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USDA Announces Funds For West Virginia Rural Energy Projects

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced more than $760,000 in funding for 22 rural energy projects in West Virginia. Manchin’s office said in a news release Tuesday that the funds will help businesses with projects including installing solar panels, energy efficient heating and cooling systems,… Read More

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Marshall University To Conduct Random Daily COVID-19 Tests

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A college in West Virginia announced it will start picking about 60 students, faculty and staff at random daily to test for the coronavirus. Marshall University says it will begin the tests on Tuesday at its campus in Huntington to identify people who are infected and may not be showing symptoms…. Read More

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W.Va. College Frat Members Suspended For Virus Violations

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University has suspended 29 members of a fraternity house for not following health and safety orders related to the coronavirus pandemic. The university says a Theta Chi fraternity member, who tested positive for the virus and had been ordered into isolation, attended a party at the fraternity house on… Read More

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Notices Sent To W.Va. Families Of Babies Born Exposed To Drugs

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than 3,800 notices have been sent to the West Virginia families of babies born exposed to drugs as part of the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy case. The Herald-Dispatch reports a group of attorneys sought the names to send families a notice of pending litigation. The notice, sent out last week, says… Read More

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West Virginia Allows Nursing Home Visits To Resume

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Nursing home visits are being allowed again in West Virginia as the state focuses on outbreaks of the coronavirus in individual county populations without clamping down on areas without them. But Gov. Jim Justice warns that the visits could end quickly in some places if further outbreaks occur within nursing homes… Read More

Inspection Set For West Virginia Tunnel That Cost Hundreds Of Lives

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GAULEY BRIDGE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia tunnel where hundreds of construction workers died from silica-choked passageways is set to undergo its first inspection in more than 80 years. The Hawks Nest Tunnel has diverted water from the New River to power a hydroelectric plant since the 1930s. Hawks Nest Dam owner Brookfield Renewable… Read More

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W.Va. Attorneys Seek Names Of Babies Born Exposed To Drugs

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A group of West Virginia attorneys are asking a judge to force the state to release the names of babies born exposed to drugs as part of the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy case. The Herald-Dispatch reports the lawyers want the names so they can send families a notice of pending litigation and… Read More

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Marshall University Cancels Commencement Ceremony

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Marshall University has canceled next month’s commencement ceremony for the spring class of 2020 due to increasing cases of coronavirus. The commencement was originally scheduled on May 2, but was postponed to Aug. 8 due to the pandemic. News outlets report Marshall President Jerome Gilbert called the decision to cancel next… Read More

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W.Va. Governor Sets September Reopening Date For Schools

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says officials are working on plans to reopen schools across the state in early September as coronavirus cases rise to record highs. The Republican governor on Wednesday said he’s targeting Sept. 8 as a tentative date to reopen schools but stressed that the timing could change depending… Read More

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Gov. Justice Mandates Masks In Buildings Outside Of Homes, But Says It Won’t Be Enforced

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVPB) — Citing a spike in the number of coronavirus cases, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has ordered masks to be worn in buildings outside of a resident’s home. In a virtual news conference Monday, Justice said he is issuing an order that will require anyone over 9 years old to wear a face… Read More

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Energy Developers Pull The Plug On The Atlantic Coast Pipeline

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WVPB) — Developers of the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline announced Sunday they are canceling the project, citing ongoing delays and rising costs. In a news release, Dominion Energy Inc. and Duke Energy Corp. attributed the decision largely to a barrage of legal challenges brought by landowners and conservation groups that have slowed down… Read More

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Coal Towns Were Counting On Tourism For New Jobs. Then Coronavirus Hit.

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On a recent sunny weekday, Bill Currey proudly walks among 30 neatly stacked, brightly colored plastic kayaks. Birds chirp merrily, and the soothing sounds of the meandering Coal River permeate the background — nature’s version of a white noise machine.  For the tanned Currey, who also owns an industrial real estate company, being here, on… Read More

West Virginia COVID-19 Cases Linked To Popular Beach Destination

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – More than two dozen coronavirus cases in a northern West Virginia county have been linked to travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Preston County health officials said three more cases were connected Sunday to the popular beach tourism spot, pushing the county’s total to 26 following trips to Myrtle Beach. Health… Read More

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Justices Revive Permit For Pipeline Under Appalachian Trail

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is siding with energy companies and the Trump administration in paving the way for a critical permit for a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cross under the Appalachian Trail. The justices reversed a lower court ruling that had thrown out the permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. It… Read More

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Virus Outbreak Grows To 28 Cases At West Virginia Church

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says a coronavirus outbreak at a church has grown to 28 cases. The outbreak that occurred last week at the Graystone Baptist Church in Lewisburg has led to additional available testing for the public in Greenbrier County. Justice says the National Guard conducted decontamination efforts at… Read More

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West Virginia Governor Says He Welcomes All, Except Obama

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he would welcome any president to the state besides former President Barack Obama. The unprompted comment on Wednesday came during a coronavirus news conference in which the Republican governor took a phone call from President Donald Trump and sought to highlight his relationship with the… Read More

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Marshall Announces Virus Cases As Athletes Return

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three people have tested positive for the coronavirus at Marshall University as the college is allowing athletes to return to campus for training. A Monday news release from the school says two student athletes and one staffer tested positive over the weekend. They have been quarantined and a contact tracing investigation… Read More

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Rural Ohio Valley Counties Lack Sufficient Coronavirus Tests, Report Says

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WHITESBURG, Ky. (OVR) — Just 15 percent of Kentucky counties meet minimum recommended coronavirus testing levels, according to a new report from health care company Castlight. Sixty-seven percent of West Virginia counties and 31 percent of Ohio counties met the threshold. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that states have the capacity to test 1 percent… Read More

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Ohio Valley Making Progress on Unemployment Backlog

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia are making progress on unemployment claims filed in March as states begin a phased-in reopening. New unemployment insurance claims are still reaching unprecedented levels across the Ohio Valley region. At least 125,459 people in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia joined those seeking help during the economic… Read More

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W. Va. City to Give Employees Bonus for Work Amid Virus

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — City officials in West Virginia say city employees will get a one-time extra payment for continuing to work with the public during the coronavirus pandemic. Huntington City Mayor Steve Williams said Monday that $900 will be awarded members of unions representing city police, firefighters, and administrative employees who did not work… Read More

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West Virginia City Criticized for Plans to Clear Encampment

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city has responded to a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union that raised concerns with plans to clear a homeless encampment. The Wheeling City Manager said Monday that officials were reviewing the concerns, but didn’t say whether they would be addressed. The Intelligencer reports Wheeling began removing… Read More

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West Virginia Supreme Court Upholds ‘Right-to-Work’ Law

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has upheld a so-called right-to-work law and handed a defeat to labor unions which had sought to protect workers’ union dues. In an opinion released Tuesday, the justices granted summary judgment to the state and overturned a February 2019 ruling by a lower court judge who… Read More

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W.Va. School Will Remain Closed for Rest of Year, Due to Coronavirus

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVPB) — After holding out for weeks on making a decision, Gov. Jim Justice said today that schools will be closed for the rest of the year. The announcement was made at his daily virtual press conference. He said if state workers are going to continue to work remotely, he can’t in good… Read More