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By WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board held Wednesday the first public hearing on its plan proposals set to begin July 2019.

PEIA director Ted Cheatham led the first hearing, a teleconference in which policyholders were able to participate.

“First off, let me thank everyone for their patience,” Cheatham began. “As you know, the Task Force has been working on PEIA, and the governor has been giving us and...


By: Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to recommend state lawmakers provide more money to maintain buildings, purchase supplies, offer vocational education, address students’ mental health and give alternative education to students with discipline issues.

The state school board, in a voice vote with no nays heard, also suggested increasing pay for school employees and resurrecting incentives for them not to use their leave...


CHARLESTON, W.Va. − The West Virginia Education Association issued the following statement in response to the appointment of Senator Patricia Rucker as Senate Education Committee chair. 

We are disappointed to hear that Senator Rucker has been named chair of the Senate Education Committee and to read Senator Carmichael’s statement that “…she understands it will take bold reforms and landmark change to truly make a difference in West Virginia’s educational landscape.”

The WVEA,...


By: Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Patricia Rucker, a home-school and private-school advocate and vaccine requirement opponent, will be the state Senate Education Committee’s chairwoman, replacing the teachers union-backed Kenny Mann, Senate President Mitch Carmichael announced Tuesday.

The Legislature’s other education body will also see new leadership when the next session starts Jan. 9. Delegate Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson, said he’ll no longer be leading the House...


By: Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With a marathon of meetings Monday afternoon, the PEIA Task Force approved a series of recommendations to present to the West Virginia Legislature on Tuesday, but left many key issues unresolved.

Despite a Tuesday deadline to submit its recommendations, Task Force Chairman Mike Hall, who is chief of staff to Gov. Jim Justice, announced Monday that Justice has decided to extend the Task Force so it can continue work on the unresolved...