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WV lawmakers return, but no closer to budget deal
By Phil Kabler, Staff Writer, WV Gazette-Mail

Lawmakers were called back into session by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to try to come up with a 2016-17 budget.

On Monday, legislators opened a special session to pass West Virginia’s 2016-17 budget seemingly no closer to agreement on a $4.2 billion spending plan than when they left town at the end of the regular legislative session on March 15.

As the budget...


Day 1 of special session: lawmakers try to get arms around budget problems
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

The first day of the special legislative session on state budget issues Monday produced some big numbers and a lot of questions.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin called the 134 members of the House of Delegates and state Senate to Charleston to deal with a $111 million revenue shortfall in the current state budget and to pass a budget for next fiscal year that...


Teens charged in Clay County school threat
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

State police have charged two Clay County teenagers in connection with what’s been called the Columbine-like threat at Clay County Middle School.

The boys, 13 and 15, face charges through juvenile petitions of making terroristic threats, conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder.

Schools were canceled in Clay County for three days earlier this month because...


Governor Tomblin: “Let’s sit down and get this budget hammered out”
By Shauna Johnson, MetroNews

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says he’s giving state lawmakers several options when it comes to possible ways to fill a projected $270 million shortfall in West Virginia’s budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

A Special Session for budget work was opening at 12 p.m. Monday with no consensus among the Mountain State’s leaders on how to balance the 2017...


Special session begins Monday; Cole calls Tomblin’s tax proposals to balance budget a ‘non-starter’
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Add Sen. President and GOP gubernatorial nominee Bill Cole to the list of Republicans in the legislature who aren’t pleased with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s plan to balance the state budget.

Tomblin has proposed three separate tax increases — tobacco, telecommunications and sales taxes heading into Monday’s...