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W.Va. News

Mining company locating first US plant in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A mining company is locating a new plant in West Virginia, bringing 47 new full-time jobs and a $10 million investment, officials said. CS Global Group, a Turkish mining company, specializes in barite manufacturing and sales. It is locating its first U.S. ...

Legionella bacteria resurfaces at West Virginia hospital

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tests show bacteria that causes the severe form of pneumonia known as Legionnaires' disease has resurfaced at a West Virginia-run hospital, health officials said. Routine screening found Legionella bacteria at the Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in Huntington. The ...

Appalachian Commission distributes $46 million for projects

MATEWAN, W.Va. (AP) — The Appalachian Regional Commission is granting more than $46 million for 57 economic projects in 10 states to promote workforce training and entrepreneurship and improve broadband. The projects will support "economic diversification" in the Appalachian region's ...

Organizers reject bid to cancel West Virginia’s Bridge Day

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Organizers of West Virginia's largest outdoor festival have rejected a move to cancel the event for the second straight year after Gov. Jim Justice encouraged it to continue. The Bridge Day Commission rejected 4-2 a proposal from one of ...

WVa gov: Being unvaccinated is ‘bad choice’ as records fall

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia hospitals continue to be overrun with COVID-19 patients as the number of people seeking treatment for the virus hit a record of 893 on Wednesday, officials said. That's 41 more than Monday's record and is up from the total ...

WVa Emergency Management has new system for disaster grants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Emergency Management Division has a new software system to help manage federal disaster grants. The software will help manage projects, request and track reimbursements, and submit necessary paperwork, the agency said in a news release. The Hazard ...

Energy funds awarded to 16 WVa businesses, ag producers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sixteen small businesses and agriculture producers in rural West Virginia are receiving more than $177,000 from a federal government program that helps install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore ...

West Virginia woman gets nearly 3 years in wire fraud scheme

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison for defrauding Charleston-area businesses. Misty Brotherton-Tanner, 41, was sentenced in federal court in Charleston for her April guilty plea to wire fraud and money laundering. ...

COVID hospitalizations, cases set records in West Virginia

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of positive cases and people hospitalized for the coronavirus in West Virginia both smashed records on Monday as Gov. Jim Justice scolded residents who continue to balk at receiving COVID-19 vaccines. At least 40% of the ...

Former employee pleads guilty to stealing from nonprofit

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former employee of a West Virginia nonprofit organization has pleaded guilty to theft of federal funds, officials said. Ruth Marie Phillips, 69, of Chesapeake, Ohio, admitted on Monday that she stole funding from the River Valley Child Development Services in ...

Legionella bacteria resurfaces at West Virginia hospital

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tests show bacteria that causes the severe form of pneumonia known as Legionnaires' disease has resurfaced at a West Virginia-run hospital, health officials said. Routine screening found Legionella bacteria at the Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in Huntington. The ...

World War II era ‘Rosies’ honored in West Virginia

By TAYLOR STUCK, The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marie Scheff could do it, but she didn't like it. The 95-year-old woman was among thousands of women who took jobs in factories during World War II, replacing the men who went to war and oftentimes working on planes or equipment ...

Democrats seek corporate, wealthy tax hikes for $3.5T plan

By LISA MASCARO and MARCY GORDON Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a sweeping proposal for tax hikes on big corporations and the wealthy to fund President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan, as Congress speeds ahead to shape the far-reaching package that ...

Manchin nixes Biden’s $3.5T budget plan, urges $1.5T instead

By HOPE YEN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As congressional Democrats speed ahead this week in pursuit of President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion plan for social and environmental spending, a Democratic senator vital to the bill's fate says the cost will need to be slashed to $1 trillion to ...

New W.Va. ghost tour company kicks off spooky season early

By BILL LYNCH, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — While it might not look it, the spooky season is upon us. The nights are getting longer. The days are getting cooler and there's talk of ghosts again. April Morgan said Charleston can count on that. She and her husband, Troy, ...

West Virginia sets 2 daily records for positive virus cases

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia set two daily records in the past week for positive coronavirus cases as the pandemic continues to ravage the state. Thursday's total of confirmed cases was a record 1,738, only to be broken by Saturday's total of 1,821, according to state health data. ...

WVa conference to discuss ex-hospital worker’s murder case

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in West Virginia will conduct a conference next month to discuss the methods used to convict a former nursing assistant in the deaths of numerous patients at a veterans hospital. Reta Mays was sentenced to seven consecutive life terms in prison ...

West Virginia Book Festival will be virtual event

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — This year's West Virginia Book Festival has decided to go virtual due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, officials said. The free event will still be held Oct. 22-23 at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center, but events will be hosted online, the ...

Some rural hospitals in WVa hit bed capacity as virus surges

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some hospitals in rural parts of West Virginia have reached their critical bed capacities as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to surge statewide, health officials said Wednesday. Health officials are pleading with the public to ...

West Virginia city approves $750 for vaccinated workers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in West Virginia's largest city has approved giving $750 to all city workers in Charleston who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The City Council approved the move Tuesday night, giving a $250 boost to Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin's original $500 ...