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Latest Common Core town hall scheduled in Northern Panhandle
The Associated Press

WHEELING, W.Va. — The public will have an opportunity to learn about West Virginia's academic standards for grades K-12 at a town hall meeting in Wheeling.

The West Virginia Department of Education says the town hall will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at West Liberty University's Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex.

The meeting will include an open question and...


Benefit cuts loom for WV health insurer PEIA
By Phil Kabler, Statehouse Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With no new state funding available, the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board will have to come up with about $60 million in benefit cuts to the health insurance plan for the 2016-17 plan year, PEIA Executive Director Ted Cheatham has confirmed.

That’s on top of $40 million in cuts imposed for the current plan year, cuts achieved primarily...


W.Va. continues to rank high in poverty
By Joel Ebert, Federal Courts Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Kanawha County’s 17 percent poverty rate in 2014 was the highest it has been in the last decade, with the exception of 2011, when 17.2 percent of county residents were living in poverty, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week. The finding is one of many that provide details about how West Virginia fared last year in terms of...


Kanawha school board approves LGBT protections
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The Kanawha County school board voted unanimously Thursday to add specific protections regarding sexual orientation to its cultural diversity and human relations policy.

The policy change, which didn’t receive any written comments after it was placed on 30-day public comment period last month, is generally aimed at protecting school employees from...


Parent Calls For Action on Schools Without A/C
Written by Renata Di Gregorio, WDTV

It's been over 80 degrees this week, and that's not in a classroom. Beverly Elementary is one of five schools in Randolph County without air conditioning. Now a concerned parent is saying the community and officials need to join together to make sure the classroom isn't a hot environment, only a learning one.
The school building was built and then added on to during...