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Daniel Hall to resign from Senate, creating 'unique situation'
By David Gutman, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

State Sen. Daniel Hall, whose party switch days after last year’s elections shifted the Senate to Republican control, is resigning to become a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, leaving some doubt about which party will control the West Virginia Senate.

Hall, of Wyoming County, was elected to the Senate as a Democrat in 2012, but he...


Goodwin resigning from office; clearing way for governor's run
By David Gutman, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin is resigning from office, less than a month after completing one of the highest-profile criminal cases in West Virginia history, and paving the way for a widely anticipated run for governor.

Goodwin announced his resignation Monday afternoon after a meeting with his staff. The resignation is effective at the end of 2015....


WV’s first inter-county elementary only 60 percent full 
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

State School Building Authority officials say West Virginia’s first inter-county elementary school, built with $10.3 million in SBA money, has only about 60 percent of the students planned for it.

The school, Leading Creek Elementary, consolidated Troy Elementary, in Gilmer County and Alum Bridge Elementary, in Lewis County. It was built...


Marple requests rehearing of Supreme Court ruling dismissing case
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Attorneys for ousted state schools superintendent Jorea Marple have requested a rehearing of the West Virginia Supreme Court’s unanimous Nov. 10 decision to dismiss her case against the state Board of Education.

In a petition filed with the high court earlier this month, Marple’s lawyers take issue with the justices’ finding that...


U.S. Census: WV continues to lose residents
By Daniel Desrochers, Kanawha County Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia lost more than 6,100 people between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015, according to the 2015 population estimates put out by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage-wise, West Virginia’s 0.25 percent decrease was the largest in the country. Six other states lost population, according to the Census: Illinois, Connecticut, Mississippi,...