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Education Reform Bill Goes Back to Senate

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a shrunk-down education reform package Thursday, sending the bill back to the Senate and a likely conference committee to iron out differences. The House passed Senate Bill 451, the education omnibus bill, 71-29 during its Thursday ...

Congress Approves Border Security Deal

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress lopsidedly approved a border security compromise Thursday that would avert a second painful government shutdown, but a new confrontation was ignited — this time over President Donald Trump’s plan to bypass lawmakers and declare a national emergency to siphon ...

White House Eyes Options for Wall Funding

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By LOLITA BALDOR and LISA MASCARO Associated Press WASHINGTON — If President Donald Trump declares an emergency to build the wall with Mexico, he still needs money to pay for it. And shifting money from other accounts to deliver the $5.7 billion he wants is not without political ...

University Alumnus Al Roszczyk Builds Endowment with $25,000 Gift

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West Liberty University alumnus and former basketball standout Al Roszczyk ‘80 will be honored for his recent $25,000 gift at the Saturday men’s basketball game when the Hilltoppers take on the Charleston Golden Eagles at 4 p.m. in the Academic, Sport and Recreation Complex. “We are very ...

Tentative Settlement Reached In Class Action Lawsuit

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EQT Corp., the defendant in a class-action lawsuit against West Virginia landowners, reached a tentative $53.5 million settlement with the West Virginia landowners who filed the suit. The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in 2013, ...

Zach Allman to Take Over Magistrate Position

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MOUNDSVILLE — Following the resignation of Marshall County Magistrate Dave McLaughlin at the beginning of the month, investigator Zach Allman is poised to take his place on Feb. 25. Allman, who has been an investigator with the county prosecutor’s office for two years, came on board ...

Committee Discusses Bill Targeting State Contracts

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WHEELING — A bill to prevent West Virginia lawmakers from financially benefiting from contracts with state agencies had its day in committee this week. Senate Bill 370, introduced by state Sen. William Ihlenfeld, D-Ohio, would add West Virginia legislators to existing state law that ...

Belmont County Protesters Call for Harsher Penalties for Animal Abuse

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A dozen protesters crowded outside the Belmont County Western Division Court entrance Thursday, demanding harsher penalties for repeat animal abuse offenders and seeking appointment of a county humane officer. The demonstration came in response to a case of cruelty to animals that allegedly ...

Delegates Wade Through Amendments on Reform

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia House of Delegates spent all day and into the night Wednesday debating amendments to the state Senate’s proposal for education reform. The house considered 31 amendments to the House Education Committee’s strike-and-insert amendment to Senate Bill 451, the ...

Ex-W.Va. Supreme Court Justice Gets 2 Years in Jail

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CHARLESTON — A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice who had a $32,000 blue suede couch in his office and was at the center of an impeachment and corruption scandal was sentenced to two years in federal prison Wednesday. “I have not seen evidence of remorse,” U.S. District Judge ...

Veterans Court Bill Passes Senate Unanimously

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WHEELING — A bill to re-establish veterans courts in West Virginia is moving forward in Charleston. Senate Bill 40, sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, unanimously passed the Senate on Wednesday. The measure establishes a Military Service Members Court program within the ...

Lawmakers Submit To Drug Testing

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WHEELING — Union trades asked West Virginia lawmakers Wednesday to voluntarily submit to a drug test — and many of them did. The West Virginia State Building and Construction Trades Council offered free drug testing to lawmakers “in an effort to educate them and remove the stigma that ...

W.Va. House passes altered education bill

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CHARLESTON -- The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a shrunk-down education reform package Thursday, sending it back to the Senate and a likely conference committee to iron out differences. The House passed Senate Bill 451, the education omnibus bill, 71-29 during its Thursday floor ...

Trump Still Coy On Border Deal

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WASHINGTON — Even before seeing a final deal or agreeing to seal it, President Donald Trump labored on Wednesday to frame the congressional agreement on border security as a political win, never mind that it contains only a fraction of the billions for a “great, powerful wall” that ...