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December-04-2014

By Shauna Johnson, WV Metronews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Roughly $40 million in benefit cuts have been made to the health insurance plan that covers West Virginia’s state workers.

During a Thursday meeting, members of the Public Employees Insurance Agency’s Finance Board approved the changes that will take effect on July 1, 2015.

“Nobody wants any cuts. Nobody wants any changes, but we do have a fiscal responsibility to the taxpayers and to the government of West Virginia to...

December-04-2014

By Ryan Quinn  
The Charleston Gazette  

Members of a state school board commission considered Wednesday altering the map of Regional Education Service Agencies, but got held up on something people have been asking for years — what are RESAs supposed to do?

The Commission on School District Governance and Administration eventually decided to recommend that the state school board, at its meeting this month, delay altering RESAs’ roles and stick with the current map of...

December-03-2014

By Sarah Tincher   
The State Journal   

West Virginia University will be furthering its STEM education thanks to a $1.45 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative, which will allow the school to establish a UTeach program, a unique teacher-training program for secondary science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers.

The rigorous UTeach program attracts high-performing undergraduate students majoring in STEM fields to the teaching field and...

December-03-2014

By Shauna Johnson  
WV MetroNews  

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – November was a “very good month” for tax collections in West Virginia, according to state Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss.

Overall, tax officials said collections were more than $30 million ahead of estimates for November or 11 percent better than projections. Compared with Nov. 2013, revenue collections were up by almost 15 percent.

“Obviously, we’ve still got seven months left, so we’ve got long ways to go,” Kiss...

December-02-2014

By Marla Pisciotta  For The State Journal  

The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind has not experienced significant capital projects in nearly 40 years, with the last buildings erected in the 1970s.

On top of that, the Romney schools have not experienced significant renovation in nearly 30 years with only one sizable renovation occurring to Seaton Hall in the 1980s.

That situation may change in the near future.

Due to an ongoing push from Delegate...

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