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  • By Amelia Ferrell Knisely, Charleston Gazette-Mail

As of Sept. 12, there were 72 children missing from West Virginia’s foster care system, now classified as runaways by the state.

The state has recorded 651 runaway foster care children — mostly teen boys who flee from less-secure group care settings or schools — since the end of last year through earlier this month.

The number is likely to eclipse the previous year’s number of runaways,...


By Abby Haglage, Yahoo Lifestyle

The word teacher, for many, has long been synonymous with hero.

On social media, political stages and news sites, teachers are hailed as indefatigable...

  • By Amelia Ferrell Knisely, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Sen. Joe Manchin said he took the plight of West Virginia’s 10,000 homeless students to the country’s top education official this week, asking for federal attention on the state’s issue.

Manchin, D-W.Va., called the number of homeless students, nearly 1 in every 25, “absolutely unacceptable.”

He said he spoke with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Sept. 17 for 30 minutes via phone in...


By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With the help of a $105 million cash infusion from the West Virginia Legislature, the PEIA Finance Board on Thursday approved preliminary 2020-21 benefit plans with no premium increases or benefits cuts for active employees and retirees.

“We’re proposing to go out [to public hearings] without any rate increases at all,” PEIA Executive Director Ted Cheatham told the board.

For employees of cities, counties and governmental agencies...


By Steven Greenhouse, NY Times

Successful strikes beget more strikes. When nearly 50,000 General Motors workers walked out at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, it was just the latest in the largest burst of strikes in decades. Last year’s victorious teachers’ strike in West Virginia was the initial spark, helping inspire statewide walkouts in Oklahoma and Arizona...