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West Virginia News

WVa sets daily record for virus tests reported positive

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has reported a daily record for the percentage of positive coronavirus tests among all tests given. The daily positive rate of 16.4% on Sunday broke the mark of 12.6% set last Tuesday. Tuesday's rate had been the highest rate since April. There were ...

WVa Guard member who died responding to fire identified

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities have identified a West Virginia Air National Guard member who died while helping firefighters respond to the scene of a blaze that had been intentionally set. Senior Airman Logan Young of the 167th Airlift Wing died Sunday while responding to the fire ...

Santa Stops: State Police hand out holiday cash to motorists

By GREG JORDAN, Bluefield Daily Telegraph undefined PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — Flashing blue lights in a rear view mirror isn't always a welcome sight, but the experience became a pleasant surprise Tuesday when a West Virginia state trooper gave the drivers he had pulled over a $100 bill just ...

Pandemic cancels annual WVa Christmas tree recycling event

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An annual Christmas tree recycling event in West Virginia has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event uses hundreds of Christmas trees to be repurposed as fish habitat in lakes around the state. Trees have been collected each year at Charleston's ...

Officials: Deputy dragged by suspect fleeing traffic stop

RIPLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia deputy dragged on an interstate by a suspect fleeing a traffic stop is recovering in the hospital, authorities said. The Jackson County deputy stopped a vehicle Sunday night on Interstate 77, news outlets reported, citing a statement from the sheriff's ...

W. Virginia spent relatively little on virus protective gear

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia, the last state to report a coronavirus case, spent relatively little on protective medical gear during the early months of the pandemic compared to other states, an Associated Press analysis shows. While other states ...

Capito, Manchin receive 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccination

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's two U.S. senators say they have both received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito tweeted a photo Friday of her vaccination. She said the shot was "quick, painless, and most importantly, it was safe." She ...

Sentencing delay sought for fired VA staffer who killed 7

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Lawyers are asking to delay the sentencing of a former staffer at a veterans hospital in West Virginia who pleaded guilty to intentionally killing seven patients with fatal doses of insulin. Attorneys for Reta Mays, 46, filed a motion asking that her sentencing, ...

West Virginia says next week’s Pfizer vaccine allotment down

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials said the state will receive about 44% fewer doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine next week than initially expected, in line with several other states. "They had some hiccup," said Gov. Jim Justice about the ...

WVa nonprofits serving homeless people prepare for winter

By EDDIE TRIZZINO, Times West Virginian undefined FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Different local organizations that serve the homeless are ready for the cold winter months that lie ahead. Fairmont Homeless Coalition coordinator D.D. Meighen told Fairmont City Council Tuesday that the organization ...

West Virginia capitol dome repairs nearing completion

By PHIL KABLER The Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — By late spring 2021, work should be finished on a $15 million project to repair the water-damaged West Virginia Capitol dome and install a new drainage system to mitigate future leaks, among other structural repairs. Hidden under ...

West Virginia’s Republican governor blasts mask critics

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice blasted critics of his mask mandate Wednesday, saying he would not follow the lead of other Republican governors rejecting the advice of public health experts. "I don't want to be South Dakota," Justice said at a news conference. He ...

West Virginia seeking donations to food charity

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are asking hunters to consider donating their venison to charity this season. The state natural resources division on Wednesday said they are encouraging hunters to give to the Hunters Helping the Hungry program, which provides meat to ...

West Virginia releases plan for vaccine as cases pile up

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia unveiled a draft plan on Wednesday for rolling out a coronavirus vaccine, starting with medical workers and gradually bringing it to other essential workers and to the general public at sites such as drive-thru venues. As ...

Mine safety agency urged to toughen dust rules in mines

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Labor is urging the government's mine safety agency to tighten restrictions on a dangerous substance that is inhaled by coal miners. A report from the inspector general's office said the Mine Safety and Health ...

West Virginia chosen for new metal packaging plant

WEIRTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gruppo Fanti, a metal packaging manufacturer, has chosen West Virginia as the site of its first U.S. plant, bringing 40 jobs and an investment of $30 million to Weirton, officials said. The company is headquartered in Bologna, Italy. Fanti Group was founded in 1948, ...

Suspects in Maryland man, witness slayings get more charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Four Maryland men are facing additional charges in connection with the kidnapping and slaying of a Maryland man in West Virginia, and the subsequent slayings of two witnesses. The nine-count federal indictments against Monroe Merrell, David Ray Sanford Jr., John ...

Court denies call to stop work on Mountain Valley Pipeline

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A legal attempt by environmental groups to stall work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline has fallen short. The Roanoke Times reported Wednesday that a federal appeals court let stand a finding that construction on the project would not jeopardize endangered species. The ...

West Virginia smashes weekly records for virus cases, deaths

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has smashed weekly records for confirmed coronavirus cases, while the death toll was pushed higher Monday after more than two dozen previously unreported fatalities were discovered, health officials said. The state ...

Charleston virtual Veterans Day ceremony being shown online

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A virtual Veterans Day ceremony will be shown online Wednesday, hosted by the city of Charleston, West Virginia, and American Legion Post 20. Segments from Maj. Gen. Jason Bohm, the commanding general for Marine Corps Training Command in Quantico; Gold Star mothers; ...