a Senate Transportation Committee resolution (SCR55) that calls for a study of the feasibility of eliminating the Parkways Authority.

Gas worker residency data missing from Tomblin report

October 27, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Last week, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration told state lawmakers that the boom in natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale field "continues to have a positive impact on West Virginia's economy."

Analysis: Events turn W.Va. from blue to red

October 27, 2013

PINEVILLE -- Those old enough to remember still tell visitors how this mountain town helped make history on April 26, 1960. That was the day 600 people showed up in front of the Wyoming County courthouse to hear a patrician senator with a Boston accent make his case to be their next president.

Statehouse beat: Budget gap to grow bigger

October 27, 2013

CHARLESTON W.Va. -- Quote of the week: "The problem is, we're living too long. You can't work for 35 years, and then retire for 40 years." -- state Budget Office director Mike McKown.

W.Va. execs among those who exceeded election donation limits, records

October 26, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Four West Virginia coal industry executives who gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to dozens of Republican candidates and committees in the 2012 election appear to have exceeded federal limits on political donations, according to election filings.

Chamber takes aim at drug problems

October 26, 2013

Dealing with widespread drug abuse, improved political clout and improving workforce education and readiness were the top three areas of concern Friday for the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce at a retreat at The Cabins at Pine Haven in Beaver.

SCOTUS decision could erase some campaign donation limits

October 26, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Four West Virginians who appear to have exceeded overall limits on political donations may not have to worry about those limits the next time around.

Developer of problem-plagued ACA website has $110M state computer contract

October 23, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The main contractor behind the problem-plagued federal health insurance exchange website is the same Canadian company that has a $110 million contract to design a computer system that will manage all West Virginia state government accounts.

Experts discuss future of state's energy industry

October 23, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Energy research and how to take advantage of it are among the topics of discussion at a symposium now underway in Morgantown.

W.Va. graduation rates jump 8.5 pct in 5 years

October 23, 2013

New state Department of Education figures show high school graduation rates have improved steadily for five years in West Virginia, jumping 8.5 percent since the fall of 2008.

As Turnpike tolls increase, so do E-Z Pass users

October 23, 2013

The number of drivers using the West Virginia Turnpike's E-Z Pass program has increased dramatically since tolls on the roads went up four years ago.

WVU: New freshmen have higher academic credentials

October 23, 2013

West Virginia University says it’s got a more diverse student population and a higher-quality freshman class this fall than it’s had in previous years.

WVU: New freshmen have higher academic credentials

October 23, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia University says it's got a more diverse student population and a higher-quality freshman class this fall than it's had in previous years.

State PSC set to hear complaints over power bills

October 23, 2013

FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- Citizens' groups are urging customers of Mon Power and Potomac Edison to attend two days of public hearings into Mon Power's billing and meter-reading practices.

Some legal implications of medical marijuana remain unresolved

October 23, 2013

The drive to legalize marijuana in West Virginia received another endorsement last week when the Silver-Haired Legislature issued a position paper urging that the drug be available by prescription for medicinal purposes.

Speeding Up Work To Finish Corridor H

October 23, 2013

Why anyone concerned with a region's future would plan a major highway to be constructed over a 72-year period is beyond us. But that was the plan for Corridor H, beginning in 1964.

Kanawha clerk seeks delay in gay marriage lawsuit

October 23, 2013

The clerk of West Virginia’s biggest county says she needs more time to respond to a lawsuit over the state’s ban on same-sex marriages and has asked a judge to postpone today’s deadline.

DuPont eyes quick decision on potential unit sale

October 22, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Executives at DuPont Co. said Tuesday they have made "significant progress" in exploring options for a potential sale of the company's performance chemicals unit, which is tied to operations at the company's Belle and Washington plants.

Policy center argues for higher minimum wage

October 22, 2013

The current minimum wage standard is not cutting it, according to a report issued this month by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.

Agency takes action to protect workers

October 22, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State Bureau for Children and Families Commissioner Nancy Exline said the bureau plans to have new statewide worker safety measures in place next month, after a legislative audit released Tuesday determined Child Protective Services field workers are at risk during home visits.

Kanawha clerk seeks delay in gay marriage lawsuit

October 22, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The clerk of West Virginia's biggest county says she needs more time to respond to a lawsuit over the state's ban on same-sex marriages and has asked a judge to postpone her Wednesday deadline.

W.Va. governor says European investment trip productive

October 21, 2013

CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says an investment mission to Europe has been productive.

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October 22, 2013

CHARLESTON - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said he expects to make announcements within the next few days concerning deals made during a nearly two-week investment trip to Europe.

W.Va. dental program gets $1.5 million federal grant

October 22, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Department of Health and Human Resources' Oral Health Program has received a five-year grant to provide preventative dental services in school-based settings.

Jay's chief of staff stepping down in December

October 22, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., says his longtime chief of staff will be leaving in December.

Trump to seek W.Va. Senate seat in 15th District

October 22, 2013

MARTINSBURG - Charles "Charley" S. Trump IV announced Monday that he will seek the West Virginia 15th Senate seat in next year's election on the Republican ticket.

W.Va. programs not affected by shutdown, governor's office says

October 21, 2013

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia governor’s office wants more flexibility to respond to federal government shutdowns, saying Monday that state services would have been affected during the most recent closure if federal funding had been cut off for more than a month.

Legislators eye purchasing reforms after tower, router audits

October 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State lawmakers reviewed sweeping purchasing reform proposals Monday in response to recent audits of the state's use of federal stimulus funds to buy oversized Internet routers and build microwave radio towers -- part of a $126.3 million high-speed Internet expansion project in West Virginia.

Wise, Caperton talk about technology, schools

October 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Former Govs. Gaston Caperton and Bob Wise spoke about the importance of computers and technology to West Virginia's education system during a program hosted by Vision Shared -- a group promoting economic development in the state --- at the University of Charleston Monday evening.

W.Va. budget faces $80 million shortfall

October 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Based on current revenue projections, legislators will need to cut spending by about $80 million in the state budget that begins next July, and that budget gap is projected to grow to $265 million for 2015-16, state Budget Office Director Mike McKown told legislators Monday.

Tomblin optimistic about results of European trade trip

October 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Wrapping up a 13-day trade mission to Europe, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said he couldn't announce any business prospects Monday, but added, "I bet I can announce some in the next few days."

Robert Angelone: The flipside of insurance fraud

October 19, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There is no doubt that insurers face the problem of insurance fraud. Quite correctly, they've banded together to use their considerable influence and clout to lobby state and federal governments to establish tough laws aimed at preventing or deterring such crimes.

Emergency

October 18, 2013

The state Department of Education has posted for review a policy change that would allow teachers, secretaries and others so trained to administer epinephrine auto injections to any student suffering a severe allergic reaction.

Cracker Still Top Priority

October 18, 2013

Sometimes it seems as if economic development in the Ohio Valley is a one step forward, two - or three - steps back process. But after a decades-long adjustment of the type common to many Rust Belt regions, it may well be time for the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio to anticipate more consistent progress.

Lobbyist asked if undercover officer was a cop, police report says

October 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A prominent lobbyist and former aide to Gov. Gaston Caperton who was arrested during a prostitution sting over the summer allegedly asked if an undercover police officer was a cop before offering her $60 for sex, according to a police report filed after the incident.

State’s banks report mixed third quarter earnings

October 17, 2013

Huntington Bancshares Inc. said Thursday its net income increased six percent during the third quarter, while BB&T said a one-time tax charge caused its quarterly profit to tumble 43 percent.

Pharmacy students ace exam

October 17, 2013

Lindsay Acree, a 2013 graduate of the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, said she felt well prepared for her pharmacist licensure exam.

PEIA plan again includes no premium increases

October 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For a third straight year, state and public school employees covered by the Public Employees Insurance Agency will see no increases in their health insurance premiums.

FBI suspected Mingo sheriff of money laundering, mail fraud

October 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. --In the weeks before he was killed, the FBI was investigating Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum for laundering money by arranging to buy campaign signs with cash obtained from a doctor convicted of running a pill mill, according to a federal search warrant.

New master plan expected to expand W.Va. Capitol campus

October 14, 2013

CHARLESTON — A new master plan for West Virginia’s Capitol Complex proposes six new office buildings, three new parking facilities and more green space to alleviate overcrowding and make the campus more visitor-friendly.

Capitol development plan made public

October 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia state Capitol campus could grow as far west as Laidley Field and Veazey Avenue in the east should state officials choose to follow the latest version of the Capitol Complex Master Plan.

CAMC benefits cut won't affect 'Cadillac tax'

October 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Cutting benefits to part time workers may save CAMC money but it's unlikely to change the amount the hospital pays in "Cadillac" tax, those familiar with that provision of the Affordable Care Act, said.

Raleigh General has new chief financial officer

October 13, 2013

BECKLEY — Randy Harrison, FACHE, is the new chief financial officer at Ra-leigh General Hospital.

Ex-W.Va. workers' comp auditor sentenced

October 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A former workers' compensation auditor has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for taking bribes in exchange for allowing coal company contractors to underreport their payroll.

W.Va. to benefit more from ACA than most other states

October 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginians will see more benefits from the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, than residents of almost any other state, according to a new study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Agents, state ready to help with ACA confusion

October 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Melissa Menon, accounting manager for Home Base Inc., said the company wanted to provide its employees with access to a health insurance agent to help employees navigate West Virginia's health-care marketplace.

Despite recusal, Morrisey met with drug firm about lawsuit

October 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey was overseeing his office's lawsuit against an Ohio drug company earlier this year while a Washington, D.C., lobbying group owned by Morrisey's wife collected $210,000 from the same drug distributor, records show.

BrickStreet auditor gets 6 years for scheme

October 11, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A former workers' compensation insurance company auditor on Friday was sentenced to prison for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for helping coal-company contractors lower their premiums.

Editorial: Reports on drug abuse point to the state's continuing problem

October 10, 2013

Two new reports underscore the seriousness of the substance abuse problem in West Virginia and the importance of pursuing strategies to counteract it.

Drugs

October 10, 2013

If asked, most West Virginians probably would say that drugs are a big problem in the state. However, most may be surprised to learn that West Virginia leads all states in the number of prescription overdose deaths.

Federal Information released on Sparks, Toler

October 10, 2013

CHARLESTON - A Federal Order of Information was released from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin Wednesday afternoon, outlining the cases that investigators have built against C. Michael Sparks, Mingo County Prosecutor, and Dallas Toler, Mingo County Magistrate, who both resigned from office earlier that same day.

'Pay to Play': Manchin calls for Senate hearing

October 10, 2013

— Sen. Joe Manchin called Wednesday for an emergency Senate hearing into reports of a “pay to play” scheme in Washington that could be hurting West Virginia communities by making it easier for doctors to write prescriptions for certain painkillers.

Mingo prosecutor Sparks, magistrate Toler charged

October 9, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Sparks in connection with the same scheme the county's circuit judge pleaded guilty to last week.

Two more Mingo officials charged

October 9, 2013

Federal authorities charged Mingo Prosecutor Michael Sparks and Mingo Magistrate Dallas "Big Dal" Toler in unrelated allegations Wednesday, the latest details to emerge in a continuing saga of corruption in the county.

Walmarts top W.Va. list for retail sales of meth's pseudoephedrine

October 9, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Pharmacies at Walmart, Rite Aid and CVS in West Virginia are selling the largest number of boxes of a cold medication that contains an ingredient that's also used by criminals to make illegal methamphetamine in clandestine labs, according to a new report.

Parkersburg bans tobacco use on, near city playgrounds

October 9, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- Tobacco products are no longer allowed in Parkersburg's city playgrounds.

Ex-TV newsman Rabel explores run for House

October 9, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ed Rabel, former television news correspondent for NBC and CBS, announced on Wednesday he is setting up an "exploratory committee" to consider a run for the House of Representatives from the 2nd Congressional District as a candidate for the Mountain Party.

Manchin slams FDA over painkiller allegations

October 9, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Joe Manchin said Wednesday that he would call for an investigation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, after reports that drug companies paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to get access to an FDA panel on painkillers.

Manchin calls for investigation in 'ridiculous' FDA, pharmaceutical situation

October 9, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., wants a "full fledged" investigation into allegations a Food and Drug Administration panel charged with crafting policies regulating prescription painkillers accepted thousands of dollars from pharmaceutical companies.

W.Va. delegation split on debt ceiling

October 9, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's congressional delegation agrees that the United States must not default on its debt, but, its members are split and vague on what kind of bill should be passed to raise the nation's borrowing limit.

Only marketplace participant in state says sign-ups 'low'

October 4, 2013

The only West Virginia insurance company participating in the federal health insurance marketplace is receiving many more calls than usual, but few new customers are signing up for coverage.

Health centers to help enroll uninsured

October 6, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When it was time to enroll in Medicaid last week, Brenda, a Hurricane resident, was the first person in line at FamilyCare in Teays Valley.

Marshall medical school off probationary status

October 5, 2013

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - An accrediting authority for medical education programs has removed probationary status for Marshall University's medical school.

Marshall's bond rating affirmed by agency

October 6, 2013

HUNTINGTON – Marshall University's revenue bonds, totaling more than $86 million, were affirmed by the Fitch Ratings.

West Virginia bankers calm consumers' shutdown worries

October 7, 2013

The West Virginia Bankers Association last week sought to assure state consumers that the federal government shutdown would have little effect on their banking activities.

Swipe fee reform saves W.Va. consumers $27 million

October 7, 2013

West Virginia consumers saved $27 million last year as a result of reduced debit card fees, according to study released last week by the Merchants Payments Coalition.

George Manahan: Don't rush into a decision when picking your ACA health-care plan

October 6, 2013

The race to sign up West Virginians for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it is commonly referred to these days, has begun. I applaud the efforts of many groups educating individuals about the new health-care options available to them under ACA. This is a great opportunity, but a big decision that will have significant impact on people's lives.

