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9th Day of Teacher Work Stoppage & Trump's Administration Looks at Cleaning up Abandoned Mine Lands

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Tuesday March 6th is the ninth day of the teacher and school personnel work stoppage over pay and benefits. On last night’s episode of The Legislature Today, host Andrea Lannom spoke with Bob Brown of the American Federation of Teachers – West Virginia chapter. The West Virginia Education Association, AFT, and the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association said in a joint statement this weekend they were quote, "angry and disappointed” with the Senate’s actions. 

And we hear a story from Pennsylvania, where President Trump’s Interior Secretary visited recently to talk about dealing old coal mines. Ryan Zinke oversees the federal agency in charge of cleaning up thousands of abandoned mines. For State Impact Pennsylvania, the Allegheny Front’s Reid Frazier reports Pennsylvania’s problem is the biggest in the country.

Also in this episode, voters in November will decide on a resolution that would effectively strip the constitutional right to have an abortion in West Virginia. Corey Knowlinger reports.

Editor's note: After this episode of West Virginia Morning was recorded, Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia’s Republican leaders tentatively agreed Tuesday to end the state’s nine-day teachers’ walkout by giving 5 percent raises to not just teachers, but all state workers.  The latest news on the W.Va. teacher and school personnel work stoppage can be found at wvpublic.org.