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February-21-2014

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The state Senate voted 34-0 to pass a bill to invest a portion of West Virginia's oil and natural gas revenues for future infrastructure and economic development.

There was no discussion before the unanimous vote. 

The Future Fund Bill would set aside 25 percent of severance tax revenues above and beyond a $175 million benchmark. The fund would be allowed to gather interest for six years before being used to pave roads and...

February-21-2014

By WV MetroNews Staff

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Thursday evening he’s instructed the state Department of Education and West Virginia National Guard to do additional water testing in the school buildings impacted by the Jan. 9 chemical spill and the water emergency that followed.

The testing will be done this weekend under 2 parts per billion in parts of nine counties.

“We have been testing water in all of our schools at the governor’s more stringent level of 10...

February-20-2014

By Roger Adkins
The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG — Dr. Mark Manchin doesn’t plan to “come to Harrison County with a sledgehammer,” but he does plan to look at programs and make changes that are necessary.

Those were comments he made Wednesday during a meeting hosted by the Harrison County Chapter of the American Federation of Teachers — West Virginia. Those in attendance consisted of union members and others in the school system.

“I owe it to you not to come in and...

February-20-2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County parents are wondering how the school system will handle ongoing concerns about water safety now that complaints at schools are being fielded by a new "response team" tasked with deciding when to evacuate students.

Among the requests made in public delegations at Wednesday's Kanawha County Board of Education meeting was that schools be supplied bottled water through the end of the school year in...

February-19-2014

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A bill to allow West Virginia teachers to determine how to use their planning time passed the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday.

The bill mandates that administrators may not ask a teacher to attend meetings, training or any other work-related event during a planning period. This includes parent-teacher conferences.

Frank Collier, executive director of the West Virginia Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals,...

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