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Senate Approves Bill Eliminating Unemployment Benefits for Workers on Strike

The Senate has approved a bill that changes the eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits for striking workers. The chamber approved Senate Bill 222, 22 to 11, with one Senator absent on Wednesday.

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At The Legislature Today, although the budget has been the top priority for lawmakers this session, it’s implications trickle down into all areas of state government, including education.

Del. Paul Espinosa and Sen. Kenny Mann, chairs of the House and Senate Education Committees, say even though there may be less money for schools, they are working through bills to give counties more flexibility in how they spend that funding.

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The Senate has approved a bill that changes the eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits for striking workers. 

The chamber approved Senate Bill 222, 22 to 11, with one Senator absent on Wednesday.

The Ohio Valley region once helped give rise to the labor movement. Now it’s shifting toward what’s known as right-to-work law. West Virginia and Kentucky have passed right-to-work laws and Ohio is considering a similar bill.

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Chambers was born in Huntington in 1908 and attended Marshall College (now University) but moved to Washington D.C. before graduating. He attended law school at night, earned his degree, and worked for several federal agencies.

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The eight-hour drama follows the diminutive Queen from the age of 18 when she was crowned, through her relationship with Lord Melbourne and her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. 

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