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PROMISE scholarship seeing more high school seniors apply this year
By Carrie Hodousek  | WV MetroNews

More high school seniors have applied for West Virginia’s PROMISE Scholarship this year compared to last year, according to the state Higher Education Policy Commission.

“As of March 1, we had 11,791 students that filled out the PROMISE application, which is a little increase from over the last year. We had around 11,400 sign up.” said Brian Weingart,...


Tomblin appoints Scott Rotruck to fill state BOE void
By MetroNews Staff

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the appointment of Scott Rotruck to the state Board of Education Friday.

Rotruck will take over immediately, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Wade Linger last year.

“Scott possesses a wealth of knowledge from industries fundamental to our state’s economic growth and ongoing development,” Tomblin said. “His years of experience in...


Crunch time: Lawmakers down to the wire for state budget
By Pamela Pritt Register-Herald Reporter

With a mandate to balance a budget and only six days left to go to pass bills to move that process along, lawmakers are still searching for ways to make the numbers fall in line. Since one major revenue measure failed in a House of Delegates committee this week, they're left with few options.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin presented a balanced budget to the...


Senate overrides veto of permitless carry bill
By Pamela Pritt Register-Herald Reporter

The state Senate joined with the House of Delegates Saturday in overriding the constitutional carry bill that allows all state residents 21 and older to carry a gun without a permit or training. The vote was 23 to 11.

The bill does not change the law concerning people who are prohibited from carrying firearms.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed SB 4145 Thursday with...


Bus passing bill close to final approval
By Jeff Jenkins | WV MetroNews

Drivers caught illegally passing a school bus loading or unloading kids would initially spend 24-hours in jail in a bill that passed the House of Delegates Friday.

The bill (SB 13) will be on its way to the governor for consideration if the Senate agrees to the changes the House made to its bill.

House Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Lane (R-Kanawha) explained the 24-hour...