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Report: Fiscal notes for state legislation flawed
The Legislature should change the way fiscal notes are prepared for legislation because these cost estimates are often inaccurate, biased and lacking in details, the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy said in a report.
Forest fire grows to 2 square miles
Firefighters continued efforts on Wednesday to contain a wildfire in Pendleton County that has burned about 2 square miles of land in the Monongahela National Forest, along with nearby private lands.
Search to start for WVU interim president
West Virginia University will soon begin laying the groundwork to find both an interim and permanent president who embrace the university’s vision for the years ahead — just like outgoing leader Jim Clements.
West Virginia group appeals ruling on Harrison plant deal
West Virginia Citizen Action Group asked the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to overturn a Public Service Commission decision allowing the sale of a coal-fired power plant between FirstEnergy subsidiaries.
Courthouse shooter hated government
An ex-police officer who fired 26 shots into the glass facade of a federal courthouse in West Virginia had a “deep hatred for the federal government,” a recently broken heart and serious health problems before he was shot to death by an officer at the scene, a federal prosecutor said Thursday.
Mines listed as pattern violators
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration on Thursday designated two West Virginia coal mines and one in Kentucky as pattern violators, meaning they’ve repeatedly broken federal health and safety regulations over the past year.
W.Va. graduation rates jump 8.5 percent in five years
New state Department of Education data show high school graduation rates have improved steadily for five years in West Virginia, jumping 8.5 percent since the fall of 2008.
Officials credit a variety of retention and alternative-education programs in public schools, as well as an anti-truancy initiative the state Supreme Court launched in 2012.
Head Start no longer available in all state counties
West Virginia’s Head Start preschool program is no longer available in every county due to federal budget cuts, state officials said Tuesday.
The federally funded program helps prepare low-income children for elementary school and also provides them with meals and health care.
West Virginia clerk seeks delay in gay marriage lawsuit
The clerk of West Virginia’s biggest county says she needs more time to respond to a lawsuit over the state’s ban on same-sex marriages and has asked a judge to postpone her Wednesday deadline.
Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick filed a motion Monday in U.S. District Court in Charleston, asking that the deadline for her response be extended.
Purchasing reforms proposed following audits over broadband
State purchasing director David Tincher is proposing reforms in purchasing laws following audits of the state’s use of federal stimulus funding for a broadband project.
The proposals include giving the state purchasing director the power to halt questionable contracts, and requiring the Purchasing Division to handle state agency purchases for projects funded by federal grants.
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