Government

On this West Virginia Morning, Jessica Lilly details one mine safety advocate's concerns over the federal shutdown, Cecelia Mason reports on a study on health and wellness in the Eastern Panhandle, and Glynis Board has more on WVU President James Clements' State of the University address.

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is inevitably affected by the standoff in Washington. MSHA is partially open with less than half the staff.

Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden walking out of the U.S. District Courthouse in Charleston.
Ashton Marra

A Mingo County Commissioner who pleaded guilty to federal extortion charges stepped down Monday from his post.

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with 48 other senators and Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.) sent a letter today to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urging that the National Guard and Reserves, and the civilians who support our troops, receive pay during the government shutdown. 

Government shutdown affects....bass fishing?

Oct 4, 2013
fishing
Ben Adducchio

With a shutdown in the United States government, nearly one million employees are not able to work. But in northern West Virginia, area fishermen and women are also feeling that pinch.

After an influx on inquiries in the first 24 hours of the health care exchange, an official at the state Department of Health and Human Resources says the federal government is working to fix bugs and increase capacity both online and at their national call center.

Andy Zalan

After shots were reportedly fired at the U.S. Capitol, a lockdown went into effect. Roughly an hour after those first reports, all members of West Virginia's Congressional delegation were confirmed to be safe. 

David McKinley, member of US House of Representatives, March 2012
United States Congress

First District Congressman David McKinley says he’s wanting better communication with members of the Senate, on how to end the government shutdown that’s left close to one million federal workers unable to work. McKinley says the issues behind negotiations deal with health care and the economy.

On this West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports on Mingo Co. Judge Michael Thornsbury pleading guilty to corruption charges and agreeing to resign,  Cecelia Mason on a marathon that might be affected by the federal government shutdown, and Clark Davis and Ben Adducchio give a preview on Marshall and WVU men's basketball. That and more.

 

 

  

Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin delivered a speech on the Senate floor to discuss the government shutdown. He apologized for ongoing political antics and reiterated the call for House Speaker John Boehner to call a vote on a clean continuing resolution bill.

Mingo Co. judge pleads guilty, resigns from office

Oct 2, 2013

Judge Michael Thornsbury pleaded guilty to federal charges for violating a Mingo County man’s Constitutional rights when attempting to cover up a drug deal.

How long will the government shut down last?

Oct 2, 2013

West Virginia's Congressional Delegation is trying to get government back on track. But they aren't exactly in-line on how to do it, or who is at fault.

Listen to this story to learn more.

Need help navigating the health care exchange?

Oct 2, 2013
Ashton Marra

The number of uninsured West Virginians is expected to drop by 70 percent in the next three years. That’s according to numbers from the state Insurance Commissioners Office and presented by West Virginians for Affordable Health Care in the wake of open enrollment under the health care exchange.

Flickr / davidwilson1949

With the Legislature's Joint Committee on Health holding a hearing last week to discuss issues related to medical marijuana, there remains a long road of discussion and debate.

Here's where a handful of key state legislators stand on the issue:

Tomblin to travel Europe promoting W.Va. industries

Oct 1, 2013
Govrnor Earl Ray Tomblin sitting in front of a blue background at a table with small, international flags in front of him.
Ashton Marra

Governor Tomblin announced a trip later this month touring 5 European countries to lobby business leaders for investment in West Virginia industries.

Mingo Co. Commissioner accepts deal, pleads guilty

Oct 1, 2013
Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden walking out of the U.S. District Courthouse in Charleston.
Ashton Marra

Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge stemming from a federal investigation into corruption in the county. Baisden agreed to a plea bargain from federal prosecutors and will await his sentencing in January.

Adjutant General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard
Dave Mistich

Adjutant General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard said of the more than 2,300 full time guardsmen and women that would have gone back to work Tuesday, 1,150 of them were sent home because of the shutdown of the federal government.

Hoyer said jobs affected by the shutdown include everything from mechanics to pilots. He expressed frustrations over not being able to protect the pay of the men and women who he said are responsible for protecting the nation and state.

Rendering of replacement of Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge
Department of Transportation

Construction continues  to replace the Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge, which spans the Kanawha River between Nitro and St. Albans.

Officials with the Department of Transportation said the state looked at options for bridge repairs over the years and eventually lowered the weight limit to less than 10 tons. Over time, rust and deterioration became too much.  

Health care exchange begins enrollment in W.Va.

Oct 1, 2013

West Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Resources has been working for months to organize their federal-state partnered health insurance exchange beginning enrollment on October 1.

Likened to the travel website Expedia, the exchange will allow consumers to go online, compare plans from private insurance providers and choose the one that’s best for them, but the site will also determine your eligibility for coverage on state programs like Medicaid.

Marijuana
Flickr / eggrole

After three failed attempts to get a bill passed that would make marijuana available to those who would benefit from its medicinal properties, Del. Mike Manypenny (D-Taylor) continues to press on.

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