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Tom Miller’s Legislative Update: Time running out on legislators

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Legislators were running out of time here last week during the final days of the 2014 regular 60-day session that ended at midnight March 8 on the critical legislation that is intended to protect drinking water in the state as a result of the Jan. 9 chemical leak that contaminated Elk River near Charleston and fouled[Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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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State plans ‘pothole blitz’ to address road damage

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Division of Highways is readying a multimillion-dollar plan to mend the plague of potholes now pitting state roads. The winter snow removal and ice control season always leads to wear and tear on state roads. But the successive heavy winter storms this year have taken[Read More…]

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Lewis County community set for Irish Festival

WESTON, W.Va. — The 33rd annual Irish Spring Festival in the Ireland community will kick-off on Sunday with the flag raising ceremony next to the community building at 11:30 a.m., to be followed by a Pot O’clock dinner at 1 p.m. and The Psalms of Ireland gospel sing will start at[Read More…]

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