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At the WV Legislature: WVU and Marshall provide updates to the Senate Finance Committee

By Matt Young, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Higher education is facing major changes, challenges and opportunities. The presidents of WVU and Marshall delivered that message to the West Virginia Legislature’s Senate Finance Committee on Thursday. West Virginia University President Gordon Gee celebrated his 79th birthday on Thursday by[Read More…]

Opinion: West Virginia is a national leader in childhood immunizations – let’s stay protected

By Charles J. Mullett, MD, PhD, FAAP Chair, Department of Pediatrics, WVU School of Medicine Kathryn S. Moffett, MD, FAAP Division Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, WVU School of Medicine, and Lisa M. Costello, MD, MPH, FAAP Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, WVU School of Medicine West Virginia has long led the nation[Read More…]

At the WV Legislature: Senate Education Committee advanced bill mandating public school educators teach lessons on the Holocaust and other genocides

West Virginia Education Association and American Federation of Teachers present results from Solutions for Success focus group meetings By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Legislature’s Senate Education Committee advanced three bills on Thursday, including one mandating that public school educators teach lessons on the[Read More…]

At the WV Legislature: House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources looks at e-bikes, other legislation

Delegates debate e-bike as intrusion vs. tourism growth By Matt Young, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.V.a. – The House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, on Monday, advanced four bills with financial implications.  First on the agenda was HB 2062, which seeks to “establish rules and regulations for e-bikes that[Read More…]

At the WV Legislature: Rev. Watts calls for $300 million state investment in communities struggling with high poverty

Community leader wants funds used to improve housing, health, workforce, economic and social service coordination By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The state’s 86th Legislature has the unique opportunity to improve the state’s workforce participation rate by investing in those who will always call West Virginia home,[Read More…]

At the WV Legislature: Senate energy committee hears update on PJM Transmission Grid struggles during Winter Storm Elliott and over the Christmas holidays

PJM Interconnection is the grid planner and operator for 13 states and the District of Columbia By Matt Young, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Legislators heard a presentation on the PJM Transmission Grid – including its recent struggles over the Christmas holiday – during a recent meeting of the[Read More…]

At the WV Legislature: Senate Health and Human Resources Committee passes three bills: SB 273, HB 2029, HB 2018

By Matt Young, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Senate Health and Human Resources Committee, on Thursday, heard testimony regarding SB 273, which addresses the allocation of child protective services (CPS) workers in individual counties. As explained by Senate Counsel Cindy Dellinger, the introduced bill realigns, “the Office of[Read More…]

At the WV Legislature: Tourism Day at the Legislature draws industry representatives to State Capitol

Annual event celebrating highest traveler spending in state’s history in 2022  WV Press News Sharing CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  The West Virginia Department of Tourism was teeming with hundreds of enthusiastic travel and tourism industry partners from around the state today as they gathered together to celebrate the thriving tourism industry[Read More…]

At the WV Legislature: Senate Finance Committee hears Commerce, Economic Development budget presentations

By Matt Young, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Senate Finance Committee, on Monday, heard budget proposals from representatives of both the W.Va. Department of Commerce, as well as the W.Va. Department of Economic Development.  James Bailey, cabinet secretary of the Department of Commerce – which encompasses the divisions[Read More…]

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