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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-21-2014

By Ashton Marra
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Members of the Senate Finance Committee Friday morning voted to remove language from a bill increasing teachers' salaries by $1,000 across the board.

Members of the Senate Education Committee voted last week to increase the raise from the initial 2 percent promised by Governor Tomblin during his State of the State Address in January.

In Finance, however, the bill was returned to its original form, saving the state...

February-21-2014

By Pamela Pritt
(Beckley) Register-Herald Reporter

CHARLESTON — The House Committee on Education moved a bill Thursday morning that will allow security personnel hired by county sheriffs’ department to carry weapons in schools. The law enforcement agency would provide salaries and benefits, as well as assume liability for the security personnel.

Raleigh County Sheriff Steve Tanner spoke in favor of the move. Tanner said having armed security personnel in the school would...

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-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...

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