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November-04-2019

WV MetroNews

PRINCETON, W.Va. — Voters in both Mercer and Ritchie counties renewed school system excess levies in countywide elections held Saturday.

In Mercer County, voters renewed a five-year excess by a nearly two-to-one margin, 3,161 for the levy and 1,648 against. The excess levy provides the school system approximately $13 million a year.

Ritchie County voters renewed the county’s $5.8 million annual excess levy by a vote of 1,038 to 175.

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October-31-2019

The PEIA Finance Board wants your input! Proposals for Plan Year 2021 (Benefits from 7/1/20 - 6/30/21) are being finalized now. You'll find the proposed changes at peia.wv.gov or www.wvpeia.com no later than November 5- just click on the picture of the gavel or scroll to the News Center. We have scheduled public hearings around the state as follows:

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October-31-2019

By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

MERCER COUNTY, W.Va. — The county clerk in Mercer County was optimistic about overall turnout for Saturday’s excess school levy election in his county as the early voting period came to an end in Bluefield.

County Clerk Verlin Moye told MetroNews the number of people who cast ballots early for the levy election was nearly double the total for early voting ahead of the 2017 road bond special election.

“Sometimes it’s hard...

October-29-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state’s high percentage of schoolkids who receive free meals could be threatened with changes being considered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.USDA has proposed changing its direct certification process involving SNAP benefits.

Currently, if a child’s family receives food stamps it automatically makes them eligible for free meals at school. The change would require those families to sign-up separately...

October-28-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Four hundred school buses in West Virginia have seat backs that may lack sufficient cushioning to prevent injury in crashes, according to the West Virginia Department of Education.

Thomas Built Buses, the manufacturer of the affected buses, said in a statement that “an increased risk of injury may be present during certain frontal impact events if an unrestrained passenger’s knee strikes certain portions of the seat back surface area” of...

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