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Girl hit by car while getting on school bus

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....


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...


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...


Unemployment rate climbs in West Virginia
By MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s unemployment rate increased to 6.5 percent in February, according to numbers released Tuesday by WorkForce West Virginia.

The rate went up two-tenths of a percentage point from January after the number of unemployed state residents increased by 1,300. Those residents still receiving unemployment compensation in the Mountain State is now at 50,...


WV Legislature punts spending bill into spring
By Phil Kabler, Staff Writer, WV Gazette-Mail

With no resolution to the budget impasse — and with new revenue estimates showing that West Virginia’s 2016-17 budget shortfall will be $92.4 million larger than projected in January — legislators called it quits Tuesday, pending a special session to be called later this spring.

“It’s not possible to complete this budget in any reasonable time frame,” Senate...