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By: Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With a Dec. 11 deadline looming, a subcommittee of the governor’s PEIA task force adopted some key recommendations Tuesday, including a proposal to eliminate penalties for seeking medical care in out-of-state border counties.

However, the task force — created at the height of the statewide teacher walkout to find a long-term “fix” to ongoing problems with the state-run health insurance plan — is likely to leave major issues unresolved...


By: Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Kanawha County Board of Education member Becky Jordon argued fervently Monday that the first semester of next school year should end before winter break.

The school board, alongside considering a student start date of Aug. 12 or Aug. 19, is also apparently leaning toward using a law passed in 2017 to transform five student early-out days, which feature faculty senate meetings after students leave, into full “professional learning” days...


BY: Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Delegate Roger Hanshaw won a rematch with House Finance Chairman Eric Nelson to continue as Speaker of the House of Delegates.

“My objective is now the same as it was in August, and that was to continue to advocate on behalf of things to put West Virginians back to work,” Hanshaw said after Sunday’s caucus vote.

Hanshaw, R-Clay, was selected Speaker by the Republican majority in August...


BY: Eddie Trizzino, Times West Virginian


A West Virginia Board of Education committee on school finance and funding has formally approved recommendations for changes to the state School Aid funding formula.

Board member and committee chairman, Tom Campbell, says they have to look at the long-term cost to the state, and the cost of children who aren't successful. The Board of Education will take up recommendations at its meeting Dec. 12. They'll include increasing pay and the number of positions for teachers and school...