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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...


State budget passes, heads to Tomblin’s desk
By Pamela Pritt, Register Herald reporter

Lawmakers have fended off a $271 million budget gap and a potential state government shutdown by passing a budget nearly a month into an extraordinary session.

A long-awaited state budget is headed to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's desk with a little more than two weeks to spare before the June 30 deadline that would have spelled a government shutdown. West Virginia has no...


Legislature passes bill to help Boone pay school workers
Ryan Quinn , Staff Writer

The House of Delegates voted 72-19 Tuesday to approve a bill to give Boone County Schools the extra money that county officials said they need to give employees their final paychecks on time this month.

The state Senate approved the bill (SB 1010) Monday, and it heads to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s desk for a signature. At the start of this month, Tomblin expanded the special...


14 percent of WV students ‘chronically absent’
Ryan Quinn , Staff Writer

About 14 percent of West Virginia’s public school students — 40,000 out of 283,800 pupils in kindergarten through 12th grade — missed at least 15 days of school in the 2013-14 school year, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data released last week.

Data was reported for all West Virginia counties except Tucker, where school officials said employee turnover was to...