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November-04-2015

Educators frustrated with changes in Wetzel County
By Lauren Matthews, Wetzel Chronicle

Tensions were high Monday night as several Wetzel County educators spoke out against the board of education regarding changes recently made in system.

The educators' frustrations came to a head after a recent petition, filed by concerned Wetzel County parent Christina Coulter, called for the board's removal of new superintendent Leatha Williams.

The petition has...

November-03-2015

Teens Spend 'Astounding' Nine Hours a Day in Front of Screens: Researchers
BY MAGGIE FOX AND ERIKA EDWARDS

American teenagers spend an "astounding" nine hours a day with digital technology, entertaining themselves with streaming video, listening to music and playing games, researchers reported Tuesday.

And "tweens" aged 8 to 12 are spending six hours with media, the non-profit group Common Sense Media reports.

That's is in addition to using digital...

November-03-2015

PEIA Holds Public Meeting, Proposed Benefit Cuts Have People Upset
Written by Ryan Petrovich

It was a jammed packed house for the Public Employees Insurance Agencies' Finance Board public meeting. Hundreds of people gathered to hear the proposed plans and voice their concerns. 

State law prevents PEIA from raising premiums for active employees, so deductibles will rise. It will be a $...

November-02-2015

PEIA mess took a long time to create
By Phil Kabler, WV Gazette-Mail

As the Public Employees Insurance Agency embarks on a series of what are sure to be contentious public hearings this month over plans to cut insuree benefits by more than $120 million, a number of readers have asked how the state-run health insurance plan got in such a mess.

Suffice to say, it didn’t happen overnight.

PEIA hasn’t had a premium increase since the 2012-13 budget...

November-02-2015

Boone County looks to close one-third of its elementary schools
By Jeff Jenkins, MetroNews

MADISON, W.Va. — Three small elementary schools in Boone County will be the subject of separate school closing hearings this month.

Plans are to close Wharton, Nellis and Jeffrey-Spencer schools because of an eroding tax base and reduced enrollment, Boone County School Superintendent John Hudson said.

Most of the financial problems are connected to the...

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