Latest West Virginia state government News

West Virginia capitol dome repairs nearing completion

Nov. 27, 2020 1:30 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — By late spring 2021, work should be finished on a $15 million project to repair the water-damaged West Virginia Capitol dome and install a new drainage system to mitigate future leaks, among other structural repairs. Hidden under scaffolding and wrapped in plastic for the past year...

West Virginia's Republican governor blasts mask critics

Nov. 25, 2020 12:34 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice blasted critics of his mask mandate Wednesday, saying he would not follow the lead of other Republican governors rejecting the advice of public health experts. “I don't want to be South Dakota,” Justice said at a news conference. He then...

Attorney general's office offers consumer information events

Nov. 25, 2020 5:58 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Residents of a couple of West Virginia towns will be able to meet with a representative of the state attorney general's office next month to discuss consumer-related issues. Danielle Adams, a consumer outreach and compliance specialist with the office, will be at the events in...

UK-based company plans to bring 1,000 jobs to West Virginia

Nov. 24, 2020 10:30 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A UK technology company plans to build a new facility in West Virginia that officials said Monday is expected to create 1,000 new manufacturing and technology jobs. DST Innovations, a company based in Wales, is partnering with Blue Rock Manufacturing for the new facility to develop...

WVa hits new virus records as leaders resist new measures

Nov. 23, 2020 4:55 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has again smashed a weekly record for confirmed cases of the coronavirus as Thanksgiving approaches. Health officials said there were 5,153 confirmed cases of the virus statewide last week, up 11.4% from the old record of 4,623 positive cases set the previous week. ...

West Virginia miner killed; 6th US coal mining death of 2020

Nov. 23, 2020 4:28 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A coal miner died Monday in a workplace accident in southern West Virginia, the governor's office said. Taylor Meldin Halstead, 20, of Bob White, was killed in the accident at Panther Mining LLC’s American Eagle Mine in the Kanawha County community of Dawes, the...

Evan Jenkins to serve as WVa Supreme Court chief justice

Nov. 22, 2020 11:47 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Evan Jenkins will serve as the West Virginia Supreme Court's chief justice next year. Jenkins was previously chosen to replace Tim Armstead. The court on Friday designated John Hutchison to serve as chief justice in 2022. Gov. Jim Justice appointed Jenkins and Armstead to the court...

Court affirms $17M jury verdict for woman injured at Walmart

Nov. 20, 2020 8:45 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has affirmed a jury verdict of nearly $17 million for a woman who was injured when Walmart staffers tried to detain a shoplifter. The court rejected the retail giant's appeal on Thursday. A lawyer for Diane Ankrom, 53, said employees were trying to...

FILE - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice prepares for a debate with Democratic challenger, Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango, Tuesday Oct. 13. 2020, in Morgantown, W.Va.  Justice announced on Friday, Nov. 13,  a mandatory face covering requirement indoors at businesses and all other spaces will take effect at midnight. Justice said businesses will need to post mask requirements at establishments under the rules of his executive order.
(AP Photo/Kathy Batten, File)

WVa court says lawsuit over governor's residency can proceed

Nov. 20, 2020 5:52 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court on Friday swatted down arguments from Gov. Jim Justice that the courts cannot force the governor to live in the state capital, allowing a lawsuit over his residency to proceed. The long-running challenge has been a thorn in the side of Justice, who...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice celebrates his reelection at The Greenbrier Resort, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.  Justice and his staff are being tested for the coronavirus after a staffer in the capitol building tested positive on Friday, Nov. 6. Justice says he was tested minutes before a noon press conference where he announced a record 540 new coronavirus cases in the past day. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson)

Police: West Virginia governor threatened over COVID orders

Nov. 20, 2020 10:50 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been charged with threatening Gov. Jim Justice and his staff over restrictions meant to keep people from getting infected and dying during the coronavirus pandemic. Steven Long, 49, was arrested Thursday night and charged with terroristic threatening, news...