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West Virginia lawmakers are due back at the Capitol on Tuesday to continue a special session focused on the state's finances. (wolfmansotherbrother/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Legislature is getting closer to securing the revenue the state needs. But Ted Boettner, executive director with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, says lawmakers aren't there yet. Bills have passed in the House and Senate that would increase stat

A group of protesters at the West Virginia State Capitol, awaiting the arrival of U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price. (Public News Service-Dan Heyman) (Note: photo was originally misidentified. Heyman took the photo, he was not in it.)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Reporter Dan Heyman, who covers West Virginia and Virginia for Public News Service, was arrested inside the State Capitol in Charleston on Tuesday afternoon. Heyman was at the Capitol to cover a visit by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and White House adviser

The Obamacare replacement backed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price would be bad for rural areas, analysts say. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Congressional Budget Office figures show the main GOP replacement for Obamacare would have a negative impact on rural areas, and especially on older residents. The House's American Health Care Act would let insurance companies charge up to 40 percent more for folks in the

According to the Clean Air Task Force, carbon capture can work well to dramatically reduce CO2 from natural-gas power plants. (CATF)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Bills in Congress to subsidize carbon capture and storage might have an unexpected impact at natural gas power plants. In a shift from a hard line, some fossil fuel corporations and their Washington allies are now backing tax credits for carbon capture. John Thompson, d

A vital conservative Democratic vote, Sen. Joe Manchin opposes Obamacare repeal, saying GOP replacement efforts so far have been inadequate. (Office of Sen. Manchin)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sen. Joe Manchin is voicing strong objections to repealing the Affordable Care Act, saying so far, GOP replacement plans are not workable. After meeting with health care advocates in Charleston, Manchin restated his long-standing position that Obamacare should be repaired

The GOP-led Congress is struggling to find a workable replacement for the Affordable Care Act. (Office of The Architect Of The U.S. Capital)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A key mechanism likely to be part of the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would not work for most West Virginians, according to analysis. GOP plans to replace Obamacare look likely to substitute health savings accounts (HSAs) for the subsidies in t

Budget watchers say priorities such as road repairs could go underfunded if the state closes its budget gap entirely or mostly through cuts. (Protect WV)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy is warning against trying to close the state's $600 million budget gap entirely or mostly through cuts. Governor Jim Justice wants to raise $450 million in new revenue - with about half of that coming from increased business tax

Critics charge a congressional plan for Medicaid to do more with less through block grants is a false promise. (DHS)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Trump administration and Republican leaders in Congress say Medicaid funding should be turned into block grants. They argue the increased flexibility would allow for spending cuts without cutting services. But according to critics, that's a false promise. Judith Solomon, v

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