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January-29-2020

By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

January 29, 2020

For years, some legislators and business lobbyists have clamored for an end to the personal property tax on manufacturing machinery, equipment and inventory — which they say would encourage more businesses to come to West Virginia.

Lawmakers have never ended the tax for one big reason: They haven’t been able to figure out how to replace the money the tax brings in, which goes to counties to fund...

January-22-2020

WV MetroNews

January 22, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Dale Lee will seek a fifth term leading the West Virginia Education Association.

Lee announced his decision on Tuesday’s MetroNews “Talkline,” noting with 2020 being an election year, he needs to remain as president for stability.

“This one really is the most important election of our time,” Lee said. “We have to get some moderate people who want to move West Virginia forward in...

January-15-2020

By Jake Flatley, WV MetroNews

January 15, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Efforts are underway in the statehouse and in the state’s largest county to push for 12 weeks of paid family leave following the birth or adoption of a child or when a family member is suffering a serious illness.

Del. Moore Capito (R-Kanawha) and Del. Eric Nelson (R-Kanawha) introduced a measure, ...

January-13-2020

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

January 13, 2020

Within the past few weeks, the United States and Iran have traded missile attacks, the House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump and a photo emerged of state correctional officers giving a Nazi salute.

Amid all this, the West Virginia Board of Education is proposing to allow county school systems to reduce social studies standards for high school students.

This could severely...

January-10-2020

By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

January 10, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Jennifer Schwertfeger, West Virginia’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, didn’t decide to go into education until she was past age 40. She had a comfortable position working for two well known ophthalmologists, but felt the time had come for a change.

“When my children were of junior high age, I was ready for a change, but I wanted something where I could be with them and...

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