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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. The former West Virginia public health leader forced out by the governor says decades-old computer systems and cuts to staff over a period of years had made a challenging job even harder during a once-in-a-century pandemic. Republican Gov. Jim Justice demanded Dr. Cathy Slemp’s resignation on June 24. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File)

Exclusive: Ex-WVa health chief says cuts hurt virus response

Jul. 10, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The former West Virginia public health leader forced out by the governor says decades-old computer systems and cuts to staff over a period of years had made a challenging job even harder during a once-in-a-century pandemic. Republican Gov. Jim Justice demanded Dr. Cathy...

West Virginia mail carrier admits attempted election fraud

Jul. 9, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia postal carrier pleaded guilty Thursday to altering mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots. Thomas Cooper entered the plea in federal court in Elkins to attempted election fraud and injury to the mail, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said in a statement. Cooper was...

Students wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus have their documents checked by security officers before the first day of China's national college entrance examinations, known as the gaokao, in Beijing, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. China's college entrance exams began in Beijing on Tuesday after being delayed by a month due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Air New Zealand puts hold on new flight bookings

Jul. 6, 2020 11:02 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s national carrier has put a temporary hold on new bookings for flights into the country while the government tries to find enough quarantined hotel rooms for people returning home. Air New Zealand says the hold will last for three weeks and it is also trying...

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. Justice’s family companies received at least $6.3 million from a federal rescue package meant to keep small businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. According to data released by the Treasury Department on Monday, July 6 at least six Justice family businesses received the Paycheck Protection Program loans.  (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP, File)

W.Va. governor's companies get millions in virus loans

Jul. 6, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

Billionaire West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's family businesses received at least $11.1 million from a federal rescue package meant to keep small businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released by the Treasury Department on Monday. Justice, a Republican, is considered to be West...

FILE - In this June 10, 2020 file photo, Jovita Carranza, Administrator of the Small Business Administration, testifies during a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing to examine implementation of Title I of the CARES Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Treasury Department said it is releasing on Monday, July 6 the names of more than 700,000 companies that received funds from the government’s small business lending program, a massive effort intended to support the economy as states shut down in April to contain the viral outbreak.  (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP, File)

The Latest: Financial firms among big relief fund recipients

Jul. 6, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Treasury decision to identify hundreds of thousands of businesses that received funding through the Paycheck Protection Program, created to preserve jobs at smaller businesses during the coronavirus pandemic: ___ The financial services industry received roughly $27 billion...

A woman wearing a protective mask to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus crosses a flooded street during a brief downpour on Monday, June 15, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: New Zealand is no longer coronavirus-free

Jun. 16, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand —- New Zealand is no longer free from the new coronavirus after health officials say two women who flew from London to see a dying parent had tested positive. But before they were tested, the women had been given an exemption to leave quarantine on compassionate grounds and had...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 file photo, West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael discusses comprehensive education legislation inside the Senate chambers at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Carmichael, The West Virginia Senate president who was dogged by teacher protests at the statehouse, lost to a teacher in his Republican primary reelection bid Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Senate President Mitch Carmichael was defeated by Amy Nichole Grady, a teacher from Mason County who snagged the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers West Virginia chapter. (AP Photo/John Raby, File)

Teacher beats West Virginia Senate president after protests

Jun. 10, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia teachers whose protests sparked a national wave of unrest took to chanting “Ditch Mitch” as they descended on the Capitol. Ditch him they did. West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael fell in stunning defeat to small-town elementary school...

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots in the state's primary election at a polling place, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Atlanta, Ga. Some voting machines went dark and voters were left standing in long lines in humid weather as the waiting game played out. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)

The Latest: Ga. Democratic Senate primary too early to call

Jun. 10, 2020 1:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 primary elections (all times EDT): 1:45 a.m. The Democratic Senate primary in Georgia is too early to call. In Georgia, candidates must win more than 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff. With more than half of the expected vote counted at 1:30 a.m. EDT, Jon Ossoff...

Ben Salango wins Democratic nomination for governor in West Virginia primary election

Jun. 9, 2020 11:30 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Salango wins Democratic nomination for governor in West Virginia primary election.

Teacher beats West Virginia Senate president in GOP primary

Jun. 9, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate president who was dogged by teacher protests at the statehouse lost to a teacher in his Republican primary reelection bid Tuesday. Senate President Mitch Carmichael was defeated by Amy Nichole Grady, a teacher from Mason County who snagged the endorsement...