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Legislature takes second hiatus as July 1 shutdown looms
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With the Senate and House of Delegates still seemingly miles apart on how to raise revenue to close a $260 million gap in the 2017-18 state budget, the Legislature agreed Wednesday to put the special session on a second hiatus — to June 5 — to allow time to try to work with Gov. Jim Justice to come up with a compromise.

The action Wednesday evening brought the...


CPR training gets a boost in Jackson County
By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

RIPLEY, W.Va. — “Jackson County just got a whole lot safer today.”  The words of Kevin Pauley of the American Heart Association as CPR training was held Monday for students about to graduate from Ripley and Ravenswood High Schools.

The training comes as a result of a generous donation by UniCare to provide more than 400 CPR kits to students in the county which are designed to help...


State school board president says board should take advantage of constitutional power
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Board of Education President Tom Campbell says he wants the state board to “seize” the authority given to it by the state Constitution.

With the swearing-in of two new board members last week, once again giving the board full membership, Campbell read a statement on what he hopes the new look board will do...


State board plans to take up Nicholas request after court ruling
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Education plans to have a special meeting in the coming weeks to discuss the Nicholas County school consolidation plan, the board said in a statement read at its meeting that was held Thursday in Charleston.

The Nicholas County BOE voted more than two months ago to change its school facilities plan to include the...


Boone, Calhoun school deficit plans approved
Jake Jarvis, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia Board of Education members on Thursday unanimously approved plans for school boards in Boone and Calhoun counties to eliminate their deficits.

Both school systems have “casual deficits,” which is a recurring deficit or a deficit greater than 3 percent. Had board members not approved the deficit-reduction plans Thursday, they would have declared a state of...