Sanders urges Capito to vote against ACA replacement

Sanders urges Capito to vote against ACA replacement

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, used his appearance in Charleston Sunday night to urge fellow Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., to vote against what he called a “barbaric and immoral” health care bill proposed by Senate leadership last week....

WV Senate leader sent invites to coalition’s event during special session

WV Senate leader sent invites to coalition’s event during special session

On the same day the state Senate majority leader declined to sign a conference committee report that would have gone against slashing the state’s personal income tax rate, he sent out invitations to a “summer retreat” for a dark...

Logan requests end of school construction management contract

Logan requests end of school construction management contract

Logan County’s school board voted last week to ask the state School Building Authority’s board and executive director for cancellation of the contract between Logan’s public school system and the construction management company...

Firm with ties to WV DHHR head lobbied department, records show

Firm with ties to WV DHHR head lobbied department, records show

The president of a health care lobbying and consulting firm partially owned by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources lobbied department higher-ups on matters that could help the firm’s clients, documents show.

Statehouse Beat: A budget without a signature, a first for this reporter

Statehouse Beat: A budget without a signature, a first for this reporter

Just curious, is there an attorney out there who would consider bringing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of West Virginia taxpayers to refund the costs of what as of Monday will be a 21-day special session on the budget?

WV Public Broadcasting lays off 5 after state funding cut

WV Public Broadcasting lays off 5 after state funding cut

Faced with a nearly $1 million, 22 percent reduction in state funding beginning July 1, West Virginia Public Broadcasting laid off five employees on Friday, Friends of Public Broadcasting chairwoman Susan Hogan confirmed.

Governor vetoes Jackie Withrow Hospital sale bill

Governor vetoes Jackie Withrow Hospital sale bill

Gov. Jim Justice said he will veto a bill authorizing the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources to sell Jackie Withrow Hospital in Beckley.

Sen. Sanders to be at Municipal Auditorium for health care rally Sunday

Sen. Sanders to be at Municipal Auditorium for health care rally Sunday

Those who didn’t get a chance to “feel the Bern” in March will have another chance Sunday.

Manchin remains opposed to Senate GOP health plan, Capito still mum

Manchin remains opposed to Senate GOP health plan, Capito still mum

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, remains opposed to Senate Republicans’ newest plan to replace the Affordable Care Act released Thursday morning. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, the state’s Republican senator, still isn’t...

WV Gov. Justice signs ‘landmark’ bill raising funds for highways

WV Gov. Justice signs ‘landmark’ bill raising funds for highways

A day after announcing he would let the “travesty” of the $4.225 billion state budget bill become law without...

Senate GOP health bill would slash Medicaid and repeal taxes on the wealthy

Senate GOP health bill would slash Medicaid and repeal taxes on the wealthy

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans launched their plan for shriveling Barack Obama’s health care law Thursday, edging a step closer to their dream of repeal with a bill that would slice and reshape Medicaid for...

Congress hears details of Russia’s election meddling

Congress hears details of Russia’s election meddling

WASHINGTON — A sinister portrait of Russia’s cyberattacks on the United States emerged Wednesday as current and former U.S. officials told Congress that Moscow stockpiled stolen information and selectively...

Lamenting lost opportunities, Justice to let WV budget become law

Lamenting lost opportunities, Justice to let WV budget become law

Calling the $4.225 billion West Virginia budget bill “a travesty” that he can’t possibly sign, Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday he will let the bill become law without his signature.

EPA plans to buy out more than 1,200 employees by the end of summer

EPA plans to buy out more than 1,200 employees by the end of summer

The Environmental Protection Agency plans on shedding more than 1,200 employees by early September through buyouts and early retirements, as part of a broader push by the Trump administration to shrink a government entity the president once promised...

Proposed WV budget includes deep cuts to education, arts, tourism

Proposed WV budget includes deep cuts to education, arts, tourism

In addition to cuts to higher education, public education and Medicaid, other West Virginia cultural, educational and tourism programs would take it on the chin under the version of the 2017-18 budget bill passed by the Legislature Friday night, an...

Charleston council aims to modernize parking, considers ‘smart’ meters

Charleston council aims to modernize parking, considers ‘smart’ meters

City Council approved budgets for the Charleston Civic Center and the parking system Monday.

Snodgrass defeats Fontalbert in Marmet mayor race; error caught in canvass

Snodgrass defeats Fontalbert in Marmet mayor race; error caught in canvass

A mistake in counting will see Marmet with a new mayor after all, according to a canvass of the city’s ballots Monday at the Kanawha County Voters Registration office.

Legislation would allow workers to keep jobs past Turnpike bond payoff

Legislation would allow workers to keep jobs past Turnpike bond payoff

After years of uncertainty, Parkways Authority employees have reason to believe their jobs will continue beyond 2019, with the passage late Friday of legislation to expand the authority’s ability to issue road bonds (Senate Bill 1003).

WV engineering board looks to strip licenses amid DOH probe

WV engineering board looks to strip licenses amid DOH probe

A West Virginia board that licenses engineers has filed complaints against at least three individuals and a company snared in a federal investigation into kickbacks at the state Division of Highways, according to a letter sent Monday to the House of...

Bill to sell Jackie Withrow Hospital has patients, staff worried

Bill to sell Jackie Withrow Hospital has patients, staff worried

BECKLEY — Patients and staff expressed concern over a bill en route to the governor’s desk that would allow the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources to sell Jackie Withrow Hospital, a...

Putnam delegate to donate special session pay to scholarship fund

Putnam delegate to donate special session pay to scholarship fund

A state delegate has chosen to donate his special session pay to a scholarship fund operated by his family.

Stray kitten at state Capitol finds home

Stray kitten at state Capitol finds home

Moundsville native Jacque Bland has a new feline companion after playing a role in the rescue of a scared tabby kitten taking refuge under vehicles parked at the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston.

WV House leader calls for license reviews amid DOH kickback probe

WV House leader calls for license reviews amid DOH kickback probe

A West Virginia House of Delegates leader has directed three state agencies to review the licenses of a Putnam County contractor, a Marshall University professor and two former Division of Highways engineers who have admitted to taking part in a...

Statehouse Beat: An extended special session, two years in a row

Statehouse Beat: An extended special session, two years in a row

For the second year in a row, the Legislature has faced budget deficits caused by ongoing systemic structural problems with the state revenue plan.