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West Virginia News

Students return to campus amid virus growth in some states

By BRYAN ANDERSON and JOHN RABY Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The first wave of college students returning to their dorms aren't finding the typical mobs of students and parents. What they found Friday were strict safety protocols and some heightened anxiety amid a global pandemic ...

Gov. Jim Justice appoints new parkways leader

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday named Raleigh County Commission administrator Jeffrey Miller as the new leader of the state parkways authority. Miller will take over the position Aug. 10 to replace Greg Barr, who is retiring. A news release from the ...

Deliberations begin in civil trial alleging excessive force

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia jury is deliberating in a federal civil trial in which a man accused two Logan County police officers of using excessive force during a 2018 encounter. Jurors began deliberating Thursday at the U.S. Courthouse in Charleston in the case brought by ...

West Virginia breaks record for new confirmed virus cases

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has set a record for newly confirmed coronavirus cases as infections, deaths and hospitalizations surge in the state, according to health data released Friday. The state recorded 182 new cases Thursday, the ...

Salango pushes for 5 debates with Justice before election

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ben Salango wants to debate. The Democratic candidate for West Virginia governor on Friday said he has agreed to debate Gov. Jim Justice five times before the November election and called on the Republican incumbent to sign on ...

Ex-Miss Kentucky sentenced to prison on sex crime charge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Miss Kentucky who admitted to exchanging sexual photos with a teenage student when she was working as a West Virginia school teacher has been sentenced to prison. Ramsey BethAnn Bearse, 29, received her two-year sentence in Kanawha County Circuit Court on ...

Theater closing amid virus spike, lack of new movies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Park Place Stadium Cinemas in Charleston has decided to close its doors because of an increase in coronavirus cases and a lack of new movies, the theater announced Wednesday on social media. In a statement, the theater said it is targeting a reopening date in ...

West Virginia’s jobless aid filings rise amid virus spike

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of West Virginians who filed for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week amid a spike in coronavirus cases, according for federal data released Thursday. Nearly 3,900 people in the state applied for jobless aid last week, an increase of 526 from the ...

Charleston again closing streets for outdoor dining

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in West Virginia's capital city are closing streets this weekend to allow for restaurants to set up outdoor seating during the coronavirus pandemic. Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin said Capitol and Hale streets will be closed between Kanawha Boulevard ...

West Virginia House employee tests positive for coronavirus

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia House of Delegates employee has tested positive for the coronavirus. The clerk's office was closed until it can be completely sanitized, and anyone who came into contact with the office or its staff is encouraged to quarantine and be tested for ...