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West Virginia News

Rate of confirmed virus cases grows in most populous county

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's most populous county has joined two others in possibly not being able to offer athletics and extracurricular activities when school starts next month, because of an increase in confirmed coronavirus cases. Kanawha County ...

West Virginia Democratic gov nominee Salango starts bus tour

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Salango embarked on a statewide bus tour Wednesday with stops planned in 11 cities over three days as he tries to unseat incumbent Republican Gov. Jim Justice in November. The tour ...

Businesses in West Virginia, Kentucky can get disaster loans

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Certain small businesses in several West Virginia and Kentucky counties can apply for loans as a result of excessive moisture and cold temperatures during April and May. The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the Working Capital Disaster Loans on Monday. ...

And the band played on: WVa gov lets marching bands perform

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Tuesday that marching bands will be allowed to perform at public school football games amid the coronavirus pandemic, reversing a governing body's ruling from a day earlier. The Republican governor ...

Jobless rates drop in 49 of 55 West Virginia counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unemployment rates dropped in 49 of West Virginia's 55 counties in July. WorkForce West Virginia said jobless rates rose in five counties and remained steady in Webster County. Pendleton County's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 5.3% was the lowest in the ...

Parties lead to hearings for 6 West Virginia Univ. students

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Six West Virginia University students have been identified as part of an investigation into off-campus parties that were held in violation of school health and safety policies during the coronavirus pandemic. The students face discipline hearings before the Office of ...

Program that boosts families’ food buys runs out of funding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia program that expands the purchases of lower-income families at farmers markets and food retailers has run out of funding, a sponsoring group said. The SNAP Stretch program has benefited more than 2,000 families at 42 sites across the state this year, ...

Coalition seeks policy change with foster school children

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A coalition representing several groups has asked West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to change a policy that doesn't allow foster parents to decide how children attend school during the coronavirus pandemic. The WV United Coalition wrote to Justice this week about the ...

Dog reduces wildlife, aircraft encounters at WVa airport

By RICK STEELHAMMER, The Charleston Gazette-Mai CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hercules, the 3-year-old border collie charged with keeping birds and other forest-dwelling animals off Yeager Airport's runways and taxiways, is credited with dramatically reducing the number of wildlife strikes to ...

Man wanted in West Virginia shooting arrested in Michigan

RIVER ROUGE, Mich. (AP) — A man wanted in a January shooting in West Virginia that wounded seven people attending a party has been apprehended in suburban Detroit, officials said. The U. S. Marshals Service announced Friday the arrest of Kymoni Davis, who had been a fugitive since he was ...