Latest West Virginia state government News

WVa governor resumes briefings, says COVID is 'tough stuff'

Jan. 17, 2022 13:40 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Monday resumed his weekly briefings on the coronavirus, six days after he tested positive for COVID-19. Justice's return coincided with the state surpassing 20,000 confirmed cases of the virus over a one-week period for the...

Coal miner dies in fall in West Virginia

Jan. 14, 2022 18:03 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia coal miner died Friday in a fall in the state's Northern Panhandle, Gov. Jim Justice said. The death of 44-year-old Jeffrey A. Phillips is at least the third in the U.S. coal mining industry already this year. Other deaths have occurred this...

National Guard to help staffing efforts at WVa hospital

Jan. 14, 2022 04:04 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two dozen members of the West Virginia National Guard are being sent to support hospital staffing efforts as COVID-19 continues to ravage the state. The National Guard said Thursday on Twitter that 25 members will assist operations at Charleston Area...

After COVID-19 diagnosis, WVa governor's health is improving

Jan. 13, 2022 17:12 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said his health was improving Thursday, two days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19. The 70-year-old Republican governor continues to experience mild symptoms. “Thankfully, I am feeling much better...

WVa health partnership includes products preparedness center

Jan. 13, 2022 04:12 AM EST

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A public-private health care partnership will launch a products preparedness center in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice announced. The center will be located in Morgantown, involves a more than $50 million investment for the state and will create more than...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice tests positive for COVID-19

Jan. 12, 2022 17:13 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, his office announced. Justice said in a statement he woke up with a cough and congestion, then developed a headache and high fever. The 70-year-old governor said he initially took a...

Sidelined by COVID, WVa gov's address read by clerk

Jan. 12, 2022 18:48 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday proposed a $4.65 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes a previously announced pay raise for teachers and other state workers. The Republican governor’s State of the State address, scheduled...

Steelmaker Nucor to build $2.7B plant in West Virginia

Jan. 12, 2022 15:50 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A North Carolina steelmaker will build a $2.7 billion mill in West Virginia, creating an estimated 800 manufacturing jobs, Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday. The Republican governor called the location of Nucor Corp.'s plant in Mason County the largest...

Canada electric school bus maker to locate in West Virginia

Jan. 12, 2022 10:33 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Canadian electric school bus manufacturer will produce buses in West Virginia, bringing up to 200 jobs, Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday. GreenPower Motor Co. signed a lease-purchase agreement for a 9.5-acre (3.8 hectares) manufacturing facility in...

WVa tax incentive for manufacturing sent to governor

Jan. 11, 2022 17:41 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A tax incentive for a potential industrial manufacturing project in West Virginia was sent to the governor Tuesday. Gov. Jim Justice will give his sixth State of the State address on Wednesday night and has advertised an unspecified “major”...