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January-14-2015

By Annie Moore  
WVVA Multimedia Journalist  

OAK HILL -- On Monday, Fayette County school officials announced that the main building at Collins Middle School would be closed due to unsafe conditions.

Officials said 5th and 6th graders would be staying at the school but in a different building. They also said 7th graders will go to Fayetteville High School on Thursday and 8th graders would go to Oak Hill High School.

But a day after that announcement, WVVA found...

January-14-2015

By Eric Eyre
The Charleston Gazette

A former high-ranking administrator at the West Virginia Department of Education misused public funds and falsified travel records while working at a similar post in Virginia, according to a report released this week.

The Virginia State Inspector General’s report revealed that Tammy McGraw, who worked at the Virginia Department of Education before coming to West Virginia, received an oil painting from a Massachusetts company after...

January-13-2015

By John Schwartz
The New York Times 

West Virginia joined 25 other states several years ago to help develop a set of standards for teaching science across the United States. Among other topics, the standards acknowledge the overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is real and has been profoundly affected by human activity.

And last month, the West Virginia Board of Education announced that it was among the first 13 states and...

January-13-2015

By Eric Eyre
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Incoming West Virginia Senate leaders gave a glimpse into their legislative agenda Monday, saying they plan to push through bills that reform the state’s legal system, but they expect to put off comprehensive tax reform measures until next year.

Senate President-to-be Bill Cole, R-Mercer, said lawmakers’ tort reform package would include restrictions on class-action lawsuits and jury awards.

On Wednesday,...

January-12-2015

By Shauna Johnson
WV MetroNews 

The next state Senate President says Republican leaders are trying to look at “the whole picture” when it comes to the state’s budget.

“I can promise you we’re going to dig deep,” said Sen. Bill Cole (R-Mercer) ahead of the start of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session on Wednesday.

Budget talk is expected to again dominate the session, one Republicans will lead in the state Senate and state House of Delegates for the first time in...

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