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WV has second-highest student loan default rate in nation
by Jake Jarvis, WV Gazette-Mail

Of the more than 57,000 West Virginians who started to repay their federal student loans in the 2012-13 fiscal year, 8,035 have since fallen into default, according to data released this week by the U.S. Department of Education.

West Virginia's 16.2 percent rate of students defaulting is the second highest in the nation, although the state's rate actually fell from last year's...


Instagram clown threat prompts restrictions at Kanawha County schools
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

Outdoor activities were restricted at schools in Kanawha County Friday after a threat on Instagram against the county’s eight high schools in connection with clowns.

Several students brought the post to the attention of school security officials, Kanawha County Schools Director of Security Keith Vititoe said.

“The title of the post was ‘ain’t...


WV school-by-school test results released
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Public schools in Charleston’s more affluent South Hills area had Kanawha County’s highest standardized testing proficiency rates last school year in math and English language arts, while an elementary school on the city’s low-income West Side had Kanawha’s lowest proficiency rate in English.

Additionally, a high school led by the 2016 West Virginia Association of...


West Virginia 'outlook negative,' according to rating agency
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The sagging coal industry and slumping natural gas profitability have led to a downgrade in West Virginia’s credit rating by Fitch, one of the big three credit rating agencies.

West Virginia has dropped to ‘AA’ from ‘AA+’

Or, as Fitch puts it, “outlook negative.”

Downgraded credit ratings mean West Virginia will have to pay...


SBA in holding pattern with flood-damaged schools
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

ROANOKE, W.Va. — The SBA’s Director of School Planning and Construction said the state is preparing for school repairs, renovations, and possible relocation projects as a result of the June 23 floods, but remains uncertain of a time table to begin any concrete planning.

“It’s very fluid, and that’s what I told the Authority members when we started this morning,” Scott...