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January-13-2015

By Eric Eyre
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Incoming West Virginia Senate leaders gave a glimpse into their legislative agenda Monday, saying they plan to push through bills that reform the state’s legal system, but they expect to put off comprehensive tax reform measures until next year.

Senate President-to-be Bill Cole, R-Mercer, said lawmakers’ tort reform package would include restrictions on class-action lawsuits and jury awards.

On Wednesday,...

January-12-2015

By Shauna Johnson
WV MetroNews 

The next state Senate President says Republican leaders are trying to look at “the whole picture” when it comes to the state’s budget.

“I can promise you we’re going to dig deep,” said Sen. Bill Cole (R-Mercer) ahead of the start of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session on Wednesday.

Budget talk is expected to again dominate the session, one Republicans will lead in the state Senate and state House of Delegates for the first time in...

January-12-2015

By Ryan Quinn
The Charleston Gazette 

The West Virginia Science Teachers Association is criticizing the state Board of Education’s controversial changes to K-12 education standards on climate change, saying the changes compromise and misrepresent the science.

“Climate change will be addressed in West Virginia classrooms, and teachers will continue to provide students with the data and skills they need to be informed West Virginia...

January-08-2015

By Ryan Quinn

The Charleston Gazette

The West Virginia Board of Education’s president said the board will discuss the state’s controversial alterations to climate change science education standards at the start of next week’s meeting.

Gayle Manchin, who said she trusts the state Department of Education staff’s assertion that the altered standards are sound, said she’s requested that the item be placed on the school board’s agenda under new business, which usually comes...

January-08-2015

By Jessica Farrish
The Register-Herald
 
West Virginia Board of Education members made national news Monday, the result of a vote at a December meeting to alter references to human-driven climate change in the latest state science curriculum standards.
 
WVBOE members made the changes to the Next Generation Science Standards blueprint for the 2016-2017 school year in an effort to create debate on whether greenhouse gas emissions by human activity is changing the...

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