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January-15-2015

By Joel Ebert, Daily Mail

As is the case with every year, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin received a variety of praise and criticism from members of his own party, as well as the new majority party, following Wednesday’s State of the State Address.Republican leaders were pleased to hear the governor’s call to push back against regulations being proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

”The EPA is way, way too deep in the business and the future of our state. We’re going to push...

January-14-2015

By Annie Moore  
WVVA Multimedia Journalist  

OAK HILL -- On Monday, Fayette County school officials announced that the main building at Collins Middle School would be closed due to unsafe conditions.

Officials said 5th and 6th graders would be staying at the school but in a different building. They also said 7th graders will go to Fayetteville High School on Thursday and 8th graders would go to Oak Hill High School.

But a day after that announcement, WVVA found...

January-14-2015

By Eric Eyre
The Charleston Gazette

A former high-ranking administrator at the West Virginia Department of Education misused public funds and falsified travel records while working at a similar post in Virginia, according to a report released this week.

The Virginia State Inspector General’s report revealed that Tammy McGraw, who worked at the Virginia Department of Education before coming to West Virginia, received an oil painting from a Massachusetts company after...

January-13-2015

By John Schwartz
The New York Times 

West Virginia joined 25 other states several years ago to help develop a set of standards for teaching science across the United States. Among other topics, the standards acknowledge the overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is real and has been profoundly affected by human activity.

And last month, the West Virginia Board of Education announced that it was among the first 13 states and...

January-13-2015

By Eric Eyre
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Incoming West Virginia Senate leaders gave a glimpse into their legislative agenda Monday, saying they plan to push through bills that reform the state’s legal system, but they expect to put off comprehensive tax reform measures until next year.

Senate President-to-be Bill Cole, R-Mercer, said lawmakers’ tort reform package would include restrictions on class-action lawsuits and jury awards.

On Wednesday,...

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