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February-20-2015

Manchin speaks during prevailing wage hearing
By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the legislature heard a range of opinions during a Thursday public hearing at the Capitol on legislation aimed at changing the provisions of prevailing wage in West Virginia.

Organized labor and construction workers are against the idea of tampering with the mechanism which currently calculates the wage on publicly financed construction projects...

February-18-2015

What does ‘right-to-work’ really mean?
By William Hal Gorby

Words have power in political debates. For West Virginians, the people’s very soul was the historic struggle over their “rights” achieved following 40 years of bloody violence.

On June 23, 1933, 2,500 coal miners descended on Charleston for a rally as representatives of 160,000 new UMWA members.State UMWA leader Van Bittner announced “This is our day it is written in the stars that we shall...

February-18-2015

Bill for charter schools gets OK
By Joel Ebert, Charleston Daily Mail

A controversial charter school bill that was subjected to more than three hours of debate on Tuesday has finally been passed through a Senate Education Committee.

Meeting five times over the last two days, including three separate occasions on Tuesday, the committee approved numerous amendments to Senate Bill 14, which establishes a pathway for the creation of charter schools in West...

February-18-2015

Senate Education Committee approves charter schools bill
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer. Charleston Gazette

The West Virginia Senate Education Committee finally approved a charter schools bill Tuesday night, moving past an issue that appeared on its agenda a dozen times.

All seven Republicans present voted for accepting a version of the bill in committee, and all five Democrats voted against. The body then passed Senate Bill 14 onto the Senate Finance...

February-13-2015

Lawmakers continue to refine charter schools legislation
By Joel Ebert, Charleston Daily Mail

Attempts to further refine the particulars of a charter school bill, which has been discussed for more than two weeks and remains the Senate Education Committee’s top priority, continued once again on Thursday.

Lawmakers approved what committee chairman Sen. Dave Sypolt, R-Preston, called a “laundry list” of amendments that were drafted as a result of...

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