Opening European doors to W.Va. business opportunities

October 6, 2013

West Virginia has a strong business story to tell — it's one I will personally share during my upcoming investment mission to Europe, Oct. 10-22.

Report: WV has highest rate of fatal overdoses

October 7, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia leads the nation in the rate of fatal drug overdoses, and a report released Monday says that rate is now six times higher than it was about a decade ago.

Veterans' hospitals place high on list for prescriptions

October 8, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Veterans' hospitals in Beckley and Huntington prescribed powerful painkillers at some of the highest rates in the nation from 2001 to 2012, according to a new report.

Mercer jury awards more than $2M in medical suit

October 8, 2013

BLUEFIELD — A Mercer County jury recently ruled that a local physician had been negligent in his treatment and care of a patient and awarded the man more than $2.2 million.

WVU president gives State of University address

October 7, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia University President Jim Clements still aims to give employees raises in fiscal 2015, despite the looming loss of $13 million in state funding in 2014.

W.Va. Medicaid enrollment jumps

October 8, 2013

More than 50,000 West Virginians have already enrolled in the state's Medicaid program that was expanded under the Affordable Care Act.

Hepatitis B cases increase in Harrison County

October 7, 2013

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- Harrison County is seeing a large increase in Hepatitis B cases.

W.Va. judges denying benefits at greater rate

October 8, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- While a former Huntington Social Security judge has been accused of running a guaranteed benefits assembly line, records show West Virginia's 31 current appeals judges have rejected benefits more often than their counterparts nationwide.

Berkeley lawmaker faces wage garnishment

October 7, 2013

In what could be a first, a Berkeley County lawmaker's legislative wages will be garnished to settle a nearly $50,000 debt in connection to a fraudulent pest inspection, according to court documents.

Mingo County commissioner resigns

October 7, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Admitted felon David Baisden resigned his position on the Mingo County Commission Monday.

Capito, McKinley make statements about federal government shutdown

October 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- West Virginia's Republicans in Congress, Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley, voted for a bill that would have made delaying the "individual mandate" requirement of Obamacare a requirement for continued funding of the federal government.

Editorial: Fraud unit needs to catch up, prepare for bigger workload

October 1, 2013

The state agency responsible for ferreting out Medicaid fraud has improved its performance over the last several years, legislative auditors say, but it can still do a better job.

Advocate: W.Va. misses out on health care ad money

October 1, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- An advocacy group that's worked for months to spread the word about a new health insurance marketplace born of the Affordable Care Act says West Virginia has passed up millions of dollars in federal advertising money that could have helped.

Mingo Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury sued over alleged abuse

October 1, 2013

A couple allegedly harassed by Mingo Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury filed civil lawsuits Monday against the judge and several other officials.

Emergency contracts with Jane Lew firm scrutinized

September 30, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Legislative Auditor is reviewing a state official's decision to award 20 "emergency" no-bid contracts to Premier Construction to repair microwave radio towers after the June 2012 derecho storm.

Couple allegedly targeted by Thornsbury sue him, others

September 30, 2013

HARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mingo Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury's former secretary and her husband filed lawsuits Monday against the judge and several other public officials and agencies.

USDA OKs loan for new hospital in Preston County

September 30, 2013

KINGWOOD, W.Va. -- A $26 million federal loan has been approved to build a new hospital in Kingwood.

Third official leaves FGH

September 30, 2013

FAIRMONT — Fairmont General Hospital’s vice president of Human Resources, Jim Harris, is no longer employed at the hospital.

Hall wants adjusters to come back

September 28, 2013

CHARLESTON — A modern trend that finds large insurance firms handling claims on a remote basis from out-of-state call locations doesn’t sit well and has prompted Sen. Daniel Hall to seek legislation to return jobs of adjusters to West Virginia.

Health insurance site to open without fanfare

September 30, 2013

The federal Health Insurance Marketplace will go live Tuesday, bringing the country one step closer to full implementation of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Fighting Drug Abuse in W.Va.

September 30, 2013

West Virginia lawmakers last week heard presentations to inform their discussion about legalizing medical marijuana in the state. Many are uneasy about the idea - and rightly so. It is a slippery slope in a state with a unique set of concerns.

W.Va. uncertain on eve of health-care rollout

September 29, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- One day before the Affordable Care Act goes into full effect and West Virginia opens its insurance marketplace, some West Virginians are excited, others ambivalent and some hate it, but most agree that they still don't know exactly what to expect.

Getting ready for the ACA

September 29, 2013

MARTINSBURG - Since uninsured individuals can begin signing up Tuesday for health insurance coverage under the federal government's new Affordable Care Act, area medical professionals, agencies and nonprofit organizations have been getting ready to help those with questions about it.

Statehouse beat: DHHR trial would be a hoot

September 29, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If it ever gets to trial, the whistleblower suit by former Department of Health and Human Resources executives Jennifer Taylor and Susan Perry against former acting DHHR secretary Rocco Fucillo could be a humdinger, judging by the witness list submitted by the plaintiffs.

Statehouse Beat: Lobbyists' spending reports

September 28, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As always, the second report -- May through August -- of lobbyists' spending on legislators and government officials drops off considerably from the January-April report, which includes spending during the 60-day regular session.

WVU's annual economic outlook conference set for Oct. 1

September 17, 2013

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond economist Andy Bauer will be a guest speaker at the West Virginia University Bureau for Business and Economic Research's 2014 West Virginia Economic Outlook Conference, being held Oct. 1 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston.

Methane leaks from gas drilling not huge

September 17, 2013

WASHINGTON -- Drilling and fracking for natural gas don't seem to spew immense amounts of the greenhouse gas methane into the air, as has been feared, a new study says.

Tennant Says She Wants Rockefeller’s Senate Seat

September 17, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said Monday she'll seek Democrat Jay Rockefeller's seat in the Senate, setting up the possibility of a high-profile battle with a popular seven-term congresswoman who also wants the job.

Tennant to seek Rockefeller seat

September 17, 2013

MORGANTOWN (AP) - West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is running for Democrat Jay Rockefeller's seat in the U.S. Senate.

Tennant to announce plans to run for U.S. Senate today

September 17, 2013

BECKLEY — Ending months of speculation about her political future, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is making Beckley her first stop today in two announcements about her plans for 2014, and smart money says that she will attempt to succeed retiring West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

Tennant to seek Rockefeller's U.S. Senate seat

September 16, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant told The Associated Press Monday she'll seek Democrat Jay Rockefeller's seat in the U.S. Senate, setting up the possibility of a high-profile battle with a popular seven-term congresswoman who also wants the job.

Natalie Tennant to reveal bid for Senate

September 16, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant will announce today she is running for U.S. Senate, according to emails sent Monday and over the weekend to supporters.

New study seeks better data on gas drilling climate emissions

September 16, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A major study out this week has provided valuable new data about the global warming pollution from natural gas production, but still leaves unanswered questions about the climate change impacts of an industry that's booming in West Virginia.

Secretary of state giving back unused funds

September 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state's coffers are getting a $3 million windfall from Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's office.

W.Va. Insurance Marketplace Limited

September 13, 2013

CHARLESTON (AP) - Only one company will participate in West Virginia's new individual health insurance marketplace

WV DEP chief says drilling regulations working

September 13, 2013

WHEELING, W.Va. -- West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman says the state's natural gas drilling regulations are working.

DEP: Drilling Rules Sound

September 13, 2013

WHEELING - His office receives daily complaints about Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling activity, but West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman said state regulations are sound.

Editorial: States looking for answers on rising road costs

September 13, 2013

Driving is not cheap.

State Election Commission to certify new voting system

September 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For the first time in eight years, the State Election Commission is expected to certify a new voting system for use in state elections when it meets Friday afternoon.

W.Va. PSC inspecting commercial vehicles' brakes

September 12, 2013

CHARLESTON — Commercial vehicles’ brakes are being checked by state regulators this week as part of a safety initiative.

WVU adds dual business/health degree program

September 12, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Realizing an increasing role of business in public health, West Virginia University announced a dual master's degree program infusing the two on Thursday.

A tough brake for unsafe trucks in W.Va.

September 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Enforcement officers with the West Virginia Public Service Commission's Transportation Safety Division are spending the week checking commercial trucks for safety.

Secretary of State's Office returns $3M to W.Va.'s coffers

September 12, 2013

HARLESTON, W.Va. -- Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's office is returning $3 million to the West Virginia Legislature, after enacting cost-saving measures and settling two lawsuits for significantly less money than expected.

W.Va. GOP critical of road proposal

September 11, 2013

Republican leaders of the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates say there's little support among their members for the fee and Turnpike toll increases proposed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's Blue Ribbon Highways Commission.

Highway commission considers increasing tolls, vehicle fees

September 5, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Members of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways believe they have found a way to generate $1.1 billion in funding for state infrastructure without raising taxes one penny.

W.Va. PSC inspecting buses for safety

September 5, 2013

CHARLESTON — West Virginia regulators are conducting a bus inspection blitz to see whether companies and drivers are complying with safety regulations.

Officials Look To Put Brakes On ATVs

September 5, 2013

Brooke County commissioners addressed complaints about all-terrain vehicles this week, considering issues such as trespassing, damage to private property, disturbances at night and residents' failure to pay property tax for the vehicles.

Enough

September 5, 2013

If there is one obvious preventable cause of death, it’s drunk driving.

Legislative luncheon set for October

September 5, 2013

HUNTINGTON -- The Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual "A View from the Capitol" legislative luncheon is planned for noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the St. Mary's Conference Center. It will be in the Rahall Room.

Forum focuses on preparing students for W.Va. jobs

September 5, 2013

CHARLESTON — Manufacturers and others responsible for attracting jobs in West Virginia need to get tomorrow’s workforce interested in their industries at a young age, a speaker at an economic forum said Wednesday.

United Bankshares CEO heads W.Va. Chamber

September 4, 2013

CHARLESTON -- Richard M. Adams, chairman and CEO of United Bankshares, is the new chairman of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

W.Va. to tackle health reform

September 4, 2013

HUNTINGTON -- West Virginia has its work cut out for it, said Renate Pore with West Virginians for Affordable Health Care.

Taking the EPA to Court

September 4, 2013

West Virginia is in a battle for its life. For several years, the ability of the Mountain State and other Appalachian states to mine and use coal has been steadily eroded by the Obama administration and its Environmental Protection Agency.

Some residents not getting vehicle renewal forms

September 4, 2013

CHARLESTON — Not every West Virginia motorist is getting a vehicle registration renewal form in the mail these days, but don’t blame the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Tolls, fees eyed for W.Va. roads

September 4, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Tolls and increased motor vehicle fees -- but no tax increases -- would pay for West Virginia road construction, under proposals offered Wednesday by the governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways.

Business leaders: W.Va. must embrace economic change

September 4, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Community organizers, business boosters, labor officials and religious leaders joined Wednesday to try to jumpstart what they said are long-overdue discussions -- and actions -- to diversify the economy of West Virginia's coalfields.

Forum focuses on preparing students for W.Va. jobs

September 4, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Manufacturers and others responsible for attracting jobs in West Virginia need to get tomorrow's workforce interested in their industries at a young age, a speaker at an economic forum said Wednesday.

Morrisey criticizes lack of health care answers

September 4, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is criticizing federal health care officials for refusing to respond to questions over a plan to hire workers to help walk people through their health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act.

Editorial: City has role to play in trying to reduce underage drinking

September 4, 2013

Some may view underage drinking as simply a harmless rite of passage on the way to adulthood.

'Future fund' pushed to diversify economy

September 3, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State Senate President Jeff Kessler on Tuesday kicked off a forum on diversifying West Virginia's economy with a push to create a "future fund" that would set aside tax dollars from the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom for improving education, infrastructure and economic development.

State tax collections struggled in August

September 3, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State tax collections continued to struggle in August, coming in $14.4 million below estimates, and nearly 5 percent below August 2012 revenues, deputy Revenue secretary Mark Muchow said Tuesday.

WV tax collections sluggish again

September 3, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's tax collections fell about $14 million short in August, driven mostly by a drop in personal income tax collections.

Kanawha task force to tackle meth and pain pill 'crisis'

September 3, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha County Commission is setting up a task force that will review ways to crack down on prescription "pill mills" and illegal methamphetamine labs.

Dominion to move Clarksburg office to Bridgeport

September 3, 2013

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- Dominion plans to move its office in downtown Clarksburg, along with nearly 300 jobs, about four miles east to a business park in Bridgeport.

Editorial: A more skilled workforce is key to a better economy

September 1, 2013

Each year, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce brings together business leaders and politicians to talk about what can be done to improve the Mountain State's economy.

TODAY: Raines won't run for Congress

August 27, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County Republican Delegate Suzette Raines will not mount a run for Congress.

Multiple areas to apply for home rule

August 27, 2013

MARTINSBURG - At least two local municipalities plan to apply to be part of the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program Phase II and another definitely is leaning that way.

Delegates Secure Funds for Fishing Access

August 27, 2013

Delegate Rupie Phillips and Ted Tomblin are pleased to announce that Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has approved their grant request to fund the construction of an accessible fishing area along Buffalo Creek.

Tomblin’s office: State spent $500,000 on Scouts, but will be reimbursed

August 27, 2013

CHARLESTON — Not all of the numbers are in, but it looks as if some $500,000 in West Virginia resources were plowed into last month’s mammoth Boy Scouts Jamboree — way below what Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s staff figured such assistance would cost.

Thanks to the Internet, distance is shrinking

August 27, 2013

With an estimated 35 percent of state residents lacking a home computer, West Virginia is virtually tied with Mississippi for the lowest ownership rate in the nation,according to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

State of W.Va.'s pension fund investments grow $1.37 billion

August 26, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A strong stock market helped the West Virginia Investment Management Board grow the state's asset portfolio by more than $1.3 billion during the 2012-13 budget year, financial records show.

