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  Pleasants County has joined an organization that promotes West Virginia's plastics and polymer industries.

An executive order signed recently by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin added Pleasants County to the Polymer Alliance Zone. The organization also serves Mason, Jackson and Wood counties.

Pleasants County Development Authority executive director J. McGoldrick says in a news release that the authority and the Polymer Alliance Zone will cooperatively market the county to plastics and polymer companies.

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It was a rather important day for the prevailing wage issue yesterday as Democratic leaders tried to prevent the scaling back of wages for construction workers. On this West Virginia Morning, we bring you the latest on this and other stories.

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With safe crude oil transportation on everyone’s minds, Dave Mistich sat down with Peter Goelz a former managing director of the National Transportation Safety Board. We also take a look at some activity on the Senate floor that took place over a bill to cap damages for certain lawsuits.

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On this West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick brings us the story on how the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act was ultimately passed, and Ashton Marra brings us up to date on a potential breakthrough for businesses like Uber to operate in WV.

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The House of Delegates has passed a bill letting lawmakers approve state plans to meet proposed federal carbon emission standards.

Delegates passed a proposal 93-3 Friday requiring the GOP-led Legislature's vote before the state sends compliance plans to the EPA. It requires a state feasibility report 180 days after EPA's rule is finalized.

Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said legislative approval would restrict environmental regulators. Coal industry groups said lawmakers should be included.

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Coming up on West Virginia Morning, Newly-elected republican representatives seek to change the way supreme court justices are appointed, and Clark Davis brings us new information on body cameras for policeman all around the state.

West Virginia Legislature

Governor Tomblin has signed another bill from this legislative session.  Senate Bill 280 supports the oil and gas drilling industries.  

Prior to its passage, companies acquiring assets from existing operations in West Virginia were required to re-apply for permits. This legislation eliminates the reapplication process and authorizes the transfer of existing permits with approval from the Department of Environmental Protection.  

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Coming up on West Virginia Morning, Three senators have removed their names from a bill once they realized that it would make religious belief a valid reason for exemption from vaccines that are required for children to attend school.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today signed House Bill 2001, repealing the West Virginia Alternative Renewable Energy Portfolio Act. "In 2009 when the Legislature approved West Virginia's Alternative Renewable Energy Portfolio, the Act had overwhelming support from business and industry," Gov. Tomblin said. "We understand economic drivers and factors change over time, and the Act as it was passed in 2009 is no longer beneficial for our state.

  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed an Elkins attorney to succeed a circuit court judge who resigned after admitting having an affair with a corrections official.

Tomblin announced David H. Wilmoth's appointment to the Randolph County judgeship Friday. Wilmoth succeeds Jaymie Wilfong, who resigned in November.

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On this West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick brings us up to date with the house of delegates as they discuss possible changes to how official blame is placed during lawsuits

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Craft beer lovers could score samples on brewery tours or fill growlers to take home for later under a push by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

On Wednesday, lawmakers filed the craft beer bill Tomblin touted in his State of the State address last week.

The proposal would let craft breweries give free samples during tours. Breweries could sell up to four growlers per day, per customer.

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  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has filled two vacancies on the West Virginia Board of Education.

Tomblin announced the appointments of Dr. James S. Wilson and Beverly E. Kingery on Wednesday in a news release. Their appointments are effective immediately.

Wilson is a dentist who served on the Marshall County school board for 20 years. He replaces Bob Dunlevy, whose term expired Nov. 4, 2014.

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined us to speak about another tight budget year and how his legislative agenda will play out in a GOP-controlled statehouse.

A piece of legislation that would repeal a 2009 energy bill progressed through both chambers at the state house Monday, but that bill is changing shape as it makes its way through both chambers. 

Also, as session began last week there were some tense moments during a discussion of rules in the House of Delegates.

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On this episode of West Virginia Morning, We bring you our fifth and final installment of our series Water in the Coalfields and our mountain stage song of the week.

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One this episode of West Virginia Morning, Governor Tomblin emphasized reaching across the aisle and moving the state forward last night during his state of the state address. And we continue our series on water quality.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's budget proposal would use almost $69 million in reserves and cut $72 million from specific areas to curb state budget woes.

The Democratic governor's administration outlined the spending plan during a media briefing Wednesday.

The money from the state's Rainy Day Fund and cuts would help cover an expected $195 million budget gap.

Officials said public education, higher education and the Department of Health and Human Resources would be targeted for cuts. They said further details would emerge Thursday during legislative budget presentations.

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin gave his fifth State of the State Address Wednesday night in the House Chamber before a joint meeting of the legislature as well as the Supreme Court, Constitutional officers and many, many others.

Tomblin touted the financial success the state is seeing from fiscally prudent decisions made in recent years. From the strength of the state’s more than $800 million Rainy Day Fund to the accomplishments in paying off worker’s compensation debt, Tomblin said the state is in good financial health.

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With the anticipation of Governor Tomblin’s State of the State address tonight, Senate President, Bill Cole and incoming House Speaker, Tim Armstead  shared what they hope to hear in the Governor’s speech.

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