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‘Health Care on the Go’ hits West Virginia’s country roads

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia is launching a doctor's office on wheels to help Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and Affordable Care Act (ACA) members in West Virginia who aren't getting necessary medical care or preventive health screenings because they may have ...

At the Capitol: Special Budget Session; Legislature recessed until June 12

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - After 13 days in special session, the Legislature passed a budget bill for the 2016-17 budget year - a bill that the spokesman for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said is "irresponsible" and will be vetoed by the governor."The Governor thinks it's an irresponsible plan that leaves ...

At the Capitol special legislative session

As legislators left Charleston Friday for the long holiday weekend, closing out the second week of a special session to pass the state's 2016-17 budget, the House and Senate had inched closer to a final deal on the $4.0 billion budget bill.The question is whether the plan they are putting ...

March 4 At the Capitol

As the 2016 regular session of the Legislature moved toward its final days, the next to the last week of the session was notable for the defeat of two major bills.Senators killed the Religious Freedom Protection Act (HB 4012) on a 7-27 vote, a day after the Senate adopted an amendment by Sen. ...

At the Capitol for Feb. 22-26: Work week extends to Sunday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - With the 2016 regular session of the Legislature winding down to its final two weeks, legislators worked through the weekend creating some consternation.Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, an ordained minister who pastors three churches in Jefferson County in the eastern ...

At The Capitol

Legislators marked the halfway point of the 60-day regular session with an impassioned debate in the House of Delegates over a bill dubbed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (HB4012).Proponents contend the bill affirms that government cannot force individuals to act against their religious ...

Brunch bill passes unanimously in the Senate

A bill that would allow restaurants, private clubs, distilleries, mini-distilleries and wineries in West Virginia to serve alcoholic beverages on Sundays was unanimously passed with 34 affirmative votes in the Senate on Tuesday morning.While the bill is sponsored by Sen. Chris Walters, ...

Annual breakfast looks at legislature, business, industry and social issues

CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Issues ranging from the state's mounting budget deficit to the natural gas industry's potential in the Appalachian basin were among the topics at the West Virginia Press Association's annual Legislative Breakfast last Thursday morning.Other issues highlighted at the event ...

Blair named chair of Eastern Panhandle Caucus

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Delegate Saira Blair, R-Berkeley, has been named chair of the Eastern Panhandle Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers focused on issues affecting the Eastern Panhandle region.Blair was nominated for the position by Delegate Jill Upson, R-Jefferson, and appointed by a ...

Justice Benjamin files for re-election

Charleston WV Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Brent Benjamin today made official his bid for a second twelve year term on the court. "I am honored and humbled by the trust West Virginia voters have placed in me," said Justice Benjamin just before signing his candidate forms. "For me, the most ...