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Prison Bars
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The man accused of shooting and wounding a West Virginia State Police trooper has been arraigned on multiple charges.

40-year-old Jeremiah Yeager was arraigned Wednesday on several charges, including domestic assault and attempted murder. His bond was set at $2 million.

Joe Manchin
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West Virginia's Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and two colleagues have introduced legislation that would require all states getting certain federal funding to establish electronic prescription drug monitoring and share information across state lines.

In their proposed federal effort against doctor shopping for addictive painkillers, their bill would require pharmacists in affected states report any opioids they dispense within 24 hours.

Flood, Elkview
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A federal bankruptcy judge has scheduled a hearing to consider a financing plan for an access bridge at a West Virginia shopping center to replace one that was destroyed in last summer's flooding.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Patrick Flatley on Thursday scheduled an April 6 hearing in Clarksburg on mall owner Tara Retail Group's intentions to build a new bridge at the Crossings Mall in Elkview. The owner filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy just prior to a January auction for the mall property.

Mike Folk
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A senate bill to legalize medical marijuana in the state is being fast-tracked through the West Virginia House of Delegates. Senate Bill 386, which passed out of the state Senate Wednesday night on a 28 to 6 vote, would create the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, legalizing medical marijuana in West Virginia.

Jeff Eldridge
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A bill to eliminate the West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund is making its way through the House. It’s been on second reading, or the amendment stage, since Tuesday, but due to a laundry list of amendments and some heated debate, consideration was postponed until Thursday.

Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

At a press conference surrounded by Democrats from both chambers Thursday morning, Gov. Jim Justice said while his office is still willing to negotiate a budget deal with Republican leaders in the House, they reached an impasse Wednesday night.

“We’ve had all kinds of discussions and we got right to the altar," he said, "but the net of the whole thing was we couldn’t make a decision.”

Will Price / West Virginia Legislative Photography

Senators have voted to override Governor Jim Justice’s veto of Senate Bill 330.

The bill was an attempt to clarify some language in the state’s Right to Work law which was approved by lawmakers in the 2016 session.

Its 1,700-foot arch made it the longest single-span arch bridge in the world.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / New River Gorge, Fayette County, Fayette Station Road

The National Park Service is looking for some local teachers to work with staff at New River Gorge National River to rework educational programming offered at the park for area schools.

The park is holding a four-day workshop in June and will pay an honorarium of $800 to each of 12 teachers attending. The park said in a news release that teachers from all primary and secondary grades can apply at https://www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/teacher-ranger-teacher-program.htm . The deadline is April 10, and the workshop is scheduled for June 26 to 29.

Motorcycle helmet
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West Virginia's Senate has voted against repealing the requirement that motorcyclists wear helmets.

The bill, advanced by two committees, was voted down 19 to 15 after several senators cited data showing more and worse head injuries for riders who crash without helmets with injuries others end up paying for.

West Virginia's Senate has voted to authorize natural gas producers to drill when three-fourths of those with royalty rights agree and a reasonable effort has been made to negotiate with the remaining owners of a gas mineral property.

The bill, approved 19-14, is a priority of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association. The group says it updates the law to reflect current technology with horizontal drilling and the state poised for major gas development.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, the state senate has voted to restructure the tax system and advanced a bill to allow medical marijuana. 

Will Price / West Virginia Legislative Photography

Senators have approved a bill to create a medicinal cannabis program in the state. Senate Bill 386 was approved on a 28 to 6 vote Wednesday night in the chamber.

The bill would create a 17-member medical cannabis commission under the West Virginia Department of Health and human Resources that would largely be responsible for creating the rules of the program. 

Phil Isner
Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill that will encourage the creation of substance abuse treatment facilities in the state.

Eric Nelson
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The West Virginia House of Delegates has killed another revenue increasing bill – one that would’ve generated an estimated $215 million in three years.

Richard Ojeda
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The trial for a man charged with attacking a then-state Senate candidate at a political cookout last year has been moved out of Logan County.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a judge on Monday granted a request to move 42-year-old Jonathan Porter's trial to Kanawha County.

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

The number of beds available at state-run substance abuse treatment facilities would increase in drug-ravaged West Virginia under a bill passed Wednesday by the House.

The bill passed on a 99-0 vote. It now moves to the state Senate.

Will Price / West Virginia Legislative Photography

West Virginia's Senate has voted to overhaul the state tax system by raising the state sales and use tax to 7 percent and applying it more broadly while cutting state income tax rates.

The bill pushed by the chamber's Republicans passed 22-12.

Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Gov. Jim Justice has vetoed legislation intended to clarify the West Virginia right-to-work law enacted last year, saying it's currently before the state's top court and that process shouldn't be interfered with.

The bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature would remove provisions from the law enacted last year that would seem to exempt building and construction trade unions.

Jan Rader - Huntington Fire Chief
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Officials in Huntington say the city has hired what is believed to be the first female fire chief in West Virginia.

The City Council approved Jan Rader's appointment Monday. She will earn nearly $77,000.

Pat McGeehan
Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

The West Virginia House of Delegates has killed a bill that leadership says was one of the keys to balancing the 2018 budget. The bill was presented on behalf of Governor Jim Justice and originally would have raised $450 million in new taxes but drastically changed as it worked through the committee process.

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