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West Virginia House Dems Push Recreational Marijuana as Bargaining Chip for Proposed Tax Repeal

Taking a quick glance at Gov. Jim Justice’s legislative agenda, many onlookers are wondering how the budget will shape up by the end of session. With proposals for new spending and rollbacks on taxes currently yielding high-dollar price-tags, getting to a balanced budget remains unknown. But politics are a part of policy making -- and everything becomes a negotiation.

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My Friend From Camp

Moazzam Begg, a British citizen of Pakistani heritage, and Albert Melise, a former housing police officer in the Boston area, were unlikely to have their life stories intersect and become friends; but then September 11 happened. After the Bush Administration launched the War on Terror, Begg was detained and held at the U.S. Detention Camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Melise was a Gitmo guard. You can’t get much more Us & Them than that.

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Graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania are looking for a solution to the complex water infrastructure challenges facing underserved communities in places like southern West Virginia. As part of their solutions driven project, a team of six students visited McDowell County to tour the water plants.

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has selected a registered lobbyist working on behalf of the governor’s family companies to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of a state senator.

Paul Hardesty of Logan County will replace former Sen. Richard Ojeda in the state Senate’s 7th District, which covers Boone, Lincoln, Logan and parts of Mingo and Wayne counties.

John Deskins, Director of the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research, joins host Suzanne Higgins for a discussion on the state’s economy, areas of growth, labor force participation, and the employment growth forecast in West Virginia. We also have stories from reporters Randy Yohe and Danite Belay.

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Fairmont State University in West Virginia is hosting an appreciation day for federal workers and their families during the government shutdown.

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Legislation aimed at expanding high-speed wireless and broadband internet development in West Virginia has advanced in the House of Delegates.

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A House Delegate has sponsored a resolution that would add West Virginia to states that are signing up to support a constitutional amendment for congressional term limits.

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting will be part of the 2019 Report for America initiative that will allow WVPB to add a full-time multimedia reporter to its news staff, starting in June.

The position will be based in Charleston, covering southern West Virginia, with a focus on public affairs and state government.

On last night’s episode of The Legislature Today, senior reporter Dave Mistich spoke with Senate Finance Chairman Craig Blair and House Minority Finance Chairman Mick Bates about the current fiscal situation in West Virginia -- including a look at possibilities for the nearly $186 million-dollar surplus announced in December’s revenue report. We hear an exerpt from the interview on this West Virginia Morning.

January 17, 1918: Engineering Firm Hired to Build Plant at Nitro

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In November 1918, just as Nitro was nearing completion, World War I ended.
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On January 17, 1918, the U.S. War Department hired a New York engineering firm to build a nitrocellulose plant along the Kanawha-Putnam county border. The DuPont Company had previously chosen the site to manufacture munitions for World War I.

However, there were political objections to one company receiving such a large contract, so DuPont abandoned its plans, and the federal government picked up the task.

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Our Song of the Week is "Southern Gothic," the title track from Tyminski's 2017 release. The album is an artistic departure from a new group led by bluegrass mainstay Dan Tyminski, which incorporates drum loops and electronics for a modernized roots sound.

The group debuted new material from the album in Morgantown this past January.


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