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March-10-2014

Legislature mentality

Year after year, Tea Party values are carried into the West Virginia Legislature. It's sad — and damaging to the state — when lawmakers ignore beneficial proposals while they boost pistol-carrying and impede desperate girls wanting to end pregnancies. Too many mountain politicians let themselves be swayed by the far-right "God, guns and gays" agenda.

For example, after last year's massacre of school children in Connecticut, West Virginia legislators...

March-07-2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's teachers unions are protesting a dress code proposed by the Kanawha County school board that would regulate when teachers can wear blue jeans, and would ban shorts, T-shirts, flip-flops and some other clothing items.

The first draft of the policy -- unveiled in special session Thursday -- also requires hair and nails to be clean and neatly groomed, and beards and mustaches "to be neatly trimmed...

March-07-2014

By Staff and wire reports
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

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March-06-2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The College Board announced major changes to the SAT on Wednesday, including cutting back the test's possible points and changing its categories, revamping content to align more closely with current college courses and waiving college application fees for low-income students.

The SAT, which was last updated nearly a decade ago, will use a 1,600-point scale, instead of its existing 2,400-point scale, and will...

March-05-2014

By Hoppy Kercheval
WV MetroNews

The House Finance Committee Wednesday tried to straighten out a pay raise plan for school teachers and service workers that was botched in the House Education Committee two days earlier.

Finance Committee members switched the raise package back to a one-year $1,000 across the board increase for teachers, from a three-year $6,000 raise approved by the Education Committee.

The $6,000 raise plan surprised key lawmakers, the teacher...

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