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On this West Virginia Morning, tension continues to mount at the Statehouse over education-related issues. Thousands of teachers and public service personnel rallied on the Capitol steps over the weekend demanding change. On last night’s episode of The Legislature Today, host Andrea Lannom spoke with Senate President Mitch Carmichael and Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso. We have an excerpt from that interview.

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As the insurance program for public employees continues to be a large part of the conversation this legislative session, the West Virginia House and Senate each proposed mechanisms Monday, Feb. 19, to provide some long-term relief. While the House of Delegates Finance Committee originated a bill to put budget surpluses toward the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA), the Senate amended a bill that would send some revenue from sports betting to the insurance program.

On The Legislature Today, host Andrea Lannom is joined by Senate President Mitch Carmichael and Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso to discuss the latest in the issues over teacher pay and the Public Employee Health Insurance Agency.

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On today's West Virginia Morning, a statewide walkout has been announced for teachers and other state employees for Thursday and Friday this week. As Liz McCormick reports, the announcement was made during Saturday's rally at the state Capitol, in Charleston.

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20 counties across West Virginia have been included in a West Virginia Department of Transportation report issued Monday warning drivers about roads that are closed due to high water.

Thousands of state employees and supporters rallied at the Capitol Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 demanding higher wages and for a long-term fix to rising health insurance premiums.
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Updated Feb. 25 7:30 p.m.

According to the state Department of Education's website Sunday night ,schools will be closed in at least 51 of West Virginia's 55 counties Monday.

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A statewide walkout has been announced for teachers and other state employees for Thursday and Friday next week. The announcement was made during a weekend rally at the state Capitol in Charleston.

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Federal prosecutors have decided not to retry a West Virginia coal boss whose case ended in mistrial on charges of campaign finance fraud.

File photo: Deckers Creek runs over a bridge June 23, 2017, in Morgantown, W.Va.
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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency early Saturday for all 55 counties.

According to a news release from the governor, heavy rain triggered flooding in multiple locations and is expected to continue throughout the weekend.

On The Legislature Today, hundreds, some estimate thousands, of teachers and service workers filled the West Virginia Capitol building Friday demanding higher wages and a fix to the Public Employees Insurance Agency. Host Andrea Lannom discusses the action and reaction to the rally in this week’s reporter roundtable.

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On this West Virginia Morning, The Legislature Today Executive Producer Suzanne Higgins speaks with the director of the Oscar-nominated film Heroin(e) and two women featured in it. We bring you an excerpt with one of those women: Patricia Keller, family court and former longtime drug court judge, who discusses the work she’s doing in Huntington to fight the opioid epidemic.

We bring you a special episode of The Legislature Today. West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Executive Producer Suzanne Higgins sits down with Elaine McMillion Sheldon, producer and director of the Oscar nominated documentary film Heroin(e), Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader, and Family Court and former-longtime Drug Court Judge Patricia Keller.

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The West Virginia Senate passed two measures Thursday dealing with the state's judicial branch. The chamber passed a bill that would create an intermediate appellate court system and also adopted a resolution that would put the judicial branch's budget in the hands of the Legislature.

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The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a controversial bill dealing with landowner and mineral rights.

House Bill 4268 would require -- in the case of seven or more landowners of a single tract of land -- the approval of 75 percent of owners to allow natural gas drilling on the property.

On The Legislature Today, details about an estimated $84 billion investment by a Chinese energy company have been slim since Governor Jim Justice and Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher made the announcement last fall. In this episode, we'll talk to a lead scientist at West Virginia University who describes a long-time relationship between the university and this energy company.

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The West Virginia House of Delegates Finance Committee has originated and cleared a bill that would add to the PEIA Basic Insurance Premium Fund. The bill would help ensure a freeze on proposed changes to insurance plans for state employees.

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On this West Virginia Morning, The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a salary increase for teachers, school service personnel and state troopers Tuesday. The passage of the bill comes as two of the state’s teacher unions have threatened to strike amid growing frustrations over salaries, problems with the state’s insurance provider and teacher vacancies. Dave Mistich has the story.

On The Legislature Today, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed a salary bill providing pay raises for state police, teachers, and school service personnel. But will it be enough to avert a teachers' strike amid growing frustrations over salaries, problems with the state's insurance provider and teacher vacancies? We hear from the presidents of both the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teachers to help answer these questions.

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The West Virginia House of Delegates tacked on nearly another hour of debate Tuesday before passing a salary increase for teachers, school service personnel and state troopers. The passage of the bill comes as two of the state’s teacher unions have threatened to strike amid growing frustrations over salaries, problems with the state’s insurance provider and teacher vacancies.

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A bill moving through the West Virginia Legislature has drawn criticism from the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball.

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On this West Virginia Morning, The Legislature Today host Andrea Lannom speaks with Delegate Mick Bates, of Raleigh County. He's minority vice chairman of the House Finance Committee. Bates talks about a potential teachers’ strike and the debate at the statehouse over teacher pay and PEIA issues.

On The Legislature Today, the West Virginia House of Delegates spent nearly four hours in session debating amendments to the teacher, school personnel, and police pay raise bill. We also look at clips from an emotional public hearing on a bill that proponents say will crack down on fraud within assistance programs, like SNAP. Host Andrea Lannom also chats with Minority Vice Chair of House Finance, Del. Mick Bates, D-Raleigh, on a handful of issues moving under the Capitol dome.

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The West Virginia House of Delegates shot down Monday two amendments that would have created bigger pay hikes for teachers.

House Minority Leader Tim Miley proposed an amendment to Senate Bill 267 that called for a 3-percent salary increase this year and 3-percent increases the following two years. The amendment failed on a 42-58 vote.

Updated: Sunday, Feb. 11 at 10:25 p.m.

 

State leaders of unions representing teachers and school service personnel have been authorized to take statewide action.

More than 150 union members representing all 55 counties met with state chapter presidents Dale Lee, of the West Virginia Education Association, and Christine Campbell, of the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia.

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Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a teacher to the House of Delegates to fill a seat recently vacated by a legislator he appointed to a state Senate vacancy.

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High school seniors in West Virginia who sign-up to receive text message reminders for college preparedness are doing better in their first-year of college, according to a recent study. And findings show this prep tactic is even more effective in rural areas. West Virginia Public Broadcasting explored why and brings you this report.

Aneesh Sompalli (center) speaking at a Gereration West Virginia event in Shepherdstown.
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Generation West Virginia’s local Eastern Panhandle chapter hosted a panel discussion at Shepherd University Thursday night with four young locals who decided to stay in West Virginia to build their careers.

On The Legislature Today, we bring you another reporter roundtable where we discuss some of the biggest issues from the week. Host Andrea Lannom is joined by reporters Jake Zuckerman of the Charleston Gazette-Mail and Brad McElhinny of West Virginia MetroNews.

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The West Virginia Senate has adopted a resolution that says the state constitution grants no right to an abortion or the funding of the procedure.

On The Legislature Today, Governor Jim Justice held a press conference addressing issues linked to PEIA and teacher pay. In the Senate, lawmakers debated abortion rights, and in the House, tempers flared as the 2018 state Legislative session hit the half-way mark.

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An amendment that would create exclusions to a resolution that grants no right to an abortion failed Thursday on the West Virginia Senate floor.

Sen. Corey Palumbo, a Democrat, offered an amendment to Senate Joint Resolution 12 that would have created an exception and allowed the right to an abortion in “the case of rape, incest or medical necessity.”

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