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West Virginia News

‘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 ...

Businesses in West Virginia, Kentucky can get disaster loans

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Certain small businesses in several West Virginia and Kentucky counties can apply for loans as a result of excessive moisture and cold temperatures during April and May. The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the Working Capital Disaster Loans on Monday. ...

And the band played on: WVa gov lets marching bands perform

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Tuesday that marching bands will be allowed to perform at public school football games amid the coronavirus pandemic, reversing a governing body's ruling from a day earlier. The Republican governor ...

Jobless rates drop in 49 of 55 West Virginia counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unemployment rates dropped in 49 of West Virginia's 55 counties in July. WorkForce West Virginia said jobless rates rose in five counties and remained steady in Webster County. Pendleton County's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 5.3% was the lowest in the ...

Parties lead to hearings for 6 West Virginia Univ. students

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Six West Virginia University students have been identified as part of an investigation into off-campus parties that were held in violation of school health and safety policies during the coronavirus pandemic. The students face discipline hearings before the Office of ...

Program that boosts families’ food buys runs out of funding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia program that expands the purchases of lower-income families at farmers markets and food retailers has run out of funding, a sponsoring group said. The SNAP Stretch program has benefited more than 2,000 families at 42 sites across the state this year, ...

Coalition seeks policy change with foster school children

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A coalition representing several groups has asked West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to change a policy that doesn't allow foster parents to decide how children attend school during the coronavirus pandemic. The WV United Coalition wrote to Justice this week about the ...

Dog reduces wildlife, aircraft encounters at WVa airport

By RICK STEELHAMMER, The Charleston Gazette-Mai CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hercules, the 3-year-old border collie charged with keeping birds and other forest-dwelling animals off Yeager Airport's runways and taxiways, is credited with dramatically reducing the number of wildlife strikes to ...

Man wanted in West Virginia shooting arrested in Michigan

RIVER ROUGE, Mich. (AP) — A man wanted in a January shooting in West Virginia that wounded seven people attending a party has been apprehended in suburban Detroit, officials said. The U. S. Marshals Service announced Friday the arrest of Kymoni Davis, who had been a fugitive since he was ...

West Virginia: Wifi hotspots to allow virtual school options

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday that WiFi hotspots will be set up around the state to give students the option to take virtual classes when schools are scheduled to reopen in September. The Republican governor said counties will submit reentry ...

West Virginia to get $14M from feds for water system updates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will receive more than $14 million from the federal government to modernize water infrastructure in six rural counties, officials said this week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a statement saying the money is part of a $462 million grant ...

West Virginia city extends outdoor dining permits

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Morgantown city officials have extended an outdoor dining program initially put in place as a coronavirus safety precaution. The no fee outdoor dining permit program will now run until Dec. 31, according to a news release Thursday. Applications can be found on the ...