State Legislature to begin 60-day session

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia legislators are returning to Charleston for a session that is expected to be dominated by proposals to improve the state's schools and to ease its overcrowded prison system.The 60-day session will begin at noon on Wednesday, and then adjourn in anticipation of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's State of the State address in the evening.A recently completed audit of the state's school system is expected to influence legislation. The study contrasted below average student performance with an inflexible system burdened by top-heavy bureaucracy.Bills also are expected based on a recently completed report on the state's prisons that recommended releasing some prisoners six months earlier into supervised programs. The state's prison commissioner has said overcrowding in prisons is at a "crisis level.''
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