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April-18-2016

Voter registration deadline quickly approaching
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in West Virginia’s Primary Election.

In the last week, the Secretary of State’s Office saw a surge of over 10,000 people who interacted with their online voter registration portal.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant credited Facebook and other social media sites for asking users if they’ve registered to vote yet.

“I...

April-18-2016

Cabell school nurses to begin administering naloxone for opioid overdoses
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

School nurses in Cabell County will soon be allowed to administer the drug naloxone if a student or adult on campus experiences an opioid overdose.

“We’re just trying to be proactive and be prepared in case that would happen,” said Todd Alexander, assistant superintendent of Cabell County Schools.

The state Board of Education approved a...

April-15-2016

Raleigh delegate says House not close on budget talks
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- A delegate involved in the state budget negotiations said Thursday on MetroNews Talkline the House Democrats and Republicans haven’t reached a consensus on what a new budget should look like.

“My assessment is we’re fundamentally not a whole lot closer than what we were when we left town,” Delegate Mick Bates (D-Raleigh) said.

The divide comes in...

April-14-2016

Tomblin: No special session until there’s a budget agreement
By Phil Kabler, Staff Writer Gazette-Mail

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Wednesday he doesn’t plan to call the West Virginia Legislature into special session to pass the 2016-17 state budget until there’s agreement on how to close a $270 million budget shortfall — and he said that hasn’t happened yet.

“I think there’s a spirit to come together and work, but there’s not been an...

April-13-2016

Big mistake - Ignoring revenue for massive cuts to state budget is wrong
Register-Herald editorial

Just when we thought the 2016 legislative session in Charleston couldn’t have been any worse, we hear reports that budget negotiators are considering excessively harsh and short-sighted cuts to the state’s budget.

That would be a massive mistake. If you have the stomach for just how deep and how destructive those cuts would be, read on. But don’t...

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