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Police chief, teachers honored for response to Philippi hostage situation
By Ryan Petrovich,

Tonight in Barbour County, Philippi City Council honored individuals who played a key role in the Phillip-Barbour High School hostage situation that happened a couple months ago.

Police Chief Jeff Walters and teachers Jennifer Swift and Twila Smith were honored for their bravery and composure during that frightening day. Swift and Smith were not on hand...


Revenue shortfall presents major challenge for W.Va. leaders
By Jeremiah Shelor, Staff Writer, The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG — With Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announcing across-the-board midyear budget cuts for state agencies Monday, addressing the state’s revenue shortfall is shaping up to be a major theme in the 2016 legislative session.

On Monday, the governor’s office announced a 4 percent budget reduction for most state agencies and a 1 percent cut to...


Public education not spared from latest round of budget cuts
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A one percent cut in the state School Aid Formula will result in a total of more than $16 million in funding reductions in county school systems.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed an executive order Monday ordering budget cuts because of a significant decrease in state revenues mainly caused by decreased coal production and the record low prices for...


Tomblin announces 4 percent budget cut for state agencies
By David Gutman, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Monday announced an across-the-board 4 percent cut for most state government agencies, a move he said is necessary due to “unexpected and unprecedented” drops in the state’s severance tax collections.

State aid to public schools, which has been spared in recent years of budget cuts, will see a 1 percent cut this year, Tomblin...


Fayette commissioners to sue over denied school consolidation plan
By Samuel Speciale, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Fayette County commissioners say they’ll sue the state School Building Authority over its Sept. 28 decision to deny a request that would have consolidated several of the beleaguered county’s schools.

In a special meeting on Monday, commissioners unanimously agreed to partner with Mountain State Justice, a nonprofit Charleston-based law firm....