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July-29-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Delegate Pat McGeehan has lost all his committee assignments, and he’s proud of it.

“Because I didn’t vote the way they wanted me to,” McGeehan, R-Hancock, said prior to a floor session in the House of Delegates last week.

McGeehan and Delegate Tony Paynter, R-Wyoming, each received letters this month that they would be removed from their committee assignments.

Each had made several votes against...

July-26-2019

The number in itself is staggering. It’s enough to pause thought, blocking the mind from moving to the next stage of trying to understand what it means or what to do.

In West Virginia, 10,522 students are homeless. That’s 4 percent of the entire student population enrolled in the state’s K-12 schools, or one kid out of every classroom with 25 students. The data comes from the West Virginia Department of Education and covers the 2018-19 school year.

Further examination shows...

July-25-2019
  • By Eddie Trizzino Times West Virginian

WHITE HALL — Bonnie Dunn’s mother gave up her only child just four days after giving birth.

The rest of Dunn’s life would be shaped by this decision. She ended up being raised by her grandparents who performed all the duties that would normally be done by parents.

“I don’t know where I would be today,” Dunn said. “My mom... lived with us for a while and then she remarried and left, but she had turned...

July-24-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia House of Delegates finally adjourned Tuesday its special legislative session on education, which Republican Gov. Jim Justice started and eventually expanded to include non-education-related bills.

Justice began the session, which gave lawmakers more time to pass laws than they usually get per year, in March. The Republican House speaker and Senate president had reconvened and recessed it a few times since without...

July-23-2019

How much of a bill do lawmakers actually write?

According to an article published earlier this year jointly by USA Today, The Arizona Republic and the Center for Public Integrity, there were nearly 10,000 bills introduced in all 50 state legislatures from 2010 through 2018 that were almost identically copied from “...

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