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May-16-2017

Justice administration tells cabinet secretaries to start preparing for shutdown
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice is already telling his cabinet secretaries to start preparing for the possibility of a government shutdown.
Nick Casey, chief of staff for the governor, sent a memo this afternoon labeled: “Operating with No Budget on July 1.”

“In an abundance of caution, you need to start developing a contingency plan...

May-16-2017

Legislature returns to consider budget but bill still isn’t ready
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Senate and House of Delegates adjourned Monday without the introduction of a bill meant to form the foundation of a budget for the coming fiscal year.

That was after the Justice administration issued a memo warning state agencies to start preparing for a budget shutdown and also after submitting a bill allowing furloughs of state...

May-16-2017

2 top WV Ed Department leaders exit
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia’s deputy state schools superintendent is retiring at the end of this month, and state Superintendent Steve Paine has eliminated the position of his chief of staff, who resigned last month.

Both women had been in their roles for about two years.

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May-15-2017

Policy makes sexual assaults difficult to track in WV schools
Jake Jarvis, Charleston Gazette-Mail

When K-12 school officials in West Virginia learn a student may have been sexually assaulted at school, officials at the Department of Education lump those reports in with other reports of bullying and harassment, making it nearly impossible to know how many sexual assaults there are each year.

West Virginia was one of just 10 states that didn’t keep records...

May-12-2017

West Virginia first-grader brings unloaded handgun to school
The Associated Press

STONEWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — Officials are investigating after a first-grader brought an unloaded handgun to school in Harrison County.

Harrison County school Superintendent Mark Manchin told The Exponent Telegram in Clarksburg that the girl apparently brought the gun to show classmates at Norwood Elementary....

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