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February-01-2016

House floor next step for right to work bill

By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

A bill that would make West Virginia a Right to Work state is on its way forward after passing the House Judiciary Committee Friday afternoon.

The 13-10 vote, with two absentees, will send the legislation to the full House of Delegates next week. The bill makes it illegal to require union connection to employment.

The vote wasn’t entirely a party line vote; Del. Roger...

January-28-2016

Challenger disaster: McAuliffe’s students go on to teach  
By KATHY McCORMACK, Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Thirty years after the Concord High School class of ‘86 watched social studies teacher Christa McAuliffe and six astronauts perish when the space shuttle Challenger exploded on live TV, a number of them have gone into teaching – and some wonder if, indirectly, the tragedy affected them enough that they wanted to make a difference, as she did....

January-27-2016

Prevailing wage repeal bill passes House after emotional debate
By Hoppy Kercheval | MetroNews

The House of Delegates Wednesday passed legislation repealing the state’s prevailing wage law that sets hourly pay rates for workers on state-funded projects.  The bill (HB 4005) now goes to the Senate.

The 55-44 vote followed an emotional debate on the House floor between supporters and opponents of the legislation as labor union members and business backers...

January-27-2016

Unemployment rates increase in most West Virginia counties
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unemployment rates increased in 49 of West Virginia's 55 counties in December.

WorkForce West Virginia says unemployment rates fell in Pocahontas and Webster counties, while four counties saw no change.

Jefferson County's 3.1 unemployment rate was the lowest in the state, followed by Berkeley County at 3.7 percent and Monongalia County at 3.9...

January-27-2016

State BOE President Responds to Henthorn’s Choice
Petition Drive Seeks Henthorn’s Resignation

BY MILES LAYTON - Staff Writer, Tyler Star News

SISTERSVILLE State Board of Education President Michael Green has issued a statement regarding actions taken by Tyler Board of Education President Bonnie Henthorn.

Henthorn decided to take her two children out of Tyler County schools in December so as to homeschool them.

Henthorn blamed the state...

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