Senator discussed fact finding trip to North Dakota

August 26, 2013

Sen. Daniel Hall says he learned a lot on a fact finding tour to North Dakota last week.

State Chamber of Commerce to hold annual meeting

August 26, 2013

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS -- The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce says it's discussing solutions to West Virginia's most pressing issues during its annual meeting.

AG Morrisey says W.Va. not ready for health care rollout

August 26, 2013

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — West Virginia will have a “huge problem” in meeting an Oct. 1 deadline to begin open enrollment under the new federal health care reform law, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said.

Lawsuit's doctor is medical adviser for national anti-abortion group

August 25, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Charleston physician whose statement is at the center of a lawsuit against a local abortion clinic is the medical adviser for a national anti-abortion group.

E-filing may cut court errors, boost public access

August 25, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A centralized electronic filing system for West Virginia's circuit clerks could prevent mistakes and improve public access to court documents, but the head of the West Virginia Press Association expects many people will still have to visit courthouses in person for copies of lawsuits, motions and rulings.

Statehouse beat: A new round of road debt

August 25, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As the governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways tries to finalize proposals to come up with about $600 million a year additional funding for the state Road Fund -- or about a 60 percent increase over current funding -- one proposal may be to float a new round of road bonds.

Tom Miller: Millions needed for state park repairs, renovations

August 25, 2013

West Virginia has more than three dozen state parks ranging in size from 8,292 acres at Holly River State Park in Webster County to a modest four acres at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park in Mason County, located at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha rivers at Point Pleasant.

AMA president: health reform bill not perfect, only way to reach some goals

August 24, 2013

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Doctors must be involved in developing West Virginia's health insurance marketplace, the president of the American Medical Association said Saturday.

ACT pickets local health center

August 24, 2013

A group of pickets with Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation were gathered on the roadway outside the Beckley VA Medical Center this week, holding signs that read “Demand Local Jobs for Local Workers.”

ND lawmakers teach WV legislators Legacy Fund lessons

August 23, 2013

A 19-member group of legislators made trip to the northern plain state of North Dakota to study an industry that’s turned a struggling state into one of the richest in the nation. North Dakota’s oil boom is at peak and lawmakers are learning to deal with the good and bad that came with the industry, but West Virginia lawmakers are hoping to learn how to put those lessons to good use at home, starting with saving tax revenues for the future.

W.Va. delegates eye 'future fund' prospects

August 23, 2013

A bipartisan delegation of West Virginia lawmakers was in Bismarck, N.D., on Thursday to get a firsthand look at how that state has socked away hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue from oil and natural gas taxes.

Mingo County election donations investigated

August 23, 2013

The Secretary of State's Office has investigated a slew of complaints in recent weeks alleging election law violations in Mingo County.

W.Va. home-rule program opening to more cities

August 23, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After a successful five-year pilot program in four cities, the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Program is expanding.

WV taking new home-rule applications in 2014

August 23, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After a successful five-year pilot program in four cities, the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Program is expanding.

CHIP may be expanded to include children of West Virginia public employees

August 22, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Pending federal approval, children of West Virginia public employees will be eligible for health insurance coverage through the state's Children's Health Insurance Program, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Thursday.

Blue Ribbon panel finalizing W.Va. highways recommendations

August 22, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With the eight public hearings in the books, members of the governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways are finalizing recommendations to present at their Sept. 4 meeting.

North Dakota can teach us some things

August 22, 2013

A delegation of Democrats and Republicans from the West Virginia Legislature traveled to North Dakota to learn about that state's Legacy Fund, a savings account for oil and gas tax revenues.

Lawmakers leave on fact-finding trip

August 22, 2013

CHARLESTON — A contingent of West Virginia lawmakers departed Wednesday on separate flights for North Dakota for a one-day course on how that state devised a “future fund” that grew quickly into a $1.3 billion account.

Feds examine DOH contract with Ohio firm

August 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Federal authorities are investigating a Division of Highways equipment division contract with an Ohio company that supplies parts for roadside mowers.

$1.4M available for broadband projects

August 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- By the end of the year, the West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council plans to distribute $1.4 million in grants for projects that make high-speed Internet available to rural communities.

WV public venture capital firm investments top $14.5 million

August 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Investments made by the state's venture capital fund topped $14.5 million to start the current budget year, about $2.5 million more than last budget year.

Mingo judge, commissioner plead not guilty

August 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury and County Commissioner David Baisden pleaded not guilty to federal charges against them Wednesday, and had their trials scheduled for October.

8th Circuit panel: Peabody should pay retired Patriot miners' health benefits

August 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Peabody Coal should continue to pay health-care benefits for 3,100 retired miners and dependents who worked for a Peabody subsidiary that was transferred to Patriot Coal, a panel of three federal judges ruled Wednesday.

Charlotte Lane to run for Capito's Congressional seat

August 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Republican Charlotte Lane will officially announce this morning she's running for the Republican Party's nomination for Congress.

Blue Ribbon roads panel set to wheel into Beckley

August 12, 2013

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s special panel on West Virginia’s highway needs pulls into Beckley today for the latest in a series of regional meetings, seeking input from taxpayers on how best to put money into the road coffers.

State braces for flood insurance rate hike

August 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Flood insurance rates are expected to rise for many and skyrocket for some as provisions of a federal law begin to take effect this year.

Statehouse beat: 10 years to come sooner than later

August 11, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After much hewing and crying about possible damage to the Capitol dome from the sesquicentennial fireworks shows in June, looks like the Tomblin administration is going to go ahead with an independent inspection.

Editorial: Starting dialogue with EPA a step in right direction

August 11, 2013

A delegation from West Virginia came away from a meeting this month with the Environmental Protection Agency's new administrator feeling somewhat encouraged that they may be able to "hit the reset button" with federal regulators regarding the coal industry.

Board backlog a symptom of inaction on worker safety

August 10, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When a series of leaks at the DuPont Co. plant in Belle left one worker dead in January 2010, local political leaders pushed for an investigation by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board.

W.Va. regional council getting job creation funds

August 10, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council is getting $60,000 to invest in job creation and economic development in the region.

Morrisey lobbied for drug firm his office is suing

August 10, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Seven months after taking office, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has stepped aside from his office's lawsuit against a drug company that he formerly lobbied for in Washington, D.C.

DOT to audit bridges, at Rahall's request

August 10, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The federal Department of Transportation will conduct a comprehensive audit on the safety of our nation's bridges, after a request by West Virginia Rep. Nick Rahall.

Statehouse Beat: Small changes cost big bucks

August 10, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Continuing some CSI-type reconstruction of how a last-minute amendment turned a rather innocuous tax credit for natural gas-powered vehicles turned into a heyday for buyers of all types of hybrid and flex-fuel vehicles -- and is costing the state some $100 million in lost tax collections

Union pushes DOT for new pay structure

August 9, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Eddie Chambers got called out last month to repair damage from a massive rockslide along U.S. 60 near Cedar Grove.

Highway funding ‘three-legged stool’

August 9, 2013

FAIRMONT — The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways has proposed a “three-legged stool” approach to overcoming a budget shortfall to build and maintain the state’s highways. - See more at: http://timeswv.com/local/x125814526/Highway-funding-three-legged-stool#sthash.YipGFwr9.dpuf

State officials confident tax increases not necessary

August 9, 2013

West Virginia does not yet need to consider increasing taxes or eliminating tax credits to fill a budget gap of more than $250 million ahead of the 2015 fiscal year, state budget officials said Thursday.

Finance chair says budget cuts likely

August 8, 2013

The Governor’s Office is calling a request by the Department of Revenue for agencies to prepare a budget with a 7.5 percent reduction an exercise in case reductions become necessary. Senate Finance Chair Roman Prezioso says he’s less than optimistic that those cuts can be avoided.

State agencies could face budget cuts again

August 8, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss is warning West Virginia state agencies to prepare for the possibility of budget cuts for the second time in two years.

Judge strikes down W.Va. contribution limit to PAC

August 8, 2013

CHARLESTON -- A federal judge says West Virginia's cap on contributions to political action committees is unconstitutional.

W.Va. state agencies could face budget cuts again

August 8, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia state agencies could face budget cuts for the second time in two years.

Letter prepares agencies for possible 7.5 percent budget cut in FY 2015

August 7, 2013

Department of Revenue Secretary Robert Kiss said projections show a significant funding gap as the state prepares for Fiscal Year 2015. That means targeted reductions and another possible request from Gov. Tomblin for cuts from state agencies.

Judge ends cap on contributions to indie PACs

August 7, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A federal judge has made it official: A West Virginia law capping donations to independent political action committees at $1,000 is unconstitutional.

Judge strikes down W.Va. PAC contribution limit

August 7, 2013

CHARLESTON — A federal judge says West Virginia’s cap on contributions to political action committees is unconstitutional.

Judge strikes down contribution limits to state PACs

August 7, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston on Tuesday struck down state laws limiting contributions to political action committees.

Hauling passengers in truck beds legal in W.Va.

August 7, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. --Some of the 11 teenagers involved in a Clay County wreck that killed a 17-year-old early Wednesday likely were not breaking any state laws by riding in the back of a pickup.

Lawsuits filed in Camden Park malfunctions

August 7, 2013

HUNTINGTON -- Two ride malfunctions occurring a week apart in July 2011 at Camden Park are now the subject of separate lawsuits in Wayne Circuit Court.

Complaint says Alpha owes UBB families

August 7, 2013

Administrators for the estates of three miners killed in the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion have filed a complaint alleging that Alpha Natural Resources has not paid the agreed upon $1.5 million restitution.

Judge removed from lawsuit over WVU sports deal

August 7, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- To avoid any appearance of impropriety, the state Supreme Court has assigned a new judge to handle West Virginia Radio Corp.'s lawsuit over a new media rights contract for certain athletic events at West Virginia University.

Airport Authority files dual civil suits

August 7, 2013

MARTINSBURG - After an executive session during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Eastern Regional Airport Authority members unanimously voted to file civil suits in circuit court to try to recover delinquent lease payments from two companies.

Thumbs down: Arming teachers not best way to provide security

August 7, 2013

The shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December demonstrated just how vulnerable school buildings are to a violent intruder.

Raleigh Schools jumping into iPad pond with both feet

August 7, 2013

Is the Raleigh County Schools system putting all of its eggs in one basket?

Hands On Wheel

August 7, 2013

Despite a new, stiffer law against using cellular telephones or other electronic devices while driving in West Virginia, the practice still remains common. Unfortunately, it is not unusual to see motorists chatting away or texting on their phones every day despite the practice now being illegal.

Chamber of commerce has successful year to celebrate

August 7, 2013

The Marion County Chamber of Commerce takes center stage tonight, and well it should. It’s been another good year for the chamber, as most years have been.

Attorney General Making Progress

August 6, 2013

Among West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's first acts after taking office earlier this year was to dismantle his predecessor's "consumer protection" program. Morrisey said he wanted to reevaluate how the initiative could serve Mountain State residents best.

Anmoore owes $250,000 in unpaid taxes

August 6, 2013

ANMOORE, W.Va. -- The Harrison County town of Anmoore owes an estimated $250,000 in unpaid taxes, and some Town Council members believe an upcoming audit also will reveal credit card misuse.

Perdue wants to revisit bill requiring prescription to buy pseudoephedrine

August 6, 2013

Interest is churning anew in the West Virginia Legislature to tighten the access to pseudoephedrine — a critical element in the making of addictive meth — by requiring a prescription to purchase it.

DOT agrees to extensive audit of bridge safety measures

August 6, 2013

A comprehensive audit of management and oversight of measures intended to keep America’s bridges safe has been pledged to Rep. Nick Rahall by the Department of Transportation’s inspector general.

WVU initiative cuts workers' comp costs

August 5, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia University has reduced its workers' compensation costs by about $600,000 and is looking for more ways to save money.

Kinship: Morrisey mess

August 5, 2013

Former Attorney General Darrell McGraw sued 14 painkiller drug firms, including Cardinal Health of Ohio, alleging that they flooded West Virginia with pills causing the "pillbilly" nightmare, giving the Mountain State America's worst rate of drug overdose deaths.

WV chamber predicts record turnout for summit

August 5, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce says it's expecting record turnout next month for its annual business summit at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.

Rahall, Jenkins swap barbs, positions on issues

August 5, 2013

BECKLEY — Just a few scant years ago, Nick Rahall and Evan Jenkins seemed to be political allies.

WV DOH struggles to find workers, low pay cited

August 5, 2013

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. -- Hiring and keeping employees is a struggle for the West Virginia Division of Highways, which is trying to fill hundreds of vacant positions across the state.

EPA chief listened but will actions follow?

August 5, 2013

IT was easy to be skeptical two weeks ago when state Democratic leaders announced, with great fanfare, they were going to Washington to talk with the Obama administration about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Statehouse beat: Fuel vehicle tax credit may be a loss of $100M

August 4, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In consecutive months, the alternative fuel vehicle tax credit has resulted in lost income tax collections to the state of $29 million in June, and $19 million in July.

‘Obamacare’ Working, Despite Criticisms

August 4, 2013

There is a lot of uneasiness about Obamacare, primarily because many Americans listen to doom and gloom scenarios by Republicans. Otherwise, health care reform is moving along on schedule to be fully implemented in 2014.

Tom Miller: Jenkins has other hurdles to clear before facing Rahall

August 4, 2013

The announcement on the steps of the Cabell County Courthouse last week by state Sen. Evan Jenkins of Huntington that he was switching political parties to run as a Republican candidate for a seat in Congress now held by Democrat Nick Rahall was no surprise. There had been rumors for several days that he was leaving his current seat in the 34-member West Virginia State Senate to seek this national office.

