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Riders flock to reopened West Virginia ATV trails system

May. 24, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

GILBERT, W.Va. (AP) — Riders packed a vast network of all-terrain vehicle trails in southern West Virginia on the first weekend the system was allowed to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. The eight trail networks that make up the more than 700-mile Hatfield-McCoy system were open for Memorial Day...

WVa reports additional 25 inmates with coronavirus

May. 22, 2020 11:01 PM EDT

HUTTONSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Widespread coronavirus testing at Huttonsville Correctional Center found 25 additional cases at the West Virginia facility, officials said Friday. Gov. Jim Justice ordered testing for all other inmates after the new cases were confirmed, the state Department of Military Affairs...

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 declines to beef up virus rules in hot spots

May. 22, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Friday declined to strengthen coronavirus restrictions in two eastern panhandle counties where cases spiked this week. The Republican governor said his administration discussed the hot spots in Berkeley and Jefferson counties with local health...

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)

West Virginia governor expands reopenings as hotspots emerge

May. 21, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday expanded his aggressive plan to lift coronavirus restrictions after announcing new hotspots in the state's eastern panhandle. The Republican governor said he is considering a mandatory face mask order for Berkeley and Jefferson counties...

Nearly 5K West Virginians file for jobless aid

May. 21, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Almost 5,000 West Virginians filed for unemployment benefits last week amid the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns, according to federal data released Thursday. The new applications come as nearly 39 million Americans have sought jobless aid since the outbreak began two months ago and...

West Virginia to offer discounts on park lodging

May. 21, 2020 2:38 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday announced that he's going to offer discount lodging at state parks to show his appreciation for people's actions during the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican said in-state residents renting lodges, cabins or campsites can get a 30%...

Charleston expanding outdoor dining during pandemic

May. 21, 2020 2:36 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Charleston city officials are expanding restaurants' outdoor dining capacity during the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin on Tuesday said the city is waiving fees for outdoor dining permits and allowing restaurants to have outdoor seating beyond their storefront...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

May. 20, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ May 20 The Times West Virginian on the importance of completing the census: If you could help your state for free with only five minutes of your time, would you do it? The 2020 census has been available to fill out since March, yet West Virginia remains one of...

At least 4 test positive for virus at West Virginia prison

May. 20, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — There are now at least four coronavirus cases at a West Virginia prison after the lockup reported its first infection earlier this week, officials said Wednesday. Corrections Commissioner Betsy Jividen said two staffers and two inmates at the Huttonsville Correctional Center in...

West Virginia reaps $6.4M in auto loan company settlement

May. 20, 2020 6:45 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is getting more than $6.4 million under a multi-state settlement with Santander Consumer USA over claims that it violated consumer protection laws with predatory auto loans, officials said Tuesday. The settlement with attorneys general in 33 states and the District...