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Tomblin announces 4 percent budget cut for state agencies

By David Gutman
The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Monday announced an across-the-board 4 percent cut for most state government agencies, a move he said is necessary due to “unexpected and unprecedented” drops in the state’s severance tax collections.

State aid to public schools, which has been spared in recent years of budget cuts, will see a 1 percent cut this year, Tomblin announced....


Fayette commissioners to sue over denied school consolidation plan

By Samuel Speciale
The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Fayette County commissioners say they’ll sue the state School Building Authority over its Sept. 28 decision to deny a request that would have consolidated several of the beleaguered county’s schools.

In a special meeting on Monday, commissioners unanimously agreed to partner with Mountain State Justice, a nonprofit Charleston-based law firm....


W.Va. Supreme Court considers immunity in Marple's suit
By Pam Ramsey, The Associated Press

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court is considering whether the state Board of Education can be sued by a former state schools superintendent over its decision to fire her.

The board has asked the court to overturn a circuit judge’s denial of its request to dismiss Jorea Marple’s lawsuit. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the appeal on Tuesday.


Extended stop signs on buses helping to reduce violations
By Christina Fan,

CABELL COUNTY, WV - Carol Hall has run the same bus route in Cabell County for over five years. She said watching drivers running her stop sign has become a daily occurrence.

“There are times you could have this big yellow school bus with the red lights going, and they don't even know there is a school bus in front of you,” the veteran school bus driver said.



Tomblin denies Green's request to reverse SBA vote on Fayette
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education’s president has called the state School Building Authority’s recent vote to shoot down Fayette County’s high school consolidation plan “unprecedented,” “improper” and unlawful, but the governor has refused to call a special meeting to reverse the decision.

A Tuesday evening press release from the state Department of...