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Kanawha circuit judge issues preliminary injunction on Right to Work
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday blocking the state’s new right to work law.

West Virginia became the 26th right to work state in the U.S. on July 1 after its passage in the 2016 Regular Legislative Session. The AFL-CIO and 10 other unions sought the injunction claiming it amounted to stealing property....


West Virginia students make modest improvement on standardized testing
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

West Virginia students made a minor improvement in 2016 Smarter Balanced Assessment testing, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the state Department of Education.

The data showed that math proficiency improved from last year’s 26 percent to 30 percent while English-language arts scores improved from 45 percent in 2015 to 47 percent.


Organized labor ready to challenge Right to Work in court
By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

Six months since the West Virginia Legislature passed Right to Work legislation, organized labor is ready to go to court to seek an injunction to block the measure.  The new law was described by supporters during the debate as a bid to drop a requirement of union membership as a condition of employment.  Union groups contend the measure amounted to an unfair taking of...


Report finds WV’s public higher education institutions have $2.7 billion impact on state
By Carrie Hodousek , WV MetroNews

The state Higher Education Policy Commission hopes the $2.7 billion impact that West Virginia’s colleges and universities have on the state’s economy will prevent budget cuts to higher education.

“Rather than just to say ‘hey, we can save a lot of money by closing or consolidating certain institutions, you really need to also have an...


Allegations grow over mismanagement in Logan County schools
By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

Allegations of misspending of Logan County school funds on wedding paraphernalia may only be the tip of the iceberg.  Logan County School Board President Paul Hardesty confirmed the purchase of the questionable items during Monday’s MetroNews Talkline.

“They were purchased at the Logan County Board of Education.  They were purchased with the sate P-Card. Most, if...