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A lawsuit claims some West Virginia inmates were so desperate for water they tried to drink from toilets during a water crisis.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, perhaps the leading voice of uncompromising conservatism on the nation's highest court, was found dead Saturday, Chief Justice John Roberts has confirmed. Scalia, who had been staying at a luxury ranch in West Texas, was 79 years old.

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This week's episode of Inside Appalachia is addressed as a Valentine letter to Appalachia. Like most loves, this one is complicated. Some of the folks we spoke to for our show grew up in the mountains and were eager to move away. But when they did, they felt a strong homesickness that seemed to draw them back. They said their love for Appalachia is for a place that isn’t quite perfect. But they were inspired to write about it. Listen to the show to hear what they had to say.

In the second year of Republican control of the statehouse, lawmakers have voted both a second and third times to override Tomblin vetoes.

A simple majority in both chambers voted Friday to make the prevailing wage repeal and Right-to-Work bills law.

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The House of Delegates has passed a bill to aid the state’s struggling Schools for the Deaf and Blind in Romney, West Virginia.

House Bill 4147 would make the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind eligible for funding from the West Virginia School Building Authority or SBA. The SBA awards some $50 million dollars in additional funds each year to county school systems for building or renovation projects.

Samantha Brookover and Amanda Abramovich received more than a marriage certificate when they went to the courthouse in Gilmer County, W.Va.

Deputy Clerk Debbie Allen also gave them a piece of her mind.

The couple says Allen "for two to three minutes, yelled that what they were doing was wrong in her eyes and in God’s eyes and that no one in Gilmer County would ever marry them." Allen eventually gave them the certificate.

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West Virginia is eliminating its prevailing wage for public construction projects.

In House and Senate Republican party-line votes Friday, lawmakers rebuked Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's veto Thursday. Some House Republicans voted no.

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Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce has announced three live shows for May in Charleston. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show, available today on MountainStage.org, by phone at 877-987-6487, locally at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston and also at the upcoming live shows.

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West Virginia is set to become the 26th right-to-work state.

In House and Senate party-line votes Friday, lawmakers rebuked Thursday's veto by Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Some House Republicans voted no.

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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.

West Virginia Morning
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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.

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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  West Virginia University office of wellness and health promotion has launched a Collegiate Recovery Program to offer addiction and recovery support to students.

The goal of the program is to connect college students who are seeking recovery from substance abuse and addictive behaviors to peer-support and services.

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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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