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W.Va. Attorney General files motion to dismiss lawsuit about 'gun bill'

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The West Virginia Attorney General's Office is filing a motion to dismiss a case from the city of Charleston which challenges a new municipal gun law. More>>

LATEST: Williamson, WV Mayor Darrin McCormick resigns, charged in federal information Video included

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Williamson Mayor Darrin McCormick submitted his resignation letter April 14, effective at the end of April. More>>

WV Senate Majority Leader Unger requests engineering study

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Senate Majority Leader John Unger, D-Berkeley, is requesting an engineering survey to address the hazardous conditions in Jefferson County. More>>

West Virginia lawmakers to travel to Kansas for Kauffman Foundation Conference April 17

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At the Kauffman Foundation's Incentives to Innovate Conference in Kansas City, House Speaker Tim Miley will hear from entrepreneurs, academics and policymakers from all over the country. More>>

Huntington's director of administration and finance tenders resignation

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Brandi Jacobs-Jones, director of administration and finance, has tendered her resignation, effective April 30. More>>

Former WV representative Mick Staton passes away

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Former U.S. Rep. Mick Staton, R-W.Va., passed away April 15, he was 73 years old.


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Rockefeller secures tax measure to benefit WV infrastructure

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U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., secured a tax measure he believes will strengthen the infrastructure of the Mountain State. More>>

Morrisey warns of tax scams

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With tax season nearing its end, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is advising residents to be on the lookout for scams. More>>

April 15 not much of a deadline for most taxpayers

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The Internal Revenue Service doesn't like to talk about it, but penalties for filing late federal tax returns apply only to people who owe money. More>>

Tomblin's agenda scores mixed reviews

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin scored some hits and misses with his 2014 legislative agenda. More>>

UPDATE: WV native Sylvia Burwell officially nominated for HHS secretary post after Sebelius resignation

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation April 10, and Hinton, WV native Sylvia Mathews Burwell is expected to be nominated for the position. More>>

Mining deaths up in 2013, injuries down

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Federal mine safety officials say the number of mining deaths in the nation totaled 42 in 2013, up six from the previous year. More>>

Feds to remove WV chemical spill evidence at Freedom Industries

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Federal investigators will start cutting up tanks for evidence at the site of a spill that tainted 300,000 West Virginians' water supply. More>>

WV's Rep. McKinley touts bill aimed at EPA

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Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., is touting legislation that he says would limit federal environmental veto power over permits for coal mines. More>>

KCHD enters into legal action from impact of chemical spill

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The Kanawha Charleston Health Department (KCHD) will be entering into legal action along with the city of Charleston in light of the Jan. 9 Elk River chemical spill. More>>

PSC orders WVAW to continue public water access

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The Public Service Commission of West Virginia has ordered West Virginia American Water to continue providing access to public water to areas that do not currently have it.  


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PSC approves special rate plan for Felman Production's New Haven plant

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The state Public Service Commission has approved an electric rate discount of up to $9 million a year for Felman Production's silicomanganese plant in New Haven, leaving the company to decide if it's enough.
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Projects hopes to rev up Ravenswood

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A visit from faculty members and graduate students from WVU's Department of Public Administration will work with the City of Ravenswood April 11 for the "Revitalizing Ravenswood" project. More>>

Community partnership looks to improve connection

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Ted Kula, county planning official with the Summers County Commission, said he wants to collaborate on the idea of more cellular coverage while keeping the beauty of the state's mountain tops clear of too many towers. More>>

Timeline of the veto for House Bill 4588

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In the face of a potential political shift, many have asked when the veto was written for House Bill 4588, known as the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which passed by an overwhelming majority of the West Virginia Legislature. More>>

UPDATE: Two WV agencies to hold chemical spill studies

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A study being done on health effects to the nine counties affected by the Jan. 9 Elk River chemical spill will be conducted next week.


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US lawmakers announce medical funding

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U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., along with U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., announced $6.2 million in federal funds for five of the state's medical centers. More>>

Governor Tomblin vetoes 'Project Launchpad,' teacher planning

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On the last day to sign bills into law on April 1, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed two popular bills that passed both branches of the West Virginia Legislature without any major issues. More>>

U.S. Senate committee advances Water Protection Act

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The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works advanced a bill that could potentially help the rest of the country protect their drinking water.


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WV Director of Public Policy Hallie Mason leaving Gov. Tomblin's staff

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced on April 2 Hallie Mason, the Director of Public Policy, will be leaving.


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WV Gov. Tomblin signs minimum wage increase; calls for May special session

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed House Bill 4283, the minimum wage bill, into law on April 1.


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WV Gov. Tomblin signs 'water bill' into law

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The bill drafted and passed by the West Virginia Legislature in response to the Elk River Jan. 9 chemical spill was signed into law on April 1 by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. More>>

WV TAP research determines Kanawha Valley water is 'safe'

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While signing Senate Bill 373, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin noted WV TAP (the West Virginia Testing Assessment Project) for doing "unprecedented research" and work throughout the water crisis. More>>

WV schools superintendent Phares announces retirement

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West Virginia schools Superintendent James B. Phares plans to retire on June 30. More>>

Pro-life group to host prayer vigil in front of Governor's mansion in response to his veto of Pain-Capable bill

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On Tuesday, April 1, a prayer vigil will be held in front of the Governor's mansion from 8-9 p.m. in response to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's decision to veto House Bill 4588, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. More>>

Abortion veto causing stir

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Over the weekend, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a law that would have prohibited abortions for women after 20 weeks of pregnancy.


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Health care website stumbles on last day

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The Obama administration's health care website stumbled, falling out of service for nearly four hours on deadline day for new sign-ups. More>>

Morrisey questions abuse potential of new hydrocodone-based pain medication

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is questioning why the U.S. Food & Drug Administration signed off on Zohydro, a new, extended-release pain medication. More>>

Huntington ponders over improvements

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The City of Huntington has compiled a list of more than $13 million worth of capital improvements, including badly needed repairs to municipal buildings and city streets.  More>>

Technology separates coal, ash without chemicals

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West Virginia Coal Reclamation Managing Partner Gene Ricciardi can't think of any reason the industry wouldn't embrace the DriJet 100. More>>

UPDATE: WVAW says MCHM levels below recommended 'safe'

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The independent team of WVTAP (West Virginia Testing Assessment Project) said they discovered a potential source of crude MCHM within the West Virginia American Water Treatment plant. More>>