Lawyers linked to Morrisey defend drug firm sued by A.G.'s Office

August 3, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Cardinal Health, a drug company being sued by the state Attorney General's Office for allegedly shipping excessive quantities of pain pills to Southern West Virginia, removed former U.S. Sen. Carte Goodwin as its lawyer on the case last spring and hired two attorneys politically connected to Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

Statehouse Beat: Lawyer is back on track

August 3, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Looks like Jennifer Taylor -- one of the three high-ranking Department of Health and Human Resources officials placed on months-long paid administrative leave and ultimately fired for raising issues about the awarding of a multimillion-dollar DHHR advertising contract -- has landed on her feet.

Retiring Rahall a Real Possibility

August 3, 2013

Keeping one's campaign strategy close to the vest is common among politicians. But West Virginia Sen. Evan Jenkins' plan is so obvious there's no reason to be coy about it.

Scoutmasters know their efforts will pay off in youths’ future

July 22, 2013

In an era when we hear of more children who commit crimes than do anything good, many adults claim they are losing faith in the younger generation.

‘Castle Doctrine’

July 22, 2013

CHARLESTON — George Zimmerman’s acquittal of a murder charge in a media-driven trial in Florida has sparked some concerns in West Virginia that this state’s “castle doctrine” law might need a second look.

State's role in ACA depends on feds, official says

July 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state of West Virginia needs questions answered in order to expand its Medicaid program and set up its health insurance exchange on time, Jeremiah Samples, assistant secretary for the state Department of Health and Human Resources, said.

Challenges await new W.Va. House speaker, team

July 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The challenges facing West Virginia's new House speaker may be reflected in one of the few leadership changes he's made.

Legislators discuss private gun ownership

July 21, 2013

PARKERSBURG - As the debate over gun rights continues, the issue has hit close to home for state lawmakers in West Virginia.

Statehouse beat: Move from Finance may not be a demotion

July 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As he had promised in his campaign, new House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, did not make wholesale changes to House leadership.

Editorial: New scout reserve will have long-term impact

July 21, 2013

Just a few days into the 2013 Boy Scouts National Jamboree, it was clear that the new high-adventure facility near Mount Hope was both a home run for West Virginia and for the scouts themselves.

Statehouse Beat: Why people don't run for office

July 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A few brief answers to some seemingly obvious questions:

Manchin only Democrat to vote against EPA chief

July 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin voted Thursday against confirming Gina McCarthy to run the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during President Obama's second term, making him the only Democrat to oppose Obama's pick for the post.

Miley shuffles W.Va. House

July 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mingo County Delegate Harry Keith White said Thursday he was surprised but flattered that new Speaker Tim Miley named him majority leader in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Miley announces few changes in House leadership

July 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A swap near the top marked the biggest of relatively few changes announced Thursday by new Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, in crafting his House leadership team.

Some approve higher taxes, fees

July 18, 2013

HUNTINGTON -- West Virginians value their highways and byways and are willing to put their money where their mouth is to care for them, according to the results of a survey conducted Thursday evening by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways.

Two appointed as W.Va. circuit judges

July 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two new circuit judges are ready to take the bench.

Huntsman to headline state's chamber event

July 18, 2013

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 77th Annual Meeting and Business Summit is planned for Aug. 28-30 at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulfur Springs.

Highlights of the Jamboree visitor experience

July 18, 2013

Action Point contains adventure and extreme-sports activities like BMX, skateboarding, mountain biking, ropes courses and canopy tours.

National Jamboree kicks into gear

July 18, 2013

THE SUMMIT — The day in photos:

Sponsors help power Scout service projects

July 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The thousands of Boy Scouts volunteering in community service projects during the 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree are getting a helping hand from local business and nonprofit volunteers.

Forum discusses stormwater utilities

July 18, 2013

MARTINSBURG - State agencies that oversee stormwater utilities are not telling communities across West Virginia to institute stormwater utilities and stormwater fees, but communities are being encouraged to consider stormwater utilities funded with fees.

Supreme Court Justice slams Democratic Party leadership

July 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A prominent state Democrat denied rumors Wednesday she might run for U.S. Senate, and in the process, scorched state party leadership and delighted the GOP.

Are southern West Virginians willing to pay more taxes for new highways?

July 17, 2013

The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways made its second stop on a statewide tour with a public hearing in Logan County. Tasked with finding new ways to fund the state road system, commissioners have set out to not only hear the public's opinions, but also to take in new ideas and perspectives.

Gas prices leap 19 cents in state

July 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gasoline prices have increased an average of 19 cents per gallon during the past week in West Virginia.

Jamboree expected to enhance local economy

July 17, 2013

BECKLEY — Until now, local reaction has been mixed as to how Jamoboree 2013 is impacting local businesses.

State jobless rate declines to 6.1 percent in June

July 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June has inched down to 6.1 percent.

Interim meetings to begin next week

July 17, 2013

Despite the legislature being out of session, lawmakers will continue to work next week during interim committee meetings - those that are used to delve deeper into topics that were not addressed during the regular session in preparation for the next.

State pension debt more than US average

July 17, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. - Although West Virginia is working to pay down its pension debts, officials say past mismanagement continues to complicate those efforts.

Judge Pancake to step down

July 16, 2013

HUNTINGTON -- Cabell Circuit Judge David M. Pancake will soon exchange his gavel and bench for more time with his family, in particular his two grandsons and three daughters.

Roads in bad shape, Highways panel told

July 16, 2013

LOGAN, W.Va. -- Looking for ways to close a major gap in funding for state roads and highways, members of the governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways went on the road Tuesday for the second of a series of public meetings around the state.

Ex-ambassador to deliver keynote at W.Va. chamber's business summit

July 16, 2013

Jon Huntsman Jr., a former U.S. ambassador and Utah governor, has been named the keynote speaker for next month’s business summit at The Greenbrier by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Delays threaten W.Va. Medicaid expansion

July 16, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin cast further doubt Monday on the prospect of West Virginia meeting the federal deadline for expanding its Medicaid program coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Lawmaker asks W.Va. AG to investigate meth problem

July 16, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A House of Delegates leader is seeking Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's help in efforts to combat methamphetamine labs.

Tomblin welcomes Scouts

July 16, 2013

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Tuesday welcomed an expected tens of thousands of Boy Scouts, Venturers, volunteers and staff from all over the country to a national scouting facility he deemed "one-of-a-kind."

'Dollarocracy': Put Morrisey in job

July 16, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A new book, Dollarocracy, outlines how U.S. billionaires and huge corporations funnel money to right-wing politicians, who win government posts and grant favors to the bankrollers.

Tomblin again quizzes feds on health overhaul

July 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin pressed federal officials for more needed details Monday as West Virginia faces approaching deadlines for several key components of the health-care overhaul.

Report: W.Va. scout park supported 850 jobs

July 15, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Construction of a permanent home for the national Boy Scout Jamboree has pumped nearly $170 million in income into the southern West Virginia economy over the past four years, according to an economic-impact report released today.

State pension funding proves pricey

July 15, 2013

For those employed in private sector jobs, pensions are almost as rare as buggy whips and dodo birds.

Mistrial declared in surgical mesh case

July 15, 2013

CHARLESTON — A witness’ testimony has led to a mistrial in the first trial of thousands of surgical mesh lawsuits filed nationwide.

Editorial: State's efforts to curb obesity gain attention

July 15, 2013

The Huntington area knows full well the negative publicity that can result from the high obesity rates in West Virginia.

Scout park a boon to W.Va. economy

July 15, 2013

MORGANTOWN -- Construction of a permanent home for the national Boy Scout Jamboree has pumped nearly $170 million in income into the southern West Virginia economy over the past four years, according to an economic-impact report released Monday.

State senator considers US House challenge

July 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State Sen. Evan Jenkins, D-Cabell, isn't ruling out switching parties and running against Rep. Nick Rahall, DW. Va.

New fuel for vehicles topic of state meeting

July 10, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- State and industry officials are expected at a meeting in Morgantown to discuss the use of natural gas and propane as fuel for vehicles.

State gas prices holding steady

July 10, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia gas prices are holding steady.

W.Va. gas prices holding steady

July 10, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia gas prices are holding steady.

Wearing seat belts effective, simple measure that saves lives

July 10, 2013

Click it or ticket.

Nine now running for Congress

July 9, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The race for West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District seat keeps getting more crowded by the day.

Samples appointed assistant to DHHR secretary

July 9, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jeremiah Samples, director of health policy for the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner, has been appointed assistant to new Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen Bowling.

Dr. Dominic Gaziano: Buckle up makes sense for all

July 9, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The day that Gov. Tomblin signed the seatbelt law I was listening to certain responses to that law by individuals calling in to Hoppy Kercheval's morning talk show. Several people indicated they would not comply with the law, risking citation rather than being "forced" to do so by a government action.

State utility board increases fees to pay for fixes to headquarters

July 9, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Saying it needs the money to repair a crumbling facade at its Charleston headquarters, the state Public Service Commission will reap about $2 million from a rate increase on utility companies it regulates.

Perdue hiring Lincoln delegate, Stowers, as top aide

July 8, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Another West Virginia legislator is moving to the executive branch, this time at the state's treasurer's office.

Delegate Josh Stowers plans to take job with state Treasurer

July 8, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- School administrator and Lincoln County Delegate Josh Stowers will take a new job with the state treasurer's office.

Senate leader battling for future fund

July 8, 2013

CHARLESTON — Decades ago, out-of-state coal barons dug beneath West Virginia and hauled the profits back to the brick-and-glass world of corporate America, leaving little behind for the state.

W.Va. health coverage plan not ready

July 8, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - There's been little progress by the state in creating a plan to expand Medicaid coverage in West Virginia since Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the move in May.

Recipients many for W.Va. Medicaid expansion but doctors are few

July 8, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - If all goes according to plan, 277,000 West Virginians will have government-sponsored health coverage by 2016, as part of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Rate of ATV accidents down among children, CDC says

July 7, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Within the past decade West Virginia has seen a dramatic improvement in ATV safety, especially among children, according to Jeffrey Lusk, director of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails.

Statehouse beat: Parts of Ethics Act are a little ridiculous

July 7, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Prohibitions on endorsements by public officials has been one of the more clunky parts of the state Ethics Act practically from the start.

W.Va. Legislature: New speaker finalizing leadership team plans

July 6, 2013

CHARLESTON — New Speaker Tim Miley expects to name his leadership team in the House of Delegates before this month’s legislative interims, but cautions that no one watching the suspense mount should expect a major shakeup.

Tom Miller: West Virginia tax revenues come up short

July 6, 2013

West Virginia's 2012-2013 fiscal year for state government operations ended June 30 with a $90.6 million budget deficit. Many state officials claim a drop in severance tax collections on both coal and natural gas was the primary reason for this revenue shortfall. And since state law forbids a budget deficit, several steps had to be taken before June 30 to balance the books.

Statehouse Beat: Cuts leave huge holes in state tax collection

July 6, 2013

Only in West Virginia could politicians argue over a penny, as we saw as Republicans and Democrats wrangle over who should get credit for repeal of the final 1 percent of consumer sales tax on groceries.

Charleston becomes focal point for massive set of liability lawsuits

July 3, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Nearly 26,000 medical product liability lawsuits are being focused in Charleston beginning Monday in federal court.

Elimination of food tax helps keep money in people’s pockets

July 3, 2013

The next time you go to the grocery store, you might notice a slight savings on your receipt.

W.Va. Voter Apathy An Embarrassment

July 3, 2013

As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, West Virginians will hear a great deal about the ideals that led to formation of our great nation more than two centuries ago. Our rights, freedoms - and responsibilities - as citizens of this republic will take center stage.

Obama admin delays major requirement of health law

July 2, 2013

WASHINGTON -- In a major concession to business groups, the Obama administration Tuesday unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until 2015, in a central requirement of the new health care law that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines.

W.Va. ranks 32nd in magazine's report of highway systems

July 2, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia ranks 32nd in the country in Reason magazine's 20th annual report on the Performance of State Highways Systems.

ObamaCare: Just do it

July 2, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For something that has yet to begin, ObamaCare has generated a remarkable array of doomsday predictions.

Thumbs down: Celebrating 4th of July requires plenty of caution

July 2, 2013

Fireworks are used on various special occasions, but none more so than on the Fourth of July celebration of our nation's independence.

Tomblin visits Beckley to promote campaign against distracted driving

July 2, 2013

BECKLEY — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin visited Beckley Monday to remind motorists to turn it off, put it down and just drive!

Legislator who introduced W.Va. distracted driving law satisfied

July 2, 2013

With the passage of legislation making cell phone use while driving a primary offense, the legislator responsible for first introducing distracted driving legislation is satisfied.

State Police join five states to target distracted driving

July 1, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia State Police issued more than 200 citations to drivers using cellphones behind the wheel last week.

Insurance premiums stable after derecho aftermath

June 28, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia insurers paid $87 million to state property owners in the months following last June's derecho, according to data compiled by the state Insurance Commissioner's office.

Lawmakers already may swear in witnesses

June 28, 2013

CHARLESTON — Compelling a witness to swear, or affirm, to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is already a device available to West Virginia lawmakers in quest of honest testimony before their committees.

Joseph Wyatt: We'd like to have Patrick Morrisey answer a few questions himself

June 27, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Recently, the emergency pro-choice alarm went off in the state capitol offices of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. There was news of a malpractice suit against a local abortion clinic and its doctor.

Study shows costs decrease under insurance marketplace

June 27, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Most people in West Virginia will pay less in health insurance premiums through the state's health insurance exchange than they would have in the regular insurance market before the federal Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress, according to a state-commissioned actuarial study.

Blue-ribbon highways panel hits the road to get public input in July

June 27, 2013

CHARLESTON — Are taxpayers in West Virginia willing to shell out more dollars to feed the struggling road fund to restore existing highways and lay new asphalt for smoother, safer rides?

Just call this senator ‘Books’ McCabe

June 27, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Sen. Brooks McCabe's wife likes to rib him about his reading habits.

