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FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2019, file photo, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey speaks at a news conference in Martinsburg, W.Va. West Virginia's says a ban on elective medical procedures during the coronavirus pandemic will reduce abortions but will be upheld in an eventual legal challenge. Morrisey said Thursday, April 2, 2020 that the executive order “will be upheld because it's designed to protect the public health and applies to all elective procedures and all elective facilities.”  (Matthew Umstead/The Herald-Mail via AP, File)

Morrisey: Order to reduce abortions, be upheld in court

Apr. 2, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general on Thursday said a ban on elective medical procedures during the coronavirus pandemic will reduce abortions but will be upheld in an eventual legal challenge. The executive order, which went into effect this week, mirrors directives in other...

Marshall offers undergrads grading change for spring term

Apr. 2, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University made grading changes for the spring semester because of problems brought about by the coronavirus pandemic and the change to online classes, the school said. Undergraduate students will be able to choose “credit/no credit” grades for this semester...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., Monday March 16, 2020. Justice declared a state of emergency in response to the new coronavirus, even as West Virginia remains the last state in the U.S. without a confirmed case. (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

Justice admits travel order may be unconstitutional

Mar. 31, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday acknowledged that his directive to have police monitor roads and check in on travelers from coronavirus hotspots might be unconstitutional but he said it will continue for safety reasons. Justice has issued an executive order mandating...

WV families create scavenger hunt for kids stuck at home

Mar. 28, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — When Tosha Pelfrey began to adjust to life at home during the novel coronavirus outbreak, she realized that many families are experiencing similar problems — keeping small children entertained while adhering to social distancing practices. This week she thought of creating a...

Sam O'Dell headlines Marshall athletics hall of fame class

Mar. 26, 2020 2:45 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Four-time West Virginia Amateur golf champion Sam O'Dell is among nine people named for induction into the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame. Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick announced the 2020 class on Wednesday. O'Dell attended Marshall from 1997 to 2000 and led...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., Monday March 16, 2020. Justice declared a state of emergency in response to the new coronavirus, even as West Virginia remains the last state in the U.S. without a confirmed case. (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

WVa has 5 positive coronavirus cases; gov tests negative

Mar. 19, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday said he has tested negative for the new coronavirus after his staff discovered he attended an event with the first person in the state to test positive for the virus. Justice, a Republican, said he hugged and took a photo with the...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Mar. 18, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ March 18 The Inter-Mountain on West Virginia's postponed primary election: West Virginia’s primary election is scheduled to be held May 12, less than two months from now. Barring some miracle we have no reason to expect, COVID-19 will remain a concern...

WVa sets up coronavirus hotline; convention canceled

Mar. 9, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials have set up a telephone hotline to answer questions about the coronavirus, according to a Monday news release. Operators are available 24/7 and can be reached at 1-800-887-4304. “Establishing the hotline provides access to experienced and...

Visiting student volunteers build sheds for animal shelter

Mar. 8, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Huntington Cabell Wayne Animal Shelter received two brand-new storage units on March 5 thanks to help from Habitat for Humanity and student volunteers from Boston College. Executive Director Courtney Proctor Cross said the new sheds will primarily be used to house containers of...

Former postal worker sentenced for selling pot on route

Mar. 4, 2020 4:41 AM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former U.S. Postal Service worker in West Virginia has been sentenced to six months in prison for selling marijuana along his mail route, officials said Monday. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said Michael Morton, 55, pleaded guilty to selling marijuana while working as a letter...