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July-23-2019

How much of a bill do lawmakers actually write?

According to an article published earlier this year jointly by USA Today, The Arizona Republic and the Center for Public Integrity, there were nearly 10,000 bills introduced in all 50 state legislatures from 2010 through 2018 that were almost identically copied from “...

July-22-2019

By Amelia Ferrell, Charleston Gazette-Mail

There are 10,522 homeless students in West Virginia, a number so large it could fill the state’s largest high school more than five times.

Homeless students account for nearly 4 percent of all students enrolled this past school year in kindergarten through 12th grade in public schools, according to data from the West Virginia Department of Education for the 2018-19 school year.

It means that if your child is in a class of 25...

July-19-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Cabell County Schools has served 30,000 meals to students this summer and is on track for an additional 15,000 meals before school begins in about a month.

The numbers were highlighted during a ceremony Thursday in Huntington.

State Department of Education Executive Director of the Office of Child Nutrition Amanda Harrison called the number bitter-sweet.

“We’re very grateful for the work that...

July-18-2019

By Steven Allen Adams, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

CHARLESTON — Both bodies of the West Virginia Legislature plan to resume the special session next week coinciding with regularly scheduled interim meetings to pass supplemental bills.

The state Senate announced Wednesday that it will resume the special session Tuesday, July 23, at noon. The House of Delegates will resume the special session Monday, July 22, at 10 a.m.

The special session was called March 9, the day...

July-17-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates has two new top leaders on the Education Committee.

Delegate Joe Ellington, who had been the chairman of Health and Human Resources, has been named the new Education Committee chairman. Ellington, 60 is a Republican from Mercer County. He is also an obstetrician-gynecologist in Princeton.

The vice-chairman is Joshua Higginbotham, R-Putnam.

Education issues have been a focus...

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