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Hall quits; Supreme Court likely to rule on replacement
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

After wavering last week, Sen. Daniel Hall, R-Wyoming, has followed through on his announcement that he would resign his West Virginia Senate seat to take a job as a state liaison with the National Rifle Association.

Hall submitted his letter of resignation, dated Sunday, to the Senate president, governor and secretary of state on Monday, likely setting up...


Goodwin files to enter governor's race
By Charleston Gazette-Mail staff, wire reports

Booth Goodwin, long rumored to be a candidate in the West Virginia governor’s race, has taken the next step toward making his bid official.

Goodwin, who stepped down as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, effective Dec. 31, formed the Goodwin for West Virginia Committee on Jan. 1, according to the registration, which was filed with the Secretary of...


Martirano releases information about testing commission
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

In a reversal, West Virginia’s state schools superintendent has publicly released the names of members of his new advisory commission on statewide standardized testing and the time and location of its next meeting.

“We appreciate the input we have received from the public and media concerning the desire for a public process and have reconsidered our decision...


Espinosa to head House Education Committee
By Charleston Gazette-Mail staff reports

Delegate Paul Espinosa will be the next House Education Committee chairman, a post Delegate Amanda Pasdon, R-Monongalia, vacated in December.

Espinosa currently is a member of the House Education Committee. He also is an assistant majority whip and vice-chairman of the House Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Committee.

In a statement...


Ohio County supt., whose contract was not renewed, speaks out

WHEELING, W.Va - It's the first time we've seen her, since the Ohio County Board of Education voted not to renew her contract.  

It wasn't a typical question-and-answer format. In fact, Dr. Dianna Vargo did not take questions, but she gave a prepared statement.

She started by thanking the dedicated teachers, administrators, service personnel and staff with whom she had been...