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December-28-2015

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...

December-28-2015

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...

December-23-2015

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,...

December-23-2015

Pasdon resigns House seat
By Jeff Jenkins | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A member of the West Virginia House of Delegates leadership team announced her resignation in a news release Wednesday posted on the legislature’s website.

House Education Committee Chair Amanda Pasdon (R-Monongalia) called her decision, which takes effect Jan. 1, a difficult one.

“I have truly enjoyed the past five years representing my constituents and serving in the...

December-23-2015

Source: “very confident” Booth Goodwin will run for Governor
Hoppy's Commentary | Hoppy Kercheval, WV MetroNews

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Booth Goodwin, will likely enter the race for the Democratic nomination for Governor in the coming weeks, creating a three-way contest in the Primary Election.

Chuck Smith, a Charleston CPA and former chairman of the state Democratic Party, is among those pushing Goodwin.  “I–along...

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