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Martirano: Students will work through 180th day
By Carrie Houdosek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Summer break for some West Virginia schools began last week, but other students won’t be getting out until mid-June because of the state law requiring 180 instructional days.

“We have to maximize the instructional time,” said state Superintendent Michael Martirano. “So making certain kids are in school every day, that we’re maximizing the time on task, is...


Cole to announce political plans Tuesday
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — State Senate President Bill Cole has scheduled a pair of media events for Tuesday in which the Mercer County Republican is expected to announce a run for governor in 2016.

“He will make his intentions for 2016 clear when he participates in events in Charleston and Bluefield tomorrow,” Kent Gates, Republican consultant working with the Cole campaign told MetroNews...


Public colleges across W.Va. raising tuition — again
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer

All but one of West Virginia’s public four-year colleges intend to raise in-state tuition and fees next academic year — most by about 5 percent, and several by more. That’s according to information reviewed Friday by the state Higher Education Policy Commission, which, in separate action at its meeting at Shepherd University, approved the first new higher education institution to...


Cabell County among first to finish 180 instructional days
By Carrie Hodousek, MetroNews

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Students in Cabell County are among one of the first school districts in West Virginia to start their summer break this year.
The last day of school is scheduled for Friday.

The winter storms this year affected most districts statewide, but left Cabell schools in the clear, for the most part.

“We were very, very fortunate and our...


West Virginia will see huge drop in coal production over next 20 years, university report says
By JONATHAN MATTISE  Associated Press

CHARLESTON, West Virginia — West Virginia University researchers predict that state coal production will drop 39 percent compared with the industry's last high point in 2008 — less-than-encouraging news for more than 1,800 coal miners who learned last week they would likely lose their jobs.

Already-struggling southern...