The Inter-Mountain file photo by Tim MacVean West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice addresses the crowd July 15 during The Inter-Mountain’s 125th Anniversary Celebration in Elkins. The governor’s political switch from Democrat to Republican is listed at the state’s top story of 2017 according to an Associated Press poll.
(AP) — Here are the top 10 West Virginia stories of 2017, according to an Associated Press poll of editors, news directors and reporters:
1. JUSTICE-GOP: Gov. Jim Justice announces at a rally with President Donald Trump in Huntington that the governor is switching from the Democratic to the Republican party.
2. ROAD BONDS: In October, voters overwhelmingly approve a $1.6 billion road bond package after lawmakers pass taxes and fees to support some repairs and bond repayments.
3. STATE BUDGET: Justice and the Legislature feud over budget issues, which threaten a partial government shutdown on July 1 if not resolved. In June, Justice allows the budget to take effect but wouldn’t sign it, saying the legislative cuts went too deep.
4. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Justice signs a bill that makes