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West Virginia Continues to Lead the Nation in High School Graduation Rates
CHARLESTON, West Virginia, Dec. 8 -- The West Virginia Department of Education issued the following news release:

West Virginia's graduation rate continues to hover at nearly 90 percent, according to data released today by the West Virginia Department of Education. West Virginia's 2016-17 graduation rate was 89.40 percent. The graduation rate in the Mountain State dropped slightly when compared to the previous year's rate of 89.81 percent, but is representative of more individual graduates. During school year 2016-17, 17,400 students graduated in the 4-year cohort when compared to 16,826 in 2015-16.

Sixty-eight ... Show Full Article

Town of West Gardiner Now Offering Rapid Renewal Service
AUGUSTA, Maine, Dec. 8 -- The Maine Secretary of State issued the following news release:

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has announced that the Town of West Gardiner has launched Rapid Renewal, the Department of the Secretary of State's online service for the renewal of motor vehicle registrations.

Rapid Renewal is an e-commerce service allowing citizens to conduct business with municipal government and state government in one seamless online transaction. Rapid Renewal has gained national acclaim and Mainers have enthusiastically embraced it. While municipal participation in Rapid Renewal ... Show Full Article

North Carolina Faces Season's First Blast of Winter Weather
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Dec. 8 -- The North Carolina Department of Public Safety issued the following news release:

State emergency and transportation officials are closely monitoring weather and road conditions, and are ready to respond if needed as North Carolina receives the season's first blast of winter weather, Governor Roy Cooper said Friday.

Current forecasts from the National Weather Service call for three to six inches of snow in parts of the mountains and lesser amounts of one to two inches of snow in northern and western portions of the Piedmont. East of Interstate 77, accumulations ... Show Full Article

Montana Board of Housing Pitches in at Helena Habitat Build
HELENA, Montana, Dec. 8 -- The Montana Department of Commerce issued the following news release:

On Friday, Montana Board of Housing (MBOH) employees were excited to help with a Habitat for Humanity home build. The MBOH team got to work installing trim, baseboards, doors, shelves, blinds and appliances.

"For more than 20 years, the folks from the Board of Housing have been rolling up their sleeves to assist with Habitat builds" Montana Department of Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote said. "We are thankful to work alongside Helena Habitat and give back to our community by providing a safe and affordable ... Show Full Article

Grant Deadline Approaching for Crime Reduction, Community Programs and Projects
DOVER, Delaware, Dec. 8 -- Delaware Attorney General Matthew Denn issued the following news release:

The deadline for applications for grant money available from the Neighborhood Building Blocks Fund is just under two weeks away. In October, Attorney General Matt Denn and Delaware Division of Small Business, Development and Tourism Director Cerron Cade announced $1.3 million in funds for community organizations to support crime reduction, neighborhood revitalization, and economic development programs statewide, with special emphasis on programs in and around downtown areas and neighborhoods. Applications ... Show Full Article

Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Mallott Donate Portion of Salaries Towards Safer Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec. 8 -- Gov. Bill Walker, R-Alaska, issued the following news release:

As a part of their continuing work to address the opioid crisis and build a Safer Alaska, Governor Bill Walker and Lt. Governor Byron Mallott will each donate $3,500 for a new drug detection K9 that will serve Yakutat and Cordova, and help reduce the flow of illegal drugs into rural Alaska.

"In January, Lt. Governor Mallott and I committed to building resilient committees as part of our Safer Alaska initiative," Governor Walker said. "The purchase of this K9 will be one step in assisting these Alaska communities ... Show Full Article

AG Paxton: Victory in Lawsuit Protecting Tax Cuts for Homeowners
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 8 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release:

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced a victory for Texas homeowners after the Gregg County Court granted all relief requested by the attorney general in the local option homestead exemption case involving Kilgore ISD's violation of Texas Senate Bill 1. The decision by the Gregg County Court comes nearly two months after the Texarkana Court of Appeals affirmed the right of Attorney General Paxton to continue the lawsuit and pursue compliance with the law.

"I am grateful to the court for recognizing ... Show Full Article