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Media Advisory: Juvenile justice bills drawing groups to Capitol today

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Representatives of the “Our Children, Our Future Campaign,” a non-partisan effort to end child poverty in West Virginia, and the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia are expected to visit the Capitol today to discuss juvenile justice issues. The Our Children, Our Future Campaign expects more than 100 teens,[Read More…]

At the Capitol: Feb. 16-20

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Outside events – including brutal winter weather and a catastrophic oil train derailment in nearby Fayette County – overshadowed the sixth week of the 2015 regular session of the Legislature. Monday’s derailment near Mount Carbon, about 30 miles from the state Capitol, caused numerous tank cars – each carrying 30,000 gallons[Read More…]

House passes bill for veterans program fund

CHARLESTON, W.VA. – West Virginia’s House of Delegates today (Friday, Feb. 20) passed H.B. 2646 which creates the West Virginia Veterans Program Fund.  A House spokesperson said, specifically, the bill legalizes and regulates the sale of class three fireworks.  Fireworks that fall under the class-three category currently are not available[Read More…]

Paid sick time bill introduced

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, and five of his fellow Democrats introduced legislation today creating the Earned Sick Time Act. Senate Bill 528 (SB 528) creates the Earned Sick Time Act in order to allow all employees to earn sick time at a rate of one hour[Read More…]

WV landowners urged to grow potatoes

State Agriculture Commissioner Helmick envisions potatoes in 50 of 55 counties   CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick is on a mission to create jobs by convincing West Virginian landowners to produce potatoes — lots of potatoes.         Helmick plans to help West Virginians with tillable land plant five, 10 or 15 acres of potatoes at a time. He envisions[Read More…]

This Week in West Virginia History: Feb. 26-March 4

Editor’s Note: This information is provided by the West Virginia Humanities Council and is posted as a service to our member newspapers. CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The following events happened on these dates in West Virginia history. To read more, go to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at www.wvencyclopedia.org. Feb. 26, 1869: The legislature approved a bill moving[Read More…]

Jim Justice buys back Bluestone coal facility from Russian firm

150 ‘good paying jobs’ projected within the first three months CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Jim Justice announced today, Feb. 17, that he has repurchased Bluestone, a mining facility in McDowell and Wyoming counties, from Russian company Mechel OAO and has plans to reopen a new company, Bluestone Resources, Inc. The Justice family sold U.S. coal producer[Read More…]

Hundreds displaced by oil tanker derailment

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Hundreds have been displaced after at least three rail tankers carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire Monday afternoon along the Kanawha River in Fayette County. Between 12 and 15 cars of a CSX train left the tracks and at least one car has gone into the river, confirmed Lawrence Messina,[Read More…]

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