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October-11-2018

By: Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Republican Gov. Jim Justice promised last week to offer school workers and other state employees another 5 percent raise, plus $100 million to fund looming cost increases to their health insurance coverage, all without another school worker strike.

Union leaders suggested Justice’s new proposal is because he fears possible anti-GOP sentiment in the midterm election that’s about a month away. Justice didn’t reference that, but he did reach...

October-10-2018

Justice presser or GOP stump speech?
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette Mail; Statehouse Beat

Have to say that in my nearly 29 years of covering the Statehouse, I have never seen a gubernatorial press conference so blatantly political as the one Gov. Jim Justice held last week.

(Actually, I had to watch the video replay since I was covering the impeachment trial, and given Justice's reputation for being notoriously late, I feared the two would overlap.)...

October-02-2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Less than a year after teachers in West Virginia went on strike for better pay and changes to public health insurance, Governor Jim Justice announced a new plan to help the state employees' public insurance plan.

PEIA, or the Public Employees Insurance Agency, is the health insurance plan for state employees in West Virginia.

Governor Justice announced Tuesday $100M will be put towards PEIA. He also announced that he will introduce a bill to give...

September-26-2018

Charleston Gazette Mail, AP

TUNNELTON — The Preston County Board of Education is considering the possibility of closing two schools after residents twice voted down levies to increase funding.

The Dominion Post reports the board voted 3-1 on Monday to conduct public meetings and gather more information before making a final decision...

September-20-2018

Hoppy Kercheval- WV Metronews 

It has been said, in one form or another, that 80 percent of success is showing up—if we can just overcome inertia and force ourselves to get to work, school or the gym, we improve our chances of reaching a favorable outcome.

That is particularly true in education. The education think tank Attendance Works says across the country more than 8 million students are chronically absent, meaning they are missing ten percent or more school days for both...

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