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Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm directs his players against Arkansas-Pine Bluff during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

The Latest: WVA not allowing basketball fans in December

Dec. 1, 2020 4:11 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ West Virginia said Tuesday that no fans will be allowed at its men’s and women’s basketball games in December, except for essential personnel and the families of players and staff, due to recent spikes of COVID-19...

FILE - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice prepares for a debate with Democratic challenger, Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango, Tuesday Oct. 13. 2020, in Morgantown, W.Va.  Justice announced on Friday, Nov. 13,  a mandatory face covering requirement indoors at businesses and all other spaces will take effect at midnight. Justice said businesses will need to post mask requirements at establishments under the rules of his executive order.
(AP Photo/Kathy Batten, File)

WVa court says lawsuit over governor's residency can proceed

Nov. 20, 2020 5:52 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court on Friday swatted down arguments from Gov. Jim Justice that the courts cannot force the governor to live in the state capital, allowing a lawsuit over his residency to proceed. The long-running challenge has been a thorn in the side of Justice, who...

People wear face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus at a department store in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

The Latest: Iowa's governor orders statewide mask mandate

Nov. 16, 2020 9:09 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa — With Iowa hospitals filling up, Gov. Kim Reynolds has dropped her opposition to a statewide mandate for mask use to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Reynolds signed a proclamation Monday requiring that everyone over 2 years old wear masks when in indoor public spaces. The mandate...

WVa high court deals setback in state's Catholic church suit

Nov. 16, 2020 7:33 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general cannot use a consumer protection law to sue a Roman Catholic diocese over sexual abuse allegations, the state's high court said Monday. The West Virginia Supreme Court issued its opinion in response to a lawsuit the state filed last year accusing...

Lawsuit alleging abuse at former WVa school settled for $52M

Nov. 15, 2020 9:48 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit alleging widespread abuse at a now-closed northern West Virginia boarding school has been settled for $52 million. The lawsuit was filed by 29 students of the former Miracle Meadows School in Salem in 2017. It was settled late last month in Kanawha County Circuit Court,...

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2019 file photo former West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Neely speaks in Charleston, W.Va. Neely, who lost a bid earlier this year to win a seat back on the court, died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, of liver cancer.  He was 79.  (AP Photo/John Raby, File)

Former WVa judge known for eye-raising statements dies at 79

Nov. 9, 2020 2:50 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice who once jokingly referred to himself as “America’s laziest and dumbest judge” and who attracted as much attention for his behavior outside the court as in it, has died. He was 79. Richard Neely died Sunday of liver...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2020, file photo, Jacob Newberry puts on new PPE at the COVID-19 state drive-thru testing location at UTEP in El Paso, Texas. As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the nation and infections and hospitalizations rise, medical administrators are scrambling to find enough nursing help — especially in rural areas and at small hospitals. (Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP, File)

The Latest: Texas judge upholds El Paso business shut down

Nov. 6, 2020 10:09 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas district judge on Friday upheld an order from El Paso County’s top elected official shutting down businesses while the region fights an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases. The decision from Judge Bill Moody of El Paso’s 34th District Court came as federal military...

A statue of a coal miner stands in front of the Boone County Courthouse in Madison, W.Va., on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Four years after Donald Trump donned a miner’s helmet at a West Virginia campaign rally and vowed to save a dying industry, coal has not come roaring back. The fuel has been outmatched against cheaper, cleaner natural gas and renewable energy. But many West Virginians applaud Trump's efforts and remain loyal as he seeks a second term. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson)

West Virginia voters laud Trump for trying to save coal

Oct. 30, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

DANVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — As a laid off coal mine electrician, Nolan Triplett doesn't think his industry will ever return to the heady days when it powered America and offered generations of Appalachians a chance at a middle class life. But he still backs the president who said he'd reopen the mines and put...

Man who wanted to see Trump gets time served in standoff

Oct. 20, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Washington state man who said he was traveling to see President Donald Trump has been sentenced to time served for assaulting Secret Service special agents in West Virginia. Joshua Wills, 31, of Bremerton, Washington, was sentenced in federal court in Charleston to the 23 months...

FILE - This photo released July 14, 2020, by the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority shows Reta Mays, a former nursing assistant at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, W.Va. Tentative settlements have been reached in several civil lawsuits filed on behalf of the families of veterans who died at a West Virginia hospital where Mays, a former nursing assistant admitted to intentionally killing seven people with fatal doses of insulin. The settlements were disclosed by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia on Saturday. Oct. 10, 2020. (West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority via AP)

Tentative settlements in WVa veterans' hospital deaths

Oct. 10, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tentative settlements have been reached in several civil lawsuits filed on behalf of the families of veterans who died at a West Virginia hospital where a former nursing assistant admitted to intentionally killing seven people with fatal doses of insulin. The settlements were...