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West Virginia News

WVa gov: Being unvaccinated is ‘bad choice’ as records fall

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia hospitals continue to be overrun with COVID-19 patients as the number of people seeking treatment for the virus hit a record of 893 on Wednesday, officials said. That's 41 more than Monday's record and is up from the total ...

WVa Emergency Management has new system for disaster grants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Emergency Management Division has a new software system to help manage federal disaster grants. The software will help manage projects, request and track reimbursements, and submit necessary paperwork, the agency said in a news release. The Hazard ...

Energy funds awarded to 16 WVa businesses, ag producers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sixteen small businesses and agriculture producers in rural West Virginia are receiving more than $177,000 from a federal government program that helps install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore ...

West Virginia woman gets nearly 3 years in wire fraud scheme

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison for defrauding Charleston-area businesses. Misty Brotherton-Tanner, 41, was sentenced in federal court in Charleston for her April guilty plea to wire fraud and money laundering. ...

COVID hospitalizations, cases set records in West Virginia

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of positive cases and people hospitalized for the coronavirus in West Virginia both smashed records on Monday as Gov. Jim Justice scolded residents who continue to balk at receiving COVID-19 vaccines. At least 40% of the ...

Former employee pleads guilty to stealing from nonprofit

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former employee of a West Virginia nonprofit organization has pleaded guilty to theft of federal funds, officials said. Ruth Marie Phillips, 69, of Chesapeake, Ohio, admitted on Monday that she stole funding from the River Valley Child Development Services in ...

Legionella bacteria resurfaces at West Virginia hospital

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tests show bacteria that causes the severe form of pneumonia known as Legionnaires' disease has resurfaced at a West Virginia-run hospital, health officials said. Routine screening found Legionella bacteria at the Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in Huntington. The ...

World War II era ‘Rosies’ honored in West Virginia

By TAYLOR STUCK, The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marie Scheff could do it, but she didn't like it. The 95-year-old woman was among thousands of women who took jobs in factories during World War II, replacing the men who went to war and oftentimes working on planes or equipment ...

Democrats seek corporate, wealthy tax hikes for $3.5T plan

By LISA MASCARO and MARCY GORDON Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a sweeping proposal for tax hikes on big corporations and the wealthy to fund President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan, as Congress speeds ahead to shape the far-reaching package that ...

Manchin nixes Biden’s $3.5T budget plan, urges $1.5T instead

By HOPE YEN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As congressional Democrats speed ahead this week in pursuit of President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion plan for social and environmental spending, a Democratic senator vital to the bill's fate says the cost will need to be slashed to $1 trillion to ...

New W.Va. ghost tour company kicks off spooky season early

By BILL LYNCH, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — While it might not look it, the spooky season is upon us. The nights are getting longer. The days are getting cooler and there's talk of ghosts again. April Morgan said Charleston can count on that. She and her husband, Troy, ...

West Virginia sets 2 daily records for positive virus cases

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia set two daily records in the past week for positive coronavirus cases as the pandemic continues to ravage the state. Thursday's total of confirmed cases was a record 1,738, only to be broken by Saturday's total of 1,821, according to state health data. ...

WVa conference to discuss ex-hospital worker’s murder case

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in West Virginia will conduct a conference next month to discuss the methods used to convict a former nursing assistant in the deaths of numerous patients at a veterans hospital. Reta Mays was sentenced to seven consecutive life terms in prison ...

West Virginia Book Festival will be virtual event

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — This year's West Virginia Book Festival has decided to go virtual due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, officials said. The free event will still be held Oct. 22-23 at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center, but events will be hosted online, the ...

Some rural hospitals in WVa hit bed capacity as virus surges

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some hospitals in rural parts of West Virginia have reached their critical bed capacities as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to surge statewide, health officials said Wednesday. Health officials are pleading with the public to ...

West Virginia city approves $750 for vaccinated workers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in West Virginia's largest city has approved giving $750 to all city workers in Charleston who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The City Council approved the move Tuesday night, giving a $250 boost to Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin's original $500 ...

Appeals panel vacates ruling in West Virginia ballot case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An appellate court has vacated a federal judge's ruling that the way candidates are placed on ballots in West Virginia is unconstitutional. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Wednesday found that U.S. District Judge Chuck Chambers erred last year when he ...

Paden City, West Virginia, proposed for EPA Superfund list

PADEN CITY, W.Va. (AP) — Federal environmental officials want to add the groundwater in a West Virginia community along the Ohio River to a national cleanup priority list. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed adding Paden City's groundwater to the list of Superfund ...

Former town employee charged with embezzlement in WVa

NEW HAVEN, W.Va. (AP) — A former employee of a West Virginia city faces embezzlement and other charges, officials said. Roberta Hysell, 53, of New Haven, was charged by a Mason County grand jury on Tuesday, WSAZ-TV reported. New Haven Mayor Phil Serevicz said Hysell served as the town ...

Masks mandated for most at West Virginia’s Bridge Day

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's largest annual festival will require most people in attendance to wear masks when Bridge Day is held this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic in America's newest national park. Tens of thousands of people typically show ...