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Slight rise in sales tax, slower rollout of income tax plan in latest proposal
By Brad McElhinny, WV Metronews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The revenue proposal that’s gaining traction as a likely fix for the state budget offers a 6.35 percent sales tax and a slower rollout of personal income tax reductions.

The personal income tax reductions, which have been favored by Republicans in the Senate but eyed with skepticism by other lawmakers, would include an average...


WV schools undergoes more changes as chief picks No. 2, official resigns
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia state Schools Superintendent Steve Paine has picked Clayton Burch, who served Paine’s predecessor as chief academic officer, to be the No. 2 official in the state Department of Education.

Paine also announced in a Wednesday news release that he has picked Lou Maynus, the Kanawha County public school system’s assistant superintendent...


RESAs still might request money for next year despite dissolution order
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Jim Justice’s education bill, which he signed into law last month, cut $3.7 million from West Virginia’s eight Regional Education Service Agencies and ordered their dismantlement — at least in name.

Although House Bill 2711 cut the agencies’ funding, it also said they could continue to exist until school boards of the counties within them...


“Rosies” honored at Charleston program
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — If she had complied with the law, Anna Hess would likely not have worked for Mohawk Industries during World War II.

“I told a little white lie,” she said. “I went to work when I was 15 years old.”

Telling factory officials she was 18, Hess began building tire bands for trucks that would be used overseas by Allied troops.

Now 89, Hess was among 25 World...


Mercer cancels elementary Bible classes, adds optional high school course
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Mercer County’s school board has canceled Bible classes in its public elementary schools next school year, but it’s now adding a new, optional high school Bible course for next school year.

Deborah Akers, superintendent of Mercer’s public school system and president of the West Virginia Association of School Administrators, said the current weekly...