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January-30-2017

Three big ideas new Gov. Jim Justice has advanced in the past week
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In comments and tidbits during appearances around West Virginia, new Gov. Jim Justice has offered insight about how his administration might proceed when the legislative session really gets going next week.

Justice’s inaugural address Jan. 16 offered the first opportunity in his new role as governor to lay out ideas about issues like the...

January-26-2017

Logan delegate switches from Democrat to independent
By Andrew Brown, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Delegate Rupie Phillips, one of the state’s most conservative Democratic lawmakers, is switching his party affiliation to Independent, arguing that the national Democratic party hasn’t done a good job of being “pro-coal, pro-gun, pro-life and pro-jobs.”

“It is clear to me that the citizens of my district want a true Independent voice in Charleston,” Phillips...

January-26-2017

RESA directors defend services amid talks of budget cuts
By Sunshine Wiles, WV MetroNews

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Directors of West Virginia’s eight Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs) are prepared to argue before lawmakers that the services provided to school districts save money.

Kelli Watts, the Executive Director of RESA 3, a guest on MetroNews “Talkline” with Hoppy Kercheval, said the professional development services they coordinate are...

January-25-2017

WVEA president likes Justice's picks for state board
By WV MetroNews staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The president of the West Virginia Education Association is applauding Governor Jim Justice’s choices for three seats on the state Board of Education.

The new members are Miller Hall, Barbara Whitecotton and Chuck Hatfield. All have extensive education backgrounds.

“It’s time that we have educators on the Board who have had that experience and these are...

January-25-2017

Along with state board appointments, Blackwell named new SBA director
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

A day after announcing his appointment of West Virginia Board of Education member Bill White to a new role, Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday that he’d be filling White’s seat and two other state school board seats with former longtime county school system administrators.

The new state school board members are former Putnam County...

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