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Committee: Slow minimum wage hike
Compromise negotiations between labor and industry resulted in a minimum-wage hike that achieves the same result — $8.75 per hour — but takes three years to get there instead of two, while decreasing the initial year’s earnings hourly increase by 50 cents.
That’s the thrust of the bill that passed out of the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday.
Coal firm to pay record fine for water pollution
One of the nation’s largest coal producers will pay a $27.5 million fine and spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges into hundreds of waterways across five Appalachian states, according to a proposed settlement Wednesday.
Committee approves 20-week abortion limit
Whether or not a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation is constitutional did not appear of to be the primary concern of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Resources on Tuesday, as they passed the bill out of committee with one amendment.
The bill proposes to protect unborn children capable of feeling pain.
Delay sought in quadruple murder trial
Prosecutors and defense attorneys are asking a judge to delay the trial in a Clarksburg quadruple murder case.
Board names E. Gordon Gee as WVU president
West Virginia University’s Board of Governors voted unanimously Monday to hire E. Gordon Gee to lead the state’s flagship school again as its 24th president.
Rural West Virginians understand bad water
The chemical spill in January that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 West Virginians around Charleston has brought national attention to issues of water safety. But many rural West Virginians outside the reach of the spill have been living without tap water for drinking for months — or even years.
Pharmaceutical industry ramps up pressure
A sniffling, watery-eyed woman holding a tissue is becoming a familiar face for West Virginians who surf the web.
The congested lady is stamped across the Internet in ads by over-the-counter drug manufacturers, who hope to kill a push to make some cold medicines available by prescription only.
Gee endorsed for job permanently
A West Virginia University search committee on Friday did an about-face and endorsed interim President E. Gordon Gee for the job permanently.
The committee made the recommendation during an emergency meeting in Morgantown and now goes to the WVU Board of Governors.
Much of W.Va. under winter storm watch
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch this weekend for more than half of West Virginia.
The weather service says the storm is expected to start Sunday afternoon as rain, becoming freezing rain and sleet and eventually snow.
Chemical spill bill amended in House committee
As time ticks away, West Virginia lawmakers are suggesting another face-lift for a bill that would tighten aboveground storage tank regulations and safeguard water systems against chemical spills.
The House of Delegates Judiciary Committee introduced an amended bill Thursday responding to the Jan. 9 Freedom Industries spill, which contaminated 300,000 people’s water for days.
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