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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A House Roads and Transportation Committee chairwoman said Thursday she will seek a ballot measure authorizing $2.1 billion in bonds for road repairs and construction. Margaret Staggers announced the idea as a Washington-based group largely funded by highway construction interests released a report detailing the state’s deteriorating road conditions. “I’m asking […]

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is proposing a law that will help the state better prepare for emergencies and major events. He mentioned the idea during his State of the State address Wednesday. It would allow the mobilization of medical services, law enforcement and equipment in preparation for emergencies or events. He […]

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wants an A-through-F grading system for the state’s public schools. It was one of the proposals he mentioned in Wednesday’s State of the State address. Tomblin said it would be a better, more understandable way to measure school achievement and will help engage communities in their schools. […]

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Amid a budget shortfall, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin plans to avoid raising taxes and give public employees raises by tapping West Virginia’s rainy-day fund. The Democratic governor is urging lawmakers to use $148 million in state reserves to balance next year’s budget, including $84 million from emergency-only savings. Dipping into the […]

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Berkeley County teacher is being honored as West Virginia Teacher of the Year. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined State Schools Superintendent Jim Phares and others in presenting Erin Sponaugle with a new Toyota and a $5,000 check. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia sponsors the cash prize and Toyota […]

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are facing a tight budget year as the Legislature’s 60-day annual session gets underway. The House of Delegates was gaveled in at noon Wednesday and the Senate was gaveled in several minutes later. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will deliver his State of the State address at 7 p.m. […]

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former Fairmont State University official faces up to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to embezzlement and tax charges. Forty-five-year-old David A. Tamm of Parkersburg pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to embezzling from a state agency receiving federal funds. He also admitted falsely reporting less income than he […]

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MIDDLEBOURNE, W.Va. (AP) — State environmental regulators have issued a pollution violation notice to an oil and gas drilling company after a tank explosion at a Tyler County well site injured one worker. The Department of Environmental Protection said Wednesday that the tank ruptured on Jan. 2 at Jay-Bee Oil & Gas’ Lisby gas well […]

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Forty of West Virginia’s 55 county school systems have canceled classes for Monday because of wintry weather. The Department of Education’s website shows six other counties have delayed the start of classes. The National Weather Service reports temperatures in the 20s across the state Monday morning and light snow or flurries […]

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are holding a public hearing this week on the proposed use of federal block grants. The hearing is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday in the House Finance Committee room at the Capitol. House Finance Chairman Brent Boggs says the federal funding helps state agencies provide critical services. Grant […]

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