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Legislature overrides vetoes of right-to-work, prevailing wage bills

The West Virginia Legislature today overrode Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s vetoes of two highly contentious pieces of legislation that Republicans argue are...

Legislature overrides vetoes of right-to-work, prevailing wage bills

The West Virginia Legislature today overrode Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s vetoes of two highly contentious pieces of legislation that Republicans argue are...

'Dismemberment' abortion ban bill advances
'Dismemberment' abortion ban bill advances

West Virginia lawmakers advanced legislation Thursday that would ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure spotlighted in a series of videos that targeted Planned Parenthood last year.

State sees spike in claims for vehicles damaged by deteriorating roads
State sees spike in claims for vehicles damaged by deteriorating roads

Used to be, the state Court of Claims paid out an average of 700 to 800 claims a year for vehicles damaged because of poor road conditions, Clerk of the Court Cheryle Hall said Thursday.

Tomblin vetoes prevailing wage, right-to-work bills
Tomblin vetoes prevailing wage, right-to-work bills

As expected, Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Thursday vetoed bills that would make West Virginia a right-to-work state (SB 1), and repeal the state’s Prevailing Wage Act (HB 4005), saying neither bill will create jobs or grow the state...

Tomblin frustrated by lack of movement on WV budget
Tomblin frustrated by lack of movement on WV budget

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Thursday he's frustrated that, with the legislative session half over, West Virginia lawmakers have made no move to address major budget deficits totaling $820 million or to come up with a balanced budget bill for 2016-17....

WV House passes Religious Freedom bill, sends to Senate
WV House passes Religious Freedom bill, sends to Senate

After about two hours of impassioned debate Thursday, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted, 72-26, to pass the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill that civil rights advocates fear will be used to discriminate against...

Lawmaker: WV food stamps used in ‘far-off vacation destinations’
Lawmaker: WV food stamps used in ‘far-off vacation destinations’

West Virginians who receive food stamp benefits spent $52.5 million last year at stores outside the state, according to a report requested by Delegate Jill Upson, R-Jefferson.

Common Core repeal bill may expand to include science standards
Common Core repeal bill may expand to include science standards

A newly proposed version of the Common Core repeal bill that's being sponsored by West Virginia House of Delegates leaders would also ditch the state's upcoming new science standards.

WV House advances voter ID bill on party-line vote
WV House advances voter ID bill on party-line vote

West Virginians would be required to show photo ID at their polling places before they can vote, under a Republican bill advancing through the House of Delegates.

Cost of college tuition increased over past decade, but still below national average

Over the past 10 years, tuition at state colleges and universities has increased significantly, from between 55 percent to 94 percent, but remains about $2,500 a year below national averages, Higher Education Policy Commission Chancellor Paul Hill...

Pickens appointed acting Administration secretary
Pickens appointed acting Administration secretary

A state insurance agency administrator has been appointed acting cabinet secretary for the Department of Administration, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Wednesday.

“Religious freedom” bill advances to vote on Thursday

A controversial bill that proponents say will restore religious freedom but opponents say will weaken local nondiscrimination ordinances is up for a vote in the House of Delegates on Thursday.

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