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Crowd vents frustrations at Martinsburg PEIA hearing
By Samantha Cronk, The Journal

MARTINSBURG -- Heated opinions were exchanged Tuesday as more than 300 residents attended a public hearing on proposed changes to the Public Employees Insurance Agency, which affects any state-employed worker, such as teachers and school service personnel.

The PEIA finance board hosted a public hearing presentation on the proposed $120 million in cuts to benefits, totaling...


Educators frustrated with changes in Wetzel County
By Lauren Matthews, Wetzel Chronicle

Tensions were high Monday night as several Wetzel County educators spoke out against the board of education regarding changes recently made in system.

The educators' frustrations came to a head after a recent petition, filed by concerned Wetzel County parent Christina Coulter, called for the board's removal of new superintendent Leatha Williams.

The petition has...


Teens Spend 'Astounding' Nine Hours a Day in Front of Screens: Researchers

American teenagers spend an "astounding" nine hours a day with digital technology, entertaining themselves with streaming video, listening to music and playing games, researchers reported Tuesday.

And "tweens" aged 8 to 12 are spending six hours with media, the non-profit group Common Sense Media reports.

That's is in addition to using digital...


PEIA Holds Public Meeting, Proposed Benefit Cuts Have People Upset
Written by Ryan Petrovich

It was a jammed packed house for the Public Employees Insurance Agencies' Finance Board public meeting. Hundreds of people gathered to hear the proposed plans and voice their concerns. 

State law prevents PEIA from raising premiums for active employees, so deductibles will rise. It will be a...


PEIA mess took a long time to create
By Phil Kabler, WV Gazette-Mail

As the Public Employees Insurance Agency embarks on a series of what are sure to be contentious public hearings this month over plans to cut insuree benefits by more than $120 million, a number of readers have asked how the state-run health insurance plan got in such a mess.

Suffice to say, it didn’t happen overnight.

PEIA hasn’t had a premium increase since the 2012-13 budget...