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February-12-2016

Governor vetoes right to work, repeal of prevailing wage
By Pamela Pritt Register-Herald Reporter

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued vetoes Thursday on SB1, the right to work bill, and HB 4005, repealing the prevailing wage, both measures high on the GOP agenda this year. 

Tomblin said he disputed that the state needed a right to work law.

“The issue of right to work has been discussed for a number of years, but I have never had a company cite right to...

February-09-2016

Gun bill passes WV House, on to Senate
By LACIE PIERSON, Herald-Dispatch

The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill Tuesday that would make it legal for citizens of the state to carry concealed weapons without a permit, as long as they meet certain requirements.

Delegates debated for about three hours through 14 proposed amendments before passing the bill by a vote of 68-31 with one member not present.

The bill will advance to the Senate...

February-08-2016

Agencies asked to detail impact of an additional 6.5 percent budget cut
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

House of Delegates Finance Committee Chair Eric Nelson raised a lot of eyebrows recently when he sent all state agencies a letter asking what impacts an additional 6.5 percent budget cut would have on them.

Nelson (R-Kanawha) is seeking specifics in case the legislature decides to cut its way out of the current budget problems instead of agreeing with Gov...

February-08-2016

How Limited Internet Access Can Subtract From Kids' Education 
By Alina Selyukh, NPR

Can a kid succeed in school with only a mobile device for Internet access at home?

Lorena Uribe doesn't have to think about that one:

"Absolutely not," she says.

When her old computer broke down several years ago, she and her teenage daughter found themselves in a bind for about five months: homework to do and no computer or broadband access at home.

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February-08-2016

Controversial WV Legislation Tied to Shadowy Billionaires' Network
Dan Heyman, Public News Service

The right-to-work bill and prevailing-wage repeal just passed by the Legislature have ties to Kansas oil billionaires Charles and David Koch and their shadowy network, watchdogs say.

According to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), the bills were based on model legislation from the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Lisa Graves,...

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