Latest West Virginia state government News

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...

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...

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. ...

W.Va. community says coal dust is taking its breath away

Jun. 12, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

EUNICE, W.Va. (AP) — Eunice should have been Becky Rectenwald’s place to settle. The dust settled there instead. Rectenwald, 58, moved to the former Raleigh County mining town from Marmet nearly four years ago for cleaner air and a larger yard for...

Redistricting committees named in West Virginia legislature

Jun. 11, 2021 04:55 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia legislative leaders on Thursday named the committees in charge of the state's redistricting process. Members of the Senate and House redistricting committees will host public hearings across the state this summer to hear feedback...

ACLU in West Virginia sues House over open meetings law

Jun. 11, 2021 04:48 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia is seeking to void four laws that it claims were passed in violation of open meetings laws during the pandemic. A lawsuit filed this week argues lawmakers knowingly violated a transparency law...

In West Virginia, 60% of eligible are partially vaccinated

Jun. 10, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is about five percentage points away from meeting its goal of at least partially vaccinating 65% of all eligible residents before a mask mandate drops on June 20. “We’ve crossed a milestone. ... Now we’re at 60.1% that have...

Lawmakers form group to help struggling coal communities

Jun. 10, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — As West Virginia prepares for the closure of another coal mine, state lawmakers announced the formation of a group to find ideas aimed at revitalizing coal communities around the state. Republican State House Speaker Roger Hanshaw and Democratic...

Overcrowding at W.Va. jail being investigated after fight

Jun. 10, 2021 04:14 AM EDT

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A fight that broke out at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville, West Virginia, involved makeshift weapons and left three inmates injured. The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is investigating overcrowding issues at the...