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West Virginia News

After ruling, West Virginia justice loses union’s backing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A union has rescinded its backing of a state Supreme Court candidate after the panel voted to uphold the state's so-called right-to-work law. The AFL-CIO's state chapter announced Wednesday that it had pulled its endorsement of Justice John Hutchison. In an opinion ...

Charleston names new fire chief

CHARLESTON, W.V.a. (AP) — A long-time veteran of the Charleston Fire Department has been named as its new leader, officials said Wednesday. Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin named Jeffery Jackson as the new fire chief in a news release. Jackson joined the Charleston Fire Department in ...

West Virginia investment assets drop after market downturn

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The value of West Virginia's investments dropped about 7.5% after the stock market downturn due to the new coronavirus, the executive director of the Investment Management Board said. Craig Slaughter told the Consolidated Public Retirement Board on Wednesday that ...

West Virginia governor’s coal companies to pay $5M in fines

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Billionaire West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's coal companies have agreed to pay more than $5 million for thousands of mine safety violations, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The civil case brought by prosecutors in Virginia ...

West Virginia primary rescheduled over fears of virus spread

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice rescheduled West Virginia's May 12 primary election to June 9 on Wednesday, citing fears about the coronavirus spreading at polling places. Justice said medical experts told him that having the primary on its ...

Bankruptcy court approves buyer for West Virginia hospital

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy court has approved a health care facility's $3.7 million bid for most assets of the only hospital in a southern West Virginia county that planned to close this month. Williamson Health and Wellness said in a statement Wednesday that the court ...

WVa middle school making masks for health care industry

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia middle school has joined the legion of homemakers, businesses and other places to produce masks for the health care industry. Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes said in a statement Wednesday that its staff used a 3D printer and a print file ...

Marshall offers undergrads grading change for spring term

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University made grading changes for the spring semester because of problems brought about by the coronavirus pandemic and the change to online classes, the school said. Undergraduate students will be able to choose "credit/no credit" grades for this semester ...

Departing lawmakers taking experience away from Legislature

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — There was a time when even Roman Prezioso, one of West Virginia's most tenured legislators, couldn't get anyone from the Marion County Democratic Executive Committee to take his calls. Granted, that was some 32 years ago when, after an argument with his sister, ...

WVa students idled by virus threat getting free meals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — County public school districts throughout West Virginia are set to provide free meals to students who are on an extended break in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Starting Monday, counties are making food pickups available to schoolchildren at schools or ...

New apartment complex for West Virginia teachers progresses

By GREG JORDAN of The Bluefield Daily Telegraph WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — An apartment building designed to give McDowell County's teachers new places to live is steadily taking shape and joining the skyline of downtown Welch. Construction started in early August 2019 on the new housing at the ...

WVU Medicine East to broadcast program on coronavirus

MARTINSBURG, W.Va (AP) — An online-only mini-medical school program on the new coronavirus will be broadcast from the West Virginia University Medicine East Facebook page this week. WVU Medicine East said it will broadcast the program with the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center ...

West Va. gets FEMA grant for 2016 flooding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has received an additional $1 million in federal grants for debris removal in Greenbrier County after flooding in 2016. The flooding killed nearly two dozen people. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said the grant from the Federal Emergency Management ...

2 WVa universities pushing learning online over coronavirus

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's two major universities are temporarily eliminating face-to-face instruction and extending their spring breaks as they continue to monitor the threat of the new coronavirus in a state with no confirmed cases. Marshall ...

Officers use tear gas to break up wild party near WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A raucous crowd of partiers near West Virginia University pelted officers with beer bottles during a wild stand-off that ended when police used tear gas against the crowd, officials said Friday. The Morgantown Police Department said 10 people were charged after ...

State review ordered for Lincoln County school district

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia education officials have ordered a review of a county school system, a move that puts the district in jeopardy of being put back under state control. The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to have the state Department of Education review ...

Virus threat: West Virginia basketball tournaments suspended

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE and JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday suspended state high school basketball tournaments due to concerns over the new coronavirus, just hours before he was supposed to take to the sidelines to coach a girl's ...

Inmate convicted of killing deputy dies in prison

MOUNT OLIVE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia inmate convicted of killing a sheriff's deputy has died in prison, an official said. Robert Gray, 61, died Wednesday of natural causes at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex, said Lawrence Messina, spokesman for the West Virginia Department of ...

W.Va. governor signs ‘born alive’ abortion bill

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Monday signed a proposal to penalize physicians who don't provide medical care to a child born after an abortion, a largely symbolic measure due to existing laws that protect newborns. The ...

W.Va. House passes bill making it easier to use solar energy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — It could soon be easier for power companies to use solar energy under a bill passed Tuesday in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Lawmakers voted 75-23 to approve the measure after around an hour of debate that revolved around whether it's better to focus on coal ...