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September-23-2015

Kessler challenges Justice to gubernatorial debate
By Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Kessler is challenging his opponent, billionaire businessman Jim Justice, to a series of debates before the 2016 Democratic primary election in West Virginia.

Kessler, a state senator from Marshall County, issued the challenge during an interview Tuesday afternoon on Ravenswood radio station WMOV.

“Mr. Justice is a...

September-22-2015

Survey says W.Va. ranks 13th in tax fairness
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia ranks 13th in the U.S. in fairness of its state and local taxes, a WalletHub survey released Monday shows.

Ranking states based on how progressive their state and local tax rates are — with tax fairness defined as having higher taxes on wealthier households — West Virginia ranked 9th for its comparatively low property taxes, 36th for dependency on sales...

September-22-2015

Latest Common Core town hall scheduled in Northern Panhandle
The Associated Press

WHEELING, W.Va. — The public will have an opportunity to learn about West Virginia's academic standards for grades K-12 at a town hall meeting in Wheeling.

The West Virginia Department of Education says the town hall will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at West Liberty University's Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex.

The meeting will include an open question and...

September-21-2015

Benefit cuts loom for WV health insurer PEIA
By Phil Kabler, Statehouse Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With no new state funding available, the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board will have to come up with about $60 million in benefit cuts to the health insurance plan for the 2016-17 plan year, PEIA Executive Director Ted Cheatham has confirmed.

That’s on top of $40 million in cuts imposed for the current plan year, cuts achieved primarily...

September-21-2015

W.Va. continues to rank high in poverty
By Joel Ebert, Federal Courts Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Kanawha County’s 17 percent poverty rate in 2014 was the highest it has been in the last decade, with the exception of 2011, when 17.2 percent of county residents were living in poverty, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week. The finding is one of many that provide details about how West Virginia fared last year in terms of...

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