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January-27-2016

Prevailing wage repeal bill passes House after emotional debate
By Hoppy Kercheval | MetroNews

The House of Delegates Wednesday passed legislation repealing the state’s prevailing wage law that sets hourly pay rates for workers on state-funded projects.  The bill (HB 4005) now goes to the Senate.

The 55-44 vote followed an emotional debate on the House floor between supporters and opponents of the legislation as labor union members and business backers...

January-27-2016

Unemployment rates increase in most West Virginia counties
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unemployment rates increased in 49 of West Virginia's 55 counties in December.

WorkForce West Virginia says unemployment rates fell in Pocahontas and Webster counties, while four counties saw no change.

Jefferson County's 3.1 unemployment rate was the lowest in the state, followed by Berkeley County at 3.7 percent and Monongalia County at 3.9...

January-27-2016

State BOE President Responds to Henthorn’s Choice
Petition Drive Seeks Henthorn’s Resignation

BY MILES LAYTON - Staff Writer, Tyler Star News

SISTERSVILLE State Board of Education President Michael Green has issued a statement regarding actions taken by Tyler Board of Education President Bonnie Henthorn.

Henthorn decided to take her two children out of Tyler County schools in December so as to homeschool them.

Henthorn blamed the state...

January-27-2016

W.Va. House to vote on repeal of prevailing wage
The Associated Press

The Republican-led West Virginia House of Delegates is set to vote on repealing the state's prevailing wage for public construction projects.

House lawmakers are likely to cast that vote Wednesday.

On Thursday, House Democrats offered an amendment that would have only repealed the wage for five years and studied its impact before a full repeal. Republican House Speaker Tim...

January-27-2016

Bill allowing public charter schools expected to be debated again
By Matt Maccaro | WV MetroNews

One of the most controversial bills from last year’s legislative session is expected to be back on the table this week.

The House of Delegates Education Committee is expected to take up a bill allowing for public charter schools in West Virginia.

Currently 43 other states and the District of Columbia have public charter schools. Delegate Paul Espinosa (...

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