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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he has been asked about running for Congress, and hasn't decided either way yet.

The Logan County Democrat told The Associated Press he has been approached about vying for the 3rd Congressional District seat next year. The southern West Virginia seat is currently filled by freshman Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins.

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A trade delegation led by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is going to Japan in mid-May to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the state's development office in Nagoya.

The 15-member delegation includes former Gov. Gaston Caperton. The Nagoya office opened during Caperton's administration.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the sale of $134 million in state Road Fund bonds will save West Virginia $26 million, most of which will go into road projects.

In a news release Friday, the governor said selling the bonds will save about $26 million in interest payments.

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Nearly 40 people gathered at the Capitol Wednesday to protest Governor Tomblin’s veto of a bill to allow for herd-sharing in the state, allowing more West Virginians to consume raw milk.

Senate Bill 30 passed with overwhelming support by both the House and Senate, despite some health concerns attached to the bill. 

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First responders have mixed views about a new state law that allows them to administer overdose-reversal medicine.

The Access to Opioid Antagonists Act was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. It will make the medicine naloxone more readily available.

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  Saying no to raw milk is just one of a wave of recent vetoes made by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

The Democrat nixed 10 bills Wednesday, including the proposal that would have let people drink raw milk through herd-sharing agreements.

Another vetoed bill would have let home-schooled students get PROMISE scholarships without a general equivalency degree.

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Citing technical errors, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill letting public entities accept private donations to display the phrase "In God We Trust" on their buildings.

The bill would have required the State Building Commission to develop guidelines for displaying the national motto and the POW-MIA flag.

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  Some signature goodies are up for grabs in a friendly wager between the governors of West Virginia and Kentucky ahead of the Sweet 16 matchup between the states' two flagship universities.

West Virginia's Earl Ray Tomblin said Tuesday he's wagering a small basket of Mountain State favorites, including pepperoni rolls, while his Kentucky counterpart, Gov. Steve Beshear, is offering a selection of bourbons.

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  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed next year's state budget after reducing about $11 million set aside for a variety of grants and programs.

The Democrat's vetoes Tuesday made it possible to take only about $15 million from state reserves in a difficult budget year. The budget passed by the Republican-led Legislature depended on about $23 million from the Rainy Day Fund.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a provision in a spending bill that required him to sell bonds for two state park projects.

Tomblin used a line-item veto to remove the provision from the legislation. Lawmakers inserted the provision into the bill before passing it on March 14.

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West Virginia lawmakers have cleared a bill to help the state's craft beer industry.

On Friday, the House of Delegates voted 86-11 to approve a bill letting brewers give out samples at their breweries. Many more businesses could sell up to four growlers of beer a day, including brewers, brewpubs, retailers and bars.

The bill also lowers licensing fees for brewpubs, and sets up a tiered fee system for brewers, instead of the current $1,500 flat fee.

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Gov. Tomblin provided statements Thursday on the signing of three bills passed by the state legislature.

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At a ceremonial signing Monday, Governor Tomblin signed Senate Bill 335 into law.

Short titled the Opioid Antagonist Act, the bill allows emergency responders, medical personnel, family and friends to administer a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose and can save a person’s life. 

Opioids are drugs like heroine, morphine and oxycodone, drugs that are commonly abused in West Virginia.

At the legislature today, the House made some major changes to the senate’s campaign finance reform bill.  And two senators say the bill will not be approved by the Senate with those changes intact.  A rally over the weekend brings six thousand citizens to the capitol to speak out against the Republican-led initiatives they say will hurt workers across the state.  And we’ll talk about senior citizen’s issues with representatives of the AARP on The Legislature Today.

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A special joint-session of the legislature was held in the House chamber Friday in response to the recent crises caused from this week’s storm. Officials wanted to explain Governor Tomblin’s State of Emergency declaration and to update lawmakers about current conditions and what they can tell their constituents affected by the storm.

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For the first time in more than twenty years, members of the legislature are on their way to overturning a gubernatorial veto.

According to Speaker Tim Armstead's office, the last time such a vote was taken was in 1987 under the late Governor Arch Moore.

The two thirds vote of both chambers overturned his decision on a portion of the 1988 budget, but lawmakers this year have a slightly different situation on their hands as they consider a vote to overturn the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Update March 4, 2015, 4:55 p.m.:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael said the Senate did not receive the House of Delegate's message of a vote to override the governor's veto before their morning floor session preventing them from taking up the bill Wednesday.

Carmichael said the chamber, however, is under no time crunch to reconsider House Bill 2568. Members of the Senate have until the final day of the session, March 14, to consider a veto override.  

  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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