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Leonhardt to make another run for ag commissioner

August 17, 2015

State Senator Kent Leonhardt on Monday announced his plans to run for commissioner of the Department of Agriculture.

Larger coal endorsement still a question, 2 leading Friends of Coal choose gov candidate

August 17, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two leading figures in the Friends of Coal movement are backing a candidate for governor early in West Virginia, even though the West Virginia Coal Association, the trade organization that founded Friends of Coal, has not yet made an endorsement for 2016.

West Virginia joins appeal on public meeting prayer

August 17, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey will add West Virginia to the list of states appealing a decision by a federal court that ruled a county commission in North Carolina was violating the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution during each meeting by opening with a prayer delivered by a county commissioner.

Judge halts work on Capitol Complex security project

August 17, 2015

A Kanawha County judge agreed Monday to halt work on a Capitol Complex security upgrade while a contractor sues over not being awarded the project, despite being the low bidder.

Statehouse Beat: Officials’ images being scrubbed from state websites

August 17, 2015

Reaction to the Ethics Commission’s mandate to scale back public officials’ self-promotion on official websites has been swift.

Including first lady, 165 get more than $80K in WV state pensions

August 15, 2015

West Virginia’s first lady, newly retired from her longtime position as the president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, is now drawing more than $110,000 in annual retirement benefits, according to state pension data.

Statehouse Beat: New rules complicate officials’ presence at State Fair

August 15, 2015

Even as the Ethics Commission ruling on the new “trinkets” law continues to reverberate among all levels of public officials, what historically has been the trinkiest of all state events, the State Fair of West Virginia, is underway.

Manchin files letter to SSA on 2nd Amendment rights

August 11, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin joined a group of 25 senators Tuesday to call on the U.S. Social Security Administration to stop its plan to target Second Ammendment rights of millions of Social Security recipients.

Kessler: GOP said benefits would be part of wage calculations

August 9, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Democratic state lawmaker is pointing to a contradiction regarding the inclusion of fringe benefits in the development of West Virginia’s new prevailing wage rates as proof that Republicans are wrong on the issue.

Arch Moore’s grandson aims for WV House seat

August 5, 2015

The grandson of the late former West Virginia Republican governor Arch Moore and nephew of U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito formally announced his intentions to run for office this week.

Delegate files another lawsuit against Common Core

August 4, 2015

Republican legislators are once again attempting to block the use of Common Core education standards in West Virginia, this time asking the state Supreme Court to decide if the Board of Education can legally enter the state into what they’re calling an “interstate compact.”

National group praises W.Va. tort reforms

July 1, 2015

WASHINGTON – A national tort reform group has praised West Virginia for leading the way in civil justice reforms this year.

Tennessee Gov. Haslam to headline W.Va. GOP event

July 1, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is slated to headline an event next month for the West Virginia Republican Party.

Statehouse Beat: Justice putting millions into Greenbrier Classic

June 27, 2015

This week’s Greenbrier Classic PGA tournament will again put a national spotlight on West Virginia, with Greenbrier resort owner Jim Justice again spending millions of his own money to make the event possible.

Cole, Armstead recap highlights of 2015 legislative session, look forward to 2016 at WV Business & Industry forum in Wheeling

June 21, 2015

The West Virginia Business & Industry Council kicked off the first of six regional forums May 21 in Wheeling aimed at bringing people up to speed on what was accomplished in the 2015 legislative session and what lies ahead for 2016.

WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey will run for re-election

June 17, 2015

WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, a Republican, will not throw his hat in the governor's ring for 2016.

Senate President Bill Cole to Run for Governor

June 2, 2015

Republican state Senate President Bill Cole has announced that he will run for West Virginia governor in 2016.

W.Va. ban on trinkets touting elected officials now effective

May 28, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A West Virginia ban on publicly funded trinkets bearing an elected official’s name or likeness is becoming effective.

Judge orders Alpha to fund Blankenship’s defense

May 28, 2015

Alpha Natural Resources must pay for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s legal costs as Blankenship fights an indictment charging him with mine safety and securities crimes, a business court judge in Delaware ruled Thursday.

Manchin talks workforce, infrastructure concerns

May 28, 2015

West Virginia needs to address its workforce issues, and Washington needs to address infrastructure and debt concerns, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Thursday.

20-week abortion ban in West Virginia becomes law

May 26, 2015

CHARLESTON (AP) — Abortions are now banned 20 weeks after conception in West Virginia.

Fetal pain bill, banning abortions after 20 weeks in WV, takes effect

May 26, 2015

A bill that harnessed some controversy before it passed the West Virginia Legislature became law May 26.

