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West Virginia News

West Virginia’s Tamarack closes temporarily for COVID-19

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Tamarack is temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The West Virginia Parkways Authority, which manages the popular Beckley tourist attraction, announced the closure on Thursday. Tamarack will undergo a deep cleaning and will ...

Justice bets on economic promises in race against Salango

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice sat marveling at all the good news he argues he's delivered in the month before election day. Never mind that coronavirus numbers are on the rise all over the state, turning more counties on ...

Section of Interstate 70, closed since February, to reopen

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — After months of work, a westbound lane of Interstate 70 through Wheeling is set to reopen no later than Monday, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said. A section of the highway has been closed since February as crews worked on the I-70 Bridges Project in Ohio County. ...

West Virginia voters laud Trump for trying to save coal

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press DANVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — As a laid off coal mine electrician, Nolan Triplett doesn't think his industry will ever return to the heady days when it powered America and offered generations of Appalachians a chance at a middle class life. But he still backs the ...

Justice announces funding for former mine

ROCK CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Friday he is committing $39 million toward development of the former Hobet mine site in Boone County, The Herald-Dispatch reported. Justice said the money will go toward developing an access road to the site and an intersection at ...

Growers raise giant pumpkins despite squashed festivals

By BILL LYNCH, The Charleston Gazette-Mail undefined CULLODEN, W.Va. (AP) — Leaves are falling and the air is getting cooler, but the festivities of fall have been muffled, if not entirely muted. The wave of fair and festival cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic have continued ...

West Virginia Democrats file complaint over PAC disclosures

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Democratic House Legislative Committee and the West Virginia Democratic Party have filed an elections complaint against a group that is spending money on attack ads but has not filed campaign finance disclosures. Majority WV, Inc. has spent money to ...

Last West Virginia county approves cannabis dispensaries

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's lone holdout in taking action on cannabis dispensary permits approved 20 of 21 proposals on Thursday, The Dominion Post reported. The Monongalia County Board of Health approved the permits during a special session after coming under pressure to get ...

‘Walk-and-Talk’ therapy popular option in W.Va. amid virus

By SCOTT GILLESPIE, Times West Virginian undefined FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — According to the Mayo Clinic, a brisk walk helps maintain a healthy weight, manages conditions from high blood pressure to diabetes, strengthens bones and muscles, and improves one's physical coordination. For the ...

Governor: Methanol plant set to be built in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former industrial site in West Virginia has been selected for a $350 million methanol facility, Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday. West Virginia Methanol Inc. will build a plant in Pleasants County that will produce 900 metric tons of methanol daily from natural ...

Former Marshall football player sentenced for child porn

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Marshall football player has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for sending videos of children engaged in sexual conduct to an undercover FBI agent. Jeremiah Taylor, 32, of Huntington was sentenced in federal court for distributing child ...

Applications being accepted for family court judge in WVa

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Applications are being accepted for a pending vacancy on a family court serving West Virginia's largest county. The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission will accept applications and letters of recommendation through Nov. 9 for a seat on the Eleventh Family Court ...

West Virginia voters have heavy slate of choices on Nov. 3

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia voters have a packed ballot to ponder in the Nov. 3 election. In addition to the presidential race between incumbent Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden, in which ...

Mother, boyfriend get maximum prison time in toddler’s death

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mother and her boyfriend have been sentenced in the beating death of the woman's 2-year-old son. John Colan Powers, 47, and Candice Jones, 32, both of Green Valley, were charged in the August 2018 death of Jones' 2-year-old son, Joseph Garbosky ...

Bob Murray retires as board chairman of US coal giant

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Robert Murray, the founder and former president and CEO of a major U.S. coal operator that recently emerged from federal bankruptcy, has retired as chairman of the company's board. Murray ended a six-decade career by announcing his ...

Man who wanted to see Trump gets time served in standoff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Washington state man who said he was traveling to see President Donald Trump has been sentenced to time served for assaulting Secret Service special agents in West Virginia. Joshua Wills, 31, of Bremerton, Washington, was sentenced in federal court in Charleston to ...

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 ...