A proposal to make the University of Pikeville a public institution died in a state House committee on Tuesday. However, state Rep. Leslie Combs, primary sponsor of the bill which would have seen UPike receive coal severance money to reduce its tuition, said the issue isn’t finished. “It’s over for this year,” she said. “But the debate will continue on.” In the place of the UPike proposal, the House Education Committee, of which Combs is a member, approved a substitute bill which will provide scholarship funding for students in the 16-county coal producing region to attend four-year programs in the area.
Public UPike Proposal Dead
By Russ Cassady, Appalachian News-Express • Mar 9, 2012