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The Latest: Panel votes to lower pay hike for W.Va. teachers

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Latest on a bill to give West Virginia teachers a pay raise to end a strike (all times local):

6:15 p.m.

A state Senate committee in West Virginia has voted to reduce a proposed pay raise for teachers who have walked off their jobs to protest their salaries.

News outlets report that the Senate Finance Committee voted Saturday to lower the pay bump by 1 percentage point to 4 percent. The amendment was approved on a 9-8 committee vote.

The amended bill now heads to the full Senate. It wasn't clear when a vote would take place.

The bill originally included a 5 percent raise for teachers, school service personnel and West Virginia State Police. That version passed the House on a 98-1 vote.

West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee says the Senate committee broke an agreement promised by the governor.

10:42 p.m.

The teachers' strike across West Virginia is rolling into its second weekend with the state Senate planning to meet Saturday.

Senators declined to take a vote Friday on whether the teachers will get the 5 percent pay raise negotiated by Gov. Jim Justice and union leaders.

Senate Republicans, who control the chamber, have repeatedly emphasized spending restraint while saying the teachers and West Virginia's other public workers are all underpaid but funds are limited.

Hundreds of teachers and supporters, including students, rallied at the Capitol on Friday, the seventh day they've shuttered classrooms.

Teachers are protesting pay that's among the lowest in the nation, rising health care costs and a previously approved 2 percent raise for next year after four years without any increase.

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