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August-02-2018

Justice speaks at Charleston education summit
By MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice began his remarks Wednesday at the West Virginia South Summit for Educational Excellence by reminding attendees about his first State of the State address after taking office in 2017.

“I really, truly mean what I said from the very first State of the State when I said that what we should do is make education our centerpiece,” he said.

Justice spent...

July-09-2018

W.Va. No. 1 in population loss
By Staff reports, Charleston Gazette-mail

West Virginia is one of two states whose population declined in the last decade, and the rate of population loss is faster than any other state in the nation, according to a recent study by Pew Charitable Trusts.

Since 2007, West Virginia has lost about 18,000 residents - approximately 0.1 percent of the total population each year. Michigan was the only other state that recorded...

June-28-2018

PEIA Task Force begins daunting work of reforming WV health plan
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With 21 statewide public hearings completed, the PEIA Task Force on Wednesday got down to the daunting task of coming up with plans for comprehensive reform of the health insurance plan that covers more than 200,000 West Virginians, in what its members admit might be an impossibly short timeline.

“I know we have a clock ticking, but I don’t think we’...

June-25-2018

Teacher of the Year finalists named
MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Education announced Friday the five finalists for the 2019 State Teacher of the Year award.

The finalists were winners of their respective county teacher of the year honors.

The finalists this year are:

— Adrin Fisher, English teacher at Fairmont Senior High School in Fairmont;
— Summer McClintock, fourth-grade...

June-19-2018

Amid lectures, Justice announces plan to avoid PEIA hikes linked to July 1 pay raises
By Phil Kabler Staff writer

Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday that he will ask the PEIA Finance Board to raise the health insurance plan’s 10 salary-based premium tiers by $2,700 per tier, so that 5 percent pay raises for teachers, school service personnel and other state employees that go into effect July 1 will not result in premium hikes for those workers...

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