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West Virginia News

West Virginia governor expands reopenings as hotspots emerge

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday expanded his aggressive plan to lift coronavirus restrictions after announcing new hotspots in the state's eastern panhandle. The Republican governor said he is considering a mandatory ...

West Virginia to offer discounts on park lodging

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday announced that he's going to offer discount lodging at state parks to show his appreciation for people's actions during the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican said in-state residents renting lodges, cabins or campsites ...

Colleges plan fall opening, but campuses won’t look the same

By COLLIN BINKLEY AP Education Writer Growing numbers of U.S. colleges are pledging to reopen this fall, with dramatic changes to campus life to keep the coronavirus at bay. Big lectures will be a thing of the past. Dorms will will be nowhere near capacity. Students will face mandatory virus ...

Nearly 5K West Virginians file for jobless aid

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Almost 5,000 West Virginians filed for unemployment benefits last week amid the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns, according to federal data released Thursday. The new applications come as nearly 39 million Americans have sought ...

Huttonsville prison virus cases reach 6

HUTTONSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — At least six people from the Huttonsville Correctional Center have now tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Thursday. Figures released by the state show four staffers and two inmates of the Randolph County prison have the virus. Officials said the ...

West Virginia gov shifts testing standard, unveils reopening

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice unveiled an aggressive plan Monday to reopen the state's economy while loosening coronavirus testing benchmarks without explanation. The Republican is moving to lift restrictions if the state's ...

Workers live at West Virginia plant during virus scare

KENOVA, W.Va. (AP) — While Americans have learned how to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic, some employees at one West Virginia production plant have been living at work for almost a month. More than 40 employees at Braskem America's facility near Kenova have volunteered to be ...

Deputy: 1 dead, 1 injured in apparent maintenance accident

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — One man died and another was injured Monday morning when they became trapped under a dump truck, officials said. Rescue crews were called to Jimmy Dunn Excavating in Charleston around 8 a.m., officials told news outlets. One man died at the scene and another man was ...

Marshall to hold online graduation for medical students

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is set to hold a virtual graduation ceremony for its medical students, the college said on Monday. Graduating students at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will have their ceremony online Friday. It will feature recorded ...

WVa humanities programs released on internet during pandemic

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Humanities Council has begun releasing some content on the internet to address disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic. In March, self-recorded videos of some published poets from around West Virginia were posted in "Poetry During a Time of ...

West Virginia infant tests positive for the coronavirus

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An infant in West Virginia has tested positive for the coronavirus as the state's caseload continues to grow, officials said Wednesday. At least 963 people have the virus after nearly 27,000 tests, state health officials said. ...

Second lawsuit filed in West Virginia VA hospital deaths

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A woman is suing the federal government over the 2018 death of her husband from a wrongful insulin injection at a West Virginia veterans hospital. Norma Shaw's lawsuit is the second one filed against Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert ...

After ruling, West Virginia justice loses union’s backing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A union has rescinded its backing of a state Supreme Court candidate after the panel voted to uphold the state's so-called right-to-work law. The AFL-CIO's state chapter announced Wednesday that it had pulled its endorsement of Justice John Hutchison. In an opinion ...

Charleston names new fire chief

CHARLESTON, W.V.a. (AP) — A long-time veteran of the Charleston Fire Department has been named as its new leader, officials said Wednesday. Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin named Jeffery Jackson as the new fire chief in a news release. Jackson joined the Charleston Fire Department in ...

West Virginia investment assets drop after market downturn

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The value of West Virginia's investments dropped about 7.5% after the stock market downturn due to the new coronavirus, the executive director of the Investment Management Board said. Craig Slaughter told the Consolidated Public Retirement Board on Wednesday that ...

West Virginia governor’s coal companies to pay $5M in fines

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Billionaire West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's coal companies have agreed to pay more than $5 million for thousands of mine safety violations, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The civil case brought by prosecutors in Virginia ...

West Virginia primary rescheduled over fears of virus spread

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice rescheduled West Virginia's May 12 primary election to June 9 on Wednesday, citing fears about the coronavirus spreading at polling places. Justice said medical experts told him that having the primary on its ...

Bankruptcy court approves buyer for West Virginia hospital

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy court has approved a health care facility's $3.7 million bid for most assets of the only hospital in a southern West Virginia county that planned to close this month. Williamson Health and Wellness said in a statement Wednesday that the court ...

WVa middle school making masks for health care industry

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia middle school has joined the legion of homemakers, businesses and other places to produce masks for the health care industry. Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes said in a statement Wednesday that its staff used a 3D printer and a print file ...

Marshall offers undergrads grading change for spring term

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University made grading changes for the spring semester because of problems brought about by the coronavirus pandemic and the change to online classes, the school said. Undergraduate students will be able to choose "credit/no credit" grades for this semester ...