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PEIA board re-approves plan with premium increases
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

PEIA finance board members on Thursday approved what could be called 2016-17 PEIA Finance Plan version 4.0.

Last October, with its reserve fund emptied and seemingly no likelihood of additional state funding, the board reluctantly approved what became known as the “draconian” plan to cut benefits for active West Virginia government employees and retirees by $120...


Kanawha first in state to start school this year
Ryan Quinn, WV Gazette

Kanawha County Schools will be the first public school system in West Virginia to call students back to class for the upcoming school year, according to a state Department of Education report.

For the vast majority of Kanawha schools, students are supposed to return Aug. 8. The next earliest start date is Aug. 10, when students in both Braxton and Mercer counties are to return to...


WV Center for Professional Development survives budgeting process
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

A state-funded professional training center begins a three-day conference Monday in Charleston just days after it faced possible elimination in the state budgeting process.

Funding had been stripped away from the West Virginia Center for Professional Development (WVCPD) in the budget plans that were going back and forth between Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and state...


Kids Count director pleased with upward movement of ranking
By Jeff Jenkins, MetroNews

The interim executive director of West Virginia Kids Count believes the state can continue to move up the list of children’s well-being in the years ahead if the current momentum continues.

The latest Kids Count Data Book has West Virginia at 39 out of 50 states. The Mountain State is ranked third overall in the category of children covered by health insurance, which is...


Tomblin signs budget bill into law
By Jeff Jenkins , WV MetroNews

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin used his line-item veto power seven times in signing the new state budget bill (SB1013) into law Friday.

The signing means state government will continue to operate beyond the end of the current fiscal year June 30.

“While the Legislature did not approve all of my recommendations and the process took longer than I would have liked, I appreciate the work of all...