Latest West Virginia state government News

Anti-mask protest at West Virginia Capitol shut down

Sep. 18, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Capitol police shut down an anti-mask protest inside the state Capitol on Thursday, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. About a dozen people entered the Capitol building without wearing face masks, going against an executive order that requires masks inside the...

WVa National Guard hosting regional disaster training in '21

Sep. 17, 2020 7:12 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia National Guard will host a regional disaster training exercise next year, and the event is expected to draw more than 1,000 participants. Gov. Jim Justice announced Vigilant Guard 2021 on Wednesday, to be held in August at the Hobet All Hazards Training Center,...

West Virginia to fund childcare program as federal funds end

Sep. 16, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday the state will kick in $6 million to continue a program that funds day care for the children of essential workers, after federal funding ran out. The announcement comes as states deal with the repercussions of Congress failing to pass a second...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Sep. 16, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ Sept. 16 The Journal on the need for more election staffers and poll workers: A report on problems handling absentee ballots during Berkeley County’s primary election is interesting — and somewhat distressing — reading. We hope area...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. West Virginia officials have amended guidelines for reopening schools yet again. It aims to restart in-person instruction and sports in more counties.Justice and his advisors unveiled the new changes after an hours-long meeting, late Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP, File)

West Virginia again amends metric for reopening schools

Sep. 15, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

West Virginia officials yet again amended guidelines for reopening schools on Tuesday, with the aim of restarting in-person instruction and sports in more counties. The changes add a new category to the state's color-coded coronavirus map, which rates the severity of the outbreak in counties. Critics and...

WVa clean drinking water projects receive federal funding

Sep. 15, 2020 3:25 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing $11.3 million for clean drinking water projects in West Virginia. The funding was announced Monday by U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will receive $11...

W.Va. set to pause face-to-face learning in more counties

Sep. 11, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More counties in West Virginia are likely to suspend in-person classes a week after reopening schools. Children returned to classes Tuesday in all but nine of West Virginia’s 55 counties, based on a color-coded map that tracks the severity of the virus's spread. Counties...

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)

West Virginia governor's race warms up with new attacks

Sep. 11, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

The Democratic challenger to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is slamming the Republican billionaire businessman over his companies' legal troubles just as a trial is set to resume involving his family-owned business and a Pennsylvania coal distributor. The attacks by Democratic nominee Ben Salango mark a...

W.Va. to send $400 in jobless benefits next week

Sep. 9, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will start processing additional unemployment benefits to residents next week, Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday. The federal government approved the state’s application for funding late last month. Those unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic will receive an...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Sep. 9, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ Sept. 6 The Herald-Dispatch on high-speed internet access in West Virginia: It’s no secret that West Virginia needs better access to high-speed internet service. From manufacturers who need enough bandwidth for transferring large amounts to data across...