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West Virginia News

Dozens of inmates test positive for virus at WVa prison

MOUNT OLIVE, W.Va. (AP) — Dozens of inmates at a West Virginia prison have tested positive for the new coronavirus, health officials said. According to the state Department of Health and Human Resources' website, 138 inmates at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex were confirmed as having ...

West Virginia students get probation for COVID-19 violations

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Seventeen West Virginia University students have been placed on probation for conduct violations related to the coronavirus pandemic. The Office of Student Conduct made the decision following hearings for the students, the university said Wednesday in a statement. ...

West Liberty University reopens presidential search

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. (AP) — West Liberty University is reopening the search for its next president after another finalist withdrew from consideration. Robert Colvin withdrew prior to a meeting of the West Liberty Board of Governors on Wednesday, the university said in a news release Thursday. ...

Supreme Court to resume in-person arguments Sept. 1

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court plans to resume in-person oral arguments with new protocols in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said. Justices will begin hearing arguments again when its fall term begins on Sept. 1, the court said in a ...

Rate of confirmed virus cases grows in most populous county

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's most populous county has joined two others in possibly not being able to offer athletics and extracurricular activities when school starts next month, because of an increase in confirmed coronavirus cases. Kanawha County ...

West Virginia Democratic gov nominee Salango starts bus tour

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Salango embarked on a statewide bus tour Wednesday with stops planned in 11 cities over three days as he tries to unseat incumbent Republican Gov. Jim Justice in November. The tour ...

Businesses in West Virginia, Kentucky can get disaster loans

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Certain small businesses in several West Virginia and Kentucky counties can apply for loans as a result of excessive moisture and cold temperatures during April and May. The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the Working Capital Disaster Loans on Monday. ...

And the band played on: WVa gov lets marching bands perform

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Tuesday that marching bands will be allowed to perform at public school football games amid the coronavirus pandemic, reversing a governing body's ruling from a day earlier. The Republican governor ...

Jobless rates drop in 49 of 55 West Virginia counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unemployment rates dropped in 49 of West Virginia's 55 counties in July. WorkForce West Virginia said jobless rates rose in five counties and remained steady in Webster County. Pendleton County's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 5.3% was the lowest in the ...

Parties lead to hearings for 6 West Virginia Univ. students

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Six West Virginia University students have been identified as part of an investigation into off-campus parties that were held in violation of school health and safety policies during the coronavirus pandemic. The students face discipline hearings before the Office of ...

Program that boosts families’ food buys runs out of funding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia program that expands the purchases of lower-income families at farmers markets and food retailers has run out of funding, a sponsoring group said. The SNAP Stretch program has benefited more than 2,000 families at 42 sites across the state this year, ...

Coalition seeks policy change with foster school children

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A coalition representing several groups has asked West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to change a policy that doesn't allow foster parents to decide how children attend school during the coronavirus pandemic. The WV United Coalition wrote to Justice this week about the ...

Dog reduces wildlife, aircraft encounters at WVa airport

By RICK STEELHAMMER, The Charleston Gazette-Mai CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hercules, the 3-year-old border collie charged with keeping birds and other forest-dwelling animals off Yeager Airport's runways and taxiways, is credited with dramatically reducing the number of wildlife strikes to ...

Man wanted in West Virginia shooting arrested in Michigan

RIVER ROUGE, Mich. (AP) — A man wanted in a January shooting in West Virginia that wounded seven people attending a party has been apprehended in suburban Detroit, officials said. The U. S. Marshals Service announced Friday the arrest of Kymoni Davis, who had been a fugitive since he was ...

West Virginia: Wifi hotspots to allow virtual school options

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday that WiFi hotspots will be set up around the state to give students the option to take virtual classes when schools are scheduled to reopen in September. The Republican governor said counties will submit reentry ...

West Virginia to get $14M from feds for water system updates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will receive more than $14 million from the federal government to modernize water infrastructure in six rural counties, officials said this week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a statement saying the money is part of a $462 million grant ...

West Virginia city extends outdoor dining permits

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Morgantown city officials have extended an outdoor dining program initially put in place as a coronavirus safety precaution. The no fee outdoor dining permit program will now run until Dec. 31, according to a news release Thursday. Applications can be found on the ...

West Virginia city to close road to cars Sunday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin has announced that Kanawha Avenue will close Sunday for foot traffic and socially distant exercise. The avenue will close from 37th Street to 57th Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, according to a Thursday news release. The ...

West Virginia soldier’s return home ends up as viral video

By EDDIE TRIZZINO, Times West Virginian undefined FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Nancy Stahl and her husband were going to the grocery store last Saturday to pick up some food for a barbecue when a police car pulled them over. They were asked to exit the vehicle, and what Nancy saw next made her ...

Students return to campus amid virus growth in some states

By BRYAN ANDERSON and JOHN RABY Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The first wave of college students returning to their dorms aren't finding the typical mobs of students and parents. What they found Friday were strict safety protocols and some heightened anxiety amid a global pandemic ...