Latest West Virginia News

West Virginia agency renamed Department of Homeland Security

May. 29, 2020 2:56 AM EDT

West Virginia’s Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety now has a shorter, different name and a few other internal changes under a new state law. The department said it will be called the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security under a law pushed by Gov. Jim Justice that took effect...

W.Va. man sentenced for stealing guns from sports store

May. 29, 2020 2:54 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced for stealing two dozen guns from a sporting goods store, federal prosecutors said Thursday. James Evans, 19, was sentenced to 14 months in prison after pleading guilty late last year, officials said. Evans has admitted to breaking into a...

2 West Virginia counties still have no confirmed virus cases

May. 28, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has adjusted its numbers to show that there are still two counties with no confirmed coronavirus cases. Health officials added one positive virus case from Webster County to its database Thursday, but the state later removed it. The county health department posted...

2 officers wounded in accidental shooting in West Virginia

May. 28, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia law enforcement officers were wounded while executing a search warrant in what authorities said was an accidental shooting. The Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force and the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team were...

Almost 5K West Virginians file for unemployment aid

May. 28, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — About 4,800 West Virginians filed for unemployment aid last week as the state's economy continues to reel during the coronavirus pandemic, federal officials said Thursday. The new applications are slightly down from the previous week's filings and come as Republican Gov. Jim...

Charleston to hold free yoga classes this summer

May. 28, 2020 2:47 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Charleston's parks department says it will hold weekly free yoga classes this summer. The city announced Wednesday that the classes will take place at Magic Island park at 6 a.m. every Tuesday in June and July. The classes will follow federal and local coronavirus safety measures...

2 West Virginia students named U.S. Presidential Scholars

May. 28, 2020 2:43 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia high school students have been named 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars. They are Kayli Madison Mann of PikeView High School and William Ryan Tobin of Fairmont Senior High School. Mann will study marketing and communications at the University of Pennsylvania...

A medical worker collects a swab sample from a journalist for a COVID-19 test before the National People's Congress closing session and the Chinese Premier press conference in Beijing, on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: South Korea's central bank lowers rate to 0.5%

May. 27, 2020 10:26 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus 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. TOP OF THE HOUR: — US deaths from coronavirus surpass 100,000 mark. —...

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)

W.Va. governor calls for more testing as prison cases rise

May. 27, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday said he wants widespread coronavirus testing at all the state's correctional facilities as cases continue to rise inside a rural prison. At least 102 inmates and eight staffers at the Huttonsville Correctional Center in Randolph County...

Forecasters warn of flood threat in southern West Virginia

May. 27, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Parts of southern West Virginia are under the threat of heavy rains from a tropical system. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through early Thursday for Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe and Summers counties. Downpours could cause flooding on ground still saturated...