Latest West Virginia state government News

W.Va. community says coal dust is taking its breath away

Jun. 12, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

EUNICE, W.Va. (AP) — Eunice should have been Becky Rectenwald’s place to settle. The dust settled there instead. Rectenwald, 58, moved to the former Raleigh County mining town from Marmet nearly four years ago for cleaner air and a larger yard for...

Redistricting committees named in West Virginia legislature

Jun. 11, 2021 04:55 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia legislative leaders on Thursday named the committees in charge of the state's redistricting process. Members of the Senate and House redistricting committees will host public hearings across the state this summer to hear feedback...

ACLU in West Virginia sues House over open meetings law

Jun. 11, 2021 04:48 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia is seeking to void four laws that it claims were passed in violation of open meetings laws during the pandemic. A lawsuit filed this week argues lawmakers knowingly violated a transparency law...

In West Virginia, 60% of eligible are partially vaccinated

Jun. 10, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is about five percentage points away from meeting its goal of at least partially vaccinating 65% of all eligible residents before a mask mandate drops on June 20. “We’ve crossed a milestone. ... Now we’re at 60.1% that have...

Lawmakers form group to help struggling coal communities

Jun. 10, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — As West Virginia prepares for the closure of another coal mine, state lawmakers announced the formation of a group to find ideas aimed at revitalizing coal communities around the state. Republican State House Speaker Roger Hanshaw and Democratic...

Overcrowding at W.Va. jail being investigated after fight

Jun. 10, 2021 04:14 AM EDT

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A fight that broke out at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville, West Virginia, involved makeshift weapons and left three inmates injured. The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is investigating overcrowding issues at the...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jun. 09, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

Times West Virginian. June 6, 2021. Editorial: Workers and families should be considered in any type of clean energy bill In early March, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., was the lead sponsor of the The Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for...

Last stretch of upgraded West Virginia highway to reopen

Jun. 09, 2021 04:16 AM EDT

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — The last stretch of U.S. 35 to be widened to four lanes is expected to open to traffic by the end of August after years of planning, West Virginia officials said. The 15-mile segment is the last part of U.S. 35 from Interstate 64 to the West...

West Virginia urges vaccinations amid global virus variants

Jun. 08, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Plenty of coronavirus vaccine doses are sitting unused in West Virginia as a vaccination lottery has yet to fuel a surge in people rolling up their arms. Leaders on Tuesday pleaded for more residents to get vaccinated amid reports of the more...

West Virginia records revenue $152M over estimates in May

Jun. 08, 2021 08:55 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tax collections in West Virginia during the month of May flew past projections by $152.2 million. The higher-than-expected revenue is considered to be a result of Tax Day moving from April to May and the infusion of $1,400 federal stimulus...