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March-18-2016

With session over, questions on balancing budget remain
By Matt Maccaro, MetroNews

With the extended budget legislative session over and the state facing $92 million more in revenue shortfall than expected, House Finance Committee Chair Eric Nelson said all solutions should be looked at.

State law requires a balanced budget by the start of the 2017 Fiscal Year on July 1. Nelson said raising taxes, cutting spending and taking money from the state’s Rainy...

March-18-2016

SBA leader addresses parents in Fayette County in search for new facilities plan
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

Fayetteville, W.Va. — Approximately 150 to 200 residents of Fayette County heard a presentation from School Building Authority Executive Director David Sneed Thursday night.

Despite the at times acrimonious issues between the School Building Authority, Fayette County parents, and the State Board of Education during last year’s attempt to pass...

March-18-2016

Girl hit by car while getting on school bus
MetroNews

A Logan County girl was injured Thursday morning when she was struck by a car as she tried get on her school bus.

The girl, 12, was attempting to board along state Route 10 in Logan County when a car came past the bus’ stop sign and struck her, state troopers said.

Robbie Marie Grove, 23, of Logan, told troopers she didn’t see the lights. She was charged with illegally passing a school bus....

March-16-2016

Tomblin vetoes ‘guns in parks’ bill in deference to county judgement
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have prohibited county park commissions from exercising authority to ban firearms on their grounds.

The decision was commended by the Kanawha County Commission, which was reluctant to allow guns in its parks, particularly Coonskin Park.

“I did personally contact the governor and let him know...

March-16-2016

Cole says tobacco tax hikes should be revisited as budget hole grows
By Shauna Johnson | WV MetroNews

“Everything needs to be on the table,” says Senate President Bill Cole (R-Mercer, 06), a Republican gubernatorial candidate, ahead of more work for state lawmakers — in a future Special Session — on West Virginia’s 2017 budget.

“I just caution people to never say never as we’re facing some pretty tough times here,” Cole said during an appearance on...

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