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On West Virginia Morning, the House of Delegates is considering a bill that would strengthen the penalties for violating whistleblower protections and access to abortion is being restricted in West Virginia and surrounding states.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Leaders in West Virginia’s House of Delegates say they plan to strengthen a number of ethics laws in West Virginia this legislative session. The first piece of legislation making its way through that chamber this year is House Bill 2006, increasing penalties for violating the state’s Whistle-Blower Law.

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The Senate Select Committee on Tax Reform is charged with finding a way to shift the state’s reliance on personal income tax revenue to dollars raised through increased consumption taxes. That’s according to Senate President Mitch Carmichael, who created the committee in January.

At their first meeting Friday, Carmichael told members he believes that West Virginia’s economic growth is hindered by its reliance on income taxes. 

Legislators Hear Budget Details

Feb 10, 2017
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On West Virginia Morning, House and Senate reporters Liz McCormick and Ashton Marra report from the finance committees where the Governor’s tax proposals were discussed and Wilco is along with our Mountain Stage song of the week.

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

Gov. Justice Outlines Budget Plans

Feb 9, 2017
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On West Virginia Morning, reports from the State Capital about Governor Justice’s first State of the State address last night and reaction to it.

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

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In his first State of the State address Wednesday evening, Gov. Jim Justice presented lawmakers with a plan to close a $497 million budget gap in the 2018 fiscal year. That’s the latest estimate from the Governor’s Office about just how big that hole will be.

Justice’s proposal is largely based on increasing taxes, something he said on the campaign trail he wouldn’t do.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, Lawmakers will begin their work at the statehouse today as they gavel in for the first of the 60-day legislative session.

That work  will be followed by Gov. Jim Justice’s first State of the State Address tonight where he’ll present legislators—and the public—with his legislative agenda and his plan to balance the 2018 budget. Statehouse reporter Ashton Marra discusses what to expect during the session and the governor's address.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice waves to the crowd as he delivers his inauguration speech, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, in Charleston, W.Va.
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West Virginia’s 36th Governor Jim Justice will give his first State of the State Address to a joint meeting of the state Legislature Wednesday evening. West Virginia Public Broadcasting will carry the speech live on radio, television and online beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

State Budget Will Dominate Legislative Session

Feb 3, 2017
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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, there’s a big hole in the state budget and House Speaker Tim Armstead has some ideas about how to fill it and Larry Groce performs our Mountain Stage song of the week.

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

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On West Virginia Morning, a ten percent tax credit helps restore historic structures in the state, but a group says that’s not enough and they are lobbying to increase it and our collaborative series with StoryCorps continues with a conversation about faith between an elderly man and his pastor.

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

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On West Virginia Morning, statehouse reporter Ashton Marra reports on Governor Tomblin’s farewell address delivered yesterday at the State Capitol. 

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

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Anna Johnson Gates died on January 12, 1939, just before her 50th birthday. In the 1910s, the East Bank native fought for women’s suffrage.

After women were granted the vote nationally in 1920, she served as the associate chair of Kanawha County’s Democratic Executive Committee.

Then, in 1922, she was elected to the West Virginia Legislature, becoming the first woman ever to serve in that body.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin during his farewell address Wednesday in the House of Delegates chamber.
Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

For the past six years each January, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has returned to the chamber where he began his political career to address members of the Legislature, Board of Public Works, Justices of the Supreme Court and citizens of the state of West Virginia.

Martin Valent/Perry Bennet / West Virginia Legislative Photography

Optimism. That’s the key to moving the state of West Virginia forward, according the newly elected Senate President and House Speaker.

The 83rd Legislature gaveled in for the first time Wednesday to elect chamber leaders and take their oaths of office, hearing for the first time as a body from the men who will lead them through the upcoming Legislative session.

Officials Defend Regional Education Service Agencies

Jan 10, 2017
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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, some lawmakers are not convinced that the state’s eight Regional Education Service Agencies are needed and Appalachia Health News reporter Kara Lofton has a look at what will happen to health care if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act without a backup plan.

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

New President of WV AFL-CIO Announced

Dec 15, 2016
Josh Sword
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West Virginia AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Josh Sword has been appointed to fill the unexpired term of President Kenny Perdue, who is retiring at the end of this year.  

The organization’s Executive Board decided in a unanimous vote Tuesday that Sword should take the helm noting his extensive experience and his dedicated service with the West Virginia AFL-CIO.

