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U.S. Census: WV continues to lose residents
By Daniel Desrochers, Kanawha County Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia lost more than 6,100 people between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015, according to the 2015 population estimates put out by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage-wise, West Virginia’s 0.25 percent decrease was the largest in the country. Six other states lost population, according to the Census: Illinois, Connecticut, Mississippi,...


Pasdon resigns House seat
By Jeff Jenkins | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A member of the West Virginia House of Delegates leadership team announced her resignation in a news release Wednesday posted on the legislature’s website.

House Education Committee Chair Amanda Pasdon (R-Monongalia) called her decision, which takes effect Jan. 1, a difficult one.

“I have truly enjoyed the past five years representing my constituents and serving in the...


Source: “very confident” Booth Goodwin will run for Governor
Hoppy's Commentary | Hoppy Kercheval, WV MetroNews

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Booth Goodwin, will likely enter the race for the Democratic nomination for Governor in the coming weeks, creating a three-way contest in the Primary Election.

Chuck Smith, a Charleston CPA and former chairman of the state Democratic Party, is among those pushing Goodwin.  “I–along...


Salary tied to shortage of fully certified teachers
By Renata Di Gregorio,

State officials are working on our education system, but a challenge to this is not having enough fully-certified educators. Our Department of Education found nearly 600 teaching positions aren't filled. It seems to come down to losing teachers to other states because the salaries here aren't as high.

The good news is most of our area doesn't have as many teacher vacancies...


Statehouse Beat: Don’t blame PEIA board for proposed cuts
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

One of my most bitter childhood memories was a spanking I received for something I hadn’t done. Some years later, I realized dad had inflicted the spanking to cover up his own culpability in the matter.

I thought of that with the ongoing verbal “spanking” of the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board by Senate President Bill Cole and House Speaker...