Latest West Virginia News

Crane named deputy secretary in Health and Human Resources

Aug. 13, 2020 5:15 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Brig. Gen. Russell Crane was appointed a deputy secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Secretary Bill J. Crouch announced. Crane's appointment is effective Monday. He most recently served as the assistant adjutant general of the West Virginia...

Inspection set for WVa tunnel that cost hundreds of lives

Aug. 13, 2020 5:01 AM EDT

GAULEY BRIDGE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia tunnel where hundreds of construction workers died from silica-choked passageways is set to undergo its first inspection in more than 80 years, its owner said. The 3.1 mile (5 kilometers) Hawks Nest Tunnel has diverted water from the New River to power a...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus sits in front of a mural at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Seattle schools to start with remote teaching

Aug. 12, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE — The Seattle school board has voted unanimously to begin the academic year with remote teaching only. The Seattle Times reports the state’s largest school district approved the plan Wednesday. The remote learning plan passed with a wide-ranging amendment from school board members that...

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)

WVa nursing home visits stopped as virus cases, deaths surge

Aug. 12, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday halted nursing home visits as both confirmed cases and deaths from the new coronavirus continue to surge. Justice said at a news conference that there are virus outbreaks currently at 28 nursing homes statewide. “Our nursing home...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Aug. 12, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ Aug. 11 The Herald-Dispatch on an HIV cluster in West Virginia: Many things that had been community concerns fell out of the spotlight back in March when a large part of everyday life shut down to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Among them was the...

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...

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...

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...