20-week abortion ban in West Virginia becomes law

May 26, 2015

CHARLESTON — Abortions are now banned 20 weeks after conception in West Virginia.

Cole: One Republican gubernatorial candidate is best for party

May 26, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Senate President Bill Cole (R-Mercer, 06) is still not saying what office he’ll be running for in 2016, but he has reportedly set a deadline for a few weeks from now to make a final decision on whether he’ll seek re-election or possibly run for governor.

Cole: One Republican gubernatorial candidate is best for party

May 26, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Senate President Bill Cole (R-Mercer, 06) is still not saying what office he’ll be running for in 2016, but he has reportedly set a deadline for a few weeks from now to make a final decision on whether he’ll seek re-election or possibly run for governor.

Patriot Coal wants Blackhawk to buy assets in bankruptcy

May 26, 2015

On Friday, Scott Depot-based Patriot Coal Corp. selected Kentucky coal company Blackhawk Mining as the potential buyer for its assets in bankruptcy.

Goodwin, Manchin to hold summit on drug epidemic

May 26, 2015

ARKERSBURG, W.Va. — U.S Sen. Joe Manchin and U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin will hold an open house meeting Tuesday night on solving the growing drug epidemic in West Virginia.

Manchin to hold town hall meetings on drug abuse

May 26, 2015

CHARLESTON — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin plans to hold three town hall meetings on drug abuse this week.

Manchin calls Justice campaign ‘tremendous for the state’

May 26, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin applauded billionaire businessman and Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice for entering next year’s race for governor in West Virginia.

Sen. Capito Pays Tribute To Veterans in Glen Dale

May 26, 2015

GLEN?DALE?- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito joined city officials at the Glen Dale city park Monday morning to honor veterans, including her late father, Gov. Arch A. Moore Jr.

The GOP gubernatorial primary: That’s just racin’

May 26, 2015

West Virginia State Senate President Bill Cole got to drop the green flag at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday night, signaling the start of the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race. A few hours and 400 laps later, Carl Edwards crossed the finish line first.

Editorial: Reckless rulings create unhealthy legal climate

May 26, 2015

In Gov. Tomblin’s State of the State address this past January, he referred to West Virginia’s reputation as a “judicial hellhole.” The label, he said, “do[es] not help our efforts to engage potential investors and strengthen our economy.”

Chris Stansbury: It’s time to break the addiction cycle

May 26, 2015

It’s no secret that West Virginia’s drug addiction and overdose crisis is plaguing our great state at all time levels.

Harrison County Delegate suggest state tax raise

May 25, 2015

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — How to pay for road repairs in West Virginia is a topic which has gained momentum in recent days. Members of the legislature are talking more and more about finding ways to increase the road maintenance budget. The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways suggests extending the Turnpike tolls past the 2019 sunset date and increasing DMV fees and the sales tax on automobiles.

Senators say highway tolls could fix infrastructure problems

May 25, 2015

Two state senators are exploring an option to add tolls onto a stretch of federal highway in the Eastern Panhandle as a possible fix to West Virginia’s infrastructure woes.

Will just a dab do? School budget cuts lead to search for savings on soap

May 25, 2015

With various reductions in school budgets expected to be approved today, one Kanawha County school official has proposed a handy money-saving technique that would limit the amount of soap students can use when they wash their hands.

Cole, Armstead recap highlights of 2015 legislative session, look forward to 2016 at WV Business & Industry forum in Wheeling

May 25, 2015

The West Virginia Business & Industry Council kicked off the first of six regional forums May 21 in Wheeling aimed at bringing people up to speed on what was accomplished in the 2015 legislative session and what lies ahead for 2016.

Harrison County Delegate suggest state tax raise

May 25, 2015

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — How to pay for road repairs in West Virginia is a topic which has gained momentum in recent days. Members of the legislature are talking more and more about finding ways to increase the road maintenance budget. The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways suggests extending the Turnpike tolls past the 2019 sunset date and increasing DMV fees and the sales tax on automobiles.

Senators say highway tolls could fix infrastructure problems

May 25, 2015

Two state senators are exploring an option to add tolls onto a stretch of federal highway in the Eastern Panhandle as a possible fix to West Virginia’s infrastructure woes.

Statehouse Beat: More on lobbyist spending

May 25, 2015

Resuming a look at lobbyists’ spending during the 2015 regular session:

US Sen. Joe Manchin, US Attorney Booth Goodwin part of community conversation on drug addiction, treatment in Huntington, WV

May 25, 2015

Huntington, WV's community conversation on drug addiction and treatment strategies will continue at a town meeting Wednesday, May 27 at Big Sandy Superstore Arena Conference Center.

