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Following the Coronavirus

Players unite in push to save college season, create union

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Michigan defensive back Hunter Reynolds saw the tweets from Trevor Lawrence and other college football players pushing for the opportunity to play this season despite the pandemic. Reynolds, one of the organizers behind a players' rights movement ...

Bethany Native Highlights W.Va.’s Diversity in PBS Documentary

WHEELING — Unlike any year in recent memory, 2020 has given Americans a common enemy and a shared challenge. Amid a contrast cycle of bad news, Clara Haizlett, a local filmmaker, aims to help capture Americans’ common humanity during this dark time. In January, PBS celebrated its 50th ...

Family Services Sees Huge Increase in Meals Served to Seniors

WHEELING — The COVID-19 pandemic for months has posed a threat to the health and wellbeing of local residents — especially those who are most vulnerable, including senior citizens. For many seniors living at home, the safest way to avoid the virus is to continue sheltering in place as much ...

Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Seizing the power of his podium and his pen, President Donald Trump on Saturday bypassed the nation's lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit with ...

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine again tests negative for coronavirus

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fourth COVID-19 test result for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine came back negative Saturday after he received conflicting positive and negative results two days before, ahead of a scheduled meeting with President ...

Virus causing financial pain even for people still working

By SUDHIN THANAWALA Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Getting her job back should have been a relief for Leesa Huddleston. A kitchen worker at an Indiana casino, Huddleston returned in June after a three-month furlough caused by the coronavirus. She felt fortunate to no longer be among ...

Brazil marks grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

By MARCELO DE SOUSA Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil surpassed a grim milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday night, and five months after the first reported case the country has not shown signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been ...

West Virginia Colleges Prepare to Welcome Students Amid Pandemic

WHEELING — When COVID-19 spread across the country this spring, most schools had to close suddenly and unexpectedly. Now, with months of planning and preparation under their belts, administrators at local colleges and universities hope students’ return to campuses this month will happen ...

Questions Raised Over West Virginia Using CARES Act Funds for Road Repairs

WHEELING — Delegate Shawn Fluharty wonders if West Virginia won’t have to repay the federal government much of the $50 million in coronavirus aid the state intends to use for road repairs near hospitals. The Medical Access Roads program in West Virginia is a project being funded with $50 ...

Gov. Jim Justice Refutes Union’s Claims About School Reopening

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice and Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch said Friday that claims they have not been in communication with unions representing teachers and school service personnel were unfounded. “It disappoints me tremendously…we turn back to this same old nasty ...

Unions Weigh In On Gov. Justice’s School Reopening Announcement

CHARLESTON — A union representing part of West Virginia’s teachers criticized Gov. Jim Justice for building hype for an announcement on school reopenings, only to release a vague color-coded plan, while the union representing school service personnel said it was not consulted on Justice’s ...

Manchin Optimistic As COVID Aid Deadline Nears

CHARLESTON — As White House officials and Democratic leaders in Congress struggle to come up with a deal on a fourth phase of COVID-19 funding for medical and economic needs, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is hopeful a bill could be voted on next week. Manchin held a video conference call ...

Gov. Tom Wolf recommends no high school sports in Pennsylvania until Jan. 1

Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday his guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic recommends that high school sports be delayed until Jan. 1 because of the virus. Wolf made the statement as he ended a briefing on the disease while answering a reporter's question about allowing parents to attend high school ...

Gov. Justice Unveils Plans for Reopening Schools on Sept. 8

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday that West Virginia has all the tools needed to safely reopen schools by the Sept. 8 start date. “There’s no chance in all the world, to the best of my abilities, will I absolutely put a kid, a teacher, a service personnel person, or anyone ...

Available Substitute Teachers a Concern For Ohio County Schools

WHEELING — When teachers call off in Ohio County Schools this school year, it might not be easy for administrators to replace them in the classroom. Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones said a lack of available substitute teachers might be the school district’s biggest concern as it looks ...

W.Va. Expected to Foot Part of Bill for National Guard Pandemic Deployment

CHARLESTON — West Virginia could be one of 48 states and territories that will have to shell out money for the deployment of its National Guard, even as the state relies heavily on guard members for pandemic response. Gov. Jim Justice said he was participating in a phone call Wednesday ...

West Virginia Officials Release Details on COVID-19 Highway Projects

CHARLESTON — State highways officials have announced the roads expected to be repaired as part of the $1.25 billion in federal funding for coronavirus expenses, though concerns remain about whether the repairs are allowed. The West Virginia Division of Highways unveiled Monday afternoon its ...

Southern West Virginia Counties Becoming Hot Spots For COVID-19

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice and state health officials echoed concerns from federal officials about the spread of the novel coronavirus into rural areas as counties on the southern border are seeing hotspots. “The biggest concern and worry that I have at this moment is the migration of ...