Obama’s coal plan angers lawmakers

June 27, 2013

CHARLESTON — Two southern lawmakers in one of West Virginia’s more prolific coal districts denounced President Obama’s latest assault on the industry as a “cancer” and “borderline criminal.”

W.Va. gets birthday party started

June 21, 2013

CHARLESTON - West Virginia got its 150th birthday party started Thursday with a bell-ringing ceremony, festivals, speeches, concerts - and lots of cake.

Visitors From Near and Far Come to Independence Hall

June 21, 2013

Visitors from throughout West Virginia and across the country toured West Virginia Independence Hall on Thursday as a part of the Friendly City's celebration of the state's 150th anniversary.

West Virginia Given Birthday Serenade

June 21, 2013

WHEELING - State lawmakers joined thousands of other revelers at Heritage Port on Thursday for concerts and fireworks as part of West Virginia's sesquicentennial celebration.

Vienna celebrates state’s birthday

June 21, 2013

VIENNA - West Virginia's 150th birthday, the sesquicentennial, was celebrated Thursday in Vienna with a parade of antique cars and a ceremony in Jackson Park.

W.Va. Day marked locally with crowd, party at Pullman Square

June 21, 2013

HUNTINGTON -- There was no need to remind the hundreds of people at Pullman Square on Thursday night that there was a big party in town, let alone the entirety of the Mountain State.

Chamber’s Business After Hours celebrates state’s 150th birthday

June 21, 2013

BECKLEY — The Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce hosted Business After Hours Thursday at Tamarack to celebrate West Virginia’s 150th birthday, as well as Tamarack Conference Center’s 10th anniversary.

State celebrates sesquicentennial

June 21, 2013

CHARLESTON — Earl Ray Tomblin was a long way from the Capitol the last time West Virginia rolled out a massive birthday cake.

Statehood is remembered in Wheeling, the first capitol

June 20, 2013

WHEELING, W.Va. -- On Thursday, Kay Gotschall of Carrollton, Ohio, packed up a Civil War diary she found at an auction and drove to the Old Custom House, West Virginia's Independence Hall.

Huntington's 150th events

June 20, 2013

The Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced the following events will be held today as part of West Virginia's 150th Birthday celebration and the 200th birthday of the Village of Barboursville.

W.Va. 150th birthday blowout

June 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State officials opened three days of Sesquicentennial celebrations Thursday the same way that Gov. Arthur Boreman closed the 1863 special session establishing the state: By giving three cheers for West Virginia.

West Virginians young, old celebrate 150 years

June 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For Brian Wilson, a commander in the U.S. Navy, the chance to celebrate West Virginia's Sesquicentennial was the chance to show his children the state that he loved while growing up.

Picnic marks state’s birthday

June 20, 2013

PARKERSBURG - The community came out for a picnic Wednesday evening at North Parkersburg Baptist Church's Friendship Kitchen.

Residents, officials mark state's 150th birthday

June 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The opening ceremony for West Virginia's 150th birthday began with the ringing of a bell and ended with three loud "hip-hip hooray" cheers.

West Virginia celebrates 150 years of statehood

June 20, 2013

CHARLESTON — West Virginia reached its 150th year of statehood today and marking the event will be celebrations all across the state.

Birthday block bash

June 20, 2013

WHEELING - West Virginia legislators and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined with local leaders at River City Ale Works in downtown Wheeling Wednesday to celebrate the Mountain State's 150th birthday.

Putnam assistant prosecutor to take role in Morrisey's office

June 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Putnam County assistant prosecutor will resign next month to join the state Attorney General's office.

Capito: ‘There is so much to love about the state we call home’

June 20, 2013

Editor's Note: Rep. Shelley Moore Capito gave a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday to mark West Virginia's 150th birthday. Printed here is a transcript of her remarks.

Manchin fights NRA attack with own ad

June 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., fired back Thursday at a recent National Rifle Association television advertisement while touting a measure to increase gun buyer background checks in an ad of his own.

W.Va. Worth Celebrating

June 20, 2013

Today, the state of West Virginia celebrates the sesquicentennial of its birth - a brave and daring declaration of statehood that is unprecedented in American history.

So much to celebrate as state marks a milestone

June 20, 2013

West Virginia — a land so beautiful, roots so deep, bonds so strong that they write songs about it.

Tim Miley sworn in as speaker of the W.Va. House of Delegates

June 19, 2013

CHARLESTON — Tim Miley says he never dreamed that the day would dawn when the speaker’s gavel would rest firmly in his hands in the House of Delegates.

W.Va. House chooses new speaker

June 19, 2013

CHARLESTON - Tim Miley, D-Harrison, was elected Speaker of the House Tuesday during a special session of the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Lawmakers react to new speaker

June 19, 2013

CHARLESTON — It sounded almost like an inauguration.

State parties differ on new speaker

June 19, 2013

PARKERBURG - The Democratic and Republican parties in West Virginia Tuesday spun different directions on the selection of the new speaker of the House of Delegates.

Ferns’ Courageous Vote Merits Praise

June 19, 2013

Ryan Ferns, a Democrat representing Ohio County in the West Virginia House of Delegates, did something Tuesday that would have been considered shocking just a few years ago. He voted for a Republican, Delegate Tim Armstead of Kanawha County, for speaker of the House.

Businesses air concerns about insurance tax

June 19, 2013

Area business leaders gathered Tuesday to discuss the pending Health Insurance Tax and health care reform.

W.Va. jobless rate declines to 6.2 percent in May

June 19, 2013

CHARLESTON -- West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May inched down to 6.2 percent.

Jobless rate drops down to 6.2 percent

June 19, 2013

West Virginia's unemployment rate dropped four-tenths of a percent to 6.2 percent in May, according to new data released from Workforce West Virginia.

Two fired in Martinsburg AG office

June 19, 2013

MARTINSBURG - Two employees were let go from the Martinsburg consumer protection division of the West Virginia Attorney General's office, according to paperwork filed with the state budget office.

Miley Should Work With GOP

June 19, 2013

Tim Miley, elected Tuesday as the new speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates, has been saying all the right things during the past couple of weeks. He pledges to handle the office in a bipartisan manner and to focus on education, jobs and infrastructure.

Miley elected House of Delegates speaker

June 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Delegate Tim Miley, D-Harrison, was elected the 56th speaker of the House of Delegates Tuesday on a 53-44 vote that, in keeping with tradition, split mostly along party lines.

W.Va. House elects Miley as new speaker

June 18, 2013

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s House of Delegates elected Tim Miley as its new speaker Tuesday — but only after one of his fellow Democrats crossed party lines to vote for the GOP nominee.

W.Va. jobless rate falls to 6.2% in May

June 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May inched down to 6.2 percent.

Chamber to visit EPA, US Capitol

June 18, 2013

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce will be visiting the U.S. Capitol and regional offices of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of a one-day tour to promote the state and discuss environmental policies with federal regulators.

W.Va. AG fires 8 workers in office restructuring

June 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Eight employees of the West Virginia Attorney General's Office have been fired as part of a restructuring of the office.

Miley elected House Speake

June 18, 2013

House Judiciary chairman Tim Miley (D) Harrison County has been elected Speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates.

House of Delegates to convene in special session to elect speaker

June 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For only the second time in state history, the House of Delegates will convene in special session at noon Tuesday to elect a speaker.

House to meet Tuesday to pick new speaker

June 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Members of the state House of Delegates are meeting Tuesday in Charleston to pick their next leader.

Morrisey fires eight amid 'restructuring'

June 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey recently fired eight employees as part of an "office restructuring," according to state personnel records filed Monday.

UPDATE: More than 3,000 in the region still without power this morning

June 14, 2013

BLUEFIELD – Crews are continuing their efforts to restore electricity to customers who lost their service Thursday when severe thunderstorms blew across southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia.

Miley confident but he won’t say Speaker race over

June 14, 2013

CHARLESTON — Confident but unassuming, even at this late date, Tim Miley says he is making no promises to anyone for positions of leadership in the House of Delegates if he is elevated as the next speaker during Tuesday’s scheduled special session.

State’s economic growth rate in top 10

June 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's economy grew at one of the fastest rates in the country in 2012, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Meeting on replacing Thompson set for Monday

June 14, 2013

WAYNE — The Wayne County Democratic Executive Committee will meet next week to move forward the process of selecting a replacement for West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Rick Thompson. Thompson is resigning from the Legislature to join Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s Cabinet as secretary of the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance.

Cole bows out of 3rd District race

June 14, 2013

Freshman Sen. Bill Cole removed himself Wednesday as a potential Republican candidate for the race for Congress next year in the 3rd District, and two-time loser Rick Snuffer hasn’t made up his mind about challenging veteran Rep. Nick Rahall a third time.

Editorial: Carbon monoxide detectors a must for all hotel rooms

June 14, 2013

The death of a Rhode Island man at a hotel in South Charleston in 2012 prompted West Virginia to pass legislation requiring hotels to install carbon monoxide detectors.

Legislature to convene for interim meetings in Wheeling

June 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Members of the Legislature will return to West Virginia's birthplace next week to commemorate the state's 150th birthday and conduct official business in some of the same spaces where the first lawmakers worked and debated.

Storms slam parts of Mountain State

June 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- WALTON -- Paula Burgess doesn't remember water from the Pocatalico River ever rising as quickly as it did Thursday morning.

Roane County 'waterlogged and landlocked' after flash floods

June 13, 2013

SPENCER -- Roane County is cleaning up after perhaps its worst flood ever -- and praying there is no more rain.

State EMA Officials Gather to Plan for Disaster

June 13, 2013

Mountain State emergency managers spent Wednesday focusing on how residents and responders can prepare for all types of crises, including storms like those in today's forecast.

State releases review of derecho response

June 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After last year's derecho, some state agencies did not do their jobs or didn't know how to do them, according to a report released Wednesday afternoon by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office.

Hearings on ways to fund state highways delayed

June 12, 2013

HARLESTON, W.Va. -- A state panel studying ways to adequately fund state highways will begin a series of public hearings about a month later than originally hoped, the commission's chairman said.

Rod Snyder won’t run for Congress

June 4, 2013

MARTINSBURG - Rod Snyder announced Monday that he officially is not a candidate for the 2nd Congressional district of West Virginia and that he has thrown his support for the Democratic Party nomination behind Nick Casey.

Daily Mail announces new editor, publisher

June 4, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A change in leadership soon will take place at the Charleston Daily Mail.

Tomblin picks ex-speaker as Revenue chief

June 3, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is calling former House Speaker Bob Kiss back into government service, naming him Monday as his new Revenue secretary.

Kiss appointed secretary of W.Va. Department of Revenue

June 3, 2013

CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced Robert "Bob" S. Kiss will join his administration as Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Revenue.

Funding cuts, reserve fund may let W.Va. avoid deficit

June 3, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia should finish the 2012-13 fiscal year in the black at the end of June -- after emptying a $45 million reserve fund, and imposing $28 million in spending cuts, the state's deputy revenue secretary said Monday.

State falls $25.8 million short of tax collection estimates

June 3, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - With one month to go in the fiscal year, it appears the $28.2 million in spending cuts approved by the Legislature earlier this year might not be enough to stave off a deficit.

Charleston lawyer won't challenge Capito for Senate seat

June 3, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The head of the state Democratic Party says Charleston lawyer Nick Preservati will not run for U.S. Senate in 2014.

W.Va. ACLU director resigns

June 3, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The executive director of the West Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has resigned, according to the organization's board president.

Former Gov. Caperton not interested in Senate run

June 3, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gaston Caperton is done with politics.

Tomblin addresses W.Va.’s problems

June 2, 2013

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said he is working to improve the educational system and standards in the Mountain State during the Logan County Chamber of Commerce’s 82nd annual membership dinner held Tuesday, May 28, at the Chief Logan Lodge and Convention Center where he was guest speaker.

Former Tomblin top aide Alsop upbeat on departure

June 2, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Helping Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin respond to Obama administration decrees amid West Virginians' distrust of Washington was a recurring challenge for chief of staff Rob Alsop, who stepped down from the position last week.

Curbing Drug Abuse in W.Va.

June 2, 2013

Northern Panhandle judges and other law enforcement officials have every right to be proud of being "drug court" pioneers. At the same time, their effort raises a troubling question: Has it worked?

AP Interview: Tomblin's top aide upbeat on exit

June 2, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Helping Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin respond to Obama administration decrees amid West Virginians' distrust of Washington proved a recurring challenge for chief of staff Rob Alsop, who stepped down from the position last week.

Statehouse Beat: Former legislators take state positions

June 2, 2013

Regarding last week's column item on former legislators who've taken state jobs presumably in order to continue serving the public (and tangentially to pad their state pensions), readers advised of three ex-legislators left off the list, all of whom work for state Treasurer John Perdue:

Tom Miller: State faces tough questions about more road funding

June 2, 2013

Less than a month from now, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways will deliver its final report and recommendations to the governor on how to come up with at least a half-billion dollars more per year to maintain current conditions on some 37,000 miles of state highways.

Court candidate program has money issue

June 1, 2013

CHARLESTON — Pleased that a public financing experiment for Supreme Court candidates is now a permanent program, West Virginia’s State Election Commission also noted that it will only have an estimated $1.5 million to offer when a court seat is next on the ballot in 2016.

Chamber giving White 'tacit' plug for speaker

June 1, 2013

CHARLESTON — Welcome to the brutal world of politics, Rick Moye.

Graduates aren't finding enough jobs here

June 1, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Steve Knoblock celebrated his 30th birthday by starting his first day of work at his new job.

W.Va. changes bid practice following legislative criticism

June 1, 2013

CHARLESTON — West Virginia will stop allowing only winners of existing government contracts to bid for follow-up requests for goods and services, canceling eight contracts in the process, state officials said Friday.

