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WVU expert believes state’s out-migration has hit bottom
By Jeff Jenkins, WV Metronews

The director of the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research believes the significant out-migration of West Virginia residents has bottomed out.

During an appearance Wednesday on MetroNews “Talkline,” John Deskins predicted the population decline is coming to an end.

“The numbers indicate the severe recession that we suffered 2015 through early 2016 has ended...


Audit: Wayne school system broke policies, faces budget issues 
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Wayne County’s school board president and its former public schools treasurer are each suggesting the other is trying to deflect scrutiny in the wake of a state Office of Education Performance Audit that says the public school system violated state Board of Education finance policies and saw the cost of its locally funded employees increase more than $1.4...


State BOE to discuss superintendent search in the new year
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education plans to discuss the search for a new state school superintendent in the New Year.

Mike Green, president of the state school board, told MetroNews the board will meet soon to discuss those plans following the resignation of current Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano.

“We’ll surely be meeting over the...


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...