Latest West Virginia News

Appeal filed over ruling on how candidates appear on ballot

Aug. 12, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials have appealed a federal judge's ruling that the way candidates are placed on ballots in the state is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers issued an injunction Monday ordering West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner to establish a new way...

Chromebooks are distributed at Austin Middle in Decatur on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 ahead of the beginning of classes.(Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP)

The Latest: 1,200 Alabama students home after positive test

Aug. 12, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

MOULTON, Ala. — More than 1,200 students at two Alabama schools will begin the year at home after a person connected with both schools tested positive for COVID-19. While 12 other Lawrence County schools planned to begin traditional classes Wednesday, Superintendent Jon Bret Smith told the Decatur Daily...

Salango endorsed by West Virginia teachers' union committee

Aug. 12, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Education Association's political action committee has endorsed Democratic candidate for governor Ben Salango. The committee made the announcement Tuesday. Salango, an attorney and Kanawha county commissioner, is running against incumbent Republican Gov. Jim...

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)

West Virginia confirmed virus cases triple in 7 weeks

Aug. 12, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of reported deaths from the new coronavirus in West Virginia has jumped 23% in the past week, with six more fatalities announced Wednesday pushing the total to at least 153. The state of 1.8 million residents has seen a smaller amount of cases and deaths compared to...

WVa family drug treatment court celebrates first graduates

Aug. 12, 2020 1:54 AM EDT

JULIAN, W.Va. (AP) — A couple who lost custody of a young daughter through their drug addictions have become the first graduates of a family treatment court in West Virginia. Sabrina Ward and Matt Blackshire attended a ceremony with their daughter, family and friends Tuesday in Boone County, the state...

West Virginia voters can request absentee ballots online

Aug. 12, 2020 1:20 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia voters who want to vote by absentee ballot in the November election are now able to submit their requests either online or by contacting their county clerks, Secretary of State Mac Warner said. The online option can be accessed at GoVoteWV.com. Absentee applications...

Rape trial of expelled college student starts in WVa

Aug. 11, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial has started in West Virginia for a man who was allowed to remain enrolled at Marshall University after a rape accusation but then was expelled when two additional women said he sexually assaulted them. The trial of Joseph Chase Hardin, 22, is the first criminal case to be...

NC egg supplier faces price gouging lawsuit in West Virginia

Aug. 11, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general has filed a second lawsuit against an egg supplier for alleged price gouging during the coronavirus pandemic. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Tuesday that Merchants Distributors LLC more than doubled egg prices for grocery shoppers in nine...

State to spend $20M on paving projects across West Virginia

Aug. 11, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — More than $20 million will be spent on paving projects across West Virginia as part of the governor's Roads to Prosperity Initiative, state officials announced. Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia Department of Transportation officials announced the funding Monday at the North...

WVU Mountaineer, alternate to stay in roles for another year

Aug. 11, 2020 2:18 AM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia University Mountaineer mascot and alternate will get to serve an extra year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Colson Glover, a junior from Lewisburg, became Mountaineer in April, and Brooke Ashby, a senior from Mannington, is alternate. They have not made in-person...