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November-06-2014

By Phil Kabler 
The Charleston Gazette

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said he’s confident he’ll be able to work with a predominately Republican Legislature — just as he was able to build consensus between Republicans and Democrats during nearly 17 years as Senate president.

“Ninety percent of the time, or even a greater portion of the time, we’d have 34-0 votes,” Tomblin said. “That didn’t happen by coincidence. We worked both sides of the political aisle, with Democrats and...

November-06-2014

By Jared Hunt 
Charleston Daily Mail

The Republican Party is set to control both houses of the state Legislature for the first time since the Great Depression after Democratic state Sen. Daniel Hall switched his party affiliation Wednesday.

A source close to Hall confirmed he switched to the Republican Party at the Secretary of State’s Office about 5 p.m. Wednesday. A formal announcement is expected today.

The state GOP saw unprecedented gains in Tuesday’s midterm...

October-28-2014

By Kimberly Hefling 
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new president of the nation's largest teachers union is a guitar-playing, Spanish-speaking author who takes over as once-sacred tenure protections are challenged and new Common Core standards roll out in much of the country.

The National Education Association's Lily Eskelsen Garcia, a former Utah teacher of the year, does not shy from criticizing what she describes as "toxic" testing. For the union's 3...

October-21-2014

By Jennifer Smith 
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Education leaders and teachers from across the state got down to business Monday in Charleston at the West Virginia Education Summit sponsored by the West Virginia Education Alliance.

Organizers said the goal is to bring educators and the community together to learn what each needs to do to ensure students graduate with the skills they need to enter the workforce.

Winfield Middle School 7th grade science teacher...

October-20-2014

The Public Employee Insurance Agency is asking covered members to comment on proposed cuts that could change deductibles, copays and some coverage options next year. Several public hearings will be held around the state in November, and the PEIA Finance Board is expected to vote on the 2015-2016 benefits package in December.

Public hearings are scheduled beginning Nov. 10, 2014, and running through Nov. 20 in Beckley, Huntington, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Wheeling and Charleston. See...

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