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Updated Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 at 11:50 a.m.

Two West Virginia University students aboard a Personal Rapid Transit, or PRT car, and the driver of a vehicle were transported to a Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown Monday afternoon after a rock slide sent a small boulder careening onto U.S. 19 / Monongahela Boulevard. One woman, whose vehicle was struck by a boulder, is listed in critical condition.

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After acknowledging that murder is already a crime, the West Virginia Senate on Monday passed a bill to penalize physicians who don't provide medical care to a baby born after an abortion attempt.

West Virginia's Senate approved a bill Monday to create a new intermediate court system.

The bill that passed on an 18-14 vote now goes to the House of Delegates. The Legislature has made numerous attempts in past sessions to approve similar legislation without success.

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Those protesting pipelines and other industrial sites could be subject to fines and imprisonment under a new bill being considered in the West Virginia House of Delegates. The lower chamber’s Judiciary Committee held a public hearing Monday on a measure known as the West Virginia Critical Infrastructure Protection Act.

House Bill 4615 would designate and protect facilities the measure deems “critical infrastructure facilities” — including oil refineries, natural gas operations, telecommunications infrastructure, railroads, chemical plants, government-regulated dams and water treatment facilities. The measure would impose various jail sentences and fines for trespassing, vandalism and “conspiring” with those who carry out those acts. 

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, a newly expanded program aims to address student needs – needs that are often hidden from plain sight.

Trump Criticizes West Virginia's Manchin On Impeachment Votes

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President Donald Trump on Friday criticized Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia for voting guilty on two articles of impeachment, aiming to weaken the senator’s political standing in a state Trump carried by a whopping 42 percentage points in 2016.

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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.  

It’s Friday, and that means we look back at a week of West Virginia Legislative action. We’ve also officially reached the half-way mark of the 2020 session. Host Suzanne Higgins is joined by statehouse reporters Phil Kabler of The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Emily Allen of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, and Steven Allen Adams of Ogden Newspapers.

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A bill to create an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia is on its way to a final vote in the state Senate. Lawmakers rejected an amendment Friday that would have required the proposed court to handle criminal cases in addition to civil cases.

Senate Bill 275 would create another layer of appeals between circuit courts and the state Supreme Court. Two three-judge panels — split between a northern and southern district — would hear civil cases, guardianship cases and workers’ compensation cases, as well as appeals to decisions in family court.

Attorney General William Barr has issued new restrictions on opening investigations into politically sensitive individuals or entities, including a requirement that he approve any inquiry into a presidential candidate or campaign.

Barr outlined the new policies in a three-page memo obtained by NPR as the Democratic primaries are underway and the country gears up for November's presidential vote. The memo was first reported by The New York Times.

We discuss West Virginia’s children in crisis with members of a newly formed Public Health caucus. Also, West Virginia’s veterans were honored at the Capitol, and we bring you the latest in legislative action.

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The West Virginia Senate’s Select Committee on Children and Families has advanced a bill that would create a string of reforms for employees of the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Children and Families. Senate Bill 312 would focus on pay, create a registration system for caseworkers and hopes to address issues of vacancies and turnover that have plagued the bureau.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is shown Thursday, March 3, 2016, at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va.
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Updated: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

The West Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union accused the state attorney general of blocking critics on social media in violation of the First Amendment.

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On this West Virginia Morning, a new survey from APM Research Lab shows attitudes across the country toward immigrants shift depending on the makeup of our local communities.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with reporters after President Donald Trump was acquitted in an impeachment trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.
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West Virginia U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, often seen as one of the most moderate and Trump-friendly Democrats in the Senate, voted Wednesday along party lines to convict President Donald Trump on both Articles of Impeachment. 

While the 67-vote threshold for convicting the president was viewed as nearly insurmountable with Republicans holding a 53 seat majority in the Senate, Manchin remained undecided about how he would vote until Wednesday. 

On The Legislature Today, we explore the growing responsibilities of West Virginia’s Emergency Medical Services. Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with two members of West Virginia’s EMS Advisory Council.

Sen. Mike Romano, D-Harrison, speaks against Senate Joint Resolution 7 on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.
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More than a year after a temporary bench of the West Virginia Supreme Court derailed the 2018 impeachment trials of justices of the state’s high court, Republican leaders of the Legislature still have work ahead of themselves to undo the decision they see as unjust. A Wednesday vote indicates that lingering partisan sentiments continue to surround the impeachments.

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The town of Athens, in Mercer County, West Virginia has become the thirteenth municipality in the state to adopt a non-discrimination ordinace to protect employment and housing rights based on sexual orientation orientation or gender identity. 

Members of the town council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the measure. 

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The West Virginia Senate Education Committee has approved a bill that would allow homeschool and private school students to participate in public school extracurricular activities under the state’s Secondary School Activities Commission. 

As the senior population grows in West Virginia, more of the state's elderly are living alone, with disability, and facing hunger. We focus on the cost of addressing these needs – and not addressing these needs. We also hear the latest updates from the West Virginia Legislature.

West Virginia Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito said she will not vote to remove President Donald Trump from office.

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A bill that would create another layer for West Virginia’s judicial system in civil cases is now headed to the Senate floor for consideration. 

Senate Bill 275 cleared the upper chamber’s Finance Committee Tuesday. 

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is proposing a resolution that would censure President Donald Trump over the president’s actions toward Ukraine. Manchin, who is often recognized as having a friendly relationship with the president, has been seen as a key vote in the Senate’s impeachment trial. 

We highlight the multiple challenges West Virginia’s active military members and veterans face, and we explore legislation addressing many of those concerns. We also bring you the latest news from the West Virginia Legislature.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we have a story about communities along the Ohio River who want to remove some old dams, and we’ll move downstream to discuss flooding.

The West Virginia Legislature has completed its third full week of the 2020 session. Several issues have stirred up debate so far, including a bill that would repeal a tax on manufacturing equipment and inventory and another that would create an Intermediate Court of Appeals. We bring you the latest on these issues and more on this week’s reporter roundtable.

Once again, the Pentagon is reporting an uptick in the number of U.S. service members injured in Iranian missile strikes earlier this month. The Department of Defense announced late Thursday that at least 64 service members have been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

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The Senate impeachment trial adjourned Friday evening, with a plan to return Monday morning to continue. Closing arguments will be presented Monday, after which senators will be permitted to speak on the floor. A final vote, during which President Trump is expected to be acquitted, is expected next Wednesday around 4 p.m. ET.

Over the last few years, West Virginia lawmakers have passed dozens of bills, creating policy and changing existing code, in an effort to respond to the state’s drug crisis. We take a closer look at that epidemic and at the work that continues to address it.

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A bill known as the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act has cleared a first committee in the West Virginia Senate after passing the House of Delegates earlier this session. The Senate Health and Human Resources Committee cleared House Bill 4007 Thursday on a 11-1 roll call vote. 

Sen. Corey Palumbo, a Democrat from Kanawha County who is not running for re-election this year, was the only member of the health committee to vote no. 

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