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Lawmakers Outline Goals To Expand, Enhance Broadband In W.Va.

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We explore a major broadband bill that passed the House of Delegates, and we have a discussion with two West Virginia lawmakers who are involved in broadband and technology expansion in the state.

Host Suzanne Higgins is joined by senior reporter Dave Mistich for an update in statehouse news. 

House Bill 4015, a broadband enhancement bill, passed the House of Delegates Thursday. Reporter Emily Allen recently visited Calhoun County to learn how student achievement is impacted with and without broadband access.

Allen speaks with Del. Daniel Linville, R-Cabell County, Vice Chair of the House Technology and Infrastructure Committee, and Sen. Robert Plymale, D-Wayne, member of the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, about broadband expansion in West Virginia. Both are members of the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council.

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It was History Day at the Capitol with all its traditionally colorful displays. As Randy Yohe reports, participants say the day is all about sharing West Virginia’s rich heritage with the world.

Friday on the Legislature Today, we’ll bring you our Friday review of the week - with updates on many of the issues we've been covering throughout the session.

Liz McCormick is WVPB's Eastern Panhandle and education reporter/producer. Liz is a native of Charleston, West Virginia and received her B.A. in Communications from Shepherd University in 2014. The WVPB Eastern Panhandle news bureau is based in Shepherdstown on Shepherd's campus. You can connect with Liz via email at emccormick@wvpublic.org or on Twitter @LizMcCormickWV