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West Virginia News

Jim Justice inaugurated to second term as WVa governor

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was sworn in to a second and final term Friday. Justice said in a 20-minute speech that "West Virginia is really on the move" despite challenges wrought by the pandemic and a population that ...

1 of 2 injured in West Virginia blaze has died

GALLIPOLIS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — One of two people injured in a residential blaze in West Virginia has died, officials said. A woman who suffered severe burns in the fire Thursday morning later died from her injuries, Point Pleasant Fire Chief Jeremy Bryant told news outlets. A man injured in ...

WVa students honored for multicultural, anti-racist projects

By JESSICA WILT, The Journal undefined MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Several Berkeley County students were recognized during the board of education's recent meeting, each being presented to the board for their efforts in multicultural projects. Sophie Carpenter, a seventh-grader at Mountain ...

West Virginia to allow limited number of fans at home games

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will allow a limited number of fans to a men's basketball game for the first time this season when the Mountaineers host Florida on Jan. 30. West Virginia will limit attendance to 1,000 fans due to the coronavirus pandemic. Priority will be given to ...

DuPont, Chemours reach agreement over ‘forever chemicals’

By RANDALL CHASE Associated Press DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Dupont Co. and its spinoff business Chemours have agreed to resolve legal disputes over environmental liabilities for pollution related to man-made chemicals associated with an increased risk of cancer and other health problems. The ...

WVa sets daily record for virus tests reported positive

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has reported a daily record for the percentage of positive coronavirus tests among all tests given. The daily positive rate of 16.4% on Sunday broke the mark of 12.6% set last Tuesday. Tuesday's rate had been the highest rate since April. There were ...

WVa Guard member who died responding to fire identified

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities have identified a West Virginia Air National Guard member who died while helping firefighters respond to the scene of a blaze that had been intentionally set. Senior Airman Logan Young of the 167th Airlift Wing died Sunday while responding to the fire ...

Santa Stops: State Police hand out holiday cash to motorists

By GREG JORDAN, Bluefield Daily Telegraph undefined PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — Flashing blue lights in a rear view mirror isn't always a welcome sight, but the experience became a pleasant surprise Tuesday when a West Virginia state trooper gave the drivers he had pulled over a $100 bill just ...

Pandemic cancels annual WVa Christmas tree recycling event

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An annual Christmas tree recycling event in West Virginia has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event uses hundreds of Christmas trees to be repurposed as fish habitat in lakes around the state. Trees have been collected each year at Charleston's ...

Officials: Deputy dragged by suspect fleeing traffic stop

RIPLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia deputy dragged on an interstate by a suspect fleeing a traffic stop is recovering in the hospital, authorities said. The Jackson County deputy stopped a vehicle Sunday night on Interstate 77, news outlets reported, citing a statement from the sheriff's ...

W. Virginia spent relatively little on virus protective gear

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia, the last state to report a coronavirus case, spent relatively little on protective medical gear during the early months of the pandemic compared to other states, an Associated Press analysis shows. While other states ...

Capito, Manchin receive 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccination

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's two U.S. senators say they have both received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito tweeted a photo Friday of her vaccination. She said the shot was "quick, painless, and most importantly, it was safe." She ...

Sentencing delay sought for fired VA staffer who killed 7

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Lawyers are asking to delay the sentencing of a former staffer at a veterans hospital in West Virginia who pleaded guilty to intentionally killing seven patients with fatal doses of insulin. Attorneys for Reta Mays, 46, filed a motion asking that her sentencing, ...

West Virginia says next week’s Pfizer vaccine allotment down

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials said the state will receive about 44% fewer doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine next week than initially expected, in line with several other states. "They had some hiccup," said Gov. Jim Justice about the ...

WVa nonprofits serving homeless people prepare for winter

By EDDIE TRIZZINO, Times West Virginian undefined FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Different local organizations that serve the homeless are ready for the cold winter months that lie ahead. Fairmont Homeless Coalition coordinator D.D. Meighen told Fairmont City Council Tuesday that the organization ...

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 ...