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West Virginia News

Man wronged in past by police saves officer from burning car

By CLAUDIA LAUER Associated Press There was a boom, then the house shook. Daylan McLee thought for a minute it might have been a small earthquake until a relative came running inside to say there had been a car crash involving a police cruiser outside the apartment in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, ...

Sponaugle concedes in W.Va. Democratic attorney general race

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Isaac Sponaugle conceded the Democratic primary for West Virginia attorney general to labor lawyer Sam Petsonk on Tuesday, capping a close race decided by fewer than 200 votes weeks after election day. Sponaugle, who represents Pendleton County in the West Virginia ...

West Virginia man sentenced for 1981 murder of 7-year-old

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to prison for the slaying of a 7-year-old West Virginia boy more than 38 years after the child's remains was found in a wooded area. William Jeffries was sentenced to five to 18 years in prison last week for second-degree murder in the 1981 ...

Doddridge is lone West Virginia county without virus case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is again down to one county with no confirmed coronavirus cases. Health officials in Webster County said Tuesday the county has recorded its first positive virus case. That leaves Doddridge County as the only one among the state's 55 counties without a ...

Coal union seeks order protecting miners from coronavirus

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A union representing U.S. coal miners asked a court Tuesday to force the federal government to take unspecified measures to protect them from the coronavirus. The petition asked the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of ...

Breast cancer treatment advocate Betty Puskar dies at 80

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Betty J. Puskar, a longtime supporter of West Virginia University who helped establish a breast cancer treatment center, has died, the university said. She was 80. Puskar died Sunday at her Morgantown home. The university did not disclose a cause of death. "West ...

WVa Wildlife Center resumes regular hours, admission rates

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Wildlife Center has resumed its regular hours and admission rates, the state Division of Natural Resources said. The center in French Creek is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Until Oct. 31, admission is $4 for adults 16 and older and $2 for ...

West Virginia mayor accused of taking flood relief money

RICHWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — A mayor in West Virginia is accused of taking federal flood relief funds intended for her city and paying herself extra money for working with a flood recovery team. Richwood Mayor Chris Drennen was indicted on federal felony charges Monday following a probe into her ...

West Virginia city to vote on Juneteenth holiday proposal

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Huntington City Council in West Virginia will vote Wednesday on a proposal to make Juneteenth an permanent city holiday. The celebration, which commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S., is held annually on June 19. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams told The ...

West Virginia reports more than 80 virus cases at prison

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than 80 people at a West Virginia prison have tested positive for the coronavirus as hundreds of results are still pending in the state's first correctional facility outbreak, officials said Tuesday. The state corrections ...

West Virginia bar exam will be given in July with distancing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Board of Law Examiners will go ahead with the bar examination this summer, with policies worked out with government and medical experts amid the coronavirus pandemic. The dates for the exam are July 28 and 29. It will be given at the Charleston ...

W.Va. governor calls for investigation into campaign ads

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday called for an investigation into campaign ads that accuse him of freeing a convicted murderer from prison early. Justice's reelection campaign filed a complaint with the secretary of ...

Feds: West Virginia mail carrier altered ballot requests

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia postal carrier has been charged with attempted election fraud after eight mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots had their party affiliations altered, including five from Democrat to Republican, federal prosecutors ...

1 in 10 West Virginia voters send in absentee ballots

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than 11% of West Virginia's registered voters have returned absentee ballots for the June 9 primary election. Secretary of State Mac Warner said Tuesday that more than 249,000 absentee ballots were requested and nearly 136,000 of those have been returned to ...

West Virginia governor expands reopenings as hotspots emerge

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday expanded his aggressive plan to lift coronavirus restrictions after announcing new hotspots in the state's eastern panhandle. The Republican governor said he is considering a mandatory ...

West Virginia to offer discounts on park lodging

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday announced that he's going to offer discount lodging at state parks to show his appreciation for people's actions during the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican said in-state residents renting lodges, cabins or campsites ...

Colleges plan fall opening, but campuses won’t look the same

By COLLIN BINKLEY AP Education Writer Growing numbers of U.S. colleges are pledging to reopen this fall, with dramatic changes to campus life to keep the coronavirus at bay. Big lectures will be a thing of the past. Dorms will will be nowhere near capacity. Students will face mandatory virus ...

Nearly 5K West Virginians file for jobless aid

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Almost 5,000 West Virginians filed for unemployment benefits last week amid the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns, according to federal data released Thursday. The new applications come as nearly 39 million Americans have sought ...

Huttonsville prison virus cases reach 6

HUTTONSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — At least six people from the Huttonsville Correctional Center have now tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Thursday. Figures released by the state show four staffers and two inmates of the Randolph County prison have the virus. Officials said the ...

West Virginia gov shifts testing standard, unveils reopening

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice unveiled an aggressive plan Monday to reopen the state's economy while loosening coronavirus testing benchmarks without explanation. The Republican is moving to lift restrictions if the state's ...