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W.Va. House Approves Religious-Exemption Bill

A West Virginia religious-exemptions bill that opponents say would allow for discrimination has cleared the Republican-led House of Delegates.
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Energy companies behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have carved a new proposed route through national forests in West Virginia and Virginia.

The alternate released Friday is in response to federal concerns about the national gas pipeline's initial path through sensitive areas.

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Northern West Virginia residents will have a chance to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration's Pre-Check program through a temporary enrollment center at the North Central West Virginia Airport.

Pre-Check is an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt; keep their laptops in their cases; and leave their liquids and gels bag in a carry-on.

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A clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law has published a free legal guide for dealing with dilapidated properties.

Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic Director Katherine Garvey says the book grew out of the clinic's experience working with local governments. Garvey says communities were complaining about dilapidated properties, which can be health and safety hazards as well as eyesores. But the complex legal issues around the properties were preventing communities from dealing with them.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we’ll hear from lawmakers about the controversial religious freedom restoration act, which was passed by the house of delegates yesterday.

February 12, 1901: Congressman Jacob Blair Dies at 79

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Congressman Jacob Blair died in Utah, on February 12, 1901, at age 79. He was born in Parkersburg in 1821 and orphaned at a young age. He studied law under his uncle John Jay Jackson Sr., was admitted to the bar, and then elected prosecuting attorney of Ritchie County.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey discusses the latest in his case challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay in the case this week which essentially freezes the implementation of the carbon reducing rules.

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The West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities has announced funding opportunities for the expansion of some health services across the state.

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A former executive of a chemical storage facility in West Virginia has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and order to pay a $20,000 fine. The charges stemmed a January 2014 chemical spill that left some 300,000 area residents without water for days.

Former Freedom Industries owner Dennis Farrell will serve time for federal pollution violations.

Four other ex-Freedom officials have been sentenced to probation and ordered to pay fines.

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has made good on recent a promise by vetoing two bills passed by the state Legislature.

The governor vetoed House Bill 4005, which repeals the prevailing hourly wage.  In his message, Tomblin said  we don't need to pass bills that lower the wages of West Virginia workers and do little, if anything, to stimulate our economy.

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Huntington City Council has approved a resolution to urge West Virginia lawmakers to include protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals under the state code dealing with hate crimes.

The Herald-Dispatch reports the council unanimously approved on Monday the resolution, which is to include protection for individuals based upon the actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of a person.

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