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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says in an opinion sought by the secretary of state's office that a state law prohibiting anonymous election pamphlets is unconstitutional. Morrisey issued the opinion Tuesday. Morrisey's office says in a news release that Secretary of State Mac Warner sought the opinion. Morrisey says the state law "violates the First Amendment because it is overbroad and not narrowly tailored to a compelling state interest."

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) - Five federal inmates in West Virginia have admitted to possessing weapons. The inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Welch each pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of a weapon by an inmate. Federal prosecutors say the shanks, or homemade knives, were observed or discovered during searches by staff members from March until June. The inmates each face up to an additional five years in prison

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Legislature has passed a bill to exempt military retirees from paying personal state income taxes. The bill easily passed the House of Delegates and later the Senate on Tuesday during the Legislature's special session. Both chambers also passed bills dealing with road construction job hiring and tax credits concerning rehabilitating historic structures.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia legislative committee dedicated to flooding has been warned that the state needs to find more comprehensive funding for stream gauges, which help warn residents of impending high waters. West Virginia Conservation Agency Executive Director Brian Farkas told the Joint Legislative Committee on Flooding on Monday that several state and federal agencies scramble each year to fund a network of stream gauges.

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