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March-19-2015

Lawmakers OK budget, correct vetoed bills
By Phil Kabler, Staff writer

Legislators closed out the first regular session of the 82nd West Virginia Legislature on Wednesday, approving a 2015-16 budget bill that includes $4.3 billion in spending from tax revenue while also continuing to correct an upsurge of bills vetoed for technical errors. The budget bill (HB2016) takes $22.7 million from the state’s “Rainy Day” reserve fund to balance the budget, but it also...

March-18-2015

Tomblin: ‘lot of concern’ from people about concealed-carry permit repeal
By Phil Kabler, Staff writer, Charleston Gazette

Being unable to run for re-election and not seeking other political office in 2016, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin agreed Tuesday that there will be less political pressure as he decides whether to sign or veto bills passed this session – including a bill to make it legal to conceal carry a firearm without a permit, which has been generating interest...

March-18-2015

Fayette schools hope to take big step with bond issue
By Jeff Jenkins in News | WV MetroNews

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — The Fayette County school system plans to seek the approval of nearly $39 million from voters June 13 in a school construction bond issue that was posted on the school system’s website Tuesday.

The total bond would be worth $66.5 million with $25.1 million coming from the state School Building Authority.

More than one engineer has...

March-18-2015

Tomblin comments on legislative session
By Whitney Burdette, Capitol reporter, Charleston Daily Mail

Although the Legislature didn’t take much action on roads and infrastructure over the 60-day session, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the state stands ready to repair bridges and roads after a harsh winter.

Revenues are coming in above estimates, Tomblin said, allowing the state to spend between $75 and $80 million on highway improvements.

“That’s $75...

March-18-2015

Harrison County superintendent attempts to clarify memo regarding student prayer
By Aaron Payne in News | WV MetroNews

CLARKSBURG, W. Va. – After a memo regarding prayer conducted at athletic events was sent out by the county school system, the Superintendent of Schools in Harrison County is attempting to clarify its meaning.

“I’ll be the first to admit that the memo probably wasn’t as clear as it could have been,” Superintendent Mark Manchin said on...

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