Sen. Daniel Hall

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will appoint a Democrat to a swing Senate seat this weekend unless the state Supreme Court rules otherwise.

The Democratic governor's court filing Friday says he'll appoint a Democrat Saturday afternoon. Republicans have a 17-16 Senate majority.

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Wyoming County Senator Daniel Hall announced Tuesday he'll resign from the position effective Jan. 3, 2016. Hall will leave the seat he's held since 2012 to take a job as a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association covering many states, including West Virginia. 

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West Virginia counties that extended their school calendars into June to make up for snow days have experienced significant drops in attendance.  

The Charleston Daily Maily reports that state Sen. Daniel Hall of Wyoming has learned attendance in his district may have dropped below 10 percent this week.

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A Senate Committee saw controversy as House Bill 4286 was discussed.

The bill pulls the state deer farming program from the oversight of the Division of Natural Resources and puts it under the Department of Agriculture.

“The DNR has been doing everything in their power in recent years to squash that entire industry. They will not promote it, they’re trying to kill it,” said Sen. Daniel Hall in support of the legislation.