Latest West Virginia state government News

Diocese declines offer to open schools in orange counties

Sep. 25, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston won't accept Gov. Jim Justice’s offer to allow private and religious schools to reopen in orange counties if students and staff get tested for the new coronavirus. Diocese spokesman Tom Bishop gave several reasons for the decision,...

W.Va. state delegate says she was target of racist abuse

Sep. 24, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Delegate Danielle Walker has written to Gov. Jim Justice to say she was harassed by an “angry mob of White supremacists” at a recent Black Lives Matter demonstration, urging him to condemn the incident. The letter, dated Wednesday, refers to a...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Sep. 23, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia ___ Sept. 22 The Journal on the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Notorious RBG, as some admirers referred to her, is gone. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, at 87, of cancer. She was an icon to Americans with certain political...

Restaurant owners sue W.Va. governor over bar closures

Sep. 23, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The owners of 12 restaurants and bars sued the governor of West Virginia on Wednesday for indefinitely closing establishments in student-heavy Monongalia County due to the coronavirus. Gov. Jim Justice ordered bars closed there on Sept. 2 after pictures were posted online of...

West Virginia's ex-health officer, state senator catch virus

Sep. 22, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's former public health director and the majority leader of the state senate said they have tested positive for COVID-19. Dr. Cathy Slemp, who the governor forced out of her role as state health officer in June, wrote in an op-ed that she was quarantining in her...

Anti-mask protest at West Virginia Capitol shut down

Sep. 18, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Capitol police shut down an anti-mask protest inside the state Capitol on Thursday, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. About a dozen people entered the Capitol building without wearing face masks, going against an executive order that requires masks inside the...

WVa National Guard hosting regional disaster training in '21

Sep. 17, 2020 7:12 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia National Guard will host a regional disaster training exercise next year, and the event is expected to draw more than 1,000 participants. Gov. Jim Justice announced Vigilant Guard 2021 on Wednesday, to be held in August at the Hobet All Hazards Training Center,...

West Virginia to fund childcare program as federal funds end

Sep. 16, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday the state will kick in $6 million to continue a program that funds day care for the children of essential workers, after federal funding ran out. The announcement comes as states deal with the repercussions of Congress failing to pass a second...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Sep. 16, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ Sept. 16 The Journal on the need for more election staffers and poll workers: A report on problems handling absentee ballots during Berkeley County’s primary election is interesting — and somewhat distressing — reading. We hope area...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. West Virginia officials have amended guidelines for reopening schools yet again. It aims to restart in-person instruction and sports in more counties.Justice and his advisors unveiled the new changes after an hours-long meeting, late Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP, File)

West Virginia again amends metric for reopening schools

Sep. 15, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

West Virginia officials yet again amended guidelines for reopening schools on Tuesday, with the aim of restarting in-person instruction and sports in more counties. The changes add a new category to the state's color-coded coronavirus map, which rates the severity of the outbreak in counties. Critics and...