Senate

Election 2014
8:23 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Capito: Coal Decline Caused By 'All of the Above' - But Regulations Easiest to Change

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., says that the current decline in coal-related employment is caused by many factors. But she says as a U.S. Senator, she would focus on the one she believes she can influence: environmental regulations.

In an interview with West Virginia Public Broadcasting, the candidate for U.S. Senate said the decline in coal jobs was caused by three things:

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Legislature
3:51 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

W.Va. Lawmakers Finalizing Budget, Tapping Reserves

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia lawmakers are working out kinks in a budget that gives public workers raises and digs into reserves.
 
The House of Delegates and Senate are meeting this week to finalize the state spending plan for next fiscal year.
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News
5:04 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

W.Va. Senate OKs Raising Drug Trafficking Penalty

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill to increase the penalty for transporting narcotics into West Virginia.
 
The bill increases prison time from 1 year or more to up to 15 years. The bill states that individuals convicted of the felony charge may be fined up to $25,000.
 

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Tax Revenues
3:48 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

W.Va. Senate Passes Future Fund

Credit Martin Valent / WV Legislative Photography

The West Virginia Senate has unanimously passed a bill to conserve and invest a portion of oil and gas revenues to use for future infrastructure and economic development.

The Future Fund Bill passed Friday sets aside 25 percent of the severance tax revenues collected from private oil and gas companies above a $175 million benchmark. This benchmark projects funds needed to sustain government operations.
 

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West Virginia Morning
8:53 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Unfair Trade Practices Legislation, The Flatlanders on Mountain Stage, & More

On this West Virginia Morning, tempers flare in the State Senate over a bill that looks at trade practices.

Also, the House looks at taxpayer protections.

Those stories, and The Flatlanders perform as part of the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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West Virginia Morning
8:43 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Remembering Poets From Years Past, Gas Well Control, Legislative Coverage

On this West Virginia Morning, a West Virginia University professor is keeping the memory alive of some poets who honored African American civil rights.

Also, an update on the gas well explosion in Pennsylvania, just north of the West Virginia border.

Those stories and more!

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Senate
4:20 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Governor's Budget Allows for Private Prison Payments

Commissioner Jim Rubenstein testifies before the Senate Finance Committee.
Credit Janet Kunicki

During the Division of Corrections budget hearing, Commissioner Jim Rubenstein said the governor’s proposed budget for the division includes additional funding for provisions of Senate Bill 371, the governor’s prison reform bill. It includes increases for the transition of the Salem Industrial Home for Youth to the Salem Correctional Center.

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