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West Virginia News

Governors’ companies among recipients of virus relief loans

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Governors who ordered shutdowns as their states responded to the coronavirus pandemic were among millions of beneficiaries of the loan program created to help small businesses weather COVID-19's effect on the economy, data released ...

Opponents: Pipeline’s defeat ‘a testament to perseverance’

By SARAH RANKIN Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richard Averitt and his wife have spent six years and more than six figures fighting to keep the Atlantic Coast Pipeline off their picturesque central Virginia property. In all that time, Averitt said he couldn't recall meeting a single ...

Woman pleads guilty in scheme to offer information to Russia

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who previously served in the Air Force planned to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government, prosecutors said Monday in announcing her conviction in federal ...

City approves settlement for Black woman punched by officers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in West Virginia's capital city have approved a settlement for a special needs Black woman who was punched by officers during an arrest last year. The Charleston City Council voted Monday to approve an $80,000 settlement for Freda Gilmore, the Gazette-Mail ...

Pedestrian footbridge damaged by derailment reopens in WVa

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — A popular pedestrian footbridge in West Virginia is repaired and back open following a train derailment. The footbridge crosses the Potomac River from Harpers Ferry into Maryland and draws tourists, bicyclists and hikers along the Appalachian Trail. "Hallelujah. ...

From Powerball winner to scandal: Jack Whittaker dies at 72

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Andrew "Jack" Whittaker Jr., whose life became rife with setbacks and tragedy after winning a record $315 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas night in 2002, has died. He was 72. The Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlor in Hinton confirmed ...

W.Va. governor says mandatory mask order could be coming

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday said residents should prepare for a mandatory face mask order as the state's new coronavirus cases rise to their highest level since the pandemic began. The Republican governor said he ...

Shuttered West Virginia hospital reopens as temporary ER

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia University Health System has temporarily reopened portions of a hospital shut down by its former owner. WVU Medicine held a ceremony Tuesday at Fairmont Medical Center, news outlets reported. The hospital will be WVU Medicine's temporary home in ...

W.Va. state staffer tests positive for virus after wedding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A staffer at West Virginia's intelligence sharing agency has tested positive for the coronavirus after going to a wedding last month, officials said Wednesday. West Virginia Department of Homeland Security spokesman Lawrence Messina said the Fusion Center employee ...

Police: Officer shot possum because it was injured

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police officer will not be disciplined after a video emerged of him shooting a possum on a residential street because the animal was injured, a spokesman said Thursday. A resident reported that the possum had been hit by a car Wednesday evening and ...

W.Va. virus cases rising as reopening plan continues

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said that coronavirus cases are climbing across the state though he declined to strengthen restrictions as his reopening plan continues. The active caseload has increased by 28% over the past two ...

Man wronged in past by police saves officer from burning car

By CLAUDIA LAUER Associated Press There was a boom, then the house shook. Daylan McLee thought for a minute it might have been a small earthquake until a relative came running inside to say there had been a car crash involving a police cruiser outside the apartment in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, ...

Sponaugle concedes in W.Va. Democratic attorney general race

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Isaac Sponaugle conceded the Democratic primary for West Virginia attorney general to labor lawyer Sam Petsonk on Tuesday, capping a close race decided by fewer than 200 votes weeks after election day. Sponaugle, who represents Pendleton County in the West Virginia ...

West Virginia man sentenced for 1981 murder of 7-year-old

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to prison for the slaying of a 7-year-old West Virginia boy more than 38 years after the child's remains was found in a wooded area. William Jeffries was sentenced to five to 18 years in prison last week for second-degree murder in the 1981 ...

Doddridge is lone West Virginia county without virus case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is again down to one county with no confirmed coronavirus cases. Health officials in Webster County said Tuesday the county has recorded its first positive virus case. That leaves Doddridge County as the only one among the state's 55 counties without a ...

Coal union seeks order protecting miners from coronavirus

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A union representing U.S. coal miners asked a court Tuesday to force the federal government to take unspecified measures to protect them from the coronavirus. The petition asked the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of ...

Breast cancer treatment advocate Betty Puskar dies at 80

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Betty J. Puskar, a longtime supporter of West Virginia University who helped establish a breast cancer treatment center, has died, the university said. She was 80. Puskar died Sunday at her Morgantown home. The university did not disclose a cause of death. "West ...

WVa Wildlife Center resumes regular hours, admission rates

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Wildlife Center has resumed its regular hours and admission rates, the state Division of Natural Resources said. The center in French Creek is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Until Oct. 31, admission is $4 for adults 16 and older and $2 for ...

West Virginia mayor accused of taking flood relief money

RICHWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — A mayor in West Virginia is accused of taking federal flood relief funds intended for her city and paying herself extra money for working with a flood recovery team. Richwood Mayor Chris Drennen was indicted on federal felony charges Monday following a probe into her ...

West Virginia city to vote on Juneteenth holiday proposal

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Huntington City Council in West Virginia will vote Wednesday on a proposal to make Juneteenth an permanent city holiday. The celebration, which commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S., is held annually on June 19. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams told The ...