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Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Aug. 04, 2022 16:29 PM EDT

The Register-Herald. July 30, 2022. Editorial: Manchin does what’s best for civilization To be sure, this 11th-hour legislative compromise between Sen. Joe Manchin and Senate leaders on climate change did not produce a muscular twin of President Joe Biden’s $1.8...

WVa delays chance to pass 1st new bill since abortion ruling

Jul. 29, 2022 22:35 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers passed up the chance Friday to become the first state to approve new legislation restricting access to abortions since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last month removing its protected status as a constitutional right. The...

West Virginia Senate balks on governor's income tax cut plan

Jul. 29, 2022 20:13 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A 10% reduction in West Virginia's income tax proposed by Gov. Jim Justice stalled Friday in the Senate. Instead of taking up the Republican governor’s proposal, the Senate explained its intentions to reduce the personal property tax and business...

Income tax cut passes West Virginia House, heads to Senate

Jul. 28, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday passed the Republican governor’s plan to reduce the state income tax by 10%, setting up a clash in the Senate, whose president is cold to the idea. The GOP-controlled House supported the bill on a 78-7 vote...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jul. 28, 2022 16:40 PM EDT

Bluefield Daily Telegraph. July 23, 2022. Editorial: Black lung benefits: Lawmakers reintroduce important measure Area lawmakers, including U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va., and U.S. Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., have reintroduced the...

Courts block abortion bans in Wyoming, North Dakota

Jul. 27, 2022 21:50 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Abortion bans set to take effect this week in Wyoming and North Dakota were temporarily blocked Wednesday by judges in those states amid lawsuits arguing that the bans violate their state constitutions. A judge in Wyoming sided with a firebombed women’s...

W.Va. House passes sweeping ban criminalizing abortion

Jul. 27, 2022 16:44 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Republican-dominated House of Delegates passed a sweeping abortion ban Wednesday that makes providing the procedure a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The measure, which now heads to the Senate for consideration, includes...

Indiana abortion debate draws protest crowds, vice president

Jul. 26, 2022 05:51 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of people arguing the abortion issue surrounded the Indiana Statehouse and filled its corridors Monday as state lawmakers began consideration of a Republican proposal to ban nearly all abortions in the state and Vice President Kamala Harris denounced the effort...

After ruling, W.Va. lawmakers advance criminal abortion ban

Jul. 25, 2022 21:24 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A week after a Charleston judge barred West Virginia from enforcing an abortion ban law dating to the 19th century, lawmakers in the state's Republican majority hurried to advance similar legislation that would criminalize abortion with few exceptions. The...

Senior status WVa circuit judge Robert Halbritter dies at 92

Jul. 11, 2022 04:03 AM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Senior status circuit judge and former West Virginia lawmaker Robert C. Halbritter has died. He was 92, the state Supreme Court said. Halbritter died Thursday at his home in Morgantown, the court said in a news release. Halbritter served as a...