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Steven Paine to serve again as WV Superintendent of Schools
By March 24, 2017 Read More →

Steven Paine to serve again as WV Superintendent of Schools

Staff reports The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education voted unanimously March 23 to appoint Steven Paine as the state’s next Superintendent of Schools. Paine will begin serving Monday, March 27 at a salary of $230,000 per year, the same as his predecessor, Michael Martirano, whose last day in the […]

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By March 24, 2017 Read More →

Vice President Pence to visit Putnam County Saturday

By ALI SCHMITZ Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to be in Putnam County Saturday afternoon, according to the Putnam County sheriff and a federal flight plan. The flight restriction released by the Federal Aviation Administration, which is in effect from 3:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., said aircraft supporting “the […]

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Constituents rally against health bill At Rep. David McKinley’s Parkersburg field office
By March 24, 2017 Read More →

Constituents rally against health bill At Rep. David McKinley’s Parkersburg field office

By JESS MANCINI The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — A group concerned with Republicans’ proposed dismantling of the Affordable Care Act rallied Thursday morning at a Parkersburg field office for Rep. David McKinley. About 18 residents associated with Wood County Indivisible held signs and spoke with Robert Villers, a field representative for McKinley, […]

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By March 23, 2017 Read More →

Led by Kanawha, WV population continues to fall

By ALI SCHMITZ Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County continued to lose people last year, as did most counties in West Virginia, according to U.S. Census estimates released Thursday. West Virginia’s most populous county lost almost 2,000 people last year, a 1.04 percent decrease in population, according to the estimates. The county’s 2016 population […]

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By March 23, 2017 Read More →

GOP health care plan raises concerns for seniors, women and addicts

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — Between net premiums and increased out-of-pocket costs, West Virginians currently enrolled for health coverage through the marketplace would see an average increase of $6,100 under the new Republican-proposed replacement plan. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) is slated for a vote today in the U.S. House, but […]

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WV drug OD deaths soared above 840 in 2016
By March 23, 2017 Read More →

WV drug OD deaths soared above 840 in 2016

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 840 West Virginians fatally overdosed on drugs last year — a record number — and additional deaths are expected to be added to the total in the coming weeks. Fatal overdoses related to fentanyl, an opioid that’s 100 times stronger than prescription morphine, have fueled […]

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By March 22, 2017 Read More →

Education official: Paine, D’Antoni, Hess are WV schools chief finalists

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail The West Virginia Board of Education has selected three finalists for state schools superintendent, according to an education official. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the finalists are: Steve Paine, who served as state superintendent from mid-2005 through the end of 2010; Kathy D’Antoni, the state Department […]

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By March 20, 2017 Read More →

Trump budget calls for eliminating Appalachian Regional Commission

By JAMES E. CASTO The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  The proposed budget President Donald Trump has sent Congress calls for a $54 billion boost in defense spending, to be paid for with cuts to a broad range of domestic programs and the outright elimination of some agencies. The Appalachian Regional Commission is one of the agencies on the president’s “hit […]

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By March 20, 2017 Read More →

Stoking U.S. coal’s odds: Trump’s proposal about U.S.-made steel could increase domestic metallurgical coal demand next year

By CHARLES BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD, W.Va.  — More coal has been shipped through Bluefield recently because of an uptick in the export of metallurgical coal to Europe, but a local coal expert says the real shift in production could be seen next year. Rick Taylor, president of the Pocahontas Coal Association, said the […]

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By March 17, 2017 Read More →

Budget would cut funds for nonprofit that helps people navigate court system

By KATE WHITE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va — The director of Legal Aid of West Virginia was thinking Thursday afternoon about what it means to her to be an American. Earlier in the day, Adrienne Worthy had seen the Trump administration’s budget blueprint, which would gut federal funding for offices like the ones she runs. […]

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