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January 27, 2016

Prevailing wage repeal bill passes House after emotional debate
By Hoppy Kercheval | MetroNews

The House of Delegates Wednesday passed legislation repealing the state’s prevailing wage law that sets hourly pay rates for workers on state-funded projects.  The bill (HB 4005) now goes to the Senate.

The 55-44 vote followed an emotional debate on the House floor between supporters and opponents of the legislation as labor union members and business backers...

January 28, 2016

Challenger disaster: McAuliffe’s students go on to teach  
By KATHY McCORMACK, Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Thirty years after the Concord High School class of ‘86 watched social studies teacher Christa McAuliffe and six astronauts perish when the space shuttle Challenger exploded on live TV, a number of them have gone into teaching – and some wonder if, indirectly, the tragedy affected them enough that they wanted to make a difference, as she did....