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The state will no longer provide education services at a facility for youth in Berkeley County.
 

The Charleston Gazette reports that West Virginia Board of Education terminated its contract with the Board of Child Care of The United Methodist Church last week.

The move follows investigations by the Department of Health and Human Resources that found safety lapses and frequent runaways.
 
 

West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility

The secretary of the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance says the state needs to chip in about $25 million to build a 120-bed veterans nursing home in Raleigh County.
 
     A law passed last legislative session authorized the new facility in Beckley. Secretary Rick Thompson told a state legislative panel this week the law didn't provide the money to build it.
 

Educating About Electric Shock Drowning: One Mom's Mission

Aug 1, 2014
A wooden dock juts out into a lake
Sarah Lowther Hensley

A new law designed to keep West Virginians safe around boating docks and marinas was originally supposed to go into effect August 1, 2014, but has been delayed until January 1, 2015. The Michael Cunningham Act was passed last year, after a Bridgeport teenager was killed as a result of Electric Shock Drowning. 

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Wednesday that he's appealing a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deny West Virginia's request for emergency protective measures through the emergency declaration issued in response to the Kanawha Valley water crisis.

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A legislative audit of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture under Commissioner Gus Douglass has revealed erroneous and fraudulent reimbursements and other practices that may have cost the state hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The audit requested by current Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick was released Monday by the Legislative Auditor's Office.

The audit cited seemingly "unethical" practices surrounding the farm loan program under Douglas between July 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2012.

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State Senator Mike Green (D., 9th District) has introduced a bill to designate funds for the construction of a veterans skilled nursing facility in Beckley.

Senate Bill 523 proposes using money from the Veterans Facilities Support Fund and bonds provided by the West Virginia Hospital Finance Board.

The 120-bed veterans skilled nursing facility would be located on more than 17 acres adjacent to the Jackie Withrow Hospital, formerly known as Pinecrest Hospital.

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The official state seal is 150 years old today.

On September 26, 1863 lawmakers in the newly formed State of West Virginia adopted the State Seal designed by Joseph Hubert Diss Debar of Doddridge County.

Director of the State Budget Office Mike McKown , Secretary of revenue Bob Kiss and Deputy Secretary Mark Muchow in the House Chambers.
Ashton Marra

Newly appointed Secretary of Revenue Bob Kiss and members of his department presented an overview of last year’s budget to lawmakers. Legislators scrutinized the governor’s last minute decision to cut almost $18 million from Medicaid to balance the budget at the end of the last fiscal year, but they were also given some crucial insight into the revenue numbers for this year.

Legislative auditors told an interim legislative committee the state's $38 million expansion of a statewide microwave communications network ignored West Virginia purchasing laws. Legislative leaders say they’re committed to reviewing the purchase process to prevent future misconduct.