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Are legislators on board with clean air for West Virginians?

West Virginia’s clean air, fresh water and deep woods are why generations of families love this beautiful state. Yet a recent funding grab by the state Legislature raises a question: Where do legislators loyalties lie when it comes to keeping West Virginia's air clean? With citizens or polluters?

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Statehouse Leaders Bully their Way into Passing Charter Schools

We expect our local representatives to be strong and do what’s best for the folks at home, not give in to legislative arm-twisting. But that’s what happened when state legislative leaders bullied their way into passing charter schools against the wishes of many West Virginians, who polls show don’t want them.

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Bill would help with opioid abuse recovery across the state

As West Virginia enters the next phase of confronting the opioid abuse crisis—helping people get their lives back and healing family and community life—a bill that can help is now in front of the WV Legislature.

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Workers dealing with unfair schedules should demand better

Hard work is a West Virginia value most of us hold dear. But for West Virginians struggling to get by and facing new demands on their time by employers a "fair workweek" law would help them.

 

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WV Supreme Court Tells Property Owners to Get Used to Fracking Pollution

Protecting our right to clean air and water unites all West Virginians. The WV Supreme Court recently upheld a property owner’s right to keep drillers off their land. But they also told property owners it was too bad if their lives and property values were upended by the fracking industry.

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Medically assisted addiction treatment is key in West Virginia

West Virginians take care of each other and that means lifting barriers to taking care of families, communities and individuals affected by the addiction crisis.

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Why Are Our Public Schools Under Attack?

David Perry, president of the West Virginia Board of Education had strong words recently about attacks on public education in the state: “I am dumbfounded why business leaders within our state think it is productive to attack public education in order to push a political agenda that benefits the private sector and is fueled by outside interest groups.” 

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Take This Teacher’s Parting Words To Heart, West Virginia

Former West Virginia school teacher Sarah Krause is leaving the state to find work in a more teacher-friendly state. Her recent Charleston Gazette-Mail column should be read by every state legislator.

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Education Should be about Community

As Gov. Jim Justice and Senate President Mitch Carmichael spar over their differing versions of “education reform,” there’s one aspect of public education in West Virginia that’s being forgotten. Our schools are the meeting places for our communities. West Virginia needs to focus on building up our public schools and on training, hiring, and adequately paying its great teachers, not on lining out-of-state, for-profit charter school operators’ pockets.

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WV Gubernatorial candidate seen as "genuine populist" by The Intercept

We pass on this story by The Intercept on West Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stephen Noble Smith because we think its is interesting how the online news magazine has framed Smith’s campaign.

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