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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin will call lawmakers into a special session Sunday evening to consider legislation that will help the state continue to cleanup and recover from June’s historic flooding. 

Gov. Tomblin issued the proclamation Friday convening a special session beginning Sunday evening at 6pm. Lawmakers will only be able to consider two pieces of legislation, according to the session call.

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West Virginia now lets people 21 years old and up carry hidden guns without permits or training.

The law passed by the Republican-led Legislature took effect Tuesday.

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill that requires voters to show some form of identification before casting a ballot at his or her polling place as well as creates an an automatic voter registration process system. 

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After vetoing a similar bill last year, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a proposal letting West Virginians drink raw milk through animal-sharing agreements.

Tomblin signed the bill Thursday after lawmakers passed it.

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On this West Virginia Morning, We take a look at Expanded mental health services in West Virginia aimed at turning the tide with our academic statistics and a preview of Ashton Marra's interview with the Governor.

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Delegate Bob Ashley has been appointed to fill the 3rd District state Senate seat vacated by David Nohe.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Ashley's appointment Tuesday.

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West Virginia will make life easier for craft brewers, many chemical tank owners and people who want to teach without a formal education background under laws taking effect this week.

Many bills that passed on the final night of the legislative session in March were to take effect 60 days later, making Friday, June 11, the trigger date for 47 laws.

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West Virginia has been plagued for the past few years with budget deficits. To deal with the shortfalls, the governor has cut state agency budgets across the board, implemented hiring freezes and dipped into the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

This year, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin cut the House and Senate approved budget by an additional $11 million, leaving some service programs to wonder how they’ll keep their doors open. The Charleston Health Right is just one of those service programs.

The West Virginia Health Right clinic located in Charleston's East End is a free and charitable clinic that provides medical, dental and vision services to more than 15,000 uninsured and underinsured West Virginians each year. 

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill that would scale back the Above Ground Storage Tank Act and lessen the number of tanks under state scrutiny.

The 2014 law was approved after a chemical leak tainted the drinking water supply for 300,000 people in the Kanawha Valley.

In a press release Friday, Governor Tomblin announced his veto of Senate Bill 347, the Firearms Act of 2015.

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  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Friday the statewide State of Emergency remains in place after heavy snowfall and flooding across the state.  

"Although temperatures are expected to rise and water levels continue to decline, I encourage drivers to remain cautious while traveling," Gov. Tomblin said in a news release. "I am extremely proud of our state's response to this massive winter storm, and I'd like to thank all first responders, the West Virginia National Guard, local and state road crews, and all West Virginians who have worked hard to help combat this storm."

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has tapped Republican engineer Gregory Boso as the new 11th District state senator.

The Democratic governor had to pick from three Republicans to replace GOP state Sen. Clark Barnes, who has 

  officially resigned to become Senate clerk.

Boso currently provides forensic and investigative engineering services for cases in Kentucky and West Virginia. The Summerville resident is president of G.L. Boso & Associates Inc. and Boso & Boso Inc.

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The West Virginia Ethics Commission has been reconstituted with fewer members. But most of them are familiar faces.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin reappointed seven members to the commission on Monday. The governor also named two new members, Karen Disibbio of Bluefield and Larry Tweel of Huntington.
 

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It’s only been a little over a year since Governor Tomblin signed the Justice Reinvestment Act into law, but the state is already seeing results in the amount of people being held in state jails and prisons.

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A federal program that provides free meals to lower-income children during the summer will kick off in West Virginia this week.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed new carbon-emission rules Monday that aim to cut carbon dioxide releases from coal fired power plants. The overall national target is a reduction of 30 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.

State officials say they’re still working to understand what the 600-plus page document really means for West Virginia, but for now, many are claiming the bad outweighs the good and are pledging to do everything they can to stop it.