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January 4, 2016

Today's the deadline to nominate teachers for Arch Coal awards
By WV MetroNews Staff

Today (Monday, Jan. 4) is the deadline to nominate teachers for the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards.

“Individuals have until Jan. 4, 2016, to nominate a worthy teacher for one of 10 awards, which will be presented early next spring,” said Russ Lorince, Arch Coal vice president of external affairs, eastern region. “It is easy to nominate online at archteacherawards....

January 4, 2016

Ohio County supt., whose contract was not renewed, speaks out
By WTRF.com

WHEELING, W.Va - It's the first time we've seen her, since the Ohio County Board of Education voted not to renew her contract.  

It wasn't a typical question-and-answer format. In fact, Dr. Dianna Vargo did not take questions, but she gave a prepared statement.

She started by thanking the dedicated teachers, administrators, service personnel and staff with whom she had been...

January 4, 2016

Espinosa to head House Education Committee
By Charleston Gazette-Mail staff reports

Delegate Paul Espinosa will be the next House Education Committee chairman, a post Delegate Amanda Pasdon, R-Monongalia, vacated in December.

Espinosa currently is a member of the House Education Committee. He also is an assistant majority whip and vice-chairman of the House Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Committee.

In a statement...

January 5, 2016

Martirano releases information about testing commission
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

In a reversal, West Virginia’s state schools superintendent has publicly released the names of members of his new advisory commission on statewide standardized testing and the time and location of its next meeting.

“We appreciate the input we have received from the public and media concerning the desire for a public process and have reconsidered our decision...

January 5, 2016

Goodwin files to enter governor's race
By Charleston Gazette-Mail staff, wire reports

Booth Goodwin, long rumored to be a candidate in the West Virginia governor’s race, has taken the next step toward making his bid official.

Goodwin, who stepped down as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, effective Dec. 31, formed the Goodwin for West Virginia Committee on Jan. 1, according to the registration, which was filed with the Secretary of...

January 5, 2016

Hall quits; Supreme Court likely to rule on replacement
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

After wavering last week, Sen. Daniel Hall, R-Wyoming, has followed through on his announcement that he would resign his West Virginia Senate seat to take a job as a state liaison with the National Rifle Association.

Hall submitted his letter of resignation, dated Sunday, to the Senate president, governor and secretary of state on Monday, likely setting up...

January 5, 2016

Rick Wilson: PEIA change threatens economic health of vital workers
For the Charleston Gazette-Mail

If you work for a living in West Virginia AND if you sometimes feel like there’s a target painted on your back these days, there’s at least a little good news: you’re probably not clinically paranoid.

Construction workers and apprentices have been targeted in efforts to repeal the state’s prevailing wage on public construction projects. Last year, some...

January 5, 2016

Mingo Del. Harry Keith White resigns
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

GILBERT, W.Va. — Another longtime member of the West Virginia House of Delegates has resigned just more than a week before the beginning of the 60-day legislative session.

Del. Harry Keith White (D-Mingo), an 11-term delegate, submitted a letter to the House clerk’s office Monday afternoon.

“I am tendering my resignation to the House of Delegates effective at midnight tonight...

January 6, 2016

Testing commission eyes replacing Smarter Balanced with ACT
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Most members of the West Virginia Schools superintendent’s commission on testing want to move away from Smarter Balanced standardized exams, limit end-of-year testing in high school to only one grade and specifically explore using ACT tests as statewide assessments.

The recommendations came near the end of a nearly five-hour-long meeting that included...

January 7, 2016

Tomblin to address $353 million shortfall next week
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With December marking another dismal month for tax collection, West Virginia Department of Revenue officials are now projecting the Mountain State will finish the 2015-16 budget year on June 30 with a funding deficit of $353 million — a shortfall of nearly 10 percent of the general revenue budget.

Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss said Wednesday that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin...

January 7, 2016

Governor predicts tobacco tax will be 'on the table'
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin stopped short of saying he’ll propose an increase in the state’s tobacco tax during an appearance on MetroNews “Talkline” Thursday. Tomblin did say the proposal is on the table.

“Because of the budget conditions I think those discussions will be discussed a lot more than what they have been in the last four or five years,” Tomblin...

January 7, 2016

Tomblin predicts tobacco tax increase will be “on the table” for discussion with legislature
By Jeff Jenkins | MetroNews

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin stopped short of saying he’ll propose an increase in the state’s tobacco tax during an appearance on MetroNews “Talkline” Thursday. Tomblin did say the proposal is on the table.

“Because of the budget conditions I think those discussions will be discussed a lot more than what they have been in the last four or five...

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