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Rising education costs central at W.Va. forums

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia officials are discussing ways to tackle rising higher education costs.

Several public forums were held this week to talk about the financing higher education in the state, including one Thursday on Marshall University's South Charleston campus.

Two others were held at Marshall University in Huntington.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports (http://bit.ly/1hpsYog) that the idea was to bring state lawmakers face-to-face with members of the higher education and local communities for discussion.

West Virginia's public colleges and universities are coping with a 7.5 percent cut in state funding this year, leaving them to try and make up for the budget gaps.

The conversation also included ideas about new funding sources that could benefit the state and be funneled toward higher education.

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