Supreme Court justice challenges name change laws in dissent

June 1, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia law governing name changes is outdated and reflects sexist attitudes, according to a state Supreme Court justice.

Statehouse Beat: Miley may have the votes

June 1, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Although counting heads prior to a legislative party caucus is an imprecise science, it appears going into a House Democratic caucus some time later this month, House Judiciary Chairman Tim Miley, D-Harrison, has more than enough votes at the moment to win the majority nomination as House speaker.

Editorial: Bridge safety shouldn't stay on back burner

June 1, 2013

The safety of U.S. bridges is once again in the national discussion, following the latest high-profile collapse of a structure.

Curb Class-Action Lawsuit Abuses

May 31, 2013

Many of us have received the class-action settlement notices in the mail. They inform us that because we bought a certain product or service, we are entitled to share in the proceeds of a lawsuit settlement on behalf of our class.

Average W.Va. worker earned $629 more in 2012

May 31, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The average worker in West Virginia made $629 more in 2012 compared with the year before.

Miley picking up steam in race to House speaker seat

May 31, 2013

CHARLESTON — Judiciary Chairman Tim Miley is gathering steam like an old-fashioned locomotive in racing toward the finish line in his race to become the next speaker of the House of Delegates.

Study: Morgantown expensive for home buyers

May 31, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- New research suggests the cost of living in Morgantown was 2.7 percent higher than the national average in January.

Former candidate Maloney not running for anything, launches think tank

May 30, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. -- Calling West Virginia's "culture of corruption" the biggest thing holding the state back, two-time Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney launched a think tank Thursday to study ethics reform in the state.

Editorial: No easy solutions to highway funding woes

May 30, 2013

West Virginia roads and highways need a lot of work.

Tomblin administration to scrap state contracts

May 30, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration plans to cancel eight contracts that state agencies use to buy everything from office furniture to computer equipment.

Counting the koi in the House of Delegates

May 30, 2013

Counting votes in the West Virginia House of Delegates is a little like trying to count the number of fish in a koi pond; no matter how many times you count, you get a different outcome.

Judge sides with Patriot in benefits cuts

May 30, 2013

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A bankrupt coal producer got a judge’s go-ahead Wednesday to significantly cut health care and pension benefits to thousands of workers and retirees, claiming victory over a miners’ union that swiftly condemned the ruling it pledges to appeal.

Race for next House speaker is heating up

May 30, 2013

CHARLESTON — Judiciary Chairman Tim Miley is the hands-down choice of a coalition of moderate delegates in his bid to succeed Rick Thompson as the next speaker of the House of Delegates.

Retired, current Patriot miners face change or loss in benefits

May 30, 2013

Health care benefits for thousands of retired miner are expected to be cut after a federal bankruptcy judge ruled in a coal company's favor.

Local Delegates Back Miley for Speaker

May 30, 2013

All but one of the Democrats representing the Northern Panhandle in the West Virginia House of Delegates announced Wednesday they will support House Judiciary Committee Chairman Tim Miley to be the next speaker of the House.

Judge sides with bankrupt Patriot in cutting benefits

May 30, 2013

ST. LOUIS -- A bankrupt coal producer got a judge's go-ahead Wednesday to significantly cut health care and pension benefits to thousands of workers and retirees, claiming victory over a miners' union that swiftly condemned the ruling it pledges to appeal.

Judge sides with Patriot over benefit cuts

May 30, 2013

ST. LOUIS — A bankrupt coal producer got a judge’s go-ahead Wednesday to significantly cut health care and pension benefits to thousands of workers and retirees, claiming victory over a miners’ union that swiftly condemned the ruling it pledges to appeal.

Teaming to Win: Developing business relationships

May 30, 2013

FAIRMONT — “The Teaming to Win conference is all about developing business relationships,” said Morris Morrison, a Fairmont native, motivational speaker and entrepreneur.

Judge gives Patriot Coal OK to cut benefits

May 29, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A federal bankruptcy judge in St. Louis ruled Wednesday that Patriot Coal can cut health benefits for retired coal miners and their spouses as part of a plan for the company to emerge from bankruptcy.

Six moderate House Democrats support Miley for speaker

May 29, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Five moderate House Democrats who had been part of an uncommitted coalition, as well as a Webster County delegate, announced Wednesday their decision to support House Judiciary Chairman Tim Miley, D-Harrison, in the House speaker's race.

Unions lend support to House speaker hopeful

May 29, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - With the front-runners now apparent in the race for a new speaker of the House of Delegates, state labor groups are throwing their support behind House Judiciary Chairman Tim Miley.

Can GOP pull off upset in speaker’s race?

May 29, 2013

CHARLESTON — Republicans are hoping to win over five disaffected Democrats when the House of Delegates meets next month in special session — the magic number for the GOP to seize control of the speaker’s gavel.

Nearly 1,000 W.Va. bridges rated 'structurally deficient'

May 29, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Elm Grove Stone Arch Bridge in Wheeling may be the worst bridge in West Virginia.

Editorial: Newest census figures show cities still need help

May 28, 2013

Could we one day look back at 2010 as a turning point for Huntington's population trend?

W.Va. election officials looking into Mingo donations

May 28, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia election officials are investigating whether several candidates illegally contributed funds to a political action committee formed to help Democrats get elected in Mingo County last year, the committee's treasurer said Tuesday.

Governor signs Michael Cunningham Act

May 28, 2013

Gov. Tomblin will hold a ceremonial bill signing in Bridgeport tomorrow to commemorate the life of a high school student killed while swimming at a state lake.

Uncertainty regarding health care law lingers for W.Va. businesses

May 28, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - With nearly seven months to go before major provisions of the Affordable Care Act go into effect, West Virginia employers remain unsure about how they will deal with the changes, the head of the state Chamber of Commerce said.

Questions follow campaign donations to Mingo political action committee

May 27, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Several financial contributions made by the campaigns of public officials to a Mingo County political action committee may have done so illegally.

Outgoing W.Va. House speaker says final session among best

May 26, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As he prepares to join the executive branch as secretary of Veterans Assistance, House Speaker Rick Thompson believes his final session with the West Virginia Legislature was also one of his best.

Thompson reflects on time as speaker

May 26, 2013

CHARLESTON -- As he prepares to join the executive branch as secretary of Veterans Assistance, House Speaker Rick Thompson believes his final session with the West Virginia Legislature was also one of his best.

Home rule board OKs Wheeling sales tax, Huntington blight plan

May 26, 2013

WHEELING, W.Va. - Wheeling has won state approval to impose a municipal sales tax, while Huntington can proceed with its plan to reduce blight.

Statehouse beat: Nobody wants to pay for good roads

May 26, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Co-quote of the week No. 1: "The numbers don't seem to be in question. We have bad news here, but accurate bad news" -- David Satterfield former Development Office director, and citizen member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways.

Committee to consider process to replace Thompson

May 24, 2013

WAYNE -- The Wayne County Democratic Executive Committee will have a special meeting to review the process for selecting candidates to replace West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker, D-Wayne.

Incoming DHHR secretary talks experience in field

May 24, 2013

This week the governor announced a new head for the state Department of Health and Human Resources. Gov. Tomblin chose Beckley resident and Mullens native Karen Bowling to replace current acting Secretary Rocco Fucillo.

Primary seatbelt bill signed into law

May 24, 2013

CHARLESTON — Motorists who have grown careless about buckling up with a seatbelt had best get used to the idea of using one in a few weeks, or face the prospect of a $25 fine.

Tomblin signs Seatbelt Safety Law

May 24, 2013

CHARLESTON — Effective July 9, 2013, not wearing a seat belt will be a primary offense in West Virginia.

Appalachian traffic fatality rates higher than in rest of country, study says

May 23, 2013

Traffic fatalities are more common in Appalachia than in the rest of the country, according to a study published by some WVU researchers.

As of July 1, You Won’t Have to Drive 65 in Ohio

May 24, 2013

A portion of Interstate 70 in western Belmont County is one of several stretches of highway where the state of Ohio will raise the speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph this summer.

Committee to consider process to replace Thompson

May 24, 2013

WAYNE -- The Wayne County Democratic Executive Committee will have a special meeting to review the process for selecting candidates to replace West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker, D-Wayne.

Incoming DHHR secretary talks experience in field

May 24, 2013

This week the governor announced a new head for the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

Primary seatbelt bill signed into law

May 24, 2013

CHARLESTON — Motorists who have grown careless about buckling up with a seatbelt had best get used to the idea of using one in a few weeks, or face the prospect of a $25 fine

Tomblin signs Seatbelt Safety Law

May 24, 2013

CHARLESTON — Effective July 9, 2013, not wearing a seat belt will be a primary offense in West Virginia.

Democrats expect contested race for House speaker

May 23, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The race for speaker of the state House of Delegates appears to be down to two candidates.

Appalachian traffic fatality rates higher than in rest of country, study says

May 23, 2013

Traffic fatalities are more common in Appalachia than in the rest of the country, according to a study published by some WVU researchers.

W.Va. House speaker hopeful denies coalition

May 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The race for speaker of the House heated up Monday as one candidate denied the creation of a coalition with one of his opponents.

Panel ponders tolls to build, maintain roads

May 21, 2013

CHARLESTON — Toll booths might some day mushroom along roads across West Virginia, giving motorists in other regions a taste of what driving has cost southern residents nearly six full decades.

Rahall wants vets disability, jobs legislation accelerated

May 21, 2013

CHARLESTON — Just in time for the Memorial Day observance, Rep. Nick Rahall called Monday for Congress to accelerate action on bills intended to clear away a backlog of disability claims and help provide more jobs for veterans.

White says he wants House speaker's job

May 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- House Finance Chairman Harry Keith White, D-Mingo, in announcing his candidacy for House of Delegates speaker Monday, said he has enough votes to win both the party caucus and floor vote.

Industry groups sponsor natural gas town halls

May 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two natural gas industry associations will host a series of town hall meetings across North-Central West Virginia this summer.

Chamber event marks sesquicentennial

May 13, 2013

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce will host a celebration of the state's sesquicentennial at its Charleston offices on June 20.

Lobbyist wins lawsuit over malfunctioning elevator

May 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A circuit judge has awarded a disabled lobbyist nearly $35,000 because the elevator in his office building did not function reliably.

Officials hope Internet tax law keeps more revenues in-state

May 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - State tax officials believe they are already collecting most of the sales taxes due from online sales, but they hope a new law will help them capture even more revenue.

Police chief defends texting citations

May 13, 2013

BECKLEY — Since the West Virginia law banning texting and driving was passed last July, Beckley is leading in the number of citations issued to texting drivers, according to data from the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Ethics panel issues advisory opinion

May 9, 2013

PARKERSBURG - The West Virginia Ethics Commission Committee on Open Governmental Meetings has filed an advisory opinion on proposed changes in Wood County's agenda and meeting procedures.

Mayor: Beckley will ‘definitely’ look at ‘home rule’

May 9, 2013

BECKLEY — Now that home rule has been expanded to allow as many as 14 cities to jump into a pilot project, Mayor Emmett Pugh says Beckley “definitely” plans to take a look at what it holds for the city.

Neighbors Gain As W.Va. Loses

May 9, 2013

Things are looking up for most of the nation's commercial casinos, as gambling revenue increased by nearly 5 percent to $37.3 billion last year, according to the annual survey of casinos by the American Gaming Association.

Under new law, counties can appoint 'acting' sheriffs and prosecutors

May 8, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In 2007, then-Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Charnock abruptly resigned, leaving the county courthouse in disarray.

Poll shows Tennant could lead Democratic primary for US Senate

May 8, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A new poll shows Secretary of State Natalie Tennant comfortably ahead of potential Democratic primary challengers, should she run for U.S. Senate.

W.Va. budget may be done by Wednesday

April 16, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Lawmakers are trying to move quickly on budget discussions this week, cautiously projecting that a final bill will be ready for the governor Wednesday.

Martinsburg still interested in Home Rule

April 16, 2013

MARTINSBURG - Martinsburg officials are just beginning to review a bill passed late Saturday by the West Virginia Legislature that continues and expands West Virginia's Home Rule Pilot Program, City Manager Mark Baldwin said Monday.

W.Va. lawmakers start budget talks close to deal

April 16, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Disagreements over funding for state Department of Education staff and in-home care for seniors on Medicaid, among other areas, await compromise this week as the West Virginia Legislature works on a new state budget.

Special session may be in works

April 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is expected to meet with House and Senate leaders Tuesday to discuss agenda items for a possible special session to address bills lost on the final night of the regular session, including magistrate salaries and approval of a tax-increment financing district for a large development project outside of Morgantown.

Lafe Preston Ward

April 15, 2013

Lafe Preston Ward, formerly of Williamson, passed into God’s hands on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, due to complications from cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends at Hospice Atlanta during his final days.

Special Session Is Appropriate

April 15, 2013

When West Virginia legislators left the Capitol Saturday night to end their annual 60-day regular session, they left unfinished business behind them. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin should give them an opportunity to take care of it.

State Supreme Court fills Business Court vacancy

April 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Circuit Court Judge Thomas Evans III has been appointed to the West Virginia court system's Business Court Division.

Special session sought for tax district bill

April 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Lawmakers hope to convince Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to call a special legislative session or lengthen the current, already-extended session in order to resurrect a bill that would help West Virginia University build a multimillion-dollar baseball stadium.

Governor hopes panel answers toll question

April 15, 2013

CHARLESTON — An effort to wipe out the hated tolls on the West Virginia Turnpike only made it halfway through the Legislature, but that doesn’t mean the highway is a forgotten issue.

City ready to fight home rule law

April 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - With the close of the Legislature's first regular session early Sunday morning, it appeared Charleston soon would have a difficult decision to make: either give up its 20-year-old gun ordinance or drop out of home rule.