Editorial: Shrinking cities bad trend for state

May 24, 2015

The U.S. Census Bureau this week listed 749 American cities that had populations of more than 50,000 in 2014.

Statehouse Beat: Lobbyist expenditures hit record

May 24, 2015

There may be new faces in leadership positions in the Legislature, and new attitudes on policies and issues, but from lobbyists’ perspectives, the party went on as usual during the 2015 regular session.

Greenbrier owner Jim Justice enters WV governor’s race

May 11, 2015

Billionaire businessman Jim Justice announces his candidacy for governor of West Virginia as a Democrat in 2016 at a rally Monday in White Sulphur Springs.

Editorial: Avoiding the appearance of judicial impropriety

April 22, 2015

When the West Virginia Supreme Court hears oral arguments today, there will be some familiar names on the docket.

Thumbs down: Drug abuse puts W.Va. atop list for accidental deaths

April 22, 2015

Anyone who doubts the severity of the substance abuse problem in West Virginia might want to pay attention to a report put out last week by 24/7 Wall St.

Hopeful Sign?: Manchin’s optimism may soon be put to the test

April 22, 2015

Sen. Joe Manchin's decision to seek re-election rather than run for governor is good news for West Virginians. How good? We may know soon.

DHHS official: Drug use not necessarily child abuse

April 22, 2015

MARTINSBURG - West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services professionals are no strangers when it comes to local cases involving adult drug users and the children in their care.

Unemployment rates up in 27 W.Va. counties in March

April 22, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unemployment increased in 27 of West Virginia's 55 counties in March.

Unemployment rates up in 27 W.Va. counties in March

April 22, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unemployment increased in 27 of West Virginia’s 55 counties in March.

Justice weighing options in run for governor

April 22, 2015

BECKLEY — Resort owner, coal mine owner, basketball coach — Jim Justice wears many hats. Lately, he’s been deciding whether or not to throw one of them into the ring to run for governor.

Governor Hopefuls Would Have to Relinquish Current Jobs

April 22, 2015

CHARLESTON (AP) - With U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin out of the mix, possible contenders in a still-blurry field for governor have the same problem - if they run, they lose their current jobs.

Justice tells newspaper he’s considering run for governor in 2016

April 21, 2015

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice told the Beckley Register-Herald on Tuesday he’s “very seriously considering” running in the 2016 Democratic gubernatorial primary in West Virginia.

Justice says he's weighing options in run for governor

April 21, 2015

Resort owner, coal mine owner, basketball coach — Jim Justice wears many hats. Lately, he's been deciding whether or not to throw one of them into the ring to run for governor.

Natural gas reports spike in W.Va. tax payments

April 21, 2015

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — As the coal industry continues struggling in West Virginia, the natural gas industry produced a spike in tax revenues during 2014.

Most counties show increase in unemployment in latest numbers

April 21, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Unemployment rates increased in 27 of the state’s 55 counties in March according to county-by-county information released Tuesday by WorkForce West Virginia.

Judge tosses lawsuit filed against Charleston abortion clinic

April 21, 2015

A Kanawha County judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed in 2013 by a woman who claimed her abortion was botched at a clinic on Charleston’s West Side.

Supreme Court justice refuses to step aside in nursing home cas

April 21, 2015

Attorneys will present arguments Wednesday before the state Supreme Court in a case where nursing home attorneys asked Justice Robin Davis to recuse herself, citing a national news report questioning her participation in another nursing home matter.

Murray Energy announces additional layoffs

April 21, 2015

WHEELING, W.Va. — Murray Energy announced Tuesday the temporary shutdown of its Ohio County Coal Company mine in West Virginia’s northern panhandle.

UPDATE: Mylan bid rejected by Perrigo board

April 21, 2015

Days after Mylan tried to quiet rumors that it was being overtaken by Teva, Perrigo Company announced its Board of Directors unanimously rejected the proposal Mylan made to acquire Perrigo's outstanding shares.

Democratic panel nominates 3 to replace Preston delegate

April 21, 2015

KINGWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — The Preston County Democratic Executive Committee has nominated three candidates to replace Delegate Larry A. Williams.

Preston County Democratic Committee Hopes to Find Replacement for Larry Williams

April 21, 2015

The Preston County Democratic Committee met Monday evening to narrow down the field for a new delegate for the 52nd district in the House of Delegates. Long-time Delegate Larry A. Williams, D-Preston, recently announced he was retiring to take a position with the WV Department of Agriculture.

