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9 Months after Flood, Lawmakers Presented with Protection Plan

On June 23, 2016, West Virginia experienced some of the worst flooding in the state’s storied history. During the past 52 years, 282 West Virginians have died in floods, including the 23 who perished last summer after historic water levels led to a federal disaster declaration in 12 counties. Nine months later, communities are still recovering from the high water.

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The presidents of Marshall and West Virginia universities say further state funding cuts to higher education would be devastating.

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As lawmakers try to find ways to deal with the state’s financial problems, the House Finance Committee discussed a bill that could put $9 million back in the budget. The bill originating in the House’s Finance Committee would end the Racetrack Modernization Fund.

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Gov. Jim Justice joined energy workers from across West Virginia for a rally at the Capitol Tuesday morning to promote the natural gas industry in the state.

On The Legislature Today, Governor Jim Justice is declaring a symbolic State of Emergency in West Virginia due to Republican plans to cut Medicaid dollars.

Legislative leaders released their budget framework last week that would cut the program by $50 million, they say. Justice say the cuts will result in a healthcare crisis in the state.

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West Virginia's House has voted down legislation that would have reduced the number of potential jurors that a defendant can remove before trial while increasing the number prosecutors can strike.

Under current law, defendants can reject six jurors while prosecutors can reject two.

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West Virginia's Senate has voted to permit the sale of used cars that cannot even run provided their condition is disclosed.

The bill approved 33-1 on Tuesday would authorize "as is" sales of vehicles without the usually required implied warranties that they are operable and can pass state safety inspections.

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An employee at one of Berkshire Hathaway's latest big acquisitions won $100,000 by correctly picking the winners of the first 29 games of the NCAA basketball tournament's opening rounds.

Warren Buffett's company said Monday that a welder for Precision Castparts, Dwayne Johnson, won the contest that was open to Berkshire's more than 350,000 employees.

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection says a leaking water treatment tank in eastern Kanawha County isn't believed to have affected drinking water and no fish kill was observed.

The agency says the initial investigation indicates the leak reported Monday was caused by two small-caliber bullet holes in the tank, believed to have occurred after Thursday evening.

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Gov. Jim Justice has made two appointments to the Legislative Compensation Commission, which he has asked to limit West Virginia lawmakers' pay to five days for any special session needed to pass a state budget.

According to the governor's office, the commission has authority make salary recommendations. Justice has proposed legislation to cap legislator pay at five days during a special session.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Appalachia Health News reporter Kara Lofton looks at rural hospitals and how the new federal health care proposal will affect them and Ashton Marra talks with Tom Smith, the new Secretary of the state Department of Transportation.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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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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