CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Latest on a statewide walkout by teachers in West Virginia over pay and benefits (all times local):
The West Virginia Department of Education says all schools in 27 of the state's 55 counties plan to remain closed Thursday despite an apparent agreement between leaders of the unions representing striking teachers and school service personnel and Gov. Jim Justice intended to end the walkout.
The department's list has been growing through the evening even after the House of Delegates voted Wednesday night to approve the 5 percent raises in the deal.
The Senate adjourned before considering it and plans to return on Thursday.
The walkout began last Thursday closing all 55 counties' public schools and continued through Wednesday.
Strikers protesting low pay and rising health care costs have expressed doubts about politicians' promises short of actions that will guarantee raises and protect them from further hikes in benefit costs they say are squeezing them further.