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State carpet bill increases by $83K after Ariz. firm picked over WV dealer

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A state agency is spending an extra $83,000 to have an out-of-state company install carpet at the state-owned Greenbrooke Building in Charleston, after disqualifying a West Virginia firm that was the low bidder for the f...

Gainer to work for white-collar crime center

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Longtime West Virginia Auditor Glen Gainer will be the next president and CEO of the National White Collar Crime Center in Richmond, Virginia.

Judge to rule on request to unseal allegations against drug-shipping firms

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MADISON — A Boone County judge plans to decide next week whether to unseal court records that include details about prescription pain pill shipments to West Virginia.

Drug firms seek to keep seal on pain pill suit

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Some of the nation’s largest drug wholesalers are asking a judge to reject the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s request to unseal court records that include details about the companies’ prescription pain-pi...

Democratic House candidates oppose ‘micro-managing’ school standards

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Democratic candidates running in the House of Delegates 36th District say West Virginia lawmakers should stop meddling in K-12 education standards.

House 35th GOP candidates split over tax hike to fix budget gap

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Republican candidates running in the House of Delegates 35th District agree that West Virginia’s government should do more to cut spending to balance its budget, but the candidates are divided over whether the bud...

Most Democrats in House 35th District race back tobacco tax hike

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Nearly all Democratic candidates running in the House of Delegates 35th District see raising West Virginia’s cigarette tax as a way to plug the state’s budget shortfall, spur people to quit smoking and driv...

Lawmakers to overhaul intern rules after sex offender hired

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West Virginia lawmakers plan to overhaul hiring rules for paid interns after the House of Delegates employed a registered sex offender during this year’s legislative session.

GOP House candidates back religious freedom bill

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Republican candidates running for House of Delegates in 13th and 22nd districts said they support bringing back a “religious freedom” bill in the West Virginia Legislature, even though similar measures have s...

Results of raw milk inquiry at WV Capitol inconclusive, DHHR says

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West Virginia public health officials have concluded their investigation into whether r...

State employee ordered to remove ‘Don’t tread on me’ flag from office

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After his co-workers complained, a West Virginia water agency manager was ordered to remove from his office wall a large Gadsden flag that depicts a coiled rattlesnake and the words “Don’t tread on me. ...

Gazette-Mail seeks to unseal pain-pill shipment records

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The Charleston Gazette-Mail has asked a judge to unseal court documents that include details about prescription pain pills that out-of-state drug wholesalers have shipped to West Virginia.

Tennant could have prevented online voter registration dispute, opponents say

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Candidates running for West Virginia secretary of state criticized incumbent Natalie Tennant on Tuesday, saying she didn't do enough to address the concerns of two county clerks who are refusing to a...

Two of three Democrats in auditor race back bi-weekly pay system

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West Virginia State Auditor Glen Gainer III took a lot of heat from state employees over the switch to a new payroll system, but two of the three Democratic candidates seeking to replace Gainer say the retiring auditor m...

‘Doctor shopping’ for prescription pills drops in WV

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When West Virginia pharmacy board administrator Mike Goff combed the state’s prescription database in late 2014, he found a startling number of suspected “doctor shoppers” — people who solicit...

Tomblin vetoes 19 bills; signs voter ID and others

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed 19 bills Friday that West Virginia lawmakers passed at the end of the 60-day legislative session, including several measures that would have lifted various gun restrictions.

Justice and Cole lead fundraising haul in WV governor’s race

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Billionaire businessman Jim Justice has opened up his checkbook in his bid to become West Virginia’s next governor.

13 million fewer hydrocodone pills dispensed in WV last year

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West Virginia pharmacies are dispensing significantly fewer doses of the state’s most popular prescription painkiller.

Fentanyl fuels rise in WV overdose deaths

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A powerful drug that’s sometimes laced with heroin is driving West Virginia overdose deaths to record levels.

WV lawmaker won’t be fined for distributing raw milk at Capitol

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West Virginia public health officials have scolded Delegate Scott Cadle, R-Mason, for passing out samples of raw milk at the state Capitol to celebrate a new law that loosened raw milk regulations, but the state lawmaker...

WV water agency checked for wiretaps as employee disputes escalate

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The director of a state agency that manages water projects in West Virginia ordered a wiretapping sweep of the office last week amid allegations of ethics violations, secret recordings, restroom vandalism and a problem w...

Lawmakers killed ethics bills on session’s last day

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West Virginia lawmakers nixed three ethics reform bills the last day of the legislative session, while passing a measure that makes it more difficult for private citizens to oust incumbent politicians.

Voter ID passes Legislature; statewide school exam dumped

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West Virginians will have to show identification in order to vote, beginning with the 2018 elections, under a bill passed by the state Legislature Saturday night.

WV House OKs 'brunch bill,' but counties would have to vote

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The West Virginia House of Delegates passed the so-called “brunch bill” Friday, removing a longstanding ban on alcohol sales at restaurants before 1 p.m. on Sundays.