Joe Carter, a member of the Executive Board and longtime United Mine Workers of America leader, will serve as interim Secretary-Treasurer.

West Virginia Turnpike
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Members of the West Virginia Parkways Authority are supporting the continuation of tolls on the West Virginia Turnpike, doubling down on a resolution to that effect passed in January.

The tolls are set to expire in May of 2019, when the bonds on the road’s construction will be paid off.

StoryCorps: One Woman's Faith Journey

Dec 7, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, the state’s 8 Regional Education Service Agencies may be on the chopping block by the new legislature and we continue our series of interviews in partnership with StoryCorps about religious faith.

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

Department of Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss.
Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has already taken action to close an estimated $165 million budget gap this year, but the state’s Revenue Secretary said that unless lawmakers take significant action in the upcoming legislative session, that hole will only grow. 

Sec. Bob Kiss presented the latest revenue estimates to a Joint Committee on Finance during interim meetings Tuesday. 

Department of Education

A legislative audit of the state’s eight Regional Education Service Agencies says that while many of the services they provide are important, the independent agencies themselves are no longer necessary. 

John Sylvia, Director of the legislative auditor’s Performance Evaluation and Research Division, presented the report during interim meetings Tuesday. 

Martin Valent/Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

The West Virginia Senate will have a new leader come February, but it appears legislative priorities on both sides of the Capitol rotunda will remain the same. 

WVU Women's Soccer Team in NCAA Final Four Contest

Dec 2, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, statehouse reporter Ashton Marra looks at this weekend’s election of leadership posts at the West Virginia Legislature and Clark Davis reports on WVU’s women’s soccer team heading to the Women’s College Cup today. 

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

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

This weekend, members of the West Virginia Legislature will return to Charleston for their December interim meetings.

Democrats and Republicans from the House and Senate will meet behind closed doors Sunday separately to choose the next Senate President and House Speaker, and the two chamber minority leaders, all influential posts.

But with a Democratic governor and a Republican majority in both legislative chambers, there’s one position that seems to control policy a little more than the others: West Virginia's next Senate President.

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography


In West Virginia politics over the past decade, one trend gets a lot of attention: the trend from blue to red. More statewide and federal offices in West Virginia are held by Republicans after this year’s election than have been in decades.

 

But there’s another trend-- one that can be seen nationwide--that’s also apparent in West Virginia elections.

Jim Justice and Bill Cole
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After an NPR investigation into Jim Justice’s business operations, the Democratic candidate for governor takes on Republican Bill Cole in the second West Virginia gubernatorial debate.

A leaked tape where Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump can be heard describing sexually assaulting women causes waves in West Virginia politics, but will either scandal swing the vote? 

Ann Ali, managing editor of the State Journal, and MetroNews Statewide Correspondent Brad McElhinney join us to discuss the race. 

Fireworks
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The state Treasurer’s Office says it will begin to distribute the nearly $800,000 generated from taxes on high-powered fireworks. 

Lawmakers passed a bill during the 2016 session to allow the sale of the high-flying fireworks in the state. The bill added a 12 percent surcharge to the fireworks on top of the normal sales tax to help fund two programs: volunteer fire departments and veterans facilities.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill to help pay for the state’s portion of recovery efforts in the 12 counties affected by June’s flooding. 

Tomblin stood on the stage at Elkview Middle School with members of the Legislature and the Herbert Hoover High School senior class before signing House Bill 201. 

W. Va Lawmakers Approve Flood Recovery Funding

Sep 20, 2016
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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, the two agencies that oversee higher education responded to a performance review nine months after the review was given.  Liz McCormick has that story and a report from Green County, Pennsylvania, just across the West Virginia border, about coal and the presidential race. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Sen. Mike Romano, D-Harrison County, on the Senate floor during the 2016 special session.
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The two panels that oversee West Virginia’s higher education institutions responded to a performance review from the Legislative Auditor’s office Monday in an interim meeting with the Joint Standing Committee on Education.

The report was first released in January 2016 and calls for significant changes to the way the two organizations are structured, including urging lawmakers to rethink the amount the agencies are funded each year.

The West Virginia College and Career Ready Standards are being implemented for the first time in West Virginia schools this fall and so is a new system to grade the schools themselves.

Lawmakers were updated about the implementation of both the new standards and the accountability system during an interim meeting at the Capitol Monday. The system measures the performance of individual schools and gives them an A through F grade based on a variety of factors.

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