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Tomblin comments on legislative session
By Whitney Burdette, Capitol reporter, Charleston Daily Mail

Although the Legislature didn’t take much action on roads and infrastructure over the 60-day session, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the state stands ready to repair bridges and roads after a harsh winter.

Revenues are coming in above estimates, Tomblin said, allowing the state to spend between $75 and $80 million on highway improvements.

“That’s $75...


Harrison County superintendent attempts to clarify memo regarding student prayer
By Aaron Payne in News | WV MetroNews

CLARKSBURG, W. Va. – After a memo regarding prayer conducted at athletic events was sent out by the county school system, the Superintendent of Schools in Harrison County is attempting to clarify its meaning.

“I’ll be the first to admit that the memo probably wasn’t as clear as it could have been,” Superintendent Mark Manchin said on...


Martirano moves past session
By Lacie Pierson, Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - With the 2015 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature in the past, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano is looking forward to the future of education in the Mountain State.

Martirano talked about his assessment of the legislative session and his goals for the state in terms of high school graduation rates Monday during the weekly luncheon of the...


Teachers unions not satisfied with raise bill
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter

A bill increasing the salaries of teachers at low-performing schools, while praised for providing incentives to work in areas of critical need, has been criticized by union leaders for not making pay for the profession more competitive.

The bill, passed in the final days of the Legislative session, provides an additional $2,000 to each teacher who is employed by a low-...


Common Core repeal, smoking bill, fireworks die on Legislature’s final
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette

On the last day of the 2015 regular session, when several key bills crashed and burned, much of the fireworks in the final hours were over a bill that originally intended to legalize fireworks in the state but had been “Christmas treed” in the Senate to include multiple provisions, including exemptions from smoking bans at racetrack casinos and veterans’...