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Manchin says right to work is playing partisan politics with West Virginia jobs
WV MetroNews Staff

As the state House of Delegates Judiciary Committee debated the bill Friday afternoon that would make West Virginia a right to work state, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin weighed in on the controversy.

In a prepared statement, Manchin said right to work legislation “will do nothing to create jobs in West Virginia.”

He said while he was governor not one...


House floor next step for right to work bill

By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

A bill that would make West Virginia a Right to Work state is on its way forward after passing the House Judiciary Committee Friday afternoon.

The 13-10 vote, with two absentees, will send the legislation to the full House of Delegates next week. The bill makes it illegal to require union connection to employment.

The vote wasn’t entirely a party line vote; Del. Roger...


Challenger disaster: McAuliffe’s students go on to teach  
By KATHY McCORMACK, Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Thirty years after the Concord High School class of ‘86 watched social studies teacher Christa McAuliffe and six astronauts perish when the space shuttle Challenger exploded on live TV, a number of them have gone into teaching – and some wonder if, indirectly, the tragedy affected them enough that they wanted to make a difference, as she did....


Prevailing wage repeal bill passes House after emotional debate
By Hoppy Kercheval | MetroNews

The House of Delegates Wednesday passed legislation repealing the state’s prevailing wage law that sets hourly pay rates for workers on state-funded projects.  The bill (HB 4005) now goes to the Senate.

The 55-44 vote followed an emotional debate on the House floor between supporters and opponents of the legislation as labor union members and business backers...


Unemployment rates increase in most West Virginia counties
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unemployment rates increased in 49 of West Virginia's 55 counties in December.

WorkForce West Virginia says unemployment rates fell in Pocahontas and Webster counties, while four counties saw no change.

Jefferson County's 3.1 unemployment rate was the lowest in the state, followed by Berkeley County at 3.7 percent and Monongalia County at 3.9...