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By June 24, 2019 Read More →

W.Va. Senate to reconvene at 5 p.m. today

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The W.Va. Senate will reconvene at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 24, 2019, to continue the First Extraordinary Session. Jacque Bland, director of communications for the Senate, issued the announcement. The Senate is expected to address education in West Virginia, including HB 206, an education bill that passed the West Virginia House of Delegates […]

WV Press Financial Snapshot Graphic now available: W.Va. Rainy Day Fund
By June 21, 2019 Read More →

WV Press Financial Snapshot Graphic now available: W.Va. Rainy Day Fund

NOTE: This graphic was updated at 5:19 p.m. Friday, June 21, to correct the total on the 2018 Rainy Day fund.

W.Va. House GOP furthers education omnibus, voucher bills
By June 18, 2019 Read More →

W.Va. House GOP furthers education omnibus, voucher bills

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Over the objections of Democrats and protesting public school workers, the Republican-controlled West Virginia House of Delegates pushed forward Monday with a sweeping education overhaul bill. The House technically dealt with two versions of the bill Monday, when it reconvened for the special legislative session on education. The […]

By June 18, 2019 Read More →

W.Va. teacher, personnel unions release poll critical of Student Success Act

By Steven Allen Adams, Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association held a joint press conference Monday morning 30 minutes before the resumption of the special session on education betterment by the House […]

WV Press: WV snapshot financial graphic on SB 632 – Safe Schools Act
By June 17, 2019 Read More →

WV Press: WV snapshot financial graphic on SB 632 – Safe Schools Act

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Press Association is sharing its weekly West Virginia Financial Snapshot Graphic, build in conjunction with the W.Va. Senate’s Financial Committee. The graphic and this week’s Budget Bulletin looks at SB 632, the Safe Schools Act. The bill was signed into law on March 25, 2019. You can view this week’s […]

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Opinion: W.Va. Statehouse Beat: House and Senate not singing the same tune
By June 16, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: W.Va. Statehouse Beat: House and Senate not singing the same tune

By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail So here’s where we stand: The Republican-controlled Senate is feuding with the Republican governor, who seems to be feuding with everyone from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to his many creditors. Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled House of Delegates not only doesn’t seem to be on the same page as the Senate on […]

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By June 13, 2019 Read More →

Gov. Justice says W.Va. revenue grew 11.5 percent this fiscal year

By Jake Jarvis, The Exponent Telegram CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice called a press conference Wednesday afternoon and discussed revenue numbers that Senate Republicans already had released. The press conference came amid a growing feud between Justice and Senate leaders, particularly between Sen. Craig Blair, who has defended the Senate releasing the numbers before […]

By June 13, 2019 Read More →

National teachers union president: W.Va. education bill ‘a mockery’

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail National American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten flew into West Virginia on Wednesday and argued against parts of the state Senate’s education bill, which she called “a mockery” and “a sham.” West Virginia public school workers, including members of the AFT union, have held two statewide strikes in two […]

W.Va. Governor unveils  special Blenko Glass Father’s Day mug
By June 12, 2019 Read More →

W.Va. Governor unveils special Blenko Glass Father’s Day mug

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Governor Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice unveiled a first-time, special edition Father’s Day Blenko piece on Wednesday, June 12. The limited-edition piece was created in honor of Governor Justice. Only 100 will be available to purchase.​ The Governor and First Lady were joined by Randall Reid-Smith, West Virginia Curator of the Arts, and leaders […]

WV Gov. Justice denounces climate change initiative, talks GOP feud, education reform
By June 11, 2019 Read More →

WV Gov. Justice denounces climate change initiative, talks GOP feud, education reform

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In a news conference called Monday to denounce former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $500 million pledge to an initiative to fight climate change, Gov. Jim Justice went off on multiple tangents, including his feud with West Virginia Senate Republicans, his thoughts on education reform and legal issues […]