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State Sen. Jeff Mullins, a Republican representing a swath of southern West Virginia, says he's resigning because of business and family obligations.

Mullins, who has held the seat since 2015, chairs the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.

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Marshall University is set to unveil an electric car charging station.

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Gov. Jim Justice has filled a vacancy in West Virginia's House of Delegates.

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Health officials in West Virginia say a plan to combat the state's opioid crisis has been released for public comment.

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Forecasters have issued a flood watch in much of West Virginia as a storm approaches.

The National Weather Service says the flood watch is in effect through Friday morning for about half of West Virginia's counties.

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Ford is telling owners of about 2,900 Ranger small pickup trucks not to drive them after finding out that an exploding Takata air bag inflator killed a Ranger driver in West Virginia.

The death occurred July 1 in West Virginia, and Ford said it found out about it in December. After some investigation, the company determined that the truck's inflator was made on the same day as one that exploded and killed a South Carolina man driving a Ranger in 2016. So the company issued the urgent new recall for Rangers with inflators made on the same day.

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Updated: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 3:48 p.m.


A member of the House of Delegates has pledged to introduce a resolution to determine whether impeachment proceedings against state Supreme Court Chief Justice Allen Loughry are appropriate.

Democrat Delegate Mike Pushkin called for the resolution during a floor session Thursday. It follows a string of reports on what he called “irresponsible spending” by the West Virginia Supreme Court, as well as the discovery of the “Cass Gilbert” desk in Loughry’s home office.

The resolution would call for the House Judiciary Committee to investigate the matter.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has agreed to reduce the credits required to graduate from the state's high schools from 24 to 22, allowing two fewer elective classes.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that change will apply in the next school year.

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A West Virginia University researcher says the official U.S. suicide rate, which rose 34 percent from 2000 to 2016, fails to include many people who kill themselves purposely with drugs.

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In his second State of the State address, Governor Jim Justice provided a message of optimism that repeatedly pointed back to the state’s dire economic outlook just one year ago.

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One of the first presentations West Virginia lawmakers heard after gaveling in for the 2018 state Legislative session was one to help them more effectively guide their districts in the face of emergencies.

Since 2009, there have been 21 state emergency proclamations, 10 Federal Emergency Management Agency major disaster declarations, and 4 FEMA emergency declarations – that’s according to Jimmy Gianato, Director of the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

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Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is hosting a town hall meeting for voters next week as he revs up his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

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Updated on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 4:45 p.m.


West Virginia lawmakers kicked off their regular session at Wednesday and handled procedural business, including authorizing a State of the State address from Governor Jim Justice.


In the House’s opening floor session, Del. S. Marshall Wilson moved to vacate the chair and elect a new speaker.

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A federal judge on Tuesday likened the nation's opioid epidemic to the deadly 1918 flu pandemic while noting the drug crisis is "100 percent manmade."

Judge Dan Polster urged participants on all sides of lawsuits against drugmakers and distributors to work toward a common goal of reducing overdose deaths. He said the issue has come to courts because "other branches of government have punted" it.

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has awarded nearly two dozen recycling grants to groups in 20 counties.

The DEP said in a news release that funding for the recycling assistance grant program is generated through a $1 assessment fee per ton of solid waste disposed at in-state landfills.

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Legislative auditors have set their sights on the West Virginia Supreme Court.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports auditors notified the legislative Post-Audits Committee on Sunday that they planned to audit the state Supreme Court this year.

Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred did not elaborate, beyond saying they had notified the court and haven't received a response.

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Melody Potter has been selected as the first woman to lead West Virginia's Republican Party.

The state GOP says in a news release that Potter was elected party chairwoman Saturday by members of the state Republican Executive Committee at their winter meeting.

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A West Virginia judge has been suspended for 45 days without pay for violations in two cases in which the defendants died.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled this week to suspend Kanawha County Magistrate Jack Pauley. The court also censured Pauley for violations of the Judicial Code of Conduct.

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Lawmakers are looking forward to doing work that doesn't involve trying to dig West Virginia out of a deep financial hole, although they're not ready to declare the state's dilemma over.

House Speaker Tim Armstead and Senate President Mitch Carmichael, both Republicans, were upbeat during the annual Legislative Lookahead forum Friday about the potential progress that can be made in the coming months under Gov. Jim Justice. Justice took office last January as a Democrat. He switched to the Republican party in August.

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President Donald Trump intends to nominate a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's staff as the new federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

The White House said Thursday in a news release that the president intends to nominate Tim Thomas to oversee the ARC. Thomas works as a McConnell staff member in Kentucky. He previously worked in former Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher's administration.

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We end our weeklong look at our best stories from 2017, where we stepped into the archives to retell some of our favorite stories from last year.

This morning, we hear from reporters Kara Lofton and Glynis Board.

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For the first time in five years, West Virginia revenue collections are reported to be above estimates at the fiscal year halfway mark.

State revenue officials say West Virginia’s overall cumulative collections in the General Revenue Fund are over $100 million ahead of where the state was this time last year. And the state is above estimates at the fiscal year halfway mark for the first time since December 2012.

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Plans for an underground natural gas liquids storage hub pegged as a major job creator for the chemical industry in struggling Appalachia have cleared their first big hurdle.

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Unemployment rates rose in all 55 West Virginia counties in November.

WorkForce West Virginia says Jefferson County's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 3 percent was the lowest in the state, followed by Doddridge, Monongalia and Pendleton counties at 3.4 percent apiece.

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Starting this year, West Virginians must show identification before they can vote in an election.

A law passed by the Legislature last year took effect Monday. For any election, voters in West Virginia have to present a valid form of ID or have another registered voter vouch for them under oath.

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In perhaps an unexpected twist, historically conservative strongholds like Oklahoma and West Virginia are leading efforts to bring preschool to all.

"They have in common a low-wage workforce, relatively low education levels and the desire to change that," said Steven Barnett of the National Institute for Early Education Research. "Whatever they say, politicians in West Virginia know the future of their state is not coal miners."

Throughout the Ohio Valley and West Virginia, thousands of children are in foster care -- and the opioid epidemic is sending thousands more to join them. In fact, in just the past year, West Virginia's foster care system alone saw an increase of 1,000 children entering care.

In 2016, West Virginia Public Broadcasting spoke with the Holbens, a former-foster family in Kearneysville, Jefferson County, to shed light on the struggles the opioid epidemic brings on foster care. We now check back in with that family and explore what lies ahead in combating this crisis.

Be sure to tune in for more on this subject during our nightly television program, The Legislature Today beginning January 11, 2018.

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A new partnership between West Virginia and a nonprofit group will protect about 32,000 acres of forest as habitat for the state's new elk population.

The Herald-Dispatch reports the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and The Conservation Fund used $12 million from the Wildlife Conservation Fund to protect the land. The Conservation Fund purchased the land in 2016 and then transferred it to the Division of Natural Resources.

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State officials are expressing hope that a trade dispute over Canadian aircraft won't affect hundreds of people working at the company's service center in West Virginia.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that about 400 people work at Bombardier's commercial aircraft service center in Bridgeport. The facility at North Central West Virginia Airport in October picked up 89 jobs from Bombardier's shuttered maintained operations in Georgia.

West Virginia Campaign Finance Probe Ends Amid Questions

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State investigations into a series of 2012 re-election campaign contributions to a West Virginia Supreme Court justice have concluded without prosecutions, but questions remain about several $1,000 donations linked to a Mississippi personal injury lawyer who had a major case before the five-member court, records obtained by The Associated Press show.