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Justice meets with transition committees in Charleston
By Andrew Brown, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Jim Justice met with seven private committees made up of a long list of hand-picked transition advisers Thursday, as the governor-elect continues to plan his incoming administration.

Justice previously had appointed the more than 280 people to policy groups covering education, infrastructure, tourism, health care, economic development, energy and the...


Chuck Todd, host of ‘Meet the Press,’ comes to W.Va. to meet the voters
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

The host of “Meet the Press” says political reporters talked a lot about the candidates during the past presidential election, but they didn’t do enough to meet the voters.

So Chuck Todd came to Charleston.

He and a crew were at Black Sheep Burrito on Wednesday afternoon, talking to West Virginia voters and to Senators Shelley Moore Capito and...


Gilmer freed from state takeover if it agrees to stipulations
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gilmer County’s public school system can be freed from a half-decade of state takeover if its locally elected school board members agree to keep their state-appointed superintendent — who opposed returning local control and with whom local board members have fought — through June 30.

The West Virginia Board of Education decided Wednesday to offer the...


Vouchers Dubious plan
Gazette editorial – Charleston Gazette-Mail

Conservatives who control the Legislature are pondering school vouchers — a strategy designed partly to funnel tax money to churches or segregated schools.

This effort is intensified by incoming President Trump’s choice of Betsy DeVos — a longtime foe of public schools — to be his education secretary.

Marshall University professor Bobbi Nicholson explained in a Gazette-Mail...


Fayette will get part of $48 million in SBA funding
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state School Building Authority will put $48.8 million into school construction projects in West Virginia in the coming year, including $12.6 million for the first of a multi-year construction schedule in Fayette County.

“We don’t feel relieved. What we feel is that we were very fortunate to collaborate with the School Building Authority staff and...