West Virginia forward Esa Ahmad (23) goes to the basket against Notre Dame guard Rex Pflueger (0) and guard Matt Farrell (5) during the first half of a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Buffalo
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WVU Set for Sweet 16 Showdown With Gonzaga

West Virginia University’s men’s basketball team continues its NCAA Tournament journey tonight in San Jose. The Mountaineers will tip-off in their 7 th Sweet 16 game in the last 11 appearances in the NCAA Tournament tonight at 7:39. The 4 th seeded Mountaineers will take on No. 1 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs. Gonzaga has lost just one game all season, that against Brigham Young University.

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Senators will vote on a bill Friday that will give lawmakers the authority to approve all change to education standards and aligned standardized testing to be required in West Virginia schools after an amendment to a bill on the chamber floor Thursday.

Senate Bill 18 as introduced would have required West Virginia students take the ACT and ACT Aspire standardized tests rather than the Smarter Balanced Assessment that's aligned with Common Core standards, but Republican Sen. Patricia Rucker amended the bill to require legislative oversight.

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West Virginia lawmakers have begun advancing revisions in coal mining regulation after removing provisions that would have sharply reduced safety inspections of underground mines.

The Senate Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining approved a substitute bill that would have chopped required annual state safety inspections from four to one.

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The number of reported overdose deaths that occurred last year in West Virginia has continued to rise.

Citing data released Wednesday, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that at least 844 people died in the state of drug overdoses in 2016.

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The state Board of Education has selected former state schools Superintendent Steve Paine for his second stint in the job.

The board approved Paine's appointment Thursday by unanimous vote after interviewing him and two other finalists in private. His appointment is effective next Monday.

On The Legislature Today, there are several pieces of legislation making their way through the statehouse to expand broadband internet access in West Virginia.

According to the Federal Communications Commission, 30 percent of West Virginians do not have access to federally defined broadband internet. That's why two West Virginia groups have joined together to promote expansion in any way possible.

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A House Judiciary Subcommittee reconsidered a bill Thursday that barely made it through the legislative process on the final night of the 2016 session.

That bill required West Virginians to bring some form of identification with them when they go to cast a ballot at their polling place. It also set up an automatic voter registration process between the Secretary of the State’s office and the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Delegates initially intended to gut parts of that law altogether this year, but have since worked on a compromise.

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Should able-bodied West Virginia adults receive food stamps? And if so, should they be required to work or volunteer to get them?

Front Porch host Rick Wilson says no. More than 14,000 food stamp recipients participated in the pilot program, but only 259 gained employment. On the other hand, 5,417 people were cut off.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court has disbanded Kanawha County's domestic violence court program, which had been put in place more than five years ago as a way to monitor the cases more closely.

Gary Johnson, the Supreme Court's administrative director told the Charleston Gazette-Mail in an email that the decision came Wednesday after officials received complaints about the county's program, which was launched in 2012.

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U.S. Census figures show population declines in West Virginia's southern coal-producing counties led to an overall drop in the state's population last year.

The figures released Thursday show 47 of the state's 55 counties lost population from 2015 to 2016, including 20 counties that lost more than 200 residents.

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Today marks 9 months since devastating flooding in the south-central part of the state took the lives of 23 West Virginians, damaging hundreds if not thousands of homes and businesses. Many communities are still recovering from that flooding, but lawmakers in the House are attempting to take steps to make sure floods aren’t as destructive in the future.


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Our event, featuring On Being with Krista Tippett, which was previously scheduled for Tuesday, March 28th has been postponed indefinitely. The event was advertised in our Storylines publication. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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