Good Balance

April 15, 2013

Facing a substantial increase in the cost of the Medicaid program, along with revenue lagging behind projections, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin began months ago to take action to keep the West Virginia government budget in balance. He ordered most state agency heads to plan for 7.5 percent spending cuts during the upcoming fiscal year. He also implemented a state hiring freeze.

Amid successes, pay spat marks session end

April 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After passing large-scale measures that aim to improve public schools and reduce crime, one issue proved too vexing for the West Virginia Legislature on the final day of its 2013 session: magistrate pay raises.

Statehouse beat: Two bills are caught in the crossfire

April 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Saturday night, the House and Senate played a game of chicken -- and the 2013 regular session ended up crashing and burning.

Ted Boettner and Sean O'Leary: The power of the purse shouldn't belong to one person

April 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Tomblin recently came up with an additional $15 million in funding for the state budget. While the Governor decided to spend the money on education initiatives, Medicaid, and other programs, there was little explanation of where the money came from or his reasons for spending it the way he did -- and no input from the Legislature.

Manchin amused at 'SNL' spoof

April 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Joe Manchin probably never thought his name would be mentioned on "Saturday Night Live," let alone as a character in the show's opening sketch.

Magistrate pay, Morgantown TIF bills die in the House

April 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Time ran out for two key bills in the 2013 regular session -- one to give pay raises to magistrates and another to authorize a tax increment financing plan for a $96 million Morgantown economic development project that includes a new ballpark.

Statehouse beat: From impending doom to long shot

April 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- At one point during the session, Timberline Resort co-owner Fred Herz sought me out in a panic over a bill to authorize a rural resort casino for a proposed development on the site of the Highlands golf course near Franklin in Pendleton County (SB492).

Home rule compromise would require Charleston to repeal gun laws

April 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston city officials will have to repeal a two-decade old ordinance restricting handgun purchases in order to continue in a municipal home-rule program that gives local leaders more flexibility to run the city.

W.Va. employers may win extra time to pay ex-workers

April 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia employers would get more time to pay fired workers under legislation headed to final passage.

Legislature passes cellphone-tracking bill

April 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia wireless providers will have to help police track a person's cellphone in emergencies involving death or serious physical harm.

House votes to restore rules for election ads

April 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Independent spending on election-timed billboards, mass mailings and phone banks could soon require disclosure in West Virginia.

Tomblin doesn’t expect Medicaid funding bill to pass

April 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With less than two days left in the regular legislative session, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is ready to throw dirt on his plan to use rainy day fund interest to help meet rising costs in the state's Medicaid program.

Senate defeats investment bill amendment

April 12, 2013

The state Senate defeated an amendment to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's bill meant to increase the required investment for cities seeking special tax districts.

Home rule bill OK'd by House, heads back to Senate

April 12, 2013

CHARLESTON -- The West Virginia House of Delegates wants cities to continue experimenting with home rule to come up with solutions to their problems.

Home rule pilot program measure faces uncertain future in Senate

April 12, 2013

CHARLESTON — Every city in West Virginia could seek entry into the home rule pilot program in a revised bill that easily cleared the House of Delegates but its fate is in doubt in the Senate, since its own version wanted to limit participants to 14 municipalities.

Tomblin to overhaul purchasing rules, despite death of reform bill

April 11, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- House of Delegates members have killed Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's purchasing-reform bill that would have outlawed a controversial bidding practice that was used to buy high-capacity Internet routers for $24 million.

Kessler ‘Confident’ On Home Rule Bill

April 12, 2013

West Virginia Senate President Jeff Kessler said he is "confident" a measure to extend the state's Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program will be passed before the Legislature adjourns at midnight Saturday.

House passes home-rule bill with gun-ordinance wording intact

April 11, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Legislation to provide more self-governance and autonomy to cities (SB435) passed the House of Delegates Thursday on a 95-3 vote -- with an amendment that could force the city of Charleston to repeal its ordinance restricting handgun purchases.

Long-tried seatbelt law now awaits Tomblin's signature

April 11, 2013

CHARLESTON — Police soon needn’t spy any other moving violation before writing a ticket for failure to wear a seatbelt in West Virginia, if a fresh bill gains the governor's signature.

Report: Fewer in WVa get insurance through work

April 11, 2013

A new report shows fewer West Virginians are getting health insurance through their employer.

Gov. Tomblin signs education reform bill

April 11, 2013

CHARLESTON - Stakeholders in West Virginia's education system and lawmakers alike made no issue in calling Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's education bill, Senate Bill 359, a compromise, as it was signed into law Wednesday.

Tomblin signs wide-ranging W.Va. education bill

April 10, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia counties will soon have more leeway when hiring educators and scheduling 180 days of student learning each year, after Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Wednesday signed wide-ranging public schools legislation that topped his agenda this session.

W.Va. Senate passes seat belt bill

April 10, 2013

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate passed the seat belt bill Wednesday, 24-10, sending the legislation that makes failure to wear a seat belt a primary offense to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for his signature.

Bill says storm effects should not affect home insurance policies

March 18, 2013

The effects of natural disasters would not extend to the insurance policies of home owners with a bill that’s being considered at the State House.

Senate approves compromise school reform bill

March 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State senators passed Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's education reform bill Monday, after making a flurry of last-minute changes to win support from West Virginia's teachers unions.

Senate passes amended education bill

March 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The State Senate on Monday unanimously passed Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's controversial education bill, but not before removing parts of the legislation that have drawn the ire of state teachers unions.

State Senate committee raises insurance minimums

March 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A West Virginia Senate committee advanced a bill Monday that would likely increase car insurance premiums for drivers who can least afford it, but also expand liability coverage for the highest-risk drivers.

House endorses study of Supreme Court rules

March 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia's House of Delegates wants to study whether the Supreme Court's revised process for civil appeals provides a full and fair review.

Education bill overshadows Tomblin's lengthy agenda

March 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- His proposed changes to West Virginia public schools are getting plenty of attention, but Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin also has more than two dozen other measures pending at the Legislature.

Legislature tackles Tomblin's proposals

March 17, 2013

CHARLESTON -- His proposed changes to West Virginia public schools are getting plenty of attention, but Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin also has more than two dozen other measures pending at the Legislature.

'Policy brief'‘Policy brief’: Tomblin’s budget needs to raise revenue, control costs

March 16, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's proposed budget cuts could put the squeeze on college students who are trying to cover higher tuition costs, according to a policy brief released Friday by the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy.

Editorial: Tougher law on use of seat belts could save lives

March 15, 2013

Could this be the year that West Virginia joins the majority of states that have tougher seat belt laws? Let's hope so.

School Reform

February 21, 2013

School reform in West Virginia has to start somewhere, and clearly, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and others involved in setting strategy were right to focus on younger children. But soon, a similar emphasis needs to be set for older students.

Democrats seeking W.Va. successor for Rockefeller

February 21, 2013

Democrats must keep looking for a West Virginia candidate to run in 2014 when U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller retires, after lead prospect and onetime U.S. Sen. Carte Goodwin ruled out a bid.

Jared Hunt: Statehouse estimates are rarely accurate

February 21, 2013

After learning last week that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin would like to attach a jobs impact statement to future bills, I couldn't help but think, "Hey, that's a great idea — except that it's not."

This week in the W.Va. Legislature

February 21, 2013

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin put his primary emphasis on overhauling West Virginia’s elementary and secondary education programs in his State of the State speech to members of the Legislature and other guests in the House of Delegate chamber here last Wednesday night—the highlight of the opening day of the regular 2013 legislative session.

Topics to consider in the legislative session

February 21, 2013

Keeping children in school, getting the addicted out of prisons and into rehab, economic growth and safeguarding America’s religious freedoms are on the minds of five southern delegates in this legislative session.

Seatbelt bill clears major hurdle in House

February 20, 2013

Odds for passage of a mandatory seatbelt bill this session improved markedly Wednesday, when the House Roads and Transportation Committee advanced the House's version of the bill on a 14-9 vote.

State Senate passes first bills of session

February 20, 2013

The West Virginia Senate has passed its first bills of the 2013 session, clarifying language on what would disqualify potential jurors and imposing specific and harsher penalties for graffiti.

Morrisey asks for $1.85 million extra for attorney general budget

February 20, 2013

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey asked state lawmakers Wednesday to approve $1.85 million in supplemental money that would be used to hire extra employees, and upgrade office computer and phone systems.

West Virginia's AP test scores ranked among lowest in U.S.

February 20, 2013

While the number of West Virginia students who take Advanced Placement exams has more than doubled over the past decade, the state ranks 46th in the country for the number of students who actually pass the test to obtain college credit, according to a report released Wednesday.

Legislators offer myriad arguments for proposed removal of tax incentives

February 20, 2013

Several reasons have been given as to why Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is interested in eliminating tax credits for alternatively fueled vehicles that run on anything other than some form of natural or petroleum gas.

Editorial: Stepped-up effort to crack down on 'drugged drivers' makes sense

February 20, 2013

Drunken drivers take a serious toll on West Virginia's highways, as evidenced by the more than 100 people killed and 700 injured every year in the Mountain State in alcohol-related road accidents.

W.Va. lawmakers to consider jobs impact proposal

February 19, 2013

Lawmakers would get a sense of how a bill might help or harm West Virginia's economy before casting a vote, under a measure proposed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin this session.

The Legislature Today: Speaker Thompson, President Kessler

February 19, 2013

At the legislature today, after yesterday's Republican dust up over the magistrate's salary bill on first reading, it moves smoothly through second reading today.

Tomblin wants to end tax credit for plug-in cars

February 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's not often that environmental organizations and the coal industry come down on the same side of a policy debate. But that's happening in West Virginia, where both groups have concerns about Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's proposal to eliminate a state tax incentive for plug-in electric cars and other alternative-fuel vehicles.

W.Va. lawmakers to consider jobs impact proposal

February 19, 2013

CHARLESTON - Lawmakers would get a sense of how a bill might help or harm West Virginia's economy before casting a vote, under a measure proposed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin this session.

Tomblin Calls For Estimate Of Jobs

February 19, 2013

CHARLESTON (AP) - Lawmakers would get a sense of how a bill might help or harm West Virginia's economy before casting a vote, under a measure proposed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin this session.

Legislators discuss increase in gas tax for roads

February 19, 2013

CHARLESTON - Local state senators feel other options should be explored to raise money for state road construction and maintenance before considering raising the state's gas tax.

W.Va. gov seeks larger reserves, project funding

February 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wants to increase West Virginia's already robust emergency reserves, and hopes to win over lawmakers by also pledging funding for basic road needs and special infrastructure projects.

Tomblin wants to tap rainy day fund interest for Medicaid

February 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wants to use interest earned from a portion of the state's rainy day fund to help fend off mounting Medicaid bills.

Lawmakers to consider jobs impact proposal

February 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia lawmakers would get a sense of the potential economic effects of pending legislation through a measure introduced this session.

State lawmakers to consider jobs impact proposal

February 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia lawmakers would get a sense of the potential economic effects of pending legislation through a measure introduced this session.

Educators and lawmakers look at raising the dropout age

February 18, 2013

PRINCETON — Educators and lawmakers are expressing mixed reactions to a bill before the House of Delegates that seeks to raise the age at which West Virginia students may drop out of school.

Statehouse Beat: Not your average speech

February 16, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Having listened to many State of the State addresses, regardless of who may be governor, they all follow roughly the same template.

Statehouse beat: Speaking on ethics issues

February 17, 2013

Given that he campaigned on employing prosecutorial and investigatory powers that the state attorney general actually doesn't have, word that Attorney General Patrick Morrisey agreed to "lend" deputy attorney general Marty Wright to the Ethics Commission has raised eyebrows.

Editorial: This is the year for education reform action

February 18, 2013

Education is a process, and a very complex one at that.

Tomblin says education bills should be introduced in Legislature next week

February 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Thursday initial legislative response to his proposals for public education reform has been "pretty positive," and said the legislation should be introduced in the House and Senate by the end of next week.

State board ready to tackle Tomblin's education priorities

February 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Board of Education members say they're ready to work with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to help reform the state's public schools.

Board agrees to expedite state education initiatives

February 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In a written response to a letter from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, the state Board of Education agreed to use its authority to expedite the governor's education initiatives in the coming months.

Legislators respond to State of the State

February 15, 2013

CHARLESTON - Local legislators had mixed reactions to Gov. Early Ray Tomblin's State of the State Address; however, many said Thursday that they are looking forward to hearing the details of his proposed solutions to the state's many issues.

Lawmakers agree on new education focus

February 14, 2013

WHEELING - State lawmakers from the Northern Panhandle expected Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to focus on education in his State of the State address Wednesday, and they weren't disappointed.

State highways officials consider ways to raise road funds

February 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Many West Virginia roads are in bad shape, and lawmakers say only one thing will fix them: cold, hard cash.

Morrisey's solicitor general doesn't have W.Va. law license

February 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's new solicitor general doesn't have a license to practice law in West Virginia.

Difficult: Improving schools

February 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Every study finds that American students lag behind youths in most other advanced democracies -- and West Virginia students fall below U.S. averages.

Experience must come into play as he guides W.Va. through some testy waters

February 14, 2013

Most political speeches like a State of the State address are filled with optimism and achievement.

Tomblin Declares Education a Priority

February 14, 2013

CHARLESTON (AP) - West Virginia must ensure that every child finishes third grade reading at that level, help its nationally certified teachers keep their vaunted status and allow local control of school calendars, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Wednesday in his latest State of the State address.

State of the State: Tomblin focuses on education

February 14, 2013

CHARLESTON — West Virginia must ensure that every child finishes third grade reading at that level, help its nationally certified teachers keep their vaunted status and allow local control of school calendars, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Wednesday in his latest State of the State address.

In State of State, Tomblin discusses future of West Virginia schools, jails, highways and more

February 14, 2013

CHARLESTON - West Virginia must ensure that every child finishes third grade reading at that level, help its nationally certified teachers keep their vaunted status and allow local control of school calendars, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Wednesday in his latest State of the State address.

