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West Virginia News

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 ...

Corps reinstates permits for natural gas pipeline project

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reissued permits for construction of a natural gas pipeline project in Virginia and West Virginia nearly two years after a federal appeals court invalidated them. The new permits issued on Friday will allow construction to resume on ...

W.Va. set to pause face-to-face learning in more counties

Associated Press undefined CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More counties in West Virginia are likely to suspend in-person classes a week after reopening schools. Children returned to classes Tuesday in all but nine of West Virginia's 55 counties, based on a color-coded map that tracks the severity ...

Police: City councilman wounded in apparent carjacking

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city councilman was shot and his wife and mother-in-law were briefly taken hostage in an apparent carjacking, authorities said. Clarksburg Councilman Jim Malfregeot was on his porch and the women were in a car Sunday night when the suspect appeared, ...

WVa theater owners looking forward to new movies, customers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — There are plenty of parking spots and seats available, and the popcorn is popping at area movie theaters. Now, if only there were something to show on the big screens. Or at least something new. That's the case for properties belonging to the Greater Huntington ...

New Guard unit coming to West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Army Guard officials have announced the opening of a new Special Forces Airborne unit in the Eastern Panhandle. The unit will create a variety of jobs and economic investment in the region, The Journal reported. The 1528th Forward Support Company ...

Apartment-style housing for teachers complete in WVa county

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Construction of an apartment-style housing complex for teachers has been completed in a poor West Virginia county. Construction on the $8 million Renaissance Village housing project started a year ago in the McDowell County community of Welch. The public-private group ...

WVa college frat members suspended for virus violations

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University has suspended 29 members of a fraternity house for not following health and safety orders related to the coronavirus pandemic. A Theta Chi fraternity member, who tested positive for the virus and had been ordered into isolation, attended a ...

Marshall University to conduct random daily COVID-19 tests

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A college in West Virginia announced it will start picking about 60 students, faculty and staff at random daily to test for the coronavirus. Marshall University will begin the tests on Tuesday at its campus in Huntington to identify people who are infected and may ...

Fall rafting season set on West Virginia’s Gauley River

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The fall rafting season on West Virginia's Gauley River gets started this week. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin lowering Summersville Lake to its winter level through releases at the Summersville Dam starting Friday. The weekly releases will continue ...

West Virginia campus cancels in-person classes

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — In-person classes will be canceled at West Virginia University's Morgantown campus on Tuesday, with nearly all undergraduate classes moving online on Wednesday through at least Friday, Sept. 25, according to a school news release. The only exception to online ...

West Virginia nursing home virus outbreak stabilizes

UNION, W.Va. (AP) — A COVID-19 outbreak that killed five people at a Monroe County nursing home has stabilized, although several residents and staff members are still infected, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported on Sunday. The outbreak began with three positive cases reported on Aug. 18 ...

WVa application for additional unemployment is approved

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The federal government approved West Virginia's application for funding to provide additional unemployment benefits to residents, Gov. Jim Justice said Friday. Those unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic will receive an additional $400 per week, with the federal ...