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August-25-2015

Bus stop running video in Kanawha County prompts pledges for law change
By WV MetroNews Staff

The majority leader in the state Senate is promising quick action from lawmakers on a law change that would let law enforcement officers more easily punish those who fail to stop for school buses as required by law.

“We want to make darn sure with our laws that they have complete authority to utilize that information to save children’s lives. That’s our whole...

August-24-2015

Poll: Low marks for grading teachers based on kids' tests
By Jennifer C. Kerr, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Many Americans, especially public-school parents, give low marks to rating a teacher based partly on how students perform on standardized tests, according to a survey.

The Gallup Poll released Sunday found 55 percent opposed linking teacher evaluations to their students' test scores. Among those with children in public schools opposition was...

August-18-2015

Burdette: aspects of West Virginia workforce part of obstacle in business recruitment
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette says what the state needs most is more educated, trained workers.

Burdette appeared before the special legislative committee on tax reform Monday and told members taxes are down in West Virginia and the cost of doing business is a selling point as he tries to recruit new business...

August-18-2015

W.Va. not losing businesses over taxes, lawmakers told
By Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
    
West Virginia Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette delivered a message Monday that many state lawmakers likely didn’t want to hear: Business taxes aren’t scaring away companies looking to expand operations in the Mountain State.

Legislators are eying possible cuts to taxes on businesses’ inventory, machinery and equipment, but Burdette said his office...

August-18-2015

State has 3rd highest default rate for federal student loans
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer, Charleston Gazette-mail

Presidential contenders’ increasing talk of alleviating the massive U.S. college student debt burden has outsize implications for West Virginia – which has, according to the latest federal data, the country’s third-highest default rate on federal student loans.

Nearly 6,700, or 18.2 percent, of the Mountain State’s roughly 36,700 students who...

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