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W.Va. News

West Virginia hits new high of virus cases, hospitalizations

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — New confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations hit new highs in West Virginia over the past week as outbreaks grew in some of the most rural pockets of the state. There were nearly 240 cases reported statewide on average over the ...

Amid shortage, WVa college students can substitute teach

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia education officials will let college seniors who are studying to become educators apply for immediate substitute teaching jobs in public schools due to a critical shortage. State Schools Superintendent Clayton Burch told the state Board of Education on ...

West Virginia unemployment rate dips in September to 8.6%

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's unemployment rate fell to 8.6% last month. The state's jobless rate dipped 0.3 percentage points in September. Nonfarm employment fell by 3,000, but the number of unemployed residents also decreased by 2,700, WorkForce West Virginia said ...

Office of Drug Control Policy’s director retiring

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's director of the Office of Drug Control Policy is retiring, according to the state's Department of Health. Department spokeswoman Allison Adler told the Charleston Gazette-Mail on Wednesday that Gov. Jim Justice "will be announcing a new director soon" ...

West Virginia teachers union seeks to toss school virus map

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia teachers union on Monday filed a legal challenge to the state's color-coded map that determines whether counties can hold in-person public school classes and athletic competitions during the coronavirus pandemic. The ...

Outdoor burning limited during West Virginia fire season

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Fall fire season is underway in West Virginia, with limits set on outdoor burning through the end of the year. Burning vegetative materials is limited to the hours of 5 p.m. to 7 a.m., the Division of Forestry said. Fires must be extinguished by 7 a.m. Burning ...

West Virginia man gets life sentence in double shooting

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to life in prison in a shooting that killed a 20-year-old man and wounded the victim's girlfriend. Quenton Avery Sheffield, 28, was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder in the 2017 killing of Aaron William Black and ...

2 bodies pulled from house that caught fire in West Virginia

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Two people have died after a fire at a home in northern West Virginia, fire officials said. The bodies of two adults were pulled from a home in Wheeling on Tuesday night, the Wheeling Fire Department said on its Facebook page. A passerby reported the fire. ...

West Virginia officials urged company to hire lobbyist

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia education official urged the seller of the SAT test to hire the state Republican Party's former chairman as a lobbyist in order to "neutralize" a lobbyist for the competing ACT test, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. The information comes from ...

Federal prisoners to be tested for virus before transfers

KINGWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — Preston County officials have been reassured that inmates transferred into a federal prison there will be tested for the new coronavirus first, The Dominion Post reported. The reassurances came after a fourth prisoner brought in as many weeks to the United States ...

Former coal CEO Robert Murray files for black lung benefits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former coal CEO Robert E. Murray, who has fought federal regulations on the industry, has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Labor for black lung benefits, according to a published report. West Virginia Public Broadcasting and Ohio Valley ReSource ...

Long awaited four-lane Coalfields Expressway opens

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A long awaited 8.9-mile (14.3-kilometer) four-lane highway opened in rural Wyoming County, West Virginia on Thursday. Gov. Jim Justice and officials held an opening ceremony for the road, which lawmakers first sought to build in the 1980s. It runs from Slab Fork in ...

Black Appalachians find hope in national reckoning on race

By PIPER HUDSPETH BLACKBURN Associated Press/Report for America LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Dayjha Hogg has known racism her entire life, but until recently she thought she and her family had to face it on their own. Hogg, 19, lives in Whitesburg, Kentucky, a town of 2,000 people in the heart of ...

University engineers working on $3M natural gas project

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $3 million to a couple of West Virginia University engineers for a project to develop a low-cost process to convert natural gas commonly flared at industrial sites, the university said. Engineers John Hu and Xingbo Liu at the ...

Agency proposes protections for 2 Eastern US mussel species

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal regulators Monday proposed listing as threatened two freshwater mussel species native to many eastern U.S. rivers and streams. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said longsolid and round hickorynut mussels have ...

West Virginia man convicted of dumping asbestos in forest

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man convicted of dumping asbestos in a national forest has been ordered to pay more than $14,000 in restitution to the state for cleanup costs. Billy G. Leary Jr. pleaded guilty to one charge of creating an open dump after West Virginia Natural Resources ...

W.Va. state delegate says she was target of racist abuse

Associated Press undefined CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Delegate Danielle Walker has written to Gov. Jim Justice to say she was harassed by an "angry mob of White supremacists" at a recent Black Lives Matter demonstration, urging him to condemn the incident. The letter, ...

Ex-student gets at least 20 years on sexual assault charges

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — An expelled Marshall University student was sentenced to at least 20 years of prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting another student. Joseph Chase Hardin, 23, was sentenced Friday to no less than 10 years but no more then 25 years for each count, meaning ...

Diocese declines offer to open schools in orange counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston won't accept Gov. Jim Justice's offer to allow private and religious schools to reopen in orange counties if students and staff get tested for the new coronavirus. Diocese spokesman Tom Bishop gave several reasons for the ...

Haunted house returns to West Virginia city

By ALAN OLSON, The Intelligencer WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The vacant shell of old businesses shudders back to life tonight as the Infernum In Terra haunted attraction rises from its ancient slumber for its second year. The haunt, which opened its doors for the first time last year, returns ...