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January-14-2015

By Eric Eyre
The Charleston Gazette

A former high-ranking administrator at the West Virginia Department of Education misused public funds and falsified travel records while working at a similar post in Virginia, according to a report released this week.

The Virginia State Inspector General’s report revealed that Tammy McGraw, who worked at the Virginia Department of Education before coming to West Virginia, received an oil painting from a Massachusetts company after...

January-13-2015

By John Schwartz
The New York Times 

West Virginia joined 25 other states several years ago to help develop a set of standards for teaching science across the United States. Among other topics, the standards acknowledge the overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is real and has been profoundly affected by human activity.

And last month, the West Virginia Board of Education announced that it was among the first 13 states and...

January-13-2015

By Eric Eyre
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Incoming West Virginia Senate leaders gave a glimpse into their legislative agenda Monday, saying they plan to push through bills that reform the state’s legal system, but they expect to put off comprehensive tax reform measures until next year.

Senate President-to-be Bill Cole, R-Mercer, said lawmakers’ tort reform package would include restrictions on class-action lawsuits and jury awards.

On Wednesday,...

January-12-2015

By Shauna Johnson
WV MetroNews 

The next state Senate President says Republican leaders are trying to look at “the whole picture” when it comes to the state’s budget.

“I can promise you we’re going to dig deep,” said Sen. Bill Cole (R-Mercer) ahead of the start of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session on Wednesday.

Budget talk is expected to again dominate the session, one Republicans will lead in the state Senate and state House of Delegates for the first time in...

January-12-2015

By Ryan Quinn
The Charleston Gazette 

The West Virginia Science Teachers Association is criticizing the state Board of Education’s controversial changes to K-12 education standards on climate change, saying the changes compromise and misrepresent the science.

“Climate change will be addressed in West Virginia classrooms, and teachers will continue to provide students with the data and skills they need to be informed West Virginia...

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