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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...


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...


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...


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...


Justice names 3 new state Board of Education members
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice, a little more than a week after promising big changes to West Virginia’s educational system in his inaugural address, has named three new members to the state school board.

Justice announced the three new members all at once. They are Miller Hall, Barbara Whitecotton, and Chuck Hatfield.

“The politicians and bureaucrats in...