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May-26-2017

“Rosies” honored at Charleston program
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — If she had complied with the law, Anna Hess would likely not have worked for Mohawk Industries during World War II.

“I told a little white lie,” she said. “I went to work when I was 15 years old.”

Telling factory officials she was 18, Hess began building tire bands for trucks that would be used overseas by Allied troops.

Now 89, Hess was among 25 World...

May-26-2017

Mercer cancels elementary Bible classes, adds optional high school course
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Mercer County’s school board has canceled Bible classes in its public elementary schools next school year, but it’s now adding a new, optional high school Bible course for next school year.

Deborah Akers, superintendent of Mercer’s public school system and president of the West Virginia Association of School Administrators, said the current weekly...

May-25-2017

Legislature takes second hiatus as July 1 shutdown looms
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With the Senate and House of Delegates still seemingly miles apart on how to raise revenue to close a $260 million gap in the 2017-18 state budget, the Legislature agreed Wednesday to put the special session on a second hiatus — to June 5 — to allow time to try to work with Gov. Jim Justice to come up with a compromise.

The action Wednesday evening brought the...

May-22-2017

CPR training gets a boost in Jackson County
By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

RIPLEY, W.Va. — “Jackson County just got a whole lot safer today.”  The words of Kevin Pauley of the American Heart Association as CPR training was held Monday for students about to graduate from Ripley and Ravenswood High Schools.

The training comes as a result of a generous donation by UniCare to provide more than 400 CPR kits to students in the county which are designed to help...

May-22-2017

State school board president says board should take advantage of constitutional power
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Board of Education President Tom Campbell says he wants the state board to “seize” the authority given to it by the state Constitution.

With the swearing-in of two new board members last week, once again giving the board full membership, Campbell read a statement on what he hopes the new look board will do...

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