- West Virginia
Governor vetoes bill on abortion
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited abortions after 20 weeks.
Tomblin said, in a statement released by his office on Friday, his reason for vetoing the bill was because it was unconstitutional.
Trace spill chemicals found in homes
Chemical traces were found in a sampling of West Virginia tap water more than a month after a spill into 300,000 people’s water supply, though at levels deemed low enough to be safe, a taxpayer-funded research group said Friday.
41 of state’s counties lose population
Population declines in southern West Virginia counties led to an overall drop in the state’s population last year, according to U.S. Census figures released Thursday.
The figures show 41 of the state’s 55 counties lost population from 2012 to 2013, including 15 counties that lost more than 200 residents.
Charleston mayor seeks clarity on gun law
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones hopes a county judge will rule that West Virginians can’t bring guns into city facilities housing school sports and after-school programs, despite a new law that unpeels gun rules in cities statewide.
With Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s approval Tuesday, West Virginia nixed the right for cities to outlaw guns at their swimming pools, tennis courts, after-school centers and similar city venues.
Flood insurance revamp hurts state
West Virginia has the highest percentage of flood insurance policies that will see premiums rise as part of the federa government’s overhaul of a subsidy program, according to an analysis of government figures.
W.Va. House Democrats face challenge
By tying West Virginia Democrats to all things Obama and Washington D.C., Republicans hope they can claim key congressional wins and end 85 years of Democratic rule in the state House of Delegates in one election.
West Virginia has drawn national attention for races that could dictate control on Capitol Hill, including a likely U.S. Senate matchup between West Virginia Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and Republican U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito. Senate Democrats are clinging to a slim majority in Congress’ upper chamber.
W.Va. spill company president wants paid
The president of the company that spilled chemicals into 300,000 West Virginians’ water supply wants to get paid for work during bankruptcy proceedings.
Chemical spill tanks coming down
Tucked between the Elk River and Charleston’s hilltop airport, a tank cluster that leaked chemicals into the drinking water of 300,000 people shows few signs that it’s on the brink of destruction.
Lawmakers pass budget relying on reserves
The West Virginia budget approved by lawmakers Friday dips into millions of dollars in reserves and gives public employees raises.
The Senate voted 25-9 and the House of Delegates voted 77-18 to pass next year’s budget. The proposal would take $147.5 million from the state’s $922 million Rainy Day Fund to cover a projected shortfall.
‘Haircut bill’ among those passed during special session
The West Virginia Senate and House came together quickly in a special session to pass bills that deal with several issues, including a budget shortfall.
Nine bills passed at the Friday special session, which was ordered by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.
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