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October-12-2018

By: Jake Zuckerman, Charleston Gazette-Mail

An appointed, incumbent delegate in Kanawha County running her first full-fledged campaign is ready to duke it out with the teachers’ unions.

Sharon Lewis Malcolm, a retired state employee running as a Republican, repeatedly praised the Legislature for granting a 5 percent pay raise to teachers and state employees without raising taxes.

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October-11-2018

By: Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Republican Gov. Jim Justice promised last week to offer school workers and other state employees another 5 percent raise, plus $100 million to fund looming cost increases to their health insurance coverage, all without another school worker strike.

Union leaders suggested Justice’s new proposal is because he fears possible anti-GOP sentiment in the midterm election that’s about a month away. Justice didn’t reference that, but he did reach...

October-10-2018

Justice presser or GOP stump speech?
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette Mail; Statehouse Beat

Have to say that in my nearly 29 years of covering the Statehouse, I have never seen a gubernatorial press conference so blatantly political as the one Gov. Jim Justice held last week.

(Actually, I had to watch the video replay since I was covering the impeachment trial, and given Justice's reputation for being notoriously late, I feared the two would overlap.)...

October-02-2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Less than a year after teachers in West Virginia went on strike for better pay and changes to public health insurance, Governor Jim Justice announced a new plan to help the state employees' public insurance plan.

PEIA, or the Public Employees Insurance Agency, is the health insurance plan for state employees in West Virginia.

Governor Justice announced Tuesday $100M will be put towards PEIA. He also announced that he will introduce a bill to give...

September-26-2018

Charleston Gazette Mail, AP

TUNNELTON — The Preston County Board of Education is considering the possibility of closing two schools after residents twice voted down levies to increase funding.

The Dominion Post reports the board voted 3-1 on Monday to conduct public meetings and gather more information before making a final decision...

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