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West Virginia News

West Virginia governor marks unreported coronavirus deaths

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's near-daily ritual of reading the ages and hometowns of people who died from the coronavirus stretched to nearly 19 minutes Friday. Justice takes the first minute or two of his thrice-a-week coronavirus ...

Teacher donates stem cells to brother battling rare cancer

By BREANNA FRANCIS, The Journal undefined MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — When it was discovered that Berkeley County second-grade teacher Sonja Waters was a 10-out-of-10 stem-cell match for her older brother battling a second bout of rare cancer, Waters said it was without hesitation or fear that ...

Stars align for descendants of architect to buy back home

By MARIA YOUNG, The Charleston Gazette-Mail undefined CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — If you've ever seen the inner workings of a watch, how each tiny tooth on each tiny wheel fits so precisely into each open groove, propelling the onward march of time as it was meant to do, well then, you have a ...

BetMGM offering special sport bets at Buffalo Wild Wings

By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — BetMGM is offering special sports betting products to customers who are physically inside a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in six states starting Thursday in what the companies say is a first-of-its-kind niche in customized sports ...

West Virginia governor announces 168 unreported COVID deaths

By CUNEYT DIL and JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday that an estimated 168 coronavirus deaths went unreported, throwing into question the data that officials used to justify lifting pandemic restrictions. Justice said ...

Manchin: WV local governments to get $677M from stimulus

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen Joe Manchin told West Virginia officials the new federal stimulus package will include $677 million in funding to local governments in the state. The money is broken up into $176 million for metropolitan cities, $153 million for smaller cities and ...

Burning prohibited during the day until May 31 in WVa

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Forestry says fires are prohibited between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. during burning season, which began March 1 and runs through May 31. Any burning that occurs during the permitted hours of 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. must be completely put out by the ...

Trade, vocation education savings bill heads to WVa governor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill that would let West Virginia students open a tax-free savings account specifically for trade or vocational paths won final legislative passage Thursday. Both the House of Delegates and the state Senate unanimously approved the bill earlier. The House on ...

Manchin, key Senate swing vote, boosts West Virginia’s hopes

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has long proclaimed itself "Almost Heaven," a nod to a song and soaring mountaintop vistas. Now some joke the state name-checked in "Take Me Home, Country Roads" could take things up a notch as Democratic U.S. Sen Joe ...

W.Va. environmental officials investigating mine discharge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia environmental authorities said Friday that they are investigating the cause of highly acidic water flowing from a former mine complex to waterways in northern Preston County. Sediment and discharge 10 times as acidic as normal concentrations are ...

With virus aid in sight, Democrats debate filibuster changes

By HOPE YEN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Joe Biden on the verge of his first big legislative victory, a key moderate Democrat says he's open to changing Senate rules that could allow for more party-line votes to push through other parts of the White House's agenda such ...

Martinsburg teen signs music management deal

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — For Marah Francis, music was a lifelong love affair in which she explored life's many milestones and reconciled her experiences through writing music. Now, the Martinsburg teen is celebrating signing with a Washington D.C.- based management agency by releasing her ...

WVU receives grant to study pandemic-era tutoring

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University will get a $307,000 grant to study best practices for online tutoring in science, technology, engineering and math fields for undergraduate students, in response to learning loss during the pandemic. U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe ...

Democratic senators propose clean energy tax credits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two U.S. senators from states with declining manufacturing sectors are pushing to invest $8 billion through tax credits to create clean energy jobs. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan unveiled legislation Monday that aims to help ...

WVa governor agrees to live in government seat, ending case

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has agreed to live in the seat of state government in Charleston, ending a long-running challenge over his residency. A Kanawha County judge Monday signed an order dismissing a 2018 lawsuit filed by a ...

WVa expects vaccine supply surge as COVID-19 deaths drop

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia expects to receive a surge in coronavirus vaccine doses this week after a one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine gained emergency use authorization. On top of the 15,500 doses from Johnson & Johnson, the state's allocation of vaccines from ...

WVa governor holding town hall over income tax cut proposal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice will hold a virtual town hall on Tuesday over his proposal to cut the state's personal income tax. In his State of the State address last month, Justice said he seeks to cut the income tax in half for most earners. Republican ...

Woman charged with fatally shooting father, boyfriend

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman is accused of killing her father and her boyfriend, authorities said. Hillary Paige Dennison, 27, of Williamstown, was arrested Sunday on two counts of murder, Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens told The Parkersburg News and ...

Marshall University gets funds for advanced welding program

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Marshall University will get over $336,000 from the federal government for education and training in advanced welding for manufacturing and other industries. The Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University will have a new program for hands-on ...

Virus cases, hospital stays keep dropping in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is on track to have its lowest weekly count of positive coronavirus cases since late October. The state reported 1,816 confirmed cases from last Monday through Saturday. There have been no days in the past week when the daily total was above 400. The ...