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Nelson: House getting closer to budget plan
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

House of Delegates Finance Committee Chair Eric Nelson said Friday he anticipates having a budget plan ready for House members to consider sometime Monday.

“The intent of the chair right now is that Monday we’d start having the budget talks so we can put the pieces together and move forward for the citizens of West Virginia of balancing this 2017 budget,” Nelson (R-Kanawha) said....


School year nearing end in parts of West Virginia
By Shauna Johnson, MetroNews

The 2015-2016 school year will be coming to a close before Memorial Day in some of West Virginia’s public schools.

By June 10, students in all 55 county systems will be on summer vacation, according to updated school calendar information from the state Department of Education.

Despite missing nine instructional days, schools in Tucker County will be the first in West...


Analysts Critical of Likely Legislative Approach to WV Budget
Dan Heyman, Public News Service

Even with a 45-cent cigarette tax increase, budget analysts say state lawmakers look likely to lean too heavily on cuts and one-time money. Bowing to an anti-tax faction in the House, state senators have been working on a tobacco tax boost smaller than they passed in March.

Observers say the tobacco tax may be the only new revenue approved by the special budget...


Third juvenile charged in Clay County school threat
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CLAY, W.Va. — State police have made a third arrest in connection to what was described as a Columbine style threat at Clay County Middle School.

A 13 year old boy was charged Thursday with making terroristic threats, conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder. Earlier this week, troopers charged two teenage boys, ages 13 and 15, with the same charges...


Tomblin says state worker furlough bill a precautionary step
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the bill introduced Wednesday that would allow him to furlough state workers was “purely precautionary.”

But Tomblin said it’s a move he believes he must prepare for if there’s no agreement on a new state budget by July 1.

“This would allow the governor in a case where there was no budget, no funding mechanism,...