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Spokesman: Tomblin will veto entire budget

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A spokesman says Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will veto the Republican-led Legislature’s entire budget.

Spokesman Chris Stadelman said Friday that Tomblin will work with lawmakers on a plan that doesn’t mortgage West Virginia’s future.

Without a budget, the government shuts down July 1.

Tomblin has said he wouldn’t approve a plan dependent on one-time patches not addressing long-term problems. He offered several tax increase ideas.

GOP lawmakers passed a plan Thursday to cover a $270 million gap without raising taxes. It sweeps $245 million in one-time cash, including $183 million from reserves.

Both political parties traded expected election-year blame.

Tomblin called lawmakers into session May 16. It lasted 13 days and cost taxpayers $455,000. Lawmakers didn’t pass a budget in the allotted 60-plus-days starting in January.

Lawmakers return June 12.

Kanawha won’t vote on bill to serve alcohol Sundays

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Kanawha County residents will not have the opportunity to vote on approving the sale of alcohol at restaurants, clubs and wineries before 1 p.m. on Sundays.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Kanawha County Commission voted Thursday to not put “the brunch bill” on the ballot.

Commission President Kent Carper and Commissioner Dave Hardy said that only businesses in Charleston have expressed interest in approving alcohol sales Sunday mornings.

Carper said he would put a bill on the ballot if businesses outside the city expressed more interest in it.

“They have to come in and say that they want us to do it,” Carper said about restaurants outside of Charleston that would like to serve alcohol Sundays before 1 p.m.

The idea came from Shepherdstown, where restaurants have been able to serve alcohol on Sundays since mid-May.

Incoming WVU students can take part in excursion

BRAMWELL, W.Va. (AP) — Incoming West Virginia University students will be able to participate in a two-day excursion during their orientation visit.

The Dominion Post reports that New Student Orientation and Adventure WV have partnered to form the Adventure Basecamp at the Outdoor Education Center in the University Research Forest.

The program will give students that chance to take part in team-building activities in the outdoors while participating in traditional orientation sessions.

The trip is all-inclusive, costs students $35 and will run through June. It also has a component in which parents are able to participate in parts of the excursion.

Boone County school workers’ pay could be delayed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Boone County School officials say paychecks could be delayed for employees if legislation doesn’t pass that would give the district an extra $2.2 million to address funding shortfalls caused by a drop in local property tax collections.

West Virginia’s Republican-led Legislature left town Thursday for a 10-day break after approving a budget that faces an almost-certain veto.

Charles Chapman, the school system’s financial services director, told the Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/1UBigLI) that checks workers should receive June 24 may have to be postponed without the supplemental appropriation.

The district has already deferred payments owed to companies for items like supplies in an effort to save money.

Superintendent John Hudson says the budget crisis stems largely from the bankruptcies of Alpha Natural Resources and Patriot Coal.

Woman may get separate trial to decide mercy in stabbing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Charleston woman charged in her roommate’s stabbing death may get a separate trial to determine whether she should be granted mercy.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports 51-year-old Patricia Miller is set to go to trial June 13 on a first-degree murder charge in the death of 29-year-old Victoria Summers.

Miller is accused of stabbing Summers to death with a knife in 2014.

Miller’s attorney, John Sullivan, asked the judge on Thursday to allow for a separate trial so that jurors don’t have to consider whether Miller should receive mercy and ever be eligible for parole before they decide whether she’s guilty of the murder charge.

The judge said a separate trial will be allowed for the jury to decide mercy if Miller is convicted, but using the same jury.

Court upholds woman’s life sentence in fatal stabbing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has rejected a woman’s request to have her life sentence thrown out for her role in killing another woman.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports court justices denied an attempt Thursday by Jessica May Wilson to reduce or reject her sentence on a first-degree murder charge.

Wilson was sentenced in 2015 to life in prison without parole in the 2014 death of St. Albans resident Nancy Burdette Lynch.

Jessica May Wilson’s lawyers argued a plea deal with prosecutors was breached when prosecutors gave details about the crime before she was sentenced.

But justices said that prosecutors did nothing wrong and were just explaining the facts of the case to a judge before Wilson was sentenced.

State Fair of West Virginia advance tickets on sale

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The box office is open for the State Fair of West Virginia, which runs Aug. 12 to 21 in Lewisburg.

Discounts are available on admission tickets, and concert tickets are available for all shows. Concert tickets are not offered at a discount, but gate admission is included. Carnival discounts are also available.

Special pricing is also available for fifth-grade students and younger, senior citizens (Aug. 16) and military (Aug. 17).

Advance tickets are on sale through the fair’s website at http://www.statefairofwv.com , by calling ETIX at (800) 514-3849 or through the State Fair box office now through Aug. 5. Other locations also offer tickets. For a list, see http://www.statefairofwv.com/tickets .

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