2019 State of the State

Summersville Lake
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1/15/19 9:55 a.m. -- This story was updated with a statement from the WVDEP.

In his State of the State address to the West Virginia Legislature last week, Gov. Jim Justice laid out a series of policy proposals, including one to develop more lakes across West Virginia.

On this West Virginia Morning, in his State of the State address to the West Virginia Legislature last week, Gov. Jim Justice outlined a series of policy proposals, including one that seemed to come out of the blue.

“We need to develop multiple lakes within West Virginia,” Justice said.

Energy and environment reporter Brittany Patterson wanted to find out more about the history of this idea and what it would take to add lakes to the Mountain State.

Gov. Jim Justice gave his third annual State of the State Address Wednesday night. We'll have coverage of his speech and reaction from both the Senate and House Minority Leaders. We also bring you the latest on Sen. Richard Ojeda, D-Logan, who announced his resignation from the state Senate to run for United States President.

Gov. Jim Justice, R-W.Va., delivers his annual State of the State speech, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Charleston, W.Va.
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In his third State of the State address, Gov. Jim Justice promised to capitalize on West Virginia’s recently reported economic turnaround -- focused on education, roads, the state’s drug problem and rollbacks on taxes.