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West Virginia News

Legionella bacteria resurfaces at West Virginia hospital

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tests show bacteria that causes the severe form of pneumonia known as Legionnaires' disease has resurfaced at a West Virginia-run hospital, health officials said. Routine screening found Legionella bacteria at the Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in Huntington. The ...

World War II era ‘Rosies’ honored in West Virginia

By TAYLOR STUCK, The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marie Scheff could do it, but she didn't like it. The 95-year-old woman was among thousands of women who took jobs in factories during World War II, replacing the men who went to war and oftentimes working on planes or equipment ...

Democrats seek corporate, wealthy tax hikes for $3.5T plan

By LISA MASCARO and MARCY GORDON Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a sweeping proposal for tax hikes on big corporations and the wealthy to fund President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan, as Congress speeds ahead to shape the far-reaching package that ...

Manchin nixes Biden’s $3.5T budget plan, urges $1.5T instead

By HOPE YEN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As congressional Democrats speed ahead this week in pursuit of President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion plan for social and environmental spending, a Democratic senator vital to the bill's fate says the cost will need to be slashed to $1 trillion to ...

New W.Va. ghost tour company kicks off spooky season early

By BILL LYNCH, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — While it might not look it, the spooky season is upon us. The nights are getting longer. The days are getting cooler and there's talk of ghosts again. April Morgan said Charleston can count on that. She and her husband, Troy, ...

West Virginia sets 2 daily records for positive virus cases

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia set two daily records in the past week for positive coronavirus cases as the pandemic continues to ravage the state. Thursday's total of confirmed cases was a record 1,738, only to be broken by Saturday's total of 1,821, according to state health data. ...

WVa conference to discuss ex-hospital worker’s murder case

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in West Virginia will conduct a conference next month to discuss the methods used to convict a former nursing assistant in the deaths of numerous patients at a veterans hospital. Reta Mays was sentenced to seven consecutive life terms in prison ...

West Virginia Book Festival will be virtual event

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — This year's West Virginia Book Festival has decided to go virtual due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, officials said. The free event will still be held Oct. 22-23 at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center, but events will be hosted online, the ...

Some rural hospitals in WVa hit bed capacity as virus surges

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some hospitals in rural parts of West Virginia have reached their critical bed capacities as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to surge statewide, health officials said Wednesday. Health officials are pleading with the public to ...

West Virginia city approves $750 for vaccinated workers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in West Virginia's largest city has approved giving $750 to all city workers in Charleston who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The City Council approved the move Tuesday night, giving a $250 boost to Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin's original $500 ...