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State Groups Oppose House's Draft of Federal Farm Bill

Charleston Gazette-Mail - When Angela Spencer goes grocery shopping, she buys the same things as any other family — milk, bread, eggs, fruit and vegetables. She is one of nearly 350,000 West Virginians, though, who uses the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to buy these products. Read. 

In West Virginia, SNAP Benefits Out of Reach For Drug Felons

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - Inside the spotless industrial kitchen at Recovery Point, a long-term drug treatment facility in Charleston, Tracy Jividen helps to cook three meals a day for the nearly 100 women she calls her sisters. This space is her domain, and the irony isn’t lost on her: Last...

Chamber Study Draws Out Split Conclusions on Education and Spending

State Journal - In the wake of the 2018 teachers strike that led to the approval of a 5 percent pay increase, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce issued an analysis of spending on education and teacher compensation that has drawn mixed conclusions. Read. 

Tuition Continues to Increase Across WV Colleges Despite Budget Increases

State Journal - For the past several years, college officials have blamed the rising cost of tuition largely on severe budget cuts from state lawmakers. Read. 

Letter: It's Time to Raise Severance Taxes on WV Gas Industry

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Editor: West Virginia was once rich. Her natural resources, including timber, high-quality coal, salt and natural gas, made a lot of people a lot of money for a long time. Had that bounty been well managed, we would be in a far better financial position now. Read. ...

It's Time to Raise Severance Taxes on WV Gas Industry

Charleston Gazette-Mail - West Virginia was once rich. Her natural resources, including timber, high-quality coal, salt and natural gas, made a lot of people a lot of money for a long time. Had that bounty been well managed, we would be in a far better financial position now. Read. 

United States Spends Trillions to Fight Poverty

Charleston Daily Mail - A United Nations expert who visited West Virginia last year has released a report criticizing the United States for what he called “cruel policies” driven by a “contempt ... for the poor,” the Gazette-Mail’s Lori Kersey reported Wednesday. Read. 

Mapping the Movement to Dismantle Public Education

Jacobin - The ongoing wave of teacher strikes across the US is changing the conversation about public educationin this country. From West Virginia to Arizona, Kentucky to Oklahoma, Colorado to North Carolina, tens of thousands of teachers have taken to the streets and filled state capitals, garnering public support and...

Trump’s Plan to Bail Out the Coal Industry: Compel Private Power Companies to Purchase Coal Energy

Salon - President Donald Trump may be preparing to help America's coal industry through a tactic that became known as the other "b-word" over the past decade: bailout. Read. 

Sisters Health Foundation Issues Grants to Mid-Ohio Valley Agencies

Parkersburg News and Sentinel - A total of 50 nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley received grant funding from the Sisters Health Foundation in support of its vision of “healthy people in healthy communities.” Read. 

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