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Amtrak has announced it will add business-class seating to its Cardinal route.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the new service was announced Monday and will start Jan. 20.

A grand jury has decided against bringing charges against Huntington Mayor Steve Williams over a payout issued to a former Huntington police chief.

Special prosecutor Craig Tatterson confirmed the grand jury's findings Thursday. Tatterson told The Herald-Dispatch that he does not plan to pursue the case further.

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Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, the long-running live-performance radio program based in Charleston, WV, is pleased to announce it will record episode #866 before a live audience in Lexington, Kentucky, on Sunday April 3, 2016. This will mark the first time Mountain Stage has ever recorded its live performance radio program in Lexington. Tickets are available now.

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Five Appalachian counties were designated as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas today, including Jefferson County, West Virginia. The designation allows the counties to receive federal resources to improve drug control and reduce illicit use.

High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs) are defined as areas determined to be critical drug trafficking regions in the U.S., according to a news release from the Office of National Drug Control Policy. There are 28 HIDTAs across the country, and each includes several counties.

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The West Virginia House of Delegates approved a resolution Wednesday setting up a committee to tackle substance abuse issues in the state.

On the first day of the 2016 session, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed House Resolution 3, creating the Select Committee on Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse.

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is joining officials for the naming of a Navy ship after Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams.

A ceremony is set for Thursday aftern

  oon at the state Culture Center in Charleston. The Navy's newest Expeditionary Sea Base ship will be named the USNS Hershel Woody Williams.

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 According to the West Virginia Supreme Court, the McDowell County Adult Drug Court will hold its opening ceremony at noon Friday. The event will be held in McDowell County Circuit Judge Booker T. Stephens' courtroom.

Stephens will speak, along with state Supreme Court Justice Brent D. Benjamin and Mike B. Lacy, director of West Virginia Probation Services.

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West Virginia wildlife officials say hunters in the state killed a record 3,195 black bears during the combined 2015 archery and firearms seasons.

Colin Carpenter of the Division of Natural Resources says that's 17 percent more than the previous high of 2,735 bears killed in 2012. It's the sixth consecutive year that the bear harvest has topped 2,000.

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A Nitro woman has been sentenced after federal authorities say she defrauded Social Security by collecting benefits long after her husband had died.

In a news release, the U.S. Attorney's Office says 65-year-old Linda Alford was sentenced Wednesday to five years of probation and was order to pay over $130,000 in restitution.

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On this West Virginia Morning, We take a look at the first day the 2016 legislative session and proposals laid out in last night’s State of the State address.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin gave his final state of the state address before a Joint Session of the West Virginia Legislature last night. Tomblin spent most of his speech highlighting administrative successes of the past year and previewing some minor pieces of legislation he will ask lawmakers to consider this year.

But, while it was brief, it’s the governor’s budget proposal that’s receiving the most attention from members of the Legislature. The Democratic Governor is asking a Republican Legislature to increase taxes in order to balance not just next year’s budget, but to dig the state out of its current multi-million dollar hole. 

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While Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's legislative proposals this session focus largely on the budget, it will be legislators who make the final decisions on what gets approved.  And members of both the House and the Senate have some pretty big issues they want brought to the table.

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A West Virginia University professor says the 2016 economic outlook for the state of West Virginia is bleak. That is unless lawmakers begin to make some changes.


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The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments in the case over replacing a state Senator who resigned earlier this month. 

Sen. Daniel Hall of Wyoming County resigned from his seat on Jan. 3. Hall, a Republican, had switched his party affiliation after the 2014 mid-term elections giving the West Virginia GOP a majority in the upper chamber for the first time in more than 80 years. 

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One of the hot-button issues in the 2016 legislative session is whether or not West Virginia will adopt Right-to-Work laws limiting union power.

Right-to-Work legislation would prohibit unions from requiring dues from workers who do not wish to be part of the union.


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If you’re a West Virginia history buff, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the National Coal Heritage Area had you in mind as they arranged a preview of a national documentary in southern West Virginia. A special sneak peek of The Mine Wars, a new documentary from the PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE series, is scheduled Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6:30pm, in the Hulett C. Smith Theater at Tamarack.

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Have you ever wondered what makes a new song into a good song? Or why we like the songs we like? West Virginia Public Broadcasting invites you to the #WhyListen: First Listen Music Party on February 4 from 6 to 8 p.m at Black Sheep Burrito & Brews in Charleston.

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On January 1st, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit requirements changed for about 38 thousand adults in West Virginia. These individuals must now meet a work requirement of 20 hours a week or be enrolled in a work or education-related training program to continue receiving food assistance. Those who do not meet these requirements will cease to be eligible for benefits after three months.

 

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Wal-Mart has made an independent decision to scrap plans for a previously proposed Neighborhood Market in Teays Valley.

Media outlets report the decision comes less than one week after Putnam County Circuit Judge John Cummings overturned a county zoning decision that would have allowed Wal-Mart to build the smaller retail location along W.Va. 34.

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The wife of former Mingo County Delegate Harry Keith White has been appointed to replace him in the House of Delegates.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the appointment of Phyllis White on Tuesday.

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