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Education omnibus bill passes senate’s Committee of the Whole

CHARLESTON - The Committee of the Whole of the West Virginia Senate Thursday quickly passed a sweeping education reform package with no amendments offered from Senate Democrats, no discussion and with two Republicans breaking ranks. Senate Bill 451, the education omnibus bill, passed the ...

Wheeling Firefighters Respond to Fire at Ziegenfelders Plant

Numerous fire crews rushed to the Ziegenfelder Frozen Treat Co. building this morning in response to a structure fire. Employees were evacuated quickly, and Wheeling Fire Department Public Information Officer Philip Stahl said no one was believed to be in danger or injured as of 11 a.m. Fire ...

Price Tag of Education Reform in West Virginia: $367 Million

CHARLESTON — An education reform bill currently being considered in the West Virginia Senate would cost state taxpayers $367.4 million, according to fiscal notes provided Wednesday during the opening day of hearings on Senate Bill 451 before the Senate’s Committee of the Whole. Senators ...

West Virginia Board of Education: Wait a Year on Reform

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Board of Education is urging legislative leaders to put aside a sweeping overhaul of the state’s education system and instead wait until next year to address reforms. The board met in emergency session Wednesday and voted to create a commission of education ...

No Decision by WVDOT on Using Bond Cash for Secondary Roads

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Transportation Secretary Tom Smith told a Senate committee this week that his office has yet to make a decision regarding Gov. Jim Justice’s proposal to take road bond money meant for major projects and divert it to fix secondary roads. Smith, speaking to the ...

Capito on Conference Committee Seeking Border Security Compromise

WHEELING — The murder rate in Laredo, Texas — a point of entry for many illegal immigrants — is far below that of Charleston, West Virginia, a U.S. House-Senate conference committee learned Wednesday during the opening day of talks on how — or if — to fund President Trump’s $5.7 ...

Senate education reform bill carries $367.4 million pricetag

CHARLESTON — An education reform bill currently being considered in the West Virginia Senate would cost state taxpayers $367.4 million, according to fiscal notes provided Wednesday during the opening day of hearings on Senate Bill 451 before the Senate’s Committee of the Whole. Senators ...

West Virginia Board of Education Weighs in on Omnibus Education Bill

The West Virginia Board of Education is urging legislative leaders to put aside a sweeping overhaul of the state's education system and instead wait until next year to address reforms. The board, meeting Wednesday in emergency session, voted to create a commission made up of education ...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice Vows To Veto Omnibus Education Bill

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice made it clear Tuesday that he would veto any education reform package from the West Virginia Senate that includes charter schools and other controversial items. Justice held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to announce that he wants to see a bill that ...

Charter Schools Uncharted Territory in West Virginia

WHEELING — The issue of charter schools in West Virginia remains uncharted territory in the state, but the Legislature is seeking to explore it. An omnibus education bill currently being considered by lawmakers contains provisions to allow charter schools in the Mountain State, though the ...

Former Moundsville Fire Official Ron Walker Found Guilty of Sex Abuse

MOUNDSVILLE — Former acting Moundsville fire chief and current Cameron City Council member Ron Walker was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse at a trial that concluded Tuesday afternoon. Walker, 43, was remanded to the custody of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department to undergo ...

Wheeling Fire Department: Fire Safety Crucial in Extremely Cold Temperatures

WHEELING — As extremely cold temperatures move into the Upper Ohio Valley over the next few days fire safety is something everyone needs to keep in mind, according to local and national fire safety officials. Whether it’s using a space heater or a fireplace to help heat a home or business ...

Winter’s Sharpest Bite in Years Sweeps from Midwest Into the Ohio Valley

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Winter’s sharpest bite in years moved past painful into life-threatening territory Tuesday, prompting officials throughout the Midwest to take extraordinary measures to protect the homeless and other vulnerable people from the bitter cold, including turning some city ...

West Virginia House of Delegates Passes Amended Broadband Expansion Act

Speaker Roger Hanshaw’s signature broadband expansion legislation passed the West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday by a wide margin after amendments were added. House Bill 2005, the Broadband Expansion Act of 2019, passed the House 97-2 and now heads to the state Senate. “No matter ...

Bloomberg: Medicare for All Would ‘Bankrupt Us’

NASHUA, N.H. — Asked about promises Democratic presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren are making for single-payer health care — often now termed “Medicare for All” — former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said such a plan would “bankrupt us for a very long ...

West Virginia Senate Takes Rare Step To Fast-Track Education Omnibus Bill

CHARLESTON — Senate Republicans used a relatively unknown parliamentary procedure Monday to avoid having their education reform package from possibly being defeated before making it to the Senate floor. In what is shaping up to become the defining piece of legislation for this year’s ...

West Virginia Teachers’ Union: ‘Everything Is on the Table’

CHARLESTON — It’s been less than a year since West Virginia teachers walked off the job for a nine-day strike to protest pay and benefits. Now, as an omnibus education reform bill works its way through the Senate, the head of the West Virginia Education Association is warning ...