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W.Va. Senate panel re-tools minimum-wage bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Senate Finance Committee passed a re-tooled minimum-wage bill that spreads the proposed hike across three years instead of two. Finance chairman Roman Prezioso said the plan is the result of negotiations in his office among the various parties — business and labor — that whittled the[Read More…]

W.Va. House approves chemical storage tank bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After more than a month of debate by three committees, a half dozen hearings and about 100 amendments, the West Virginia House of Delegates has unanimously passed a bill in response to January’s Elk River chemical leak. Everyone agreed on the need for a bill — it[Read More…]

The Associated Press shares 10 things to know Thursday, March 6

Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Thursday, March 6, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers. 1. CRIMEA PARLIAMENT SETS REFERENDUM Local voters on March[Read More…]

‘Chilling’ movie scene plays out in downtown Elkins

ELKINS – Like a scene straight out of “A Christmas Story,” an area resident found himself in a rather compromising – and embarrassing – situation when his tongue became fused to a frigid downtown light pole during Monday’s inclement weather. Similar to the triple-dog dare flagpole shenanigan in the classic[Read More…]

Senate salutes WVU’s Gee with Bow Tie Tuesday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – In fashion, everything old is eventually new again, whether it is bell-bottom pants, feathered hair or bow ties – even in the state Legislature. For the past two weeks, state senators have participated in “Bow Tie Tuesday,” paying homage to the fashion staple that’s seen a resurgence[Read More…]

W.Va. House panel guts pseudoephedrine Rx bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Under pressure from drug industry lobbyists, a House of Delegates committee Tuesday night gutted a Senate bill that aims to reduce meth labs in West Virginia by requiring a prescription for cold medications that criminals use to make meth. Instead, the House Judiciary Committee passed an amended[Read More…]

The Associated Press shares 10 things to know Wednesday, March 5

Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers. 1. NO RUSSIAN WITHDRAWAL SEEN Analysts say Putin is[Read More…]

House judiciary committee passes water bill after 1:30 a.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — At 1:32 a.m. on Monday, more than 10 hours after its meeting was to begin, the House of Delegates Judiciary Committee passed a bill aimed at protecting drinking water, in the wake of January’s Elk River chemical leak. The bill passed after consideration of more than 50 amendments,[Read More…]

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