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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wants an A-through-F grading system for the state’s public schools. It was one of the proposals he mentioned in Wednesday’s State of the State address. Tomblin said it would be a better, more understandable way to measure school achievement and will help engage communities in their schools. […]

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Amid a budget shortfall, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin plans to avoid raising taxes and give public employees raises by tapping West Virginia’s rainy-day fund. The Democratic governor is urging lawmakers to use $148 million in state reserves to balance next year’s budget, including $84 million from emergency-only savings. Dipping into the […]

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Berkeley County teacher is being honored as West Virginia Teacher of the Year. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined State Schools Superintendent Jim Phares and others in presenting Erin Sponaugle with a new Toyota and a $5,000 check. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia sponsors the cash prize and Toyota […]

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are facing a tight budget year as the Legislature’s 60-day annual session gets underway. The House of Delegates was gaveled in at noon Wednesday and the Senate was gaveled in several minutes later. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will deliver his State of the State address at 7 p.m. […]

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former Fairmont State University official faces up to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to embezzlement and tax charges. Forty-five-year-old David A. Tamm of Parkersburg pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to embezzling from a state agency receiving federal funds. He also admitted falsely reporting less income than he […]

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MIDDLEBOURNE, W.Va. (AP) — State environmental regulators have issued a pollution violation notice to an oil and gas drilling company after a tank explosion at a Tyler County well site injured one worker. The Department of Environmental Protection said Wednesday that the tank ruptured on Jan. 2 at Jay-Bee Oil & Gas’ Lisby gas well […]

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Forty of West Virginia’s 55 county school systems have canceled classes for Monday because of wintry weather. The Department of Education’s website shows six other counties have delayed the start of classes. The National Weather Service reports temperatures in the 20s across the state Monday morning and light snow or flurries […]

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are holding a public hearing this week on the proposed use of federal block grants. The hearing is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday in the House Finance Committee room at the Capitol. House Finance Chairman Brent Boggs says the federal funding helps state agencies provide critical services. Grant […]

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The House of Delegates leadership plans to focus on government accountability and integrity during the 2014 legislative session. House leaders unveiled a platform on Sunday that includes fraud reporting and state purchasing reforms. Several measures are aimed at the Attorney General’s Office. One would require all money received by the state […]

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WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Wyoming County will have its first four-lane highway when a segment of the Coalfields Expressway is completed. Coalfields Expressway Authority executive director Richard Browning tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that a contract was awarded in October for a nearly 2-mile section of the expressway. The section will start west of Helen […]

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