Baldwin Weighs In As House Of Delegates Prepares To Consider Student Success Act

By Leah Tuckwiller

As the Student Success Act approaches the House of Delegates, many West Virginians may find themselves with some déjà vu; in February, Senate Bill 451, the first omnibus bill, was in the same position.

The Student Success Act, designated SB 1039, approaches much of the same legislation as was included in SB 451, in a similar sweeping reform overhaul as legislators saw in regular session this winter. In response, teachers, school service personnel, and associated unions have once again returned to the fight against measures they believe to be absolute threats to the public school system.

Read more in the Friday, June 7, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Talks Begin After Attorney Requests Justice Energy Owners Be Responsible For Damages, Fines

By Bobby Bordelon

A United States federal court is entering a new round of talks with Justice Energy to settle a civil suit brought in 2014. United States Attorney Mike Stuart recently filed a memorandum calling for the "corporate veil," legal and financial protections that can protect business owners from bankruptcy and other issues, to be lifted from Justice Energy and allow James C. Justice II and James C. Justice III, and the shareholders to be directly held responsible for the damages and court penalties incurred in the case, totaling over $1 million.

According to the complaint, Justice Energy began purchasing parts from James River Equipment LLC (James River), a Virginia business, to "service equipment that it owns and operates at various mining sits in southern West Virginia." Although the service was payable upon receipt, with interest after 30 days, Justice Energy did not pay $148,496.14 it incurred between April 10, 2013, and August 12, 2013, leading James River to file a suit seeking damages.

Read more in the Friday, June 7, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Ronceverte City Council Thanks River Festival Committee, Updates On Cemetary Care

By Bobby Bordelon

The Ronceverte River Festival, cemetery grass mowing, police traffic monitoring, and the cable franchise agreement were discussed by Ronceverte City Council during its regular Monday, June 3, meeting.

With the river festival approaching quickly, Ronceverte Mayor David Smith called for people to come out and thanked the committee members for their work on the festival.

Read more in the Wednesday, June 5, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Student Success Act Heads To House

By Leah Tuckwiller

The Student Success Act (Senate Bill 1039), a massive education reform bill sponsored by Senate President Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson), among others, has passed the state Senate and will move to the House of Delegates when the delegates reconvene.

The bill passed 18-15 in the Monday, June 3, session with one senator absent.

Read more in the Tuesday, June 4, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Judge Dismisses Greenbrier Flood Lawsuit

By Bobby Bordelon

United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by The Greenbrier Hotel Corporation against over 50 insurance-affiliated organizations, businesses, and individuals, seeking funds to recoup losses from the flood of 2016 on Monday, June 4.

"In accordance with the memorandum opinion and order filed contemporaneously with this judgment order, it is ordered that this civil action be ... dismissed without prejudice and retired from the docket of the court," reads Goodwin's order.

Read more in the Tuesday, June 4, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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