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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...

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...

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont speaks to reporters before surveying storm damage in the area in Westport, Conn. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is self-quarantining after his chief spokesperson tested positive for COVID-19, his administration announced late Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

The Latest: Connecticut governor is self-quarantining

Nov. 13, 2020 11:33 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is self-quarantining after his chief spokesperson tested positive for COVID-19. The Democratic governor’s chief spokesperson, Max Reiss, identified himself as the senior staff member who had tested positive, in a release posted to Twitter late Friday. An...

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...

2020 Latest: Biden campaign willing to fight Trump in court

Nov. 4, 2020 7:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 4 a.m. Democrat Joe Biden's campaign says it will fight any efforts by President Donald Trump's campaign to go to the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent ballots from being tabulated. In a statement sent before 4 a.m. Wednesday, Biden...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2020, file photom, Utah's Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Republican candidate for governor, speaks while debating Democratic candidate Chris Peterson in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

The Latest: Jay Inslee wins 3rd term as Washington governor

Nov. 4, 2020 2:26 AM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has been elected to a third term in Washington state, beating Republican challenger Loren Culp. Inslee is the first incumbent elected to a third term in the state in more than 40 years. Culp, police chief of the small town of Republic, campaigned in part against...

Republican Jim Justice wins reelection for governor in West Virginia

Nov. 3, 2020 7:30 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Jim Justice wins reelection for governor in West Virginia.
James Musgrave discusses the increase in cases of the coronavirus in West Union, W.Va., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. “It’s not our favorite thing,” said Musgrave referring to the pandemic as he took a break from mowing his front lawn. “It’s just one of those things you deal with and learn from and go on.” (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)

Global pandemic hits home in the West Virginia mountains

Oct. 26, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

WEST UNION, W.Va. (AP) — Many in West Virginia proudly say they live in the original social distancing state. The coronavirus often seemed like a distant phenomenon best viewed on a TV screen in living rooms in the remote mountain towns that dot the state's expanses of wilderness. But as another surge of...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, Richard Branson appears at a ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in Los Angeles.  Virgin Hyperloop One will build a certification center in West Virginia to test the high-speed transportation concept that uses enclosed pods to zip passengers underground at over 600 mph (966 kph).   The company had received bids from 17 states in 2020 to build a 6-mile testing track and other facilities over hundreds of acres for its electromagnetic levitation transportation technology.  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP File)

West Virginia site chosen for high-speed travel facility

Oct. 8, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Virgin Hyperloop One will build a certification center in West Virginia for the high-speed transportation concept that uses enclosed pods to zip passengers underground at over 600 mph (960 km/h). The company had received bids from more than a dozen states in the past year to build...