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By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

October 22, 2020

The latest challenge to the coronavirus map that determines the status of West Virginia classrooms is set for a Friday afternoon hearing in a socially-distanced courtroom.

The West Virginia Education Association sued the state, saying the map has been adjusted over and over with the intended outcome of keeping classrooms open and football games on the field.

“With the constant changes to the map...


Charleston Gazette-Mail

October 17, 2020

My father is one of the deepest thinking, wisest, and, in the best sense of the word, spiritual people I know. Recent events remind me of a key concept he shared. In nature, growth is often most abundant at the intersection of things — in estuaries, for example, where fresh and salt water churn.

Similarly, societal churning forces us to recognize and be open to the fact that we may be in new waters, that our...


By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

October 16, 2020

The Public Employees Insurance Agency says it will not raise rates or cut benefits for the coming year’s plan.

“No changes to premium, no changes to benefits for any of the populations we serve,” PEIA Director Ted Cheatham said today.

Increased out-of-pocket costs were a major factor in a statewide teachers strike two years ago, resulting in the formation of a PEIA Task Force to make...


By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

October 15, 2020

PEIA is preparing to re-bid a Medicare prescription drug contract that covers about 50,000 people, a development that the agency’s director calls due diligence but that is activating alarm bells among labor organizations.

The contract winner could be named early next year, with the provider taking over Jan. 1, 2022.

This change comes as people are particularly attuned to their healthcare needs...