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3 WV elementaries named 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools

Three West Virginia elementary schools are among the 342 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017, the U.S. Education Department announced Thursday.

Brooke County's Colliers Primary, Hampshire County's Slanesville Elementary and Taylor County's Flemington Elementary each won the award in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category...


WV has highest rate of student loan defaults
By Jake Jarvis, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Rebekah Hollers, 36, of Charleston, is one of thousands of West Virginians who have defaulted on their student loans. After struggling to make her monthly payments, Hollers finally pulled herself out of default.To have enough money to pay rent and buy food as a college student, Rebekah Hollers worked overnight at Kroger. She would sleep whenever she could find time between work...


Should PEIA be privatized in West Virginia like workers comp?
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

 Should the Public Employees Insurance Agency be privatized the way the workers compensation system was a decade ago?

Maybe, said Greg Burton, chief executive officer of BrickStreet Insurance and the guy who led the state Workers Compensation Commission years ago.

“Whether or not it correlates with PEIA...


WV officials unsure PEIA would benefit from privatization
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Privatization of West Virginia’s Workers’ Compensation insurance was successful, particularly in lowering employer premiums and increasing competition, Brickstreet Insurance CEO Greg Burton told legislators Tuesday.

Whether those successes would apply to privatization of the state Public Employees Insurance Agency health insurance remains to be seen, he...


Capital High closed for the week after high mold, C02 levels found
Ryan Quinn,  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Capital High will be closed the rest of the week after test results, received Monday, showed high levels of mold and carbon dioxide in a little less than a third of the school, said Kanawha County public schools Communications Director Briana Warner.

Warner said the goal is to reopen the school Monday, following cleaning from...