Legislative interims in Wheeling this week have lawmakers considering a variety of issues that will develop over the next year. One of the biggest of those, the state’s Medicaid expansion.
One of the main issues that had to be settled when western Virginia broke away from Virginia to form a new state- was slavery.
Imagine this: each of the 86-ton columns of the capitol building transformed into 3-D scenes representing the history and culture of West Virginia. That's what's in store for anyone in Charleston who wonders down to the capitol building beginning Thursday night to celebrate a century and a half of statehood. With a dozen specialized projectors and a crew that’s been working since Monday to build the scene, this event promises to be the most extravagant and high-tech display during the state’s 150th birthday celebration.
And here's an unusual way to celebrate West Virginia's 150 years. In memory of the Battle of Droop Mountain, park superintendent Mike Smith is planning to invite hikers to walk in the footsteps of the soldiers who fought it. He’s leading a memorial march into battle, along steep mountain trails and a federal highway.
The state House of Delegates has officially elected a new leader to take former Speaker Rick Thompson’s position. Delegate Tim Miley of Harrison County was elected by members of the House during a special session yesterday, but it still remains to be seen if some committee chairs will hold their positions under the new leadership.