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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

A caregiver tests a patient for coronavirus at University Hospitals, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.

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

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WATCH: What the New Normal is Like for one West Virginia Family

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Last week, NewsHour Weekend’s Christopher Booker shared a portrait of what the new normal looks like for his family, and NewsHour asked viewers to share with us what their new normal looks like during the outbreak. In the coming weeks, they’ll highlight some of those experiences. PBSToday, a father and son from West Virginia are… Read More

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4 Additional W.Va. Counties Designated As Virus Hot Spots

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVPB) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says four more counties have been identified as coronavirus hot spots. In a virtual news conference on Friday, April 10, Justice outlined continued response to the virus,  including the identification of more hotspots, grants to cover additional pay for frontline workers and a boost to staff… Read More

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Coal Country: Can a Play About a Mine Disaster Help Bridge a National Divide?

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The actors deliver their lines from a sparse stage — just a few benches around them and 29 modest lights above. For the most part they speak directly to the audience, sharing memories of the lives of husbands, sons, fathers and nephews, some of the 29 men who died on April 5, 2010, when an… Read More

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With Coronavirus Peak Looming, West Virginia Delays Primary Election Until June 9

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With cases of the coronavirus expected to spike in West Virginia in the coming weeks, the state will delay its primary election. Gov. Jim Justice made the announcement at a Wednesday virtual news conference. The primary election had been scheduled for May 12. But with public health concerns heightened, Justice announced the primary will instead be… Read More

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Wood County, W.Va. Confirms Second Positive Case of COVID-19

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WOUB) — The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department (MOVHD) confirmed a second positive case of COVID-19 in Wood County, West Virginia on Thursday, March 26. Both are being treated at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center, according to a release from the department. The MOVHD is conducting an investigation. If you are identified as… Read More

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Wood County, W. Va. Confirms First Positive Case of COVID-19

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOUB) — The Department of Health and Human Resources in West Virginia confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in Wood County Tuesday. Details about the case were limited Tuesday night. The announcement was part of a daily update from the state, which confirmed 19 new cases on March 24. West Virginia had… Read More

A customer removes her purchases at a Kroger grocery store in Flowood, Miss., Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

Kroger Adds Special Shopping Hours for High-Risk Customers in W. Va. and Parts of Ohio

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ROANOKE, Va. (WOUB) — Kroger stores in most of West Virginia and parts of eastern Ohio will have designated shopping hours for seniors and other customers at high risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Region said these hours will be from 7:00-8:00 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, beginning March 24. This is… Read More

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West Virginia Governor Eases Unemployment Rules Amid Virus

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has loosened unemployment regulations for people whose jobs have been shuttered over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. An executive order from the Republican governor on Thursday directs commerce officials to ensure that people who had their hours reduced or are prevented from working due to the… Read More