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April-28-2016

Education, public health organizations & others join calls for $1 cigarette tax hike
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

 An increase of at least $1 to the state tax on a pack of cigarettes could make the difference for West Virginia’s physical and fiscal health, according to representatives from a coalition of West Virginia education, public health and faith-based community organizations.

As state budget talks continue, those groups came together...

April-27-2016

House leaders target cuts topping $100 million, but offer few specifics
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead said Tuesday on MetroNews “Talkline” he’s trying to get agreement on more than $100 million in state budget cuts as part of the ongoing discussions concerning the next state budget.

Lawmakers and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin are faced with a $270 million budget hole in the budget year that begins July...

April-26-2016

Early voting begins Wednesday in W.Va.
WVEA Communications Staff

A reminder that early voting begins tomorrow, April 27, in West Virginia and runs through May 7. The primary election will be held statewide on Tuesday, May 10.

Both the general election in November and this primary election are crucial for the future of our state. Please be sure to vote!

Also remember that the primary election is the final election for non-partisan candidates for...

April-26-2016

Cole wants budget session sooner than later
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

Leading lawmakers and members of the Tomblin administration met again Monday afternoon in the continuing efforts to reach an agreement on a new state budget.

The difficult job got even tougher last week when lawmakers were told to expect the current budget year’s revenue hole to grow by approximately $100 million.

State Senate President and Republican gubernatorial candidate...

April-25-2016

1 in 10 W.Va. kids growing up with incarcerated parent
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An estimated 34,000 West Virginians are the children of incarcerated parents, putting them at risk for serious long-term effects of emotional and financial instability, according to a new Kids Count policy report released Monday.

“It’s really sad to think that one in 10 of our kids is growing up with a parent in jail or prison. It’s really hard to...

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