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W.Va. News

West Virginia capitol dome repairs nearing completion

By PHIL KABLER The Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — By late spring 2021, work should be finished on a $15 million project to repair the water-damaged West Virginia Capitol dome and install a new drainage system to mitigate future leaks, among other structural repairs. Hidden under ...

West Virginia’s Republican governor blasts mask critics

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice blasted critics of his mask mandate Wednesday, saying he would not follow the lead of other Republican governors rejecting the advice of public health experts. "I don't want to be South Dakota," Justice said at a news conference. He ...

West Virginia seeking donations to food charity

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are asking hunters to consider donating their venison to charity this season. The state natural resources division on Wednesday said they are encouraging hunters to give to the Hunters Helping the Hungry program, which provides meat to ...

West Virginia releases plan for vaccine as cases pile up

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia unveiled a draft plan on Wednesday for rolling out a coronavirus vaccine, starting with medical workers and gradually bringing it to other essential workers and to the general public at sites such as drive-thru venues. As ...

Mine safety agency urged to toughen dust rules in mines

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Labor is urging the government's mine safety agency to tighten restrictions on a dangerous substance that is inhaled by coal miners. A report from the inspector general's office said the Mine Safety and Health ...

West Virginia chosen for new metal packaging plant

WEIRTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gruppo Fanti, a metal packaging manufacturer, has chosen West Virginia as the site of its first U.S. plant, bringing 40 jobs and an investment of $30 million to Weirton, officials said. The company is headquartered in Bologna, Italy. Fanti Group was founded in 1948, ...

Suspects in Maryland man, witness slayings get more charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Four Maryland men are facing additional charges in connection with the kidnapping and slaying of a Maryland man in West Virginia, and the subsequent slayings of two witnesses. The nine-count federal indictments against Monroe Merrell, David Ray Sanford Jr., John ...

Court denies call to stop work on Mountain Valley Pipeline

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A legal attempt by environmental groups to stall work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline has fallen short. The Roanoke Times reported Wednesday that a federal appeals court let stand a finding that construction on the project would not jeopardize endangered species. The ...

West Virginia smashes weekly records for virus cases, deaths

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has smashed weekly records for confirmed coronavirus cases, while the death toll was pushed higher Monday after more than two dozen previously unreported fatalities were discovered, health officials said. The state ...

Charleston virtual Veterans Day ceremony being shown online

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A virtual Veterans Day ceremony will be shown online Wednesday, hosted by the city of Charleston, West Virginia, and American Legion Post 20. Segments from Maj. Gen. Jason Bohm, the commanding general for Marine Corps Training Command in Quantico; Gold Star mothers; ...

Pennsylvania man sentenced for bank fraud in West Virginia

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to two days and ordered to pay more than $700,000 restitution after pleading guilty to bank fraud, federal prosecutors in West Virginia said. Randall Joseph Smail, 23, of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in July. Smail made up ...

Stan Maynard appointed to West Virginia Board of Education

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Stan Maynard has been appointed to the West Virginia Board of Education. The Huntington resident was appointed to a nine-year term. He fills the expired seat formerly held by Dave Perry. The appointment was announced last week by Gov. Jim Justice Maynard is ...

Former WVa judge known for eye-raising statements dies at 79

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice who once jokingly referred to himself as "America's laziest and dumbest judge" and who attracted as much attention for his behavior outside the court as in it, has died. He was 79. Richard ...

West Virginia settles with road paving companies for $101.3M

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials announced a $101.3 million settlement Friday in an antitrust suit against 11 asphalt and paving companies the state accused of cornering the market and driving up project costs. "We're ending sweetheart deals all across West Virginia," ...

West Virginia’s Tamarack closes temporarily for COVID-19

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Tamarack is temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The West Virginia Parkways Authority, which manages the popular Beckley tourist attraction, announced the closure on Thursday. Tamarack will undergo a deep cleaning and will ...

Justice bets on economic promises in race against Salango

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice sat marveling at all the good news he argues he's delivered in the month before election day. Never mind that coronavirus numbers are on the rise all over the state, turning more counties on ...

Section of Interstate 70, closed since February, to reopen

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — After months of work, a westbound lane of Interstate 70 through Wheeling is set to reopen no later than Monday, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said. A section of the highway has been closed since February as crews worked on the I-70 Bridges Project in Ohio County. ...

West Virginia voters laud Trump for trying to save coal

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press DANVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — As a laid off coal mine electrician, Nolan Triplett doesn't think his industry will ever return to the heady days when it powered America and offered generations of Appalachians a chance at a middle class life. But he still backs the ...

Justice announces funding for former mine

ROCK CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Friday he is committing $39 million toward development of the former Hobet mine site in Boone County, The Herald-Dispatch reported. Justice said the money will go toward developing an access road to the site and an intersection at ...

Growers raise giant pumpkins despite squashed festivals

By BILL LYNCH, The Charleston Gazette-Mail undefined CULLODEN, W.Va. (AP) — Leaves are falling and the air is getting cooler, but the festivities of fall have been muffled, if not entirely muted. The wave of fair and festival cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic have continued ...