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What were the top stories in West Virginia from 2016? We searched our archives from the past year and compiled this list of the most popular stories.

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The Wheeling City Council will ask state officials for permission to legalize the sale of alcohol in the city Sunday mornings.

The Intelligencer reports that council members unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday to submit an amendment to the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board.

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The Clarksburg City Council has passed a "brunch bill" ordinance allowing businesses with an Alcohol Beverage Control Administration Class A license to serve alcohol on Sunday mornings.

Clarksburg City Manager Martin Howe tells local media that under the new ordinance, any establishment within the city limits can begin serving alcohol at 10 a.m. this Sunday. The ordinance was passed Thursday during the City Council meeting.

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The Charleston City Council has passed a bill that will allow the sale of alcohol in the city at an earlier time on Sundays.

The city council voted to pass Bill 7702 on Monday. The bill will allow establishments with on-premises alcohol licenses to sell beer, wine and liquor starting at 10 a.m. instead of 1 p.m. on Sundays.

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Restaurants in Martinsburg are now able to sell alcohol before 1 p.m. on Sundays.

The Martinsburg City Council approved a home rule law Thursday night to allow the sale of alcohol at restaurants, wineries, distilleries and private clubs beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

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The West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board has approved six more cities to sell alcohol at restaurants, wineries, distilleries, and private clubs on Sundays before 1 p.m.

Charleston, South Charleston, Bluefield, Martinsburg, Clarksburg, and Lewisburg have all been approved to pass city laws on what’s commonly referred to as the brunch bill.

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On West Virginia Morning, reporter Liz McCormick has an update on the so-called Brunch Bill that allows county residents to vote on whether to allow restaurants to sell alcohol at 10:00 am on Sundays.  Some cities and towns have found a way around the county wide referendum. 

That story coming up on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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It’s been a little more than three months since the state Legislature’s Regular Session came to a close, but there’s one bill that passed that’s still on a lot of people’s minds. That bill is best known as – the Brunch Bill. It calls on county commissions to decide whether to allow the start of alcohol sales at restaurants, wineries, distilleries, and private clubs on Sundays before 1 p.m.

If a commission votes yes by the end of July, then residents in that county get to vote on the issue in November. But there are some towns and cities in the state that don’t want to wait, and they’re finding ways around the legislation.

...like Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

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Kanawha County residents will not have the chance to vote on approving the sale of alcohol at restaurants, clubs and wineries before 1p.m. on Sundays.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Kanawha County Commission voted Thursday to not put "the brunch bill" on the ballot.

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Voters in Jefferson County will get to decide whether to allow restaurants and other businesses to serve alcohol on Sunday mornings.

The Journal reports the Jefferson County Commission decided to put the topic on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

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Editor's Note: For the latest updates on the final day of the legislative session, be sure to keep checking our live blog.

Update: Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 5:33 p.m.: 

Senate Bill 298--which would move alcohol sales in restaurants, private clubs, wineries and distilleries on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 10 a.m.--has passed the final needed approval in the House. Earlier Saturday, the Senate concurred with House amendments to the bill but had made a title amendment. The House has accepted the title amendment.

The bill would only allow for on-premise consumption and also requires each county to pass a referendum to allow for the move of the sale time. 

It now heads to Governor Tomblin's desk for possible signature. 

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With just one day left in this regular legislative session, both the 2016 and 2017 budgets remain unbalanced. 

Secretary of Revenue Bob Kiss details the House, Senate and Governor's proposals to fund state government, but the loss of several bills means none of the proposals can be approved for the 2017 fiscal year.

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Lawmakers have passed a bill to allow the Sunday sales of alcohol in restaurants, private clubs, wineries and distilleries at 10 a.m.

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  As the 2017 budget deficit looms, members of both chambers are looking for ways to balance the budget in a tight fiscal year. 

Senate President Bill Cole says additional agency cuts should come from the Governor, but says using the state's Rainy Day Fund to help fund the deficit is a reasonable measure.

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A bill to bump up alcohol sales on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 10 a.m. is moving in the House even after Speaker Tim Armstead said it wasn’t a priority this session. Businesses across the state have cried out for the bill’s approval, calling it an economic development measure.

Earlier this week, House Judiciary amended Senate Bill 298 in committee; a bill that has been affectionately referred to as the “brunch bill” to include a provision requiring county voters approve of the time change through a referendum. 

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The House Judiciary has advanced a bill that would allow restaurants, wineries and distilleries to sell alcohol beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays if county voters approve of the change through a referendum. 

As approved by the committee, though, the bill does not require county commissioners to hold elections to allow the sales, only permits such ballot measures. 

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At a public hearing in the House of Delegates, speakers unanimously favored a bill to allow alcohol sales on Sunday mornings, but the hearing might not fully represent the feelings of West Virginians according to a recent poll.

The chamber's Finance Committee will spend its third day discussing a bill that increases Division of Motor Vehicle Fees and some taxes to fund roads. The bill has already been approved in the Senate.

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On this West Virginia Morning, Rob Engle brings us the story of House Bill 4012 getting voted down in the Senate as well as a Senate-approved brunch bill that would allow restaurants, wineries and distilleries to begin selling alcohol on 10 in the morning. Ashton Marra has a story on the budget gap, Liz McCormick looks into potential changes in how the severance tax is handled at the county level, and the Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier looks into the economic effects of pollution.

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The West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act was approved in the House more than two weeks ago and, in that time, Senate leaders have said little about the bill. The chamber's Judiciary Committee took up the legislation Friday evening, but some Senators say they’re waiting to see a final bill before throwing their support behind it.

 

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In the House Small Business Committee this week, House Bill 2385 was discussed. The bill has to do with brewer, resident brewer, and brewpub licensing and operations in the state.  The bill was introduced at the request of Governor Tomblin who noted the issue in his state of the state address last month.  The bill is finally receiving some legislative attention.

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Senators and Delegates worked late into the night, as usual, on the final day of the session voting on bills. The frenzy, however, was too much for some issues. Here are a few of the bills that got lost in the mix and didn’t pass before the midnight deadline.

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