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West Virginia News

W.Va. set to pause face-to-face learning in more counties

Associated Press undefined CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More counties in West Virginia are likely to suspend in-person classes a week after reopening schools. Children returned to classes Tuesday in all but nine of West Virginia's 55 counties, based on a color-coded map that tracks the severity ...

Police: City councilman wounded in apparent carjacking

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city councilman was shot and his wife and mother-in-law were briefly taken hostage in an apparent carjacking, authorities said. Clarksburg Councilman Jim Malfregeot was on his porch and the women were in a car Sunday night when the suspect appeared, ...

WVa theater owners looking forward to new movies, customers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — There are plenty of parking spots and seats available, and the popcorn is popping at area movie theaters. Now, if only there were something to show on the big screens. Or at least something new. That's the case for properties belonging to the Greater Huntington ...

New Guard unit coming to West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Army Guard officials have announced the opening of a new Special Forces Airborne unit in the Eastern Panhandle. The unit will create a variety of jobs and economic investment in the region, The Journal reported. The 1528th Forward Support Company ...

Apartment-style housing for teachers complete in WVa county

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Construction of an apartment-style housing complex for teachers has been completed in a poor West Virginia county. Construction on the $8 million Renaissance Village housing project started a year ago in the McDowell County community of Welch. The public-private group ...

WVa college frat members suspended for virus violations

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University has suspended 29 members of a fraternity house for not following health and safety orders related to the coronavirus pandemic. A Theta Chi fraternity member, who tested positive for the virus and had been ordered into isolation, attended a ...

Marshall University to conduct random daily COVID-19 tests

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A college in West Virginia announced it will start picking about 60 students, faculty and staff at random daily to test for the coronavirus. Marshall University will begin the tests on Tuesday at its campus in Huntington to identify people who are infected and may ...

Fall rafting season set on West Virginia’s Gauley River

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The fall rafting season on West Virginia's Gauley River gets started this week. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin lowering Summersville Lake to its winter level through releases at the Summersville Dam starting Friday. The weekly releases will continue ...

West Virginia campus cancels in-person classes

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — In-person classes will be canceled at West Virginia University's Morgantown campus on Tuesday, with nearly all undergraduate classes moving online on Wednesday through at least Friday, Sept. 25, according to a school news release. The only exception to online ...

West Virginia nursing home virus outbreak stabilizes

UNION, W.Va. (AP) — A COVID-19 outbreak that killed five people at a Monroe County nursing home has stabilized, although several residents and staff members are still infected, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported on Sunday. The outbreak began with three positive cases reported on Aug. 18 ...

WVa application for additional unemployment is approved

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The federal government approved West Virginia's application for funding to provide additional unemployment benefits to residents, Gov. Jim Justice said Friday. Those unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic will receive an additional $400 per week, with the federal ...

‘Routines’ inspire new dystopian novel for WVa author

By EMILY RICE, Bluefield Daily Telegraph undefined PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — After self-publishing her first book in 2007, Laura Buchanan recently signed a three year publishing contract with W & B Publishers, in addition to the publication of her new young adult dystopian novel, ...

Notices sent to WVa families of babies born exposed to drugs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than 3,800 notices have been sent to the West Virginia families of babies born exposed to drugs as part of the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy case. The names were sought by a group of attorneys in order to send their families a notice of pending litigation and that ...

West Virginia State Fair off, but basket tradition continues

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The State Fair of West Virginia is off this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the tradition of a limited-edition basket continues, officials said. The baskets are made by Jamit Baskets of Sinks Grove. Orders are being accepted through the end of ...

Dozens of inmates test positive for virus at WVa prison

MOUNT OLIVE, W.Va. (AP) — Dozens of inmates at a West Virginia prison have tested positive for the new coronavirus, health officials said. According to the state Department of Health and Human Resources' website, 138 inmates at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex were confirmed as having ...

West Virginia students get probation for COVID-19 violations

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Seventeen West Virginia University students have been placed on probation for conduct violations related to the coronavirus pandemic. The Office of Student Conduct made the decision following hearings for the students, the university said Wednesday in a statement. ...

West Liberty University reopens presidential search

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. (AP) — West Liberty University is reopening the search for its next president after another finalist withdrew from consideration. Robert Colvin withdrew prior to a meeting of the West Liberty Board of Governors on Wednesday, the university said in a news release Thursday. ...

Supreme Court to resume in-person arguments Sept. 1

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court plans to resume in-person oral arguments with new protocols in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said. Justices will begin hearing arguments again when its fall term begins on Sept. 1, the court said in a ...

Rate of confirmed virus cases grows in most populous county

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's most populous county has joined two others in possibly not being able to offer athletics and extracurricular activities when school starts next month, because of an increase in confirmed coronavirus cases. Kanawha County ...

West Virginia Democratic gov nominee Salango starts bus tour

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Salango embarked on a statewide bus tour Wednesday with stops planned in 11 cities over three days as he tries to unseat incumbent Republican Gov. Jim Justice in November. The tour ...