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Coal mine safety was on the minds of Democrats in the house Tuesday; that issue was House Bill 2011, dealing with deliberate intent.  The measure doesn’t address mine safety standards, but those opposed to the bill said it will hurt miners.

Coal Mine Safety Debated in House and Senate

Feb 10, 2015

At the legislature today, emotional debate in both houses as the Senate takes up the Coal Jobs and Safety Act of 2015. In the House, Delegates focused on the legal remedies those hurt or killed in a mining accident will have. And we'll talk with Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick about his plans to grow the state's economy on The Legislature Today.

The University of Charleston's School of Pharmacy is no longer on probation.

The university says the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education's Board of Directors lifted the probation last week. The board restored the pharmacy program's full accreditation.

The council had placed the pharmacy school on a two-year probationary status in July 2014. The council said the school was noncompliant with a standard requiring that an accredited school be headed by a dean, collaborate with the larger university, and be autonomous.

Principal Resigns Amid Charges

Feb 9, 2015
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  A Kanawha County principal has resigned after being charged with failing to report an alleged sexual assault.

The Kanawha county Board of Education accepted Capital High School Principal Clinton Giles' resignation on Monday.

Giles was suspended on Feb. 3 after prosecutors filed the misdemeanor charge against him in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

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Anyone visiting the state capitol who is licensed to carry concealed weapons would be allowed to keep loaded firearms in their motor vehicles that are parked near the complex. This bill overwhelmingly passed the house Thursday.

Jamie Mathis is raising both of her grandsons
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In the rural West Virginia county of McDowell County, almost half of all children live apart from their parents. Families have splintered in the face of economic and social troubles, leaving many grandparents to take on the role of parenting. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters visits to see how public schools are supporting these caretakers to improve kids’ lives.

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 Prosecutors have charged a Kanawha County principal with failing to report an alleged sexual assault at his school.

Capital High School Principal Clinton Giles was charged with the misdemeanor in an information filed Tuesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

Giles didn't immediately return a telephone call from The Associated Press.

A 15-year-old female student told a counselor at the school on Jan. 26 that she was sexually assaulted. Charleston police later charged a 17-year-old male student with second-degree sexual assault.

 The Kanawha County Board of Education is settling a lawsuit filed by a teacher who was fired in 2005.

The board agreed Monday to pay $149,000 in back wages to Nitro High School history teacher Robert Fulmer.

Fulmer was fired in 2005 after a former student accused him of sexually assaulting her. She later recanted the allegations and Fulmer was rehired in 2008. He filed the lawsuit in 2009.

The First 1,000 Days: Watch Now

Feb 2, 2015

The First 1,000 Days is a new TV documentary that explains the science and techniques that build healthy brain architecture during the first 3 years. You can watch 1,000 Days on demand through our website.

WVSSAC Director Gary Ray to Retire

Jan 30, 2015
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The executive director of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission is retiring.

Gary Ray will step down next January after more than eight years as head of the agency that oversees interscholastic athletics, cheerleading and band activities among its member schools.

The SSAC board of directors accepted Ray's retirement at a meeting Wednesday. A search will begin soon for Ray's replacement.

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At the end of every floor session, senators and delegates are allowed to give remarks to the entire body.  In the House Thursday, these remarks led to extended debate about jobs in the north and the lack of them in the south; about drug addiction and education, and the debate lasted for nearly an hour.

Marshall Celebrates Life of Stephen J. Kopp

Jan 13, 2015
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Members of the Marshall and Huntington community remembered President Stephen J. Kopp yesterday as a great leader and caring man.

Marshall University held a memorial service Tuesday for President Kopp who passed away suddenly on December 17th. Speakers from all walks of Kopp’s life as leader of the University spoke about the kind of man Kopp was. His daughter Liz Bradley.

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Two buildings on an Oak Hill middle school's campus have been closed because of safety issues.

Fayette County school officials closed Collins Middle School's main building on Monday. A building housing the school's gym and a school-based health clinic was closed in December.

An inspection found that a third building housing fifth- and sixth-graders is sound. That building will remain open.

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Bullying and harassment in schools was the topic of discussion during the Joint Standing Committee on Education yesterday.

