Emily Allen

SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA/ STATEHOUSE REPORTER

Emily Allen works in Charleston covering the state Legislature and public affairs throughout southern West Virginia. 

Emily came to West Virginia through Report for America, an initiative from the GroundTruth Project to place emerging journalists in newsrooms throughout the country. As an RFA corps member, Emily intends to hold decision-making bodies accountable for their impact on constituents.

Emily most recently worked for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota, covering all that falls under the purview of local government. She has written about several topics, including military issues, economic development, local elections and how international trade discussions impact regional industries.

Emily graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Journalism. As a student, she interned at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and American Public Media’s podcast division. She also covered local arts and entertainment for the university’s student-run Radio K.

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Internet providers, including some serving West Virginia, are signing a 60-day pledge with the Federal Communications Commission to continue serving customers affected by state and federal coronavirus precautions. 

The 60-day legislative session heads to an end at midnight, and lawmakers are putting the final touches on their scheduled work for the year. While most of Republican leadership's priorities have been settled, hundreds of bills still have a chance of making it across the finishline before the Senate and House of Delegates gavel out sine die.

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A bill to cap insulin copays passed the West Virginia Senate Friday afternoon. 

House Bill 4543 would cap the copay on insulin, medication to help the body process sugar, at $100 per month. 

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West Virginia senators passed a bill from the House of Delegates on Friday, in an attempt to reform various aspects of the state’s overwhelmed foster care system

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A bill for foster care reform in the West Virginia Legislature was amended further Wednesday night, before it was sent to the full Senate for consideration. 

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A committee in the West Virginia Senate has passed a bipartisan bill from the House of Delegates that would reform the foster care system, but not without significant amendments to the bill’s financial items. 

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A committee in the West Virginia House of Delegates narrowly voted against passing a Republican bill to protect West Virginians with preexisting conditions, should a federal law currently providing these rights be repealed. 

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A bill to create an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia passed the House Judiciary Committee Friday with a few noteworthy changes and, ultimately, a favorable recommendation.

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In honor of Crossover Day, the deadline for legislators to pass their bills out of their respective chambers and send them to the next body for consideration, West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s legislative team is taking a step back to review where some of the bill’s we’ve been monitoring stand now. 

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Shortly before the full House was scheduled to vote on it, members of the chamber’s Rules Committee voted to remove a ‘Ban the Box’ bill from the agenda, effectively killing the bill for the session. 

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The West Virginia Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that seeks to protect West Virginians with preexisting health conditions, in the event the federal law that currently provides those protections is repealed. 

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West Virginia public high schools could soon offer their students elective courses on the Bible. 

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A committee of West Virginia lawmakers agreed Monday evening to recommend a bill to the full Senate that would prohibit discrimination based on hair type. 

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West Virginia could be one of more than 30 states to “ban the box” and prohibit certain employers from asking applicants about their criminal history, after lawmakers considered House Bill 4905 Friday evening. 

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A bill granting compensation benefits to first responders diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) passed the West Virginia House of Delegates unanimously Friday.

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The West Virginia State Board of Education has selected someone to take over as state superintendent of schools. 

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The West Virginia House of Delegates is closer to a vote on House Bill 4176, which would add the existing West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center into state law.

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This is a developing story and may be updated.

As lawmakers consider a bill to establish the existing West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center in state code, civil liberty advocates are calling on the Legislature to use this as an opportunity to add more privacy and civil liberty protections for West Virginians. 

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In an effort to address water issues plaguing rural West Virginia, the state Public Service Commission is supporting a bill that would give the group more statutory authority to assist and order the acquisition of failing water and wastewater utilities throughout the state. 

Natural gas pipe for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline sits in a yard Feb. 27, 2019, near Morgantown, W.Va.
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Three days after a public hearing on the implications of a bill to protect critical infrastructure sites in West Virginia, the House of Delegates has passed House Bill 4615, which will create “a criminal offense of trespass upon property containing a critical infrastructure facility.” 

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A Republican delegate this week accused another delegate from the same party of being aggressive with other lawmakers while intoxicated. 

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Flooding in the past week has once again consumed much of southern West Virginia, with Gov. Jim Justice signing a state of emergency proclamation for seven counties on Friday. 

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Following an incident in Mineral County last year, a bill to create a Religious Liberties in Schools Act has passed the West Virginia House of Delegates in a 76 to 22 vote and will move on to the state Senate for consideration.  

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West Virginia emergency leaders reported Friday evening there have been two water rescues and one trailer park evacuation in southern West Virginia.  

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A bipartisan bill seeking to cap what some insured West Virginians pay for insulin is going to the full House of Delegates for consideration. This comes after eight amendments and several hours of discussion in the House Judiciary Committee on Friday.  

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Flood waters in southern West Virginia are lower than they were yesterday and road conditions are improving, but emergency management officials say they are still monitoring the situation and remain active in the region. 

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

An alternative solution to West Virginia’s substance use epidemic and foster care crisis already is “off the ground and running,” according to the Boone County Circuit Court Judge William Thompson.

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Rainfall across the southern part of West Virginia has led to multiple road closures, and at least one community in Raleigh County has been evacuated. 

According to a press release from the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, McDowell and Raleigh counties are reporting the most serious impact from Thursday’s rainfall.

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The West Virginia House of Delegates has yet again passed a bill seeking to plug some of the thousands of abandoned oil and natural gas wells that go unreclaimed every year, endangering the environment.

The aftermath of flooding that occured in June 2016, in Clendenin, W.Va.
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As several southern West Virginia counties prepare for heavy rainfall and flash flooding Wednesday night, the governor is already calling emergency responders to action.

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