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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...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a press conference at the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Ben Salango, the Democratic candidate for West Virginia governor on Friday, July 31, 2020, said that 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. (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

WVa gov wants virus testing at all nursing homes, prisons

Aug. 10, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Monday the state must find a way to retest residents and staff at nursing homes and people at state correctional facilities for the coronavirus after recent outbreaks. The Republican governor also floated the possibility at a news conference...

Former WVU professor sentenced to 3 months in fraud case

Jul. 30, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has ordered a former West Virginia University physics professor who admitted committing federal fraud to serve three months in prison. U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh also fined James Patrick Lewis, 54, of Fairview, $9,363 Thursday for the cost of incarceration and...

West Virginia University delays due date of some fall bills

Jul. 29, 2020 2:49 AM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University has postponed the deadline to pay some fall charges to Sept. 1. The July eBills had been due on Aug. 1, the school said in a news release. The change was made after a phased return for students was announced this week. The phased return will mean fewer...

FILE - This April, 24, 2015 file photo shows Mountainlair Student Union on West Virginia University downtown campus in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia University students will face penalties and discipline if they fail to get tested for the coronavirus and complete a COVID-19 education course before returning to campus next month, the university said Tuesday, July 21, 2020.  (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson, File)

West Virginia Univ. pushes back start date due to pandemic

Jul. 27, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University on Monday pushed back the start of its fall semester by a week and is switching some courses to online instruction due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter to the campus community, university President Gordon Gee said the move is aimed at...

Former WVU associate professor pleads guilty to fraud

Jul. 24, 2020 3:04 AM EDT

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia University associate professor admitted to wire fraud and filing a false tax return, a federal prosecutor's office said. Qingyun Sun, 58, of Morgantown, pleaded guilty to defrauding the university and to the tax charge. The charges stemmed from his official...

FILE - This April, 24, 2015 file photo shows Mountainlair Student Union on West Virginia University downtown campus in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia University students will face penalties and discipline if they fail to get tested for the coronavirus and complete a COVID-19 education course before returning to campus next month, the university said Tuesday, July 21, 2020.  (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson, File)

West Virginia Univ. students face fines for no virus test

Jul. 21, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University students will face penalties and discipline if they fail to get tested for the coronavirus and complete a COVID-19 education course before returning to campus next month, the university said Tuesday. WVU began sending registration emails Monday to students...

WVU gets $2.2M grant for stroke research

Jul. 14, 2020 4:32 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University has received a $2.2 million federal grant for stroke research, officials said Monday. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services's National Institute of General Medical Sciences...

Shuttered West Virginia hospital reopens as temporary ER

Jul. 1, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia University Health System has temporarily reopened portions of a hospital shut down by its former owner. WVU Medicine held a ceremony Tuesday at Fairmont Medical Center, news outlets reported. The hospital will be WVU Medicine's temporary home in Marion County until...

Breast cancer treatment advocate Betty Puskar dies at 80

Jun. 16, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Betty J. Puskar, a longtime supporter of West Virginia University who helped establish a breast cancer treatment center, has died, the university said. She was 80. Puskar died Sunday at her Morgantown home. The university did not disclose a cause of death. “West Virginia...