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Judge Hutchinson now justice

CHARLESTON - Circuit Judge John A. Hutchison was sworn in as Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, Friday, January 4, 2019, in a ceremony in the Supreme Court Chamber where speakers focused on restoring the public confidence in the West Virginia judicial system.

“The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia is now newly constituted and I believe does not carry with it the dark shadows of the past 24 months,” Justice Hutchison said immediately after he took the oath of office delivered by Chief Justice Beth Walker.

“I again pledge my cooperation to the other four members of this court to help achieve the open and transparent administration of this branch of…

Formula change announced by WIC

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health have announced a change to the soy-based infant formula provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

 Effective Tuesday, January 29, 2019, healthy infants prescribed a standard, soy-based infant formula will be provided Similac® Soy Isomil® (20 calories/oz.). The rebate contract for milk-based infant formulas will continue to be with Abbott Nutrition, including Similac® Advance® OptiGRO™, Similac Sensitive®, Similac for Spit-Up® and Similac Total ComfortTM.

 “West Virginia WIC is required by Federal Regulation 7 CFR 246.16a to competitively bid…

State board OKs policies for comment

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) met Wednesday, January 9 2019, for its monthly routine business meeting. During the meeting, five policies were discussed and placed on a 30-day public comment period. A brief description of each policy can be found below.

 Policy 2322, West Virginia System of Support and Accountability: The policy is recommended for repeal and replacement to better align with current research related to effective schools. It will also provide a clarified definition of the support and accountability system for schools and counties. The policy will also define school and county recognition programs for academic success and school quality.

 Policy…