Latest West Virginia state government News

Cochran named head of West Virginia Schools for Deaf, Blind

Aug. 3, 2020 4:20 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Scott Cochran has been selected as superintendent of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. The state Board of Education chose Cochran at a meeting Friday in Charleston. The school in Romney serves more than 100 children. “I am humbled and honored to be...

West Virginia gov extends county's bar shutdown order

Aug. 2, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has extended an order that closed all bars in Monongalia County for an additional 10 days due to the coronavirus pandemic. The latest order is effective until Aug. 13. The county includes West Virginia University’s Morgantown campus. Students...

FILE - In this June 9, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Democratic candidate for governor Ben Salango, second from left, greets his supporters with his wife, Tara, by his side in his Charleston, W.Va., campaign headquarters. The Democratic candidate for West Virginia governor on Friday, July 31, 2020, said he has agreed to debate Gov. Jim Justice five times before the November election and called on the Republican incumbent to sign on as well. (Kenny Kemp/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP, File)

Salango pushes for 5 debates with Justice before election

Jul. 31, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ben Salango wants to debate. The Democratic candidate for West Virginia governor on Friday said he has agreed to debate Gov. Jim Justice five times before the November election and called on the Republican incumbent to sign on as well. Salango, an attorney and Kanawha County...

West Virginia breaks record for new confirmed virus cases

Jul. 31, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has set a record for newly confirmed coronavirus cases as infections, deaths and hospitalizations surge in the state, according to health data released Friday. The state recorded 182 new cases Thursday, the highest daily total since the outbreak began. Officials also...

Gov. Jim Justice appoints new parkways leader

Jul. 31, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday named Raleigh County Commission administrator Jeffrey Miller as the new leader of the state parkways authority. Miller will take over the position Aug. 10 to replace Greg Barr, who is retiring. A news release from the Republican...

WVa Supreme Court rejects convicted mother's appeal

Jul. 30, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the murder and abuse convictions of a woman in the death of her 3-year-old daughter. The court identified the woman only by her initials L.M.C. because of the sensitive matter, but news outlets reported she is Lena Lunsford, who...

WVa Agriculture Department webinars set for August

Jul. 30, 2020 3:04 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is continuing its live webinars on agricultural subjects next week. The webinars are called the Homesteading Series and allow an opportunity for industry experts and local producers to share knowledge. The webinars are recorded and can be...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice delivers his annual State of the State address in the House Chambers at the state capitol in Charleston, W.Va.  Justice says two people have died from a coronavirus outbreak at a nursing home. The deaths at the Princeton Health Care Center happened as Justice expressed concerns Wednesday, July 29,  about a bump in virus cases along the state’s southern and western borders. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File)

2 virus deaths reported at West Virginia nursing home

Jul. 29, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two people have died from a coronavirus outbreak at a West Virginia nursing home, according to Gov. Jim Justice, who also expressed concern Wednesday over a bump in virus cases along the state’s southern and western borders. “We have got to realize that this thing is...

Water service returns to West Virginia town where pump broke

Jul. 29, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

GARY, W.Va. (AP) — Water service has been restored in a West Virginia town a week after a pump broke. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday that while the taps are running again in the town of Gary's 563-customer district, residents will have to boil water for a week before safely using it. The...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jul. 29, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ July 28 The Register-Herald on the implications of a recent coronavirus outbreak among Major League Baseball players: We did not need the news from Major League Baseball on Monday to tell us what we did not know already. No matter the sport, no matter the...