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The Legislature Today: Senators Talk Coal Revenue Impact on Home Counties


Two southern West Virginia Senators discuss the economic impact the decline in the state's coal industry is having not just on the overall state budget, but the county level budgets as well which have led to cuts in programs and services as well as school layoffs.

Sen. Bill Laird of Fayette County and Sen. Ron Stollings of Boone County join us.

A Senate committee approves a bill to allow Constitutional carry in West Virginia, but not without making some of their own changes first, and members of the chamber also approve a measure to ban a  second-trimester abortion method commonly used across the country, but rarely done in West Virginia.

The House Education Committee held a public hearing on a bill that would allow West Virginia University Institute of Technology to transfer its headquarters from Montgomery to Beckley, taking the entire institution with it. 


Ashton Marra covers the Capitol for West Virginia Public Radio and can be heard weekdays on West Virginia Morning, the station’s daily radio news program. Ashton can also be heard Sunday evenings as she brings you state headlines during NPR’s weekend edition of All Things Considered. She joined the news team in October of 2012.