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Juvenile charged in shooting death of West Virginia girl

May. 30, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia have arrested a juvenile in the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl in Huntington. Tayla Johnson died of a gunshot wound on May 20. The juvenile was arrested on Friday. A news release from Huntington Police did not say what charge was filed against the...

Author draws inspiration from West Virginia town in new book

May. 30, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Graduating from Martinsburg High in 1986, Nancy Lujan left the area to join the Army and enjoy a successful corporate career. She’s returned home from time to time since then, but in her debut novel in a new action-thriller series, Lujan connected with home once more, using...

West Virginia hospital to eliminate inpatient services

May. 29, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A southern West Virginia plans to halt inpatient and ancillary services by July 30 and limit operations to an emergency department, a lab and x-rays, officials said Friday. According to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, the decision to largely eliminate services at Bluefield Regional...

In this March, 23, 2020 file photo West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice issues a stay at home order, effective 8 p.m. Tuesday from his office in the WV State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Justice has expanded his aggressive plan to lift coronavirus restrictions after announcing new hotspots in the state’s eastern panhandle. The Republican governor on Thursday, May 21, 2020 said he is considering a mandatory face mask order for Berkeley and Jefferson counties after at least 35 new cases were reported there in a single day. He has dispatched the National Guard to the region to assess the situation.  (Kenny Kemp/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP, file)

West Virginia governor moves to allow youth sports with fans

May. 29, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Friday said he will allow youth sports to resume games with spectators in the stands this summer as he moves to continue lifting coronavirus restrictions. The Republican governor said low-contact youth sports teams can start practicing on June 8...

West Virginia agency renamed Department of Homeland Security

May. 29, 2020 2:56 AM EDT

West Virginia’s Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety now has a shorter, different name and a few other internal changes under a new state law. The department said it will be called the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security under a law pushed by Gov. Jim Justice that took effect...

W.Va. man sentenced for stealing guns from sports store

May. 29, 2020 2:54 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced for stealing two dozen guns from a sporting goods store, federal prosecutors said Thursday. James Evans, 19, was sentenced to 14 months in prison after pleading guilty late last year, officials said. Evans has admitted to breaking into a...

2 West Virginia counties still have no confirmed virus cases

May. 28, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has adjusted its numbers to show that there are still two counties with no confirmed coronavirus cases. Health officials added one positive virus case from Webster County to its database Thursday, but the state later removed it. The county health department posted...

2 officers wounded in accidental shooting in West Virginia

May. 28, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia law enforcement officers were wounded while executing a search warrant in what authorities said was an accidental shooting. The Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force and the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team were...

Almost 5K West Virginians file for unemployment aid

May. 28, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — About 4,800 West Virginians filed for unemployment aid last week as the state's economy continues to reel during the coronavirus pandemic, federal officials said Thursday. The new applications are slightly down from the previous week's filings and come as Republican Gov. Jim...

Charleston to hold free yoga classes this summer

May. 28, 2020 2:47 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Charleston's parks department says it will hold weekly free yoga classes this summer. The city announced Wednesday that the classes will take place at Magic Island park at 6 a.m. every Tuesday in June and July. The classes will follow federal and local coronavirus safety measures...