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Mold issues reported at 11 Kanawha schools
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Kanawha County’s public school system released Tuesday a list of 11 schools where mold cleaning is ongoing or has occurred this summer, and an environmental foreman for the school system said he thinks all 11 had visible mold at some point.

The 11 schools include two, Capital and St. Albans high schools, at which mold issues were previously reported by media, alongside Nitro...


Justice speaks at Charleston education summit
By MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice began his remarks Wednesday at the West Virginia South Summit for Educational Excellence by reminding attendees about his first State of the State address after taking office in 2017.

“I really, truly mean what I said from the very first State of the State when I said that what we should do is make education our centerpiece,” he said.

Justice spent...


W.Va. No. 1 in population loss
By Staff reports, Charleston Gazette-mail

West Virginia is one of two states whose population declined in the last decade, and the rate of population loss is faster than any other state in the nation, according to a recent study by Pew Charitable Trusts.

Since 2007, West Virginia has lost about 18,000 residents - approximately 0.1 percent of the total population each year. Michigan was the only other state that recorded...


PEIA Task Force begins daunting work of reforming WV health plan
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With 21 statewide public hearings completed, the PEIA Task Force on Wednesday got down to the daunting task of coming up with plans for comprehensive reform of the health insurance plan that covers more than 200,000 West Virginians, in what its members admit might be an impossibly short timeline.

“I know we have a clock ticking, but I don’t think we’...


Teacher of the Year finalists named
MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Education announced Friday the five finalists for the 2019 State Teacher of the Year award.

The finalists were winners of their respective county teacher of the year honors.

The finalists this year are:

— Adrin Fisher, English teacher at Fairmont Senior High School in Fairmont;
— Summer McClintock, fourth-grade...