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April 18, 2016

Voter registration deadline quickly approaching
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in West Virginia’s Primary Election.

In the last week, the Secretary of State’s Office saw a surge of over 10,000 people who interacted with their online voter registration portal.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant credited Facebook and other social media sites for asking users if they’ve registered to vote yet.

“I...

April 19, 2016

WVEA celebrates 150th anniversary at annual meeting

Delegate Assembly also elects officers, presents awards to guests
WVEA Communications Division- press release

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Education Association celebrated its 150th anniversary during its annual meeting, the Delegate Assembly, held April 15-17 in Charleston.

“On this milestone anniversary,...

April 19, 2016

Justice holds education forum at Tamarack
By Pamela Pritt Register-Herald Reporter

Teachers and service personnel from around the region had the ear of Jim Justice Monday evening at a private event where the Democratic gubernatorial candidate listened to what it means to be in education in West Virginia.

And at one point, Justice was shaking his head in disbelief.

About 25 people sat around a table with Justice and told him about working second...

April 21, 2016

State budget battle becomes even more complicated
By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The challenge of crafting the state budget for Fiscal Year 2017 continues behind closed doors in Charleston.  However, those inside the budget talks between the House, Senate, and Tomblin administration indicate there may be work to do on the current state budget as well.

The state Tax Department is expected to announce soon the state is falling farther...

April 22, 2016

Another $100 million may be needed for 2016 budget hole
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It may take an additional $100 million, possibly more, to balance West Virginia’s current budget before the close of the 2016 Fiscal Year on June 30, though state Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss is not confirming exact numbers at this point.

Previously, state lawmakers were told roughly $354 million in extra funding would be needed because of lower than...

April 25, 2016

1 in 10 W.Va. kids growing up with incarcerated parent
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An estimated 34,000 West Virginians are the children of incarcerated parents, putting them at risk for serious long-term effects of emotional and financial instability, according to a new Kids Count policy report released Monday.

“It’s really sad to think that one in 10 of our kids is growing up with a parent in jail or prison. It’s really hard to...

April 26, 2016

Cole wants budget session sooner than later
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

Leading lawmakers and members of the Tomblin administration met again Monday afternoon in the continuing efforts to reach an agreement on a new state budget.

The difficult job got even tougher last week when lawmakers were told to expect the current budget year’s revenue hole to grow by approximately $100 million.

State Senate President and Republican gubernatorial candidate...

April 26, 2016

Early voting begins Wednesday in W.Va.
WVEA Communications Staff

A reminder that early voting begins tomorrow, April 27, in West Virginia and runs through May 7. The primary election will be held statewide on Tuesday, May 10.

Both the general election in November and this primary election are crucial for the future of our state. Please be sure to vote!

Also remember that the primary election is the final election for non-partisan candidates for...

April 27, 2016

House leaders target cuts topping $100 million, but offer few specifics
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead said Tuesday on MetroNews “Talkline” he’s trying to get agreement on more than $100 million in state budget cuts as part of the ongoing discussions concerning the next state budget.

Lawmakers and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin are faced with a $270 million budget hole in the budget year that begins July...

April 28, 2016

Education, public health organizations & others join calls for $1 cigarette tax hike
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

 An increase of at least $1 to the state tax on a pack of cigarettes could make the difference for West Virginia’s physical and fiscal health, according to representatives from a coalition of West Virginia education, public health and faith-based community organizations.

As state budget talks continue, those groups came together...

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