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Schools close again; West Virginia House approves pay raise


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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Teachers across Berkeley County continue to express the need to fix the Public Employee Insurance Agency following the announcement of Gov. Jim Justice’s proposed salary increase Tuesday evening and an executive order creating a task force to oversee the agency.

On Wednesday evening, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed a new 5 percent pay raise package for teachers, service personnel and state police after Justice revised his revenue estimates. The House Finance Committee amended the bill to include the 5 percent increase across the board. If passed by the Senate and signed by the governor, the bill would go into effect on July 1.

Despite the legislation’s movement, schools across the state slowly announced closures Wednesday afternoon and evening.

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