WV House shelves broadband bills

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For rural West Virginians who don't have access to high-speed Internet — or have slow and unreliable service — help won't be on the way from the state Legislature anytime soon.

WV lawmakers override veto, make ‘dismemberment’ abortion bill law

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Over objections from doctors and medical groups, West Virginia legislators have put into law a ban on the most common abortion procedure for pregnancies in the second trimester.

WV House approves measure to test welfare recipients for drugs

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The West Virginia House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday that mandates drug testing for welfare recipients.

Tomblin vetoes abortion ban; WV lawmakers plan override

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West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed legislation Wednesday that would outlaw the most common procedure for second-trimester abortions.

Agency investigates lawmaker who distributed raw milk to celebrate bill passage

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A West Virginia lawmaker who passed out cups of raw milk to celebrate passage of a raw milk-related bill says the unpasteurized beverage had nothing to do with an intestinal virus that plagued a number of House of Delega...

Welfare drug-testing bill heads toward final passage

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A bill that mandates drug testing for welfare recipients in West Virginia is up for a final passage vote today, after the House of Delegates rejected Democratic proposals to change the legislation.

Advocates criticize push to drug test welfare recipients

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Over objections from social workers, anti-poverty advocates and psychologists, a push to mandate drug testing for welfare recipients is racing toward final passage in the West Virginia Legislature.

After veto, lawmakers accept Tomblin’s changes to private counsel bill

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A bill that limits attorneys’ fees for private lawyers hired by the attorney general’s office will pay a return visit to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s desk.

Push to limit WV food stamp benefits appears dead

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The West Virginia House of Delegates has shelved a Senate bill that would severely restrict the types food that people could purchase with food stamps.

House targets pain clinics that skirt rules

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Pain clinics are taking extraordinary steps to dodge state regulations that aim to slow the proliferation of prescription narcotics in West Virginia, according to state health officials.

WV Senate OKs Uber bill

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Next stop for a bill that paves the way for ride-booking companies like Uber to operate in West Virginia: Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's desk.

WV Legislature passes 'dismemberment abortion' bill

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West Virginia is poised to become the third state to ban the most common abortion procedure used in the second trimester of pregnancy.

WV House OKs block on science standards over global warming

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The West Virginia House of Delegates completed its latest attack on the state's education standards Friday, blocking new science standards from taking effect because they mention climate change.

Uber bill advances without federal background check measure

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A bill that would allow Uber and other ride-sharing companies to operate in West Virginia advanced Thursday, after state lawmakers shot down a proposal that would have required drivers to undergo federal background check...

‘Dismemberment abortions’ ban zips through WV House committees

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A bill that bans the most common procedure for second-trimester abortions is moving swiftly through the West Virginia House of Delegates, after state lawmakers rejected Democrats’ proposals to make exceptions for ...

House passes bill to shine light on fundraisers during legislative session

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It wouldn't stop West Virginia lawmakers and statewide elected officials from holding fundraisers during legislative sessions in Charleston, but a bill passed Tuesday would require politicians to make their campaign acti...

House panel rejects smoking ban repeal bill

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With Republicans joining Democrats, state lawmakers killed the first of a series of expected bills that aim to repeal and weaken smoking bans across West Virginia.

At hearing, speakers sharply divided over WV abortion bill

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The West Virginia Legislature's push to ban the most common second-trimester abortion procedure drew strong praise from anti-abortion activists Monday, while abortion rights supporters said the bill would put women's liv...

Bills would allow WV counties to repeal smoking bans

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West Virginia lawmakers have county smoking bans in their crosshairs.

Senate OKs creating state-owned broadband network

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The West Virginia Senate approved legislation Thursday that would create a state-owned broadband Internet network, but Frontier Communications and cable companies already are lobbying members of the House of Delegates to...

WV Senate OKs ‘Tebow bill’ for home-schooled athletes

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West Virginia home-schooled students could soon play for public school sports teams, thanks to a “Tim Tebow bill” approved by the West Virginia Senate on Wednesday.

WV Senate OKs ban on 'dismemberment abortions'

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Over objections from doctors and medical groups, the West Virginia Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would outlaw the most common and safest procedure for second-trimester abortions.

WV Senate OKs 'brunch bill' for earlier Sunday alcohol sales

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A push to put Bloody Marys and mimosas on the Sunday brunch menu in West Virginia picked up the Senate's endorsement Tuesday.

WV House passes Uber bill

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The West Virginia House of Delegates pushed the accelerator Monday on letting Uber offer rides in West Virginia.

Scaled-back broadband proposal would build state network piece by piece

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In the face of fierce opposition from Frontier Communications and cable companies, state lawmakers have scrapped plans to build a 2,500-mile high-speed Internet network all at once in West Virginia and instead seek to co...

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

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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.