Education drives Tomblin State of the State address

February 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va, - Education reform dominated Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's State of the State speech Wednesday night.

Tomblin's budget cuts costs without layoffs, tax increases

February 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's proposed $4.46 billion budget includes deep cuts for some state agencies as revenues shrink and the costs of programs like Medicaid and retirement funds continue to climb.

Business, labor officials like Tomblin's job growth plans

February 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Top business and labor officials in the state said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's plan to start work-force education in middle school is exactly what's needed to advance job growth.

Education reform dominates State of the State

February 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Public education reform dominated Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's third State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature Wednesday, with a variety of proposals intended to improve the state's 49th ranking in student achievement.

Lawmakers applaud Tomblin's focus on education

February 14, 2013

WHEELING - State lawmakers from the Northern Panhandle expected Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to focus on education in his State of the State address Wednesday, and they weren't disappointed.

Lawmakers applaud Tomblin's focus on education

February 14, 2013

CHARLESTON -- Lawmakers from Cabell and Wayne counties applauded Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's focus on education reform, which he outlined Wednesday night in his State of the State address.

Report: Job growth expected to be slow in Mountain State

February 14, 2013

CHARLESTON — Job creation in West Virginia is expected to grow at a small pace over the next five years, but those working are likely to pull down somewhat bigger paychecks, a special report indicated Wednesday.

Business leaders split on State of State address

February 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Although it lacked tax cuts and major jobs announcements, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's State of the State address received praised from leaders of key West Virginia business groups.

State Legislature to begin 60-day session

February 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia legislators are returning to Charleston for a session that is expected to be dominated by proposals to improve the state's schools and to ease its overcrowded prison system.

Legislative topics to include ed reform, jails, substance abuse

February 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Education reform, addressing overcrowded jails and increased funding for substance abuse programs are all expected to be hot topics during the 2013 state Legislative session, the Legislature's leaders said today.

State of the State expected to focus on education, prisons

February 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will give his third State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature Wednesday evening, his first since being elected to a full four-year term as governor in November.

Tomblin expected to talk education, prisons

February 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Public schools, inmate crowding and a challenging budget picture are expected topics in West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's latest State of the State address.

BrickStreet auditor charged with coal safety fraud

February 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An insurance company auditor and four mine contracting officials were charged Tuesday with orchestrating a multimillion-dollar scheme aimed at lowering workers' compensation premiums for firms that provide workers to some of the state's largest coal producers.

State getting $1.4M to fix storm-damaged roads

February 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia is getting $1.4 million in emergency relief funds to pay for fixing storm-damaged roads in the state.

Affordable Care Act expands, equalizes care to women, proponents say

February 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Affordable Care Act will expand and equalize health care for women, proponents of the law said Tuesday.

Revived House GOP heralds new agenda for the session

February 13, 2013

CHARLESTON - Five seats away from a majority in the House of Delegates, Republicans this session will push for a new appeals court and pursue constitutional amendments targeting property taxes and defining marriage as between one man and one woman, their leaders said Tuesday.

Employers' Input on Education Sought

February 13, 2013

To get to the bottom of what employers really want and need in their workers, Wheeling Rotary Club members participated Tuesday in a survey at the request of West Liberty University President Robin Capehart.

Education, jobs on GOP House members' agenda

February 12, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With a surge in membership in the House of Delegates, GOP lawmakers outlined their general goals for the session that begins today, saying they'll work to improve West Virginia's schools and business climate.

W.Va. job growth moves at slower pace

February 12, 2013

The job picture is looking a little better across much of the nation, but the forecast is not as bright for West Virginia, according to a recent survey.

Gov. Tomblin appoints Cookman to represent the 15th senatorial district

January 24, 2013

The Hon. Donald H. Cookman of Hampshire County has been appointed to the 15th senatorial district by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

McKinley May Back Capito In 2014

January 24, 2013

Rep. David B. McKinley said he likely will support fellow West Virginia Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito for Senate in 2014, but he also is flattered he was asked to run for the office himself.

Sen. Manchin outlines his legislative priorities

January 23, 2013

Sen. Joe Manchin is laying out his ideas for bills he plans to introduce in the new Congress. They include issues affecting senior citizens and veterans.

Southern delegates fill House panels

January 23, 2013

Southern West Virginia delegates are filling many a seat on House of Delegates committees in a shift announced by Speaker Rick Thompson that reflects the political realignment that finds the Republicans occupying 46 of the 100 desks in the chamber.

Officials hope business court rule will speed up docket

January 22, 2013

Judicial officials still ironing out the logistics of the state's fledgling business court said Tuesday that they hope a new rule will help speed up the court's docket by clearly defining eligible cases.

Justice says business court ‘up and running’

January 23, 2013

A large group of attorneys gathered Tuesday at the Charleston Marriott to learn about the state's new business court.

WV Chamber hosts business court symposium

January 22, 2013

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce conducted its first business court symposium Jan. 22 to explore the implications of the newest addition to the court's family.

Edgell Named President Pro Tempore for W.Va. Senate

January 22, 2013

Sen. Larry Edgell will serve as president pro tempore of the West Virginia Senate for the 81st Legislature.

Laird named Senate majority whip

January 22, 2013

Even though the statewide impact of all issues must be the overriding concern, Sen. Bill Laird says his elevation to West Virginia Senate majority whip gives southern counties a voice in President Jeffrey Kessler’s leadership team.

Capito leads Senate challengers in recent poll

January 22, 2013

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, who intends to run for U.S. Senate in 2014, holds strong leads against several potential Democratic challengers more than one year ahead of the primaries, according to results from a new GOP polling firm.

Familiar faces retain key legislative leadership posts

January 21, 2013

Familiar faces will remain in leadership positions in the Legislature for the 2013 session, as Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, and House Speaker Rick Thompson, D-Wayne, announced their leadership teams for the 81st Legislature on Monday.

Few leadership changes for W.Va. Legislature

January 21, 2013

West Virginia's Legislature approaches the upcoming regular session with few changes among its top leadership teams, while the minority Republicans will occupy a greater share of House of Delegates committees following the 2012 election, House Speaker Rick Thompson and Senate President Jeff Kessler announced Monday.

Tom Miller: Rockefeller's departure means potential changes in several offices

January 20, 2013

When U. S. Sen. John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV arrived in West Virginia nearly half a century ago, appointed by then U. S. Attorney Robert F. Kennedy in July 1964 to work with the President's Commission on Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Crime in the small community of Emmons, it's doubtful even he envisioned a lifetime of political service to the Mountain State.

Task of filling Senate seat hits more snags

January 16, 2013

The effort to fill former state Sen. Joe Minard's seat is on hold until Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin can be sure the state Democratic Party followed its own rules for choosing potential replacements.

DMV commissioner retires

January 16, 2013

West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Joe Miller, who was in his second stint leading the agency, has retired.

Report says W.Va. losing residents

January 16, 2013

The Northeastern portion of the United States is leading the nation in outbound migration - a designation held by the Great Lakes region for the past several years, according to United Van Lines' 35th annual "migration" study.

Manchin group pushes for bipartisanship

January 16, 2013

Sen. Joe Manchin's bipartisan "No Labels" group is small in numbers right now, but he hopes members will have a big impact on a gridlocked Congress.

Challenging Times Tomblin, Legislature have work to do

January 16, 2013

The pomp and circumstance of another inauguration ceremony is now behind us and West Virginia’s elected leaders can get back to the many tasks before them, and the times are challenging.

Ward Wyatt new state GOP executive director

January 16, 2013

The West Virginia Republican Party has named Ward Wyatt as executive director.

Manchin hosts roundtable on U.S. fiscal health

January 15, 2013

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., began a weeklong tour of West Virginia on Tuesday to discuss the federal debt and what it means to the next generation of Americans.

State jobless rate climbs to 7.5 percent in December

January 15, 2013

West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has climbed two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.5 percent in December.

State DMV commissioner retires

January 15, 2013

Joe Miller has retired as commissioner of the state Division of Motor Vehicles.

Manchin, Huntsman push ‘No Labels’ movement in Congress

January 15, 2013

Although they come from different political parties, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman appear united in their desire to expand a group of “problem solvers” in Congress charged with breaking the toxic bipartisan divide in Washington.

Tomblin Faces Tough Choices

January 14, 2013

Congratulations, Gov. Tomblin. Again. It is unfortunate you won't have much time to celebrate.

Tomblin can finally get to work without a campaign

January 13, 2013

For the third time in as many years, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will take an oath to serve as West Virginia's chief executive. But he said Monday's ceremony on the Capitol steps will be different in one key way: This time, he won't have to worry about campaigning.

Tomblin inauguration plans set

January 13, 2013

Organizers hope tomorrow's inauguration ceremony and related festivities will be all about the Mountain State.

McGraw's 20 years as AG come to an end

January 13, 2013

Twenty years ago, Darrell V. McGraw took office as West Virginia's attorney general. His presence in the office was something of a surprise; McGraw only got in the race because another candidate bowed out at the last minute and, despite many politicians' wishes for someone -- anyone -- besides McGraw.

Tom Miller: Hot-button issues surface ahead of legislative session

January 13, 2013

The 2013 regular 60-day session of the West Virginia Legislature doesn't really get under way until Wednesday, Feb. 13, but during last week's three days of interim committee meetings in Charleston -- along with the formal opening of the session on Wednesday, Jan. 9 -- it was inevitable that some of the hot-button issues surfaced early.

Statehouse beat: Education reform may take shape

January 13, 2013

If there was any doubt about Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin pursuing significant public education reform during the upcoming regular session -- which we should hear a good bit about in his inaugural address Monday -- House Speaker Rick Thompson's reference to public education being "on the brink of an overhaul" should have removed all doubt.

Tomblin to be sworn in for third time as governor

January 12, 2013

For the third time since January 2011, Kanawha County Judge Tod Kaufman will officially swear Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin into office as governor in a private ceremony.

Statehouse Beat: Trying to stay busy

January 12, 2013

During his six months on paid administrative leave, soon-to-be fired Department of Health and Human Resources spokesman John Law did his best to keep up the pretense of working from home (even though he was given a generic laptop with no DHHR links or programs), regularly e-mailing reporters summaries of state and national news and other reports regarding public health and human services issues.

Roads need $1 billion per year, group says

January 11, 2013

West Virginia should spend an additional $1.1 billion each year to preserve and expand its highway system, according to the preliminary recommendations from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways.

Inauguration’s price tag nearly half of 2009’s cost

January 11, 2013

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and first lady Joanne are planning a gala celebration to mark the governor's second inauguration.

Rockefeller won't seek re-election in 2014

January 11, 2013

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who came to West Virginia as a young man from one of the world's richest families to work on antipoverty programs and remained in the state to build a political legacy, announced Friday he will not seek a sixth term.

Rockefeller won't run for Senate in 2014

January 11, 2013

Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat who has represented West Virginia in the U.S. Senate since 1985, announced Friday that he will not seek a sixth term in the Senate.

$1.3 billion needed for state roads, panel told

January 10, 2013

The governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways has determined the state needs to come up with at least $1.3 billion a year to maintain, repair and build the state road system.

Scott Finn named director of W.Va. Public Broadcasting

January 10, 2013

State Educational Broadcasting Authority members voted Thursday to hire a former West Virginia Public Broadcasting news director, producer and reporter as the new executive director of WVPB.

Longtime Daily Mail business editor retiring, staff changing

January 10, 2013

The Charleston Daily Mail is losing a longtime homerun hitter but benefits from a deep bench.

Manchin among pivotal lawmakers in gun control debate

January 10, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden is promising to produce a package of proposals aimed at curbing gun violence by the end of the month, a move that will trigger a major legislative brouhaha on Capitol Hill in the coming weeks.

Lawmakers defend yea, nay votes on fiscal cliff bill

January 3, 2013

Those representing West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky in Congress were divided on the fiscal cliff legislation that passed both the House and Senate this week.

McKinley, Capito opposed cliff compromise

January 3, 2013

West Virginia's two Republican congressmen voted against the compromise bill to prevent tax increases for most Americans and going over the so-called "fiscal cliff," while Democratic lawmakers said going over was not an option.

State congressional delegation split on fiscal cliff vote

January 3, 2013

On the edge of the fiscal cliff this week, West Virginia's five-member congressional delegation split along party lines and ran in opposite directions.

Manchin: Cliff avoided, but bigger cure needed

January 3, 2013

Taking his cue from a Clint Eastwood epic, Sen. Joe Manchin views the cliff-avoiding fiscal measure as critical but an example of “the good, the bad and the ugly.”

Manchin says country’s finances are top priority

January 3, 2013

Amid the several tasks with which lawmakers been charged, Sen. Joe Manchin said in a press conference call Wednesday the country's finances will remain a top priority as the 113th Congress takes to the Capitol.

State will start New Year with fewer job openings

January 2, 2013

Heading into the New Year, West Virginia Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette said the state's shrinking labor force is the economy's "biggest challenge."

W.Va. delegation split on 'fiscal cliff' deal

January 2, 2013

Members of West Virginia's congressional delegation explained their votes on legislation that was passed Tuesday night to avoid the "fiscal cliff."

W.Va. GOP to make Voter ID an issue in 2013

January 1, 2013

Armed with their largest share of the House of Delegates in decades, West Virginia Republicans plan to resume their push to require voters to show photo identification at the polls, adding the state to a growing group that expect to debate the topic this year.

W.Va. GOP to make Voter ID an issue in 2013

January 1, 2013

Armed with their largest share of the House of Delegates in decades, West Virginia Republicans plan to resume their push to require voters to show photo identification at the polls, adding the state to a growing group that expect to debate the topic this year.

State GOP to make Voter ID an issue in 2013

January 1, 2013

Armed with their largest share of the House of Delegates in decades, West Virginia Republicans plan to resume their push to require voters to show photo identification at the polls, adding the state to a growing group that expect to debate the topic this year.



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