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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -

The West Virginia Senate unanimously approved a bill that would consolidate Bridgemont Community and Technical College in Montgomery and Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College in South Charleston.

The bill passed April 1 would leave the two separate campuses intact, but they would have a single board of governors and one president.

Senate Finance Education Committee Chairman Robert Plymale, D-Wayne, told lawmakers the move would create cost savings.

He said Kanawha Valley President Joseph Badgley is planning to retire and it is expected that Bridgemont President Jo Harris would become president of the combined college.

The boards of governors of both colleges have approved the merger.

The two campuses are 33 miles apart on the Kanawha River.

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