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The Governor’s race has begun in earnest, and Republican Bill Cole is challenging Democrat Jim Justice to a series of debates.

Balancing West Virginia's state budget is not rocket science, but it's hard politics.

The West Virginia Supreme Court is overturning the child neglect death conviction of a woman whose newborn died after she abused drugs while pregnant.

Friday's 3-2 decision says Stephanie Elaine Louk must be acquitted of the December 2014 sentence imposed by Nicholas County Circuit Court of three to 15 years' imprisonment.

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It's election season and we want to know what Appalachians are looking for in a new president. We’ll hear from a former coal miner from Whitesburg, Ky, Gary Bentley. We'll also hear from a veteran who lives in Bristol, Va., Ralph Slaughter.

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Earlier this week the Charleston Gazette-Mail published an investigative report about “pill mills” in southern West Virginia. These are pharmacies that accept and distribute extraordinarily large numbers of prescription painkillers. Some of the doctors who have sent patients to these pharmacies have since been indicted on federal charges related to drug trafficking and abuse.

Kara Lofton sat down with Gazette-Mail reporter Eric Eyre to talk about the current lawsuit surrounding the pharmacies and how they have fueled West Virginia’s drug epidemic.

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Cabell County residents and businesses with landline phones can expect to see an increase on their phone bills.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that the Cabell County Commission voted Thursday to increase the landline tariff for residential and business lines in order to compensate for an anticipated $43,000 increase in next year's medical insurance for emergency response employees.

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With a deadline of July 1 to avoid a government shutdown, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed its version of a budget Friday on a 61 to 37 vote.

The bill passed despite anticipation that -- even if it clears the Senate intact -- it’s likely to be met with a veto when it lands on the Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's desk.

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Slain coal executive Bennett Hatfield will be buried this weekend in southern West Virginia.

His obituary says friends can visit the family at River Ridge Church in Charleston on Saturday evening.

The funeral will be Sunday afternoon at the Regional Church of God at Delbarton.

A refugee resettlement service is considering opening an agency in Charleston that would help refugees move to the area.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that resettlement agency Episcopal Migration Ministries is working with the West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry to turn the city into a "resettlement community."

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U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito introduced a federal bill Friday with bipartisan backing that would help newborns suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome have access to quality care.

The Caring Recovery for Infants and Babies Act, also known as CRIB, would recognize residential pediatric recovery facilities as providers under Medicaid.

This means the families whose newborns are born with NAS will be able to bill Medicaid for the services offered.

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West Virginia officials have warned 55 prison educators of possible layoffs amid the ongoing budget stalemate.

Sarah Stewart of the state Department of Education says a letter was sent Thursday to the teachers and principals at adult prison facilities.

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The Greenbrier Classic's free ticket giveaway has prompted officials to look for more volunteers to help this year's golf tournament run smoothly.

Greenbrier owner Jim Justice says in a news release he'll hold a drawing in which one volunteer will win $20,000 at the end of the tournament.

Spcs. Tyler Foster, Shane Delong and Jakob Mays are soldiers in the Army Reserve 363rd Military Police Company in Grafton, West Virginia.  This April they will deploy to Afghanistan.
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Several West Virginia attractions are participating in the National Endowment for the Arts initiative to offer free admission to active-duty military members and their families.

The Blue Star Museums program includes more than 2,000 museums across the country offering the deal from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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West Virginia University is recommending a new five-year contract for President Gordon Gee.

A news release says school’s board of governors made the recommendation Thursday, May 26. The deal next goes to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, which has final approval authority.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear from Appalachia Health News Reporter Kara Lofton and Iraq War veteran Mark Combs as they discuss suicide rates among vets, Dave Mistich gives us an update on the WV Legislature's special 2016 session, and we hear our Mountain Stage song of the week.

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After the House of Delegates passed its first measures of the special session Thursday, the slightest sense of progress on the budget has finally arrived. Nine days in and with no revenue measures passed to help cover a $270 million shortfall, the House took its budget bill up on second reading. 

 

All but one of the amendments to the bill were shot down. One set that called for catastrophic cuts to some higher education institutions, eliciting emotional responses.

As the budget deadline looms at the statehouse, lawmakers are scrambling to find a way to fill a $270 million budget gap for the upcoming fiscal year. After not much movement Wednesday, the House of Delegates started making some progress Thursday by passing their first measures of the special session.

The House passed two bills during their morning floor session.

WVU Medicine

WVU Medicine Trauma Center has acquired a computer simulator that mimics driving distracted or under the influence of alcohol. The device is designed for youth ages 14-21 and will be used in collaboration with an existing initiative “Trauma Nurses Talk Tough.”

A $5,000 State Farm Insurance grant and a network of sponsors funded the $11,000 purchase. The simulator has debuted at Morgantown high school and will be taken to other high schools, health fairs, universities and public events.

 
 

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A new 22-bed orthopaedic hospital is opening on a floor of Ruby Memorial as part of an effort to meet growing demand for complex orthopaedic care in the region. Existing outpatient orthopaedic clinics will continue to provide services.

The new WVU Medicine facility will provide hip or knee replacement, and orthopaedic procedures for traumatic injuries, metabolic bone disorders, musculoskeletal oncology, spine, joint degeneration, cartilage regeneration, sports injuries, ankle arthroplasty, and hand and shoulder disorders among other things, according to a press release.

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Allen County Sheriff's Ofice

An Ohio man has been arraigned in the fatal shooting of former coal executive Bennett Hatfield in southern West Virginia.

Twenty-year-old Anthony R. Arriaga of Delphos, Ohio, appeared Thursday on a first-degree murder charge in Mingo County Circuit Court in Williamson.

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