Latest West Virginia state government News

West Virginia relaxes mask mandate in line with CDC guidance

May. 14, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia followed new federal guidance in excluding fully vaccinated people Friday from the statewide mask mandate. Gov. Jim Justice praised the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for issuing guidance Thursday that fully vaccinated...

New circuit judge in Kanawha being sworn in next week

May. 13, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia family court judge will be sworn in next week as a circuit judge, officials said. Family Court Judge Kenneth Ballard will be sworn in Monday as a circuit judge in Kanawha County, a statement from the West Virginia Supreme Court...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

May. 12, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

Charleston Gazette-Mail. May 10, 2021. Editorial: Can WV hit benchmark for ending mask mandate? Last week, Gov. Jim Justice said he would be rescinding his executive order that masks be worn inside businesses and public buildings by West Virginia Day...

West Virginia Delegate Mick Bates switches from Dem to GOP

May. 12, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates has switched to the Republican Party. Raleigh County Delegate Mick Bates changed his voter registration Wednesday, increasing the GOP's supermajority in the House to 78-22. ...

WVa 'ready to go' with Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds

May. 10, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is prepared to begin administering coronavirus vaccines to 12- to 15-year-olds now that U.S. regulators have expanded use of Pfizer’s shot to them. James Hoyer, a retired major general with the National Guard who is leading the...

West Virginia to lift statewide mask mandate on June 20

May. 07, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will lift its statewide mask mandate on June 20 after state officials projected more than two-thirds of eligible residents will be vaccinated against the coronavirus by then, Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday. And even if that...

New book highlights West Virginia's historical markers

May. 07, 2021 04:42 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A book describing each of West Virginia's roadside historical markers has been published. “Signs of the Times: West Virginia's Highway Historical Marker Program” was published by the state Department of Arts, Culture and History. A...

Lawsuit: Justice family company owes $166,000 in deductibles

May. 06, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An insurance company alleges in a federal lawsuit that a company run by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his adult children owes $166,000 for workers’ compensation and employers’ liability coverage claims. Starr Indemnity & Liability...

West Virginia sets new targets in sluggish vaccine campaign

May. 05, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice made an array of promises Wednesday to turn around the state's lagging coronavirus vaccination campaign as it trails over a dozen states. The state is confronting vaccine hesitancy, Justice has said, amid a focus...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

May. 05, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

Charleston Gazette-Mail. May 3, 2021. Editorial: Manchin’s plan to rebuild will help WV Last week, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., co-sponsored two pieces of legislation that could help West Virginians recover economically in the twilight of the coal...