Democratic panel nominates 3 to replace Preston delegate

April 21, 2015

KINGWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — The Preston County Democratic Executive Committee has nominated three candidates to replace Delegate Larry A. Williams.

County Health Departments in the Northern Panhandle to Hold Immunization Clinics

April 21, 2015

County health departments in the Northern Panhandle are offering weekly immunization clinics this week as the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and partners across the country celebrate national Infant Immunization Week.

Waiver changes for disabilities debated

April 21, 2015

MARTINSBURG - Not unlike other family members and caregivers, Rose Getts is concerned about proposed changes to the Intellectual Development Disabilities Waiver program, and what any reductions may mean to her 67-year-old sister Mary Kimble.

Marshall continues building partnership with Legislature

April 21, 2015

HUNTINGTON - For the first time in eight decades, the West Virginia Legislature was Republican led. For the first time in nine years, Marshall University entered a legislative session without Stephen Kopp.

W.Va. Governor Race ‘Wide Open’

April 21, 2015

WHEELING - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey admits he is seriously considering a run for governor in 2016 on the Republican ticket, and he expects the Democratic field to soon get crowded now that U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has indicated he will remain in the Senate and not enter the race.

Manchin: ‘I Support Hillary Clinton’

April 21, 2015

W.Va. senator: Centrism is what’s needed to fix America

Editorial: Sen. Manchin’s wise choice

April 21, 2015

Congratulations to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., for making a wise decision about his political future — and about West Virginia’s.

Editorial: Manchin decision to stay in Senate the right one

April 21, 2015

Sen. Joe Manchin’s Sunday announcement that he would not return to West Virginia and seek a third term as governor was a relief to other potential candidates, and to West Virginia taxpayers.

Party chairs look ahead to governor’s race minus Manchin

April 20, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas says U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s announcement that he won’t run for governor next year “has recreated some buzz” in the 2016 race.

New conceal carry law not expected to impact Capitol security

April 20, 2015

CHARLESTON ,W.Va. — The head man of the Capitol Police doesn’t believe a new law which makes an adjustment to the conceal carry permit for firearms will have any impact on security at the capitol complex.

Commerce Department erred on larger numbers for P&G project in Berkeley

April 20, 2015

Officials with Procter & Gamble have asked for numbers related to the company’s newly-planned Berkeley County manufacturing plant to be corrected after the West Virginia Department of Commerce overstated the project’s size and job figures last week.

Manchin says decision to stay in Senate a ‘difficult’ one

April 20, 2015

The day after announcing on national television that he would not be returning to West Virginia to run for governor, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin explained how difficult the decision was for him.

Manchin staying in Senate, not running for governor in 2016

April 19, 2015

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced Sunday he will stay in the Senate, running for re-election in 2018, rather than running for a third term as governor in 2016.

Empowering West Virginians through TANF

April 17, 2015

Across the Mountain State, we have worked hard to increase the availability of programs that provide West Virginians with an equal opportunity to live a great life right here at home, no matter what their circumstances may be.

Tomblin says $134M road bond sale saves W.Va. $26M

April 17, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the sale of $134 million in state Road Fund bonds will save West Virginia $26 million, most of which will go into road projects.

Benjamin seeks 12 more years on bench

April 16, 2015

CHARLESTON – Brent Benjamin wants to serve another 12 years as a justice on the West Virginia Supreme Court.

Lawmakers shift focus to tax reform

April 13, 2015

State lawmakers formally announced their intentions to tackle comprehensive tax reform following the formation of a special joint committee focused on the subject.

Preston delegate to leave House for state ag job

April 10, 2015

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Delegate Larry Williams is leaving the West Virginia Legislature to take a job with the state Department of Agriculture.

Tomblin issues emergency declaration after recent storms

April 8, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has issued a state of emergency in five southern West Virginia counties following recent heavy rains.

UPDATE: Maloney files judicial ethics complaint against Davis

April 2, 2015

CHARLESTON – Former gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney on Thursday said he has filed a Judicial Investigation Commission complaint regarding Justice Robin Jean Davis, her husband and a personal injury lawyer who purchased a jet from them.

W.Va. Sen. Jeff Kessler Unveils 2016 Gubernatorial Plans

March 20, 2015

WHEELING - West Virginia Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler plans to ask voters for a promotion in 2016, as the Marshall County Democrat filed papers Thursday in preparation to run for governor next year.

Delegate named Insurance Federation’s legislator of the year

February 9, 2015

The West Virginia Insurance Federation has recognized Delegate Steve Westfall as its legislator of the year.



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