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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 ...

Appeals panel vacates ruling in West Virginia ballot case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An appellate court has vacated a federal judge's ruling that the way candidates are placed on ballots in West Virginia is unconstitutional. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Wednesday found that U.S. District Judge Chuck Chambers erred last year when he ...

Paden City, West Virginia, proposed for EPA Superfund list

PADEN CITY, W.Va. (AP) — Federal environmental officials want to add the groundwater in a West Virginia community along the Ohio River to a national cleanup priority list. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed adding Paden City's groundwater to the list of Superfund ...

Former town employee charged with embezzlement in WVa

NEW HAVEN, W.Va. (AP) — A former employee of a West Virginia city faces embezzlement and other charges, officials said. Roberta Hysell, 53, of New Haven, was charged by a Mason County grand jury on Tuesday, WSAZ-TV reported. New Haven Mayor Phil Serevicz said Hysell served as the town ...

Masks mandated for most at West Virginia’s Bridge Day

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's largest annual festival will require most people in attendance to wear masks when Bridge Day is held this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic in America's newest national park. Tens of thousands of people typically show ...

W.Va. residents pushing for restoration of covered bridge

By LORI L. RILEY, Times West Virginian BARRACKVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — The historic Barrackville covered bridge is ready for a face lift. Or, a bridge lift to be more precise. To repair the bridge and return it to its somewhat original condition, the bridge will have to be lifted off its ...

Cabell County 8th grade teacher wins West Virginia honor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Cabell County instructor has been named the West Virginia teacher of the year. Brian Casto was recognized along with School Service Personnel of the Year Katherine Miller during a ceremony Tuesday night at the Culture Center in Charleston. Casto teaches West ...

7 charter schools seek OK to open in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Seven charter schools are seeking permission to open in West Virginia, the chairman of a new state school board said. Charter school board chairman Adam Kissel said they include three statewide online schools that would serve kindergarten through 12th grades, and ...

Court weighs drug distributor’s insurance coverage fight

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court is deciding whether the insurance company for a drug distributor should be forced to provide a legal defense in the company's fight against government lawsuits related to the opioid epidemic. Justices on ...

West Virginia ending one of worst weeks during pandemic

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia had one of its worst weeks during the coronavirus pandemic as the number of positive cases neared a seven-day record. The 6,705 confirmed statewide cases for the six days ending Saturday already surpassed the previous week's total and were the fourth ...

New book highlights golden history of West Virginia town

By GREG JORDAN, Bluefield Daily Telegraph BRAMWELL, W.Va. (AP) — A photographer's efforts and an historical interpreter's research have come together to create a new book that describes a small town enriched by the history of residents who became coalfield millionaires and built the homes to ...

Mountain Valley seeks to unmask critical Facebook group

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The Mountain Valley Pipeline is trying to find it who some of its very public online critics are. The Roanoke Times reported Saturday that the company filed a subpoena in federal court last month to try to find out who is behind a Facebook group called Appalachians ...

Tire collection events set in West Virginia this month

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Several tire collection events are set in West Virginia in September. The Department of Environmental Protection said collections will be held Wednesday near U.S. Route 50 in Avondale in Doddridge County and on Sept. 15 at the Barbour County Fairgrounds and at the ...

Salem Apple Butter Festival in WVa cancels for 2nd year

SALEM, W.Va. (AP) — The Salem Apple Butter Festival in north-central West Virginia has been canceled due to concerns about COVID-19. Festival Chairman Gary Martin announced the cancellation of the festival, which had been scheduled for Oct. 7 to 10, The Exponent Telegram reported. The ...

West Virginia ICU patients approaching pandemic high

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of COVID-19 patients in West Virginia hospital intensive care units is approaching the high mark in the pandemic as officials pleaded Monday for more people to get vaccinated and for the federal government to expedite a ...

20 states sue over Biden admin school, work LGBT protections

By JONATHAN MATTISE Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys general from 20 states sued President Joe Biden's administration Monday seeking to halt directives that extend federal sex discrimination protections to LGBTQ people, ranging from transgender girls participating in school ...