WV Legislative Interims: Committee on Health hears testimony on the federal investigation into the WVDHHR

By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va – The West Virginia Legislature’s Joint Committee on Health met this week during the December Interim meetings to hear testimony concerning the recently announced federal civil rights investigation into the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) on allegations of[Read More…]

WV Legislative Interims: WVDNR looking at development of ‘very large campground’

By Matt Young, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Legislature’s Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Subcommittee heard testimony Monday from James Bailey, acting secretary of the W.Va. Department of Commerce, and Brad Reid, chief of West Virginia State Parks, regarding the implementation of House Bill 4408.  Under[Read More…]

WV Legislative Interim Report: Committee discussions address retirement, pension payments

By Autumn Shelton, West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Legislature discussions surrounding a possible one-time supplemental payment and a cost-of-living increase for state retirees in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) are ongoing as legislators prepare for their upcoming session.  During[Read More…]

Save the Date: WV Press Legislative Lookahead set for Friday, Jan. 6, in Charleston

WV Press Legislative Media Social is Feb. 2, Convention is Aug. 11-12 WV Press News Sharing CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The annual West Virginia Press Association Legislative Lookahead is set for Friday, Jan. 6, in-person at the West Virginia Culture Center on the Capitol Complex in Charleston.  The preview of the 2023 Legislative[Read More…]

Unfilled school positions impact student learning, staff coverage across county

by Kate Evans Morgan County Schools is in great need of teachers and substitutes in every category of positions, from professional, service personnel, short-term and long-term substitute teachers.  School Superintendent Kristen Tuttle said the county needs substitute aides, bus drivers, cooks, secretaries, nurses and custodians along with teachers. School vacancies[Read More…]

West Virginia Legislative Interims: Differences between Public Employees Retirement System and Municipal Police Officers and Firefighters Retirement System discussed

By Matt Young, West Virginia Press Association BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. – The legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Pensions and Retirement met on Tuesday during the last day of the November interim session. The only business before the committee was the proposal to transfer control of service regarding police and firefighters[Read More…]