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W.Va. News

Students return to campus amid virus growth in some states

By BRYAN ANDERSON and JOHN RABY Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The first wave of college students returning to their dorms aren't finding the typical mobs of students and parents. What they found Friday were strict safety protocols and some heightened anxiety amid a global pandemic ...

Gov. Jim Justice appoints new parkways leader

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday named Raleigh County Commission administrator Jeffrey Miller as the new leader of the state parkways authority. Miller will take over the position Aug. 10 to replace Greg Barr, who is retiring. A news release from the ...

Deliberations begin in civil trial alleging excessive force

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia jury is deliberating in a federal civil trial in which a man accused two Logan County police officers of using excessive force during a 2018 encounter. Jurors began deliberating Thursday at the U.S. Courthouse in Charleston in the case brought by ...

West Virginia breaks record for new confirmed virus cases

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has set a record for newly confirmed coronavirus cases as infections, deaths and hospitalizations surge in the state, according to health data released Friday. The state recorded 182 new cases Thursday, the ...

Salango pushes for 5 debates with Justice before election

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ben Salango wants to debate. The Democratic candidate for West Virginia governor on Friday said he has agreed to debate Gov. Jim Justice five times before the November election and called on the Republican incumbent to sign on ...

Ex-Miss Kentucky sentenced to prison on sex crime charge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Miss Kentucky who admitted to exchanging sexual photos with a teenage student when she was working as a West Virginia school teacher has been sentenced to prison. Ramsey BethAnn Bearse, 29, received her two-year sentence in Kanawha County Circuit Court on ...

Theater closing amid virus spike, lack of new movies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Park Place Stadium Cinemas in Charleston has decided to close its doors because of an increase in coronavirus cases and a lack of new movies, the theater announced Wednesday on social media. In a statement, the theater said it is targeting a reopening date in ...

West Virginia’s jobless aid filings rise amid virus spike

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of West Virginians who filed for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week amid a spike in coronavirus cases, according for federal data released Thursday. Nearly 3,900 people in the state applied for jobless aid last week, an increase of 526 from the ...

Charleston again closing streets for outdoor dining

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in West Virginia's capital city are closing streets this weekend to allow for restaurants to set up outdoor seating during the coronavirus pandemic. Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin said Capitol and Hale streets will be closed between Kanawha Boulevard ...

West Virginia House employee tests positive for coronavirus

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia House of Delegates employee has tested positive for the coronavirus. The clerk's office was closed until it can be completely sanitized, and anyone who came into contact with the office or its staff is encouraged to quarantine and be tested for ...

Governors’ companies among recipients of virus relief loans

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Governors who ordered shutdowns as their states responded to the coronavirus pandemic were among millions of beneficiaries of the loan program created to help small businesses weather COVID-19's effect on the economy, data released ...

Opponents: Pipeline’s defeat ‘a testament to perseverance’

By SARAH RANKIN Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richard Averitt and his wife have spent six years and more than six figures fighting to keep the Atlantic Coast Pipeline off their picturesque central Virginia property. In all that time, Averitt said he couldn't recall meeting a single ...

Woman pleads guilty in scheme to offer information to Russia

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who previously served in the Air Force planned to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government, prosecutors said Monday in announcing her conviction in federal ...

City approves settlement for Black woman punched by officers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in West Virginia's capital city have approved a settlement for a special needs Black woman who was punched by officers during an arrest last year. The Charleston City Council voted Monday to approve an $80,000 settlement for Freda Gilmore, the Gazette-Mail ...

Pedestrian footbridge damaged by derailment reopens in WVa

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — A popular pedestrian footbridge in West Virginia is repaired and back open following a train derailment. The footbridge crosses the Potomac River from Harpers Ferry into Maryland and draws tourists, bicyclists and hikers along the Appalachian Trail. "Hallelujah. ...

From Powerball winner to scandal: Jack Whittaker dies at 72

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Andrew "Jack" Whittaker Jr., whose life became rife with setbacks and tragedy after winning a record $315 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas night in 2002, has died. He was 72. The Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlor in Hinton confirmed ...

W.Va. governor says mandatory mask order could be coming

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday said residents should prepare for a mandatory face mask order as the state's new coronavirus cases rise to their highest level since the pandemic began. The Republican governor said he ...

Shuttered West Virginia hospital reopens as temporary ER

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia University Health System has temporarily reopened portions of a hospital shut down by its former owner. WVU Medicine held a ceremony Tuesday at Fairmont Medical Center, news outlets reported. The hospital will be WVU Medicine's temporary home in ...

W.Va. state staffer tests positive for virus after wedding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A staffer at West Virginia's intelligence sharing agency has tested positive for the coronavirus after going to a wedding last month, officials said Wednesday. West Virginia Department of Homeland Security spokesman Lawrence Messina said the Fusion Center employee ...

Police: Officer shot possum because it was injured

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police officer will not be disciplined after a video emerged of him shooting a possum on a residential street because the animal was injured, a spokesman said Thursday. A resident reported that the possum had been hit by a car Wednesday evening and ...