West Virginia gov gives state workers half-day off Friday

FILE -In this Tuesday June 28, 2016 file photo, Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Greenbrier owner Jim Justice, gestures during an interview at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. Justice, billionaire owner of The Greenbrier resort and Democratic nominee for governor, closed his hotel for business and opened it as a free shelter after the June 23 floods that killed 23 people, including 15 in Greenbrier County. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice is giving state workers an early start to the upcoming holiday break.
The governor’s office said in a statement Monday that Justice has issued an executive order declaring Friday afternoon as an official holiday for public employees.
State employees can be excused for four hours that afternoon from their work duties without charge against accrued annual leave.
Justice says the executive order was “in recognition of the hard work accomplished by the public employees of this state during 2017” as well as a nod to the holiday season.