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In this photo made available by the West Virginia's governor's office, Vice President Mike Pence, left, meets with Gov. Jim Justice at Justice's resort, The Greenbrier, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., to discuss the coronavirus and a fundraiser for the Trump-Pence campaign. (Office of the Governor via AP)

Pence visits West Virginia governor's Greenbrier resort

Aug. 15, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence visited West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's resort, The Greenbrier, on Saturday to congratulate the governor, a fellow Republican, on his response to the coronavirus. Pence pledged to make sure West Virginia continues to have the resources it...

Color-coding system will be used in reopening WVa schools

Aug. 14, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A color-coding system will be used in West Virginia amid the coronavirus pandemic to decide whether each county will be allowed to restart in-person classes. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources developed the system, which assigns each county a color —...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2019 file photo, West Virginia Education Association president Dale Lee watches speakers during a candlelight vigil outside the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Lee said Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, that his union is urging public schools to avoid face-to-face instruction when students return next month due to the coronavirus. He says most educators who responded to a survey feel uncomfortable returning to classrooms. (AP Photo/John Raby, File)

W.Va. teachers' union wants public schools to start online

Aug. 13, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia teachers’ union is urging public schools to avoid face-to-face instruction when students return next month due to the coronavirus. The West Virginia Education Association suggested the online-only start Thursday based on a survey of the union’s...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice delivers his annual State of the State address in the House Chambers at the state capitol in Charleston, W.Va.  Justice says two people have died from a coronavirus outbreak at a nursing home. The deaths at the Princeton Health Care Center happened as Justice expressed concerns Wednesday, July 29,  about a bump in virus cases along the state’s southern and western borders. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File)

WVa nursing home visits stopped as virus cases, deaths surge

Aug. 12, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday halted nursing home visits as both confirmed cases and deaths from the new coronavirus continue to surge. Justice said at a news conference that there are virus outbreaks currently at 28 nursing homes statewide. “Our nursing home...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Aug. 12, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ Aug. 11 The Herald-Dispatch on an HIV cluster in West Virginia: Many things that had been community concerns fell out of the spotlight back in March when a large part of everyday life shut down to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Among them was the...

Salango endorsed by West Virginia teachers' union committee

Aug. 12, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Education Association's political action committee has endorsed Democratic candidate for governor Ben Salango. The committee made the announcement Tuesday. Salango, an attorney and Kanawha county commissioner, is running against incumbent Republican Gov. Jim...

NC egg supplier faces price gouging lawsuit in West Virginia

Aug. 11, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general has filed a second lawsuit against an egg supplier for alleged price gouging during the coronavirus pandemic. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Tuesday that Merchants Distributors LLC more than doubled egg prices for grocery shoppers in nine...

State to spend $20M on paving projects across West Virginia

Aug. 11, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — More than $20 million will be spent on paving projects across West Virginia as part of the governor's Roads to Prosperity Initiative, state officials announced. Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia Department of Transportation officials announced the funding Monday at the North...

Salango endorsed by W.Va. United Auto Workers

Aug. 11, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia chapter of the United Auto Workers has endorsed Democratic candidate for governor Ben Salango. The candidate made the announcement about the endorsement Monday. Salango, an attorney and Kanawha county commissioner, is running against incumbent Republican Gov. Jim...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a press conference at the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Ben Salango, the Democratic candidate for West Virginia governor on Friday, July 31, 2020, said that he has agreed to debate Gov. Jim Justice five times before the November election and called on the Republican incumbent to sign on as well. (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

WVa gov wants virus testing at all nursing homes, prisons

Aug. 10, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Monday the state must find a way to retest residents and staff at nursing homes and people at state correctional facilities for the coronavirus after recent outbreaks. The Republican governor also floated the possibility at a news conference...