Shauna Johnson

Today May 26, 2016

House advances bill ending Racetrack Modernization Fund

The bill is similar to one the House approved months ago during the 2016 Regular Legislative Session.

Senate Finance chair says bigger Rainy Day dip could keep state government running in short-term

The real budget deadline, according to Senate Finance Committee Chair Mike Hall (R-Putnam, 04), is weeks earlier than July 1.

Yesterday May 25, 2016

Budget work continues at State Capitol after tobacco tax bill rejection in House

'It's not time to panic. It's time to build consensus,' says House Majority Leader Daryl Cowles (R-Morgan, 58).

Tuesday May 24, 2016

House rejects tobacco tax hike bill, the only new revenues in budget proposals

The defeat leaves account sweeps, spending cuts and Rainy Day Fund withdrawals as possible ways to address the $270 million shortfall in next year's state budget.

Friday May 20, 2016

Water fill-ups continue in Vienna; local, state officials scrambling in wake of EPA advisories

'It's not a time to panic,' says state health officer of new recommended limits for PFOA, also known as C-8, and PFOS in drinking water.

School year nearing end in parts of West Virginia

On Tuesday, public schools in Tucker County will be the first in the Mountain State to wrap up classes for students.

Thursday May 19, 2016

Two Liberty Caucus members defend closed-door meeting with House Democrats

House Republican leaders were reportedly not happy about that Wednesday meeting.

Wednesday May 18, 2016

House may have votes to pass tobacco tax hikes; Cole, Armstead request additions to Special Session call

Bills ending transfers to Licensed Racetrack Modernization Fund, decreasing distribution to West Virginia Infrastructure Fund and eliminating secretary of Education & Arts are among additional proposals being requested.

Tuesday May 17, 2016

Clay superintendent says it’ll take “a long time” for feeling of security to return

Two teen boys are charged in connection with an alleged mass shooting plot. State Police are not ruling out arrests of others.

Monday May 16, 2016

Governor Tomblin: “Let’s sit down and get this budget hammered out”

Special Session opens with several options, no consensus on how to fill projected $270 million shortfall in 2017 budget.

Friday May 13, 2016

House Speaker says taxpayers cannot bear full budget burden

A Special Session for budget work begins Monday.

Thursday May 12, 2016

Senate Majority Leader: Additional taxes are not only way to balance budget

Ahead of next week's Special Session, Senator Mitch Carmichael (R-W.Va.) says those in state government will have to find ways to 'operate more efficiently.'

U.S. House advances bill written to improve treatment access for drug addicted newborns

The lead sponsor of the bill is 3rd District Congressman Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.).

Wednesday May 11, 2016

Sanders adds West Virginia to his win column

The Vermont senator made four campaign stops in West Virginia ahead of Tuesday's primary election.

Trump wins West Virginia

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee is adding to his delegate count ahead of the Republican National Convention in July.

Tuesday May 10, 2016

Incumbents renominated in Congressional races; Hunt to face Mooney in 2nd District

Only incumbent 2nd District Congressman Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.) faced opposition in Tuesday's primary election.

McCuskey, Claytor to face off in November race for auditor

The resignation of longtime Auditor Glen Gainer III will take effect later this week.

Jim Justice is Democratic gubernatorial nominee, will face Cole in November

Justice ran against former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall, 02) in Tuesday's primary election.

Monday May 9, 2016

Senate candidate planning to return to campaign trail after assault; believes attack was politically motivated

A Logan County man is facing three charges for the alleged attack at a Mother's Day cookout.

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