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Tomblin to weigh constitutionality of abortion bill

CHARLESTON, WV — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said he has concerns about whether a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks is constitutional. The full Legislature passed House Bill 4588 after an emotional debate. It now requires Tomblin’s signature to become law. “The abortion bill obviously is one that causes me[Read More…]

After passage, steps remain for W.Va. tank bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — On the last night of their session, West Virginia legislators passed a bill in response to the Elk River chemical leak that dominated both the 2014 legislative session and the Kanawha Valley’s attention for the past two months. Assuming Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signs the bill into[Read More…]

Future Fund emerged from session ‘drastically reduced’

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It’s a different Future Fund than the one initially proposed by Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, but the idea of a savings account that will bank a percentage of tax monies for infrastructure improvement, economic development projects and educational enhancement passed both legislative bodies Saturday night. While[Read More…]

Wood County author becomes best-seller

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. – A Williamstown writer and woodworker is gaining notoriety with his how-to books. A.J. Hamler, who has published three woodworking books, one a best seller, will soon be publishing two more. His “Easy to Build Birdhouses, a Natural Approach: Must-Know Info to Attract and Keep the Birds You[Read More…]

The Associated Press shares 10 things to know Monday, March 10

Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Monday, March 10, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers. 1. DEBRIS PROVES ELUSIVE IN MALAYSIA AIRLINES CRASH Dozens[Read More…]

Abortion bill passes Senate Judiciary Committee

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill that will criminalize a doctor who performs an abortion after 20 weeks of gestation passed the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Thursday evening on a muffled, split voice vote. The bill, which sets out to protect a fetus from pain by prohibiting abortions after 20[Read More…]

National TV shows to feature Skylar Neese case

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The murder of Star City teen Skylar Neese will be covered on two national television shows in March. At 8 p.m. Friday, March 7, WBOY, “Dateline NBC” will air its show. On Comcast that is Channel 12, WBOY. Also on NBC, on Monday, March 10, the “Dr.[Read More…]

House panel alters Senate chief’s Future Fund bill

WHEELING, W.Va. – The House Finance Committee on Wednesday approved Senate President Jeff Kessler’s West Virginia Future Fund proposal, but not before making several significant changes that would bring coal revenue into play and only allow investment in the fund when financial times are good. The bill is scheduled to[Read More…]

Senate panel won’t take up concealed gun confidentiality

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Senate Judiciary Committee will not take up this session a bill that would make lists of people with conceal carry permits confidential, Chairman Corey Palumbo, D-Kanawha, said Thursday. The bill (HB4310) would also have made lists of applicants for those permits confidential. “There’s some interest among[Read More…]

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