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WVa group loses court case over bid to open charter school

Jun. 16, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Supreme Court has turned back a petition from a group whose attempt to open the state's first charter school was rejected in two northern counties. School boards in Monongalia and Preston counties denied separate applications in...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jun. 16, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

Charleston Gazette-Mail, June 15, 2021. Editorial: Don’t forget the miners still working There’s no question that the coal industry, especially as it pertains to mining in West Virginia, is in steep decline. Coal seams are depleted and the product...

West Virginia unemployment drops to 5.5% in May

Jun. 16, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percentage point to 5.5% in May. The rate is the lowest since March 2020 when it was at 5.3% at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The rate jumped to a high...

Officials identify remains of sailor killed in WWII

Jun. 16, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

THOMAS, W.Va. (AP) — The remains of a Navy sailor from West Virginia who died in the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor have been identified, officials said. Authorities used used DNA as well as dental and anthropological analysis to identify Navy Patternmaker 1st...

West Virginia University plans to fully open campuses

Jun. 16, 2021 04:09 AM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University plans to fully open its campuses this fall due to recent drops in COVID-19 cases across the country. In a news release Tuesday, the university cited state figures showing the number of active coronavirus cases statewide...

W.Va. high court: Governor was right in appointing lawmaker

Jun. 15, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court said Republican Gov. Jim Justice acted within his right when he appointed a lawmaker to fill a vacancy in the House of Delegates. The high court said in a filing this month that Justice had not erred in naming...

WVU to operate at full capacity for home football games

Jun. 15, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will remove coronavirus-related restrictions on fan attendance at home football games, athletic director Shane Lyons announced Tuesday. The Mountaineers will offer 100% fan capacity, including pregame tailgating, at Milan Puskar...

GOP operative's pick for broadcasting board prompts concern

Jun. 15, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's nomination of a Republican Party operative to a public broadcasting oversight board has prompted concern about the appointee's credentials and whether the GOP governor will use his political muscle to fill multiple expired seats. ...

Body of West Virginia man found along New River

Jun. 15, 2021 04:12 AM EDT

CUNARD, W.Va. (AP) — The body of a West Virginia man has been recovered two days after he disappeared along the New River, authorities said. A whitewater rafting guide on Monday discovered the body of Rudy Ezra Cerda of Beckley along a stretch of the river in Cunard,...

WVa Bar Foundation Fellows being honored this month

Jun. 15, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Bar Foundation will honor the 2020 and 2021 fellows classes this month. The new fellows include a Supreme Court justice, two circuit judges and a former family law master, the Supreme Court said in a news release. ...