West Virginia Legislature

West Virginia lawmakers are hearing from the public this morning about a proposal to lift permitting requirements to carry concealed handguns.

The House of Delegates Judiciary Committee will scheduled the public meeting for this morning at 8:30 a.m.

Donors have pushed West Virginia University to 94 percent of its current fundraising goal with two years left in the "State of Minds" campaign.

WVU says in a news release that alumni and other supporters have given a total of $938 million as of Dec. 31.

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The Senate's Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has approved a bill that aims to expand access to broadband internet services across West Virginia, even though industry representatives continue to express opposition to the bill. 

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On this West Virginia Morning, we take a closer look at West Virginia’s budget issues and a new plan to expand broadband capabilities in the state.

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Former Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich visited the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling last night. He spoke with students and community members about the upcoming presidential election.

“Why 2016 Will Be An Extraordinary Election” was the title of the talk. Several hundred gathered to hear Gingrich analyze the  front runners in  the upcoming presidential election.

At the legislature today, a nearly 400 million dollar budget deficit in looming over our guests tonight, the chairs of the House and Senate Finance Committees.

Sen. Mike Hall and Del. Eric Nelson share their thoughts on how to make up for the shortfall.

Also, it was broadband day at the statehouse as West Virginians young and old focused on how to expand access to the necessary utility.

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AARP and Generation West Virginia co-hosted a press conference at the capitol Tuesday focused on the future of broadband in the state.

AARP is a group that represents retired West Virginians and Generation West Virginia is a group aimed at getting young people engaged in West Virginia’s future.

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The House of Delegates will put a controversial bill to a vote tomorrow. The bill calls for a full repeal of the state’s prevailing wage.  Democrats attempted to put a limit on the length of repeal.

House Bill 4005 was on second reading in the chamber Tuesday, a phase that allows lawmakers to amend the bill on the floor.

House Minority Leader Tim Miley proposed an amendment that would limit the repeal of the state’s prevailing wage to just five years. After that five year period, Miley’s amendment calls for an economic study of its impacts.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wants to give struggling coal producers a break by dropping a tax used to pay down a worker's compensation debt.

That debt should be paid off this year. Coal's portion brought in $64 million last budget year.

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  An ordinance that would eliminate several vacant buildings in Huntington has been approved by the City Council.

The ordinance will create a vacant building registry. If a building is vacant for 30 days, property owners will have to notify the city and have their building placed on the registry.

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Community leaders will come together to discuss ways to make naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, more available.

The Intelligencer reports the Ohio County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Wheeling-Ohio County health officer Dr. William Mercer will bring key community stakeholders together Wednesday in Wheeling.

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A mining company with operations in West Virginia has agreed to pay $62,500 to a former employee who was terminated.

The Register-Herald reports former employee Michael Jagodzinski had filed a lawsuit against Rhino Energy WV, accusing the company of failing to take action to stop harassment against his Polish ancestry.

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The West Virginia University baseball team will play an exhibition game against the Arizona Diamondbacks next month.

WVU says the teams will meet at the Diamondbacks' spring training ballpark Feb. 29 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Ohio County Schools plan to hire a new superintendent next month.

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register reports board of education members approved a time frame Monday for hiring the next superintendent. The final selection will take place at the board's Feb. 22 meeting.

Alpha Natural Resources says it plans to lay off 831 miners and dozens more support staff in southern West Virginia as a result of the downturn in the coal industry.

Bristol, Virginia-based Alpha announced Monday it has sent 60-day layoff warning notices to Boone and Raleigh counties.

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Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich is set to speak at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Gingrich's speech about the 2016 presidential election is scheduled for Tuesday at the school's Troy Theater in Wheeling.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we look at a positive outcome for a situation that had the potential to turn deadly at a Philippi school where faculty, a pastor and a state trooper were able to convince student to surrender his weapon.

At the legislature today, members of the West Virginia Senate welcome a new member to the chamber after Supreme Court ruling Friday, a ruling that called for a Republican to be appointed. We focus in on fracking tonight with a special report detailing the updated version of a bill that died in a rare tie on the final night in 2015, and General James Hoyer joins us to discuss the latest after the weekend’s winter storm.

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is facing some criticism after the Charleston Gazette-Mail ran an article saying he paid an outside law firm $600,000 more than his policy on paying legal fees dictates.

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Dr. Joseph Beckett, Director of Marshall University’s athletic training program, is the only West Virginian to be awarded the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association for 2016.

The MAATA District includes universities and organizations in Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia.