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After 9 Days, Deal Struck on W. Virginia Teacher Strike

Lawmakers cut a deal for 5% raises

(Newser) - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Senate Republicans reached a tentative deal on Tuesday to end a nine-day statewide teachers' strike by giving them 5% raises—and adding similar raises for all state workers while they're at it. Justice said additional budget cuts by his staff will fund the... More »

WVa. Teachers: No Raise? No School; Strike Goes On

State Senate votes to reduce pay raise to 4%; unions say stick to the 5% deal

(Newser) - Unions representing West Virginia teachers and service personnel say they will stay out on strike after the state Senate voted to cut the 5% pay raise they had negotiated with Gov. Jim Justice. In a joint statement Saturday, the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, West Virginia Education Association, and the... More »

W. Va. Lawmaker on Teacher Strike: 'I Don't Like Feeling Bullied'

Strike now in day 7

(Newser) - West Virginia public school students were home again Friday, with classrooms closed for a seventh straight class day as teachers fought for pay raises. The state Senate's GOP majority refused Thursday to take up legislation to give them a 5% pay raise after four years without one. The Republican-controlled... More »

Man Blacks Out, Wakes Up to $1,635 Uber Fare

Kenneth Bachman took Uber home to New Jersey after partying in West Virginia

(Newser) - We all know you shouldn't drink and drive. Kenneth Bachman is living proof you probably shouldn't drink and Uber either. He was hit with a $1,635.93 Uber fare after accidentally taking the ride service from near the West Virginia University campus, where he was partying with... More »

WV Teachers Were Expected to Be Back Today. They Won't

Health insurance is a 'major sticking point'

(Newser) - West Virginia's House has OK'd a 5% pay raise negotiated by the governor to end a walkout by the state's teachers, but all the state's public schools plan to stay closed Thursday. Gov. Jim Justice announced the deal Tuesday evening after meeting with union leaders for... More »

West Virginia Teachers Will End Strike, Get 5% Raise

Governor announces strike to end Thursday

(Newser) - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says striking teachers will return to the classroom on Thursday, and he's offering teachers and school service personnel a 5% pay raise in the first year. Justice made the announcement at a news conference Tuesday after emerging from a meeting with union leaders for... More »

Teachers Again Close Every West Virginia Public School

Statewide strike now impacts a third school day

(Newser) - A teacher's strike is keeping public schools closed for a third day in West Virginia. The state Department of Education's website shows all school districts are closed in all 55 counties Monday morning. Gov. Jim Justice has signed teacher pay raises of 2% next year and 1% the... More »

All West Virginia Public Schools Closed as Teachers Walk Out

Educators are protesting for better pay

(Newser) - In what appears to be the biggest strike in West Virginia history, thousands of teachers walked off the job Thursday, closing schools in all of the state's 55 counties, the Wall Street Journal reports. The central issue is teacher pay. The starting salary for a teacher in West Virginia... More »

In One Year, Town of 400 Was Shipped 2.2M Opioids

W.Va. numbers are 'outrageous,' say congressional investigators

(Newser) - Williamson, W.Va., is home to 2,900 people. That's one reason congressional investigators are flabbergasted by documents showing two local pharmacies received 20.8 million prescription painkillers from out-of-state drug companies over a decade, reports the Charleston Gazette-Mail . Ohio-based wholesaler Miami-Luken says it supplied 6.4 million hydrocodone... More »

Lawmakers OK After Train's Fatal Collision With Truck

Republican members of Congress were on their way to West Virginia; person in truck is dead

(Newser) - A train carrying Republican members of Congress to a retreat in West Virginia struck a garbage truck on Wednesday. One person aboard the truck is dead and another seriously injured, reports NBC Washington . No lawmakers were believed to be seriously hurt, though one was taken to the hospital, according to... More »

The 5 Most, Least Educated US States

Mississippi ranks last

(Newser) - A good education often brings greater chances of employment as well as higher income potential—two perks that residents of Mississippi and West Virginia might be at a disadvantage of attaining. That’s based on a list of the most and least educated states in the US, compiled by Wallet... More »

Cops: Suspect Took Cab Away From Bank Robbery

'Getaway driver' called police after seeing photo

(Newser) - Police in West Virginia say a suspected bank robber was captured after taking a cab to the heist. Ryan Michael Stepanian was arrested in Monday's robbery of a Charles Town bank and another bank heist Friday in nearby Ranson, the AP reports. Cab driver George Lyon says he took... More »

No Jail Time for Man Who Impregnated Young Daughter

WV judge gives man who forced daughter to get abortion 5 years' probation

(Newser) - A West Virginia man was sentenced to five years' probation and 50 years of supervision for impregnating his 11-year-old daughter in 2011 and forcing her to get an abortion. Michael Joe Adkins of Ona entered a Kennedy plea two years ago, reports the Huntington Herald-Dispatch , which allowed him to concede... More »

This Is the Least Diverse State in US

West Virginia's 'diversity score' is lowest: WalletHub

(Newser) - West Virginia trails behind all other US states when it comes to diversity, according to WalletHub . The site's ranking doesn’t simply apply to racial diversity. WalletHub gave all 50 states a "diversity score" out of 100 based on the diversity of residents' ethnicity, religion, marital status, birthplace... More »

The 5 Richest, Poorest US States

Maryland's median household income is $37K more than Mississippi's

(Newser) - The median household income in the US climbed more between 2014 and 2016 than in any other two-year period on record. But that doesn't mean all Americans shared equally in the gains. Maryland residents enjoy a median household income that is almost twice that of people in Mississippi, per... More »

5 Most, Least Happy US States

Everything is awesome in Minnesota; not so much in West Virginia

(Newser) - If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands—especially if you're from Minnesota. The North Star State ranks highest in WalletHub's "Happiest States in America" list, which looked at all 50 across three main metrics: how emotionally and physically well its citizens are, work... More »

Smoking Taking 'Tremendous Toll' on Appalachians

Region is behind rest of US on infant mortality

(Newser) - Placing much of the blame on smoking, a study chronicling the ongoing health crisis in Appalachia has concluded that the 13-state region suffers from a growing disparity in infant mortality and life expectancy, two key indicators of "a nation's health and well-being." The study, published in the... More »

Governor Switches Sides at W. Va. Trump Rally

'I can't help you anymore being a Democrat governor'

(Newser) - Thursday was not a great day for the Democratic Party in West Virginia: Gov. Jim Justice joined President Trump at a rally and declared that he is becoming a Republican . "I can't help you anymore being a Democrat governor," Justice told the cheering crowd at the Huntington... More »

West Virginia's Governor Is Switching Sides

Gov. Jim Justice to announce he's joining the GOP

(Newser) - President Trump was teasing a "very big announcement" Thursday night in West Virginia, CNN reports. And while West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin had hoped it would be "good news" about jobs or the opioid crisis, it appears instead that the state's Democratic Gov. Jim Justice will reveal... More »

Professor Nears 70 Marathons Heeding Wife's Dying Wish

She pleaded with him to be there for the kids

(Newser) - In 2003, as Christine Guetzloff was dying of ovarian cancer at the age of 34, she sat her husband down for an important conversation. "Tom, you need to do something—you're just way out of shape," she told the West Virginia State college chemistry professor. "Look... More »

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