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Students wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus stand in a line to have their body temperatures checked before entering their classrooms at a high school in Ulsan, South Korea, Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020. (Bae Byung-soo/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: New Zealand on verge of eradicating virus

Jun. 3, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. ___ WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand is on the verge of eradicating the virus from its...

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. Justice said Wednesday, June 3, that he would welcome any president to the state besides former President Barack Obama. (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP, File)

West Virginia governor says he welcomes all, except Obama

Jun. 3, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday said he would welcome any president to the state besides former President Barack Obama. The unprompted comment came during a coronavirus news conference in which the Republican governor took a phone call from President Donald Trump and...

This image provided by West Virginia governors office, Gov. Jim Justice holds a news conference regarding the COVID-19 epidemic, Friday, May 29, 2020 in Charleston, W.Va.   (West Virginia governors office via AP)

'Comeback kid'? Governor gets unlikely boost from virus

Jun. 3, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Before the coronavirus upended the world, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was in trouble. His own party rebelled against him. Federal prosecutors investigated him. Embarrassing lawsuits loomed. But now some believe that the Republican governor has been able to use his daily...

This image provided by West Virginia governors office, Gov. Jim Justice holds a news conference regarding the COVID-19 epidemic, Friday, May 29, 2020 in Charleston, W.Va.   (West Virginia governors office via AP)

Candidates pack the ballot for West Virginia's primary

Jun. 3, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — While the presidential primaries may grab national headlines on June 9, there are many other races to be decided, including those where candidates have more of a challenge trying to earn their party’s nominations. Here is a summary of those offices: GOVERNOR Incumbent Gov....

Mark Manchin named president of Glenville State College

Jun. 2, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

GLENVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Harrison County schools Superintendent Mark Manchin has been named president of Glenville State College effective July 1, the college announced Tuesday. Manchin was selected as the school's 25th president after interviews with five finalists on the Glenville campus last week. Among...

W. Virginia gov. recommends 12 projects for federal funds

Jun. 2, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has recommended 12 development projects located on or nearby abandoned mine lands to get over $27 million in federal funds. The projects recommended Thursday include constructions for an ATV resort, a wildlife education center and water treatment...

Marshall announces virus cases as athletes return

Jun. 1, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three people have tested positive for the coronavirus at Marshall University as the college is allowing athletes to return to campus for training, officials said Monday. A news release from the school said two student athletes and one staffer tested positive over the weekend. They...

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)

Virus outbreak at West Virginia prison infects more than 100

Jun. 1, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — At least 118 inmates at a West Virginia prison have tested positive for the coronavirus after an effort to contain the state's first outbreak inside a correctional facility, officials said Monday. Republican Gov. Jim Justice said the new cases at the Huttonsville Correctional...

West Virginia gov announces grants for community projects

Jun. 1, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has awarded more than $7 million in grants for community projects in 27 counties. Justice and state Transportation Secretary Byrd White unveiled the Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Program grants on Monday. The governor's office...

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...