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The Marshall University Board of Governors announced last week that Gary White will take over as interim president in the wake of the death of President Stephen J. Kopp.

White takes over while a search for a permanent replacement takes place. Former President Stephen J. Kopp passed away on December 17th. White is a native of Logan and recently served on Marshall’s board of governors in 2010. White also recently served on the Higher Education Policy Commission. He said his plan for the university while they look for a permanent replacement is to stay the course.

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West Virginia's superintendent of schools is heading to the Eastern Panhandle this week to meet with teachers and students in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.

Michael Martirano starts his road trip on Wednesday at Musselman High School in Berkeley County. He has other stops at county schools that day before moving on to Jefferson County schools on Thursday. He wraps up the tour on Friday in Morgan County.

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Officials with the former Mountain State University are shifting their attention to a lawsuit against an accrediting body.

Trustee Elmer Coppoolse tells The Register-Herald that Mountain State officials wanted to ensure the campus was in good hands before focusing on the lawsuit.

Last week, West Virginia University announced that it plans to buy Mountain State's campus in Beckley.

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West Virginia University's new Advanced Engineering Research Building is on track to open in the fall of 2015.

West Virginia higher education leaders are finalizing policy changes to help students more easily transfer college credits and earn degrees.

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Vicki Riley has been named as president of West Virginia Northern Community College.

Riley has served as the school's vice president of academic affairs since January 2008.

The West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education appointed Riley to the president's job on Thursday.

Riley's appointment is effective Jan. 6. She will replace Martin J. Olshinsky, who is retiring.

She previously served as special assistant to the chancellor for the community and technical college council and as president of Marshall Community and Technical College.

Rockefeller Has Harsh Words for Most CIA Directors

Dec 19, 2014
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Sen. Jay Rockefeller has harsh words for many of the CIA Directors he’s known.  Beth Vorhees continues her conversation with the senator about the CIA torture report released last week.  Also, a report about the Common Core curriculum.

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Common Core is an educational initiative that has been in news headlines lately due to some controversy surrounding it. At the State Capitol yesterday, Delegates, Senators, and public met on the House floor to hear from eight representatives either for or against Common Core.

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Nine counties will receive state funding for school construction projects.

The largest award, $1 million, will go to Berkeley County to add six classrooms to Potomack Intermediate School near Martinsburg.

Greenbrier, Wirt, Gilmer, Marion, Ohio, Fayette, Upshur and Lincoln will receive smaller grants for projects.

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The Girls Scouts council in West Virginia is implementing a program to promote science, technology, engineering and math fields.

The Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council says the program called "Imagine Your STEM Future" will work to inspire more girls to pursue education and careers in those fields.

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A legal battle over the firing of West Virginia's school superintendent is heading to the state's highest court.

A Kanawha County circuit judge last month refused to dismiss former superintendent Jorea Marple's lawsuit. The Charleston Gazette reports that the West Virginia Board of Education is appealing that ruling to the state Supreme Court.

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Members of the state Board of Education have approved a pilot program that will give school districts more flexibility in planning their instructional days.

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Huntington Police evacuated Huntington High school Thursday afternoon after school administrators received reports that a student had an explosive device.

Late Thursday morning Huntington Police were called to the high school because of a report of a firework type device found in the possession of a juvenile. The student had shown the device to another juvenile who reported it. Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli says the onsite resource officer, who is a member of the Huntington Police Department arrested the individual. The device was then recovered and rendered inert. 

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Members of the state Board of Education heard directly from teachers this month about the development and the implementation of the state’s Next Generation Standards. Those standards are West Virginia’s version of Common Core.

“So, today is a moment for us to pause as a state to reflect on where we are with our education reform and our educational progress,” State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano said during the board’s meeting Wednesday.

Republicans Pledge to Work Together

Dec 9, 2014
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Republican lawmakers at both the state and federal levels pledge to work together to move their agendas forward.  And Governor Tomblin tells a classroom of third graders about the importance of STEM based learning. 

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A nearly $500,000 federal grant is set to expand adult education opportunities across West Virginia.

The West Virginia Network says it has received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program.

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