Liz McCormick

Eastern Panhandle Reporter/Producer

Elizabeth McCormick grew up in Charleston, West Virginia with her grandmother. She graduated from Capital High School in 2010 and graduated from Shepherd University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications - Digital Film and a minor in Theatre. During her time at Shepherd, Liz studied abroad at the University of Pau, in Pau, France for a month in summer 2012, and she was on the first executive board of Shepherd's French Club that began in spring 2013.

In the summer of 2013, Liz did an internship at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France working in the Producers Network as a guide to those attending, and in summer 2014, Liz interned with West Virginia Public Broadcasting in Charleston. She is now the Eastern Panhandle Reporter/Producer for West Virginia Public Broadcasting based out of Shepherdstown, WV.

Liz has been involved in choir ensembles and vocal technique since she was seven-years-old, and she has performed on stage in theatrical works since 1999. An aspiring filmmaker, singer/songwriter, novelist, screenwriter, and voice actor, Liz identifies herself as an artist of many trades and wishes to bring her love of art to the world.

 

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Legislature
5:27 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Coal Jobs & Safety Act of 2015 Passes in the House

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The House passed Senate Bill 357 Friday, the Coal Jobs and Safety Act of 2015. This bill has caused a lot of controversy, so it was no surprise when the House debated the bill for two hours. Republicans feel like the bill is an update to previous safety laws, while some Democrats feel like it’s a scale back.

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Legislature
5:00 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

House Seeks to Strengthen Sexual Assault Laws at Schools

Members of the House Judiciary Committee are revisiting the state's mandatory reporting law after an incident at Capital High School in Charleston. The school's principal, Clinton Giles, resigned from his post after reports that he failed to notify law enforcement of a sexual assault on the high school's campus. Giles was reportedly notified of the January 26th incident by a counselor, and he now faces misdemeanor charges in Kanawha County Circuit Court. The incident now has lawmakers looking to update a forty year old law dealing with sexual assaults. But first, the committee considered a bill that aims to reign in the receptions lawmakers are invited to while in Charleston for legislative meetings.

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Legislature
5:26 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Common Core, Home Schooling, & Tensions Over Coal Jobs and Safety Act of 2015 in House

House Education Committee
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

In the House Wednesday, the Education committee considered a bill that would repeal the common core standards in West Virginia schools. It passed with little debate, but received four amendments to adjust some technicalities and add new provisions to teacher organizations. It now heads to the floor for its consideration. But it was a bill relating to home schooling that brought some discussion among the delegates.

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Legislature
4:08 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

House Judiciary Looks at Coal Jobs and Safety Act of 2015

House Judiciary Committee debates Coal Jobs and Safety Act of 2015.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

House Judiciary took up a bill Tuesday that addresses mine safety. Senate Bill 357, also known as House Bill 2566, is the Coal Jobs and Safety Act of 2015. This is a big bill with many provisions, and House Judiciary considered a handful of amendments to it.

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Legislature
4:40 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Bill to Recalculate Base Tax Revenue Passes in the House

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The House considered House Bill 2562 Monday, relating to sales tax increment financing. This bill would authorize recalculation of the base tax revenue amount, specifically in reference to Morgantown and other areas of Monongalia County.

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Legislature
4:38 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Bill on Local Smoking Restrictions is Rejected in the House

Friday in the Government Organization Committee's public hearing. Dozens of citizens attended.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

It was Tobacco Free Day at the Legislature, Friday. Coincidentally, the Government Organization Committee held a public hearing about smoking. Currently, a county board of public health passes smoking regulations. House Bill 2208, in its introduced version, would make it so only members of the county commission elected by voters have the power to regulate public smoking.

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Legislature
6:00 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Sen. Joe Manchin Speaks at Public Hearing on Prevailing Wage Bill

House Government Organization Committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 361.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Senate Bill 361 made its way into the House Thursday. What had been a full repeal of the prevailing wage all together is now just a scale back. And this compromise received an endorsement from U. S. Senator Joe Manchin.

