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Late but sweet victory for Mountaineers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The moment Juwan Staten corralled his fifth and final rebound, his eyes immediately went to the scoreboard Saturday, March 8. It read: WVU 92, No. 8 Kansas 86. It was enough to get Staten to throw the ball into the air in celebration moments later. It was[Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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Taking Secrecy Personally

A column by Mike Myer of The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — While we were discussing one of the problems we at the newspaper sometimes have in obtaining public records, another journalist advised me, “Don’t take it personally.” Well, sorry, but I do take it personally. I can’t for the[Read More…]

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Columnist’s word for 2014 Legislature: abysmal

A column by Phil Kabler of The Charleston Gazette CHARLESTON, W.Va. — One word that best describes the 2014 regular session of the Legislature: abysmal. With the possible exception of the Future Fund, the Legislature did little to encourage businesses or families to relocate to the state. In fact, legislators[Read More…]

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‘Our Children, Our Future’ coalition fights for state budget dollars

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With the Legislature preparing for its special budget session, the Our Children, Our Future Campaign to End Child Poverty is still arguing for a larger investment in the future of the state’s children. According to this statewide coalition of advocates for children and families, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s proposed budget cuts funding by $980,272 to children’s[Read More…]

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