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W.Va. Senate Set To Vote on Controversial Education Bill

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, the West Virginia Senate is set to put a long, sweeping and controversial education reform measure to a vote today. Yesterday, the upper chamber considered amendments to Senate Bill 1039, which has been touted by Senate President Mitch Carmichael as the Student Success Act.

Senior reporter Dave Mistich joins Teresa Wills to discuss the measure, what changes have been made to the bill and what is expected moving forward.

Across the country, electric utilities are pulling the plug on coal-fired power. In just a little more than a decade more than 500 coal generators have closed as companies switch to cheaper natural gas and renewable energy.

Thirty-four were in the Ohio Valley, and more will close in the coming few years. That means cleaner air and less CO2 in the atmosphere. But for many communities it comes at a steep price. Brittany Patterson has the story of one Ohio community preparing for lost jobs and revenue as its coal plant powers down.

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