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February-12-2016

Tomblin’s vetoes short-lived; right to work, repeal of prevailing wage now law
By Jeff Jenkins, WV Metronews

The House of Delegates and state Senate made quick work of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s vetoes on the bills that will repeal the state’s prevailing wage and make West Virginia a right to work state in votes taken during Friday’s floor sessions.

The Republican-controlled Senate overrode both vetoes on an  18-16 party line vote while the House voted 55-44...

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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