Senate Leaders Discuss 'Clean' State Employee Pay Raise Bill

Feb 27, 2019

On this West Virginia Morning, Gov. Jim Justice’s bill to give a 5 percent pay raise to teachers, state employees, and state police passed the West Virginia House of Delegates last week, but the Senate has yet to take it up. On last night’s episode of “The Legislature Today,” host Suzanne Higgins spoke with Senate President Mitch Carmichael and Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso about the bill. We hear an excerpt from the interview.

Also on today’s show, a federal appeals court has denied a request to rehear a case concerning the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s permits to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail. As Brittany Patterson reports, the latest decision leaves limited options for the multi-billion-dollar natural gas pipeline.

And transportation and fuel provided the foundation of a large glass industry in Central Appalachia at the beginning of the 19th century. Changes to the industry nearly destroyed it. But Blenko Glass in Milton, West Virginia continues to adapt and keeps making glass by hand. Eric Douglas visited the Blenko glass factory to get the story.

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