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February-04-2014

By Phil Kabler
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In January, for the first time in the 2013-14 budget year, state tax collections came in ahead of estimates, state officials said Monday.

Collections of $391.71 million were $8.42 million ahead of projections for the month, Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow said.

Most of that upturn was the result of timing, with $15 million of taxes due Dec. 31 being posted as January revenue, he said.

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February-04-2014

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON — Food costs have been eating the Department of Education’s lunch for years because almost all of the food purchased for schools comes from out of state.

The Commissioner of Agriculture wants to change that, and he thinks he can.

Walt Helmick told the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development that West Virginia grows $663 million in farm products, but consumes upwards of $7 billion. The biggest customer is the school system at...

February-03-2014

By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A chemical that spilled in the Elk River earlier this month is no longer detectable at five schools.

Water sample test results released last week showed crude MCHM was present at Andrew Heights Elementary, George Washington High School and John Adams Middle School in Kanawha County, Buffalo High School in Putnam County, H.E. White Elementary in Clay County and Lincoln County High School.

The West Virginia Department of...

February-03-2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- While access to preschool is one of the few, if not the only, aspect of West Virginia's education system that is ranked among the best in the nation, providing families access does not necessarily get kids into classrooms.

Enrolling children in pre-k is the next focus of a comprehensive program designed to overhaul and reform schools on Charleston's crime-ridden West Side.

The steering committee of the...

February-03-2014

By Lacie Pierson 
The Herald-Dispatch

WAYNE -- A bond measure that would fund the cost of building two new schools and making significant renovations at another school will be on the agenda for approval from the Wayne County Board of Education this week.

Before the proposed bond election can be put on the Tuesday, May 13, primary election ballot, it first must be approved by board members during their regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Wayne County Schools...

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