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Legislature
5:13 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

House Passes Bill Transferring Children's Health Insurance Program Operations to DHHR

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Since it was created by the legislature in 1998, the Children’s Health Insurance Program known as CHIP has covered thousands of children and teens under age 19. 

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Legislature
5:57 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Medical Professional Liability Bill Passes in the House

Senate Bill 6, relating to medical liability caps for nursing home administrators, was up for passage in the House Tuesday.

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Legislature
5:17 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Thousands Rally on the Capitol Steps Against Prevailing Wage Bill

Rally against Senate Bill 361, repealing the prevailing wage.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

At the capitol Monday, a rally was held to speak out against the scaling back of the prevailing wage. Senate Bill 361 passed last Thursday in the senate. The rally was organized by Senator Jeff Kessler who has spoken strongly against the bill on the Senate Floor.

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Legislature
4:39 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Legislators Address the Bloomery Sweetshine Distillery's Cry for Help

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

In the House Small Business Committee this week, House Bill 2385 was discussed. The bill has to do with brewer, resident brewer, and brewpub licensing and operations in the state.  The bill was introduced at the request of Governor Tomblin who noted the issue in his state of the state address last month.  The bill is finally receiving some legislative attention.

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Legislature
5:55 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Thursday in the House: Deer Farming & Jobs

Credit Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

Senate Bill 237 was on the House Floor Thursday. The bill would create the Captive Cervid Farming Act, which would allow West Virginians to own farms to raise deer and elk. The bill would transfer regulation of these farms from the Division of Natural Resources to the Department of Agriculture.

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Legislature
5:21 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Abortion Bill Debated Nearly Two Hours in the House

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Delegates approved six pieces of legislation Wednesday including a Senate bill that allows emergency responders, doctors, and family members to administer a drug to reverse the effects of an overdose. But it was House Bill 2568, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that got the most discussion on the floor before it was ultimately approved.

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Legislature
7:11 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Education and Workers' Comp Debated on the House Floor

Credit West Virginia Legislature

Coal mine safety was on the minds of Democrats in the house Tuesday; that issue was House Bill 2011, dealing with deliberate intent.  The measure doesn’t address mine safety standards, but those opposed to the bill said it will hurt miners.

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Legislature
5:26 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Senate Bill 6 Stirs Emotions at Public Hearing in House Judiciary

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An emotional public hearing was held this morning to discuss Senate Bill 6 dealing with medical professional liability for nursing home administrators.

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Legislature
5:05 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

House Passes Bills on EPA, Highways, & Board of Education

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Friday in the House, three bills were up for passage. First was House Bill 2004, which would require a procedure for the development of a state plan in regard to the Clean Air Act.

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Legislature
5:00 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is Discussed in the House

State lawmakers are again pushing the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in West Virginia, despite last year's veto.

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Legislature
4:05 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Addition of Parents on the Education Board Has Overwhelming Support in the House

Credit West Virginia Legislature

Anyone visiting the state capitol who is licensed to carry concealed weapons would be allowed to keep loaded firearms in their motor vehicles that are parked near the complex. This bill overwhelmingly passed the house Thursday.

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Legislature
5:33 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Liability, Non-Partisan Elections, & Labor Cause an Uproar in the House

Delegate Mike Caputo speaks against House Bill 2117.
Credit Daniel Walker / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

For years, Republicans have called for nonpartisan election of Supreme Court Justices. But the Democrats never put the issue on the agenda. Now having taken control of the House, Republicans finally got their wish.

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Legislature
4:10 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

House Bills Move to Next Stage Without a Hitch

Credit Daniel Walker / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A number of bills were on the floor Tuesday from child welfare to the election of judges to the qualifications of the labor commissioner; all of them passed to their next stages without much of a hitch.

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