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West Virginia News

Manchin: WV local governments to get $677M from stimulus

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen Joe Manchin told West Virginia officials the new federal stimulus package will include $677 million in funding to local governments in the state. The money is broken up into $176 million for metropolitan cities, $153 million for smaller cities and ...

Burning prohibited during the day until May 31 in WVa

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Forestry says fires are prohibited between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. during burning season, which began March 1 and runs through May 31. Any burning that occurs during the permitted hours of 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. must be completely put out by the ...

Trade, vocation education savings bill heads to WVa governor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill that would let West Virginia students open a tax-free savings account specifically for trade or vocational paths won final legislative passage Thursday. Both the House of Delegates and the state Senate unanimously approved the bill earlier. The House on ...

Manchin, key Senate swing vote, boosts West Virginia’s hopes

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has long proclaimed itself "Almost Heaven," a nod to a song and soaring mountaintop vistas. Now some joke the state name-checked in "Take Me Home, Country Roads" could take things up a notch as Democratic U.S. Sen Joe ...

W.Va. environmental officials investigating mine discharge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia environmental authorities said Friday that they are investigating the cause of highly acidic water flowing from a former mine complex to waterways in northern Preston County. Sediment and discharge 10 times as acidic as normal concentrations are ...

With virus aid in sight, Democrats debate filibuster changes

By HOPE YEN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Joe Biden on the verge of his first big legislative victory, a key moderate Democrat says he's open to changing Senate rules that could allow for more party-line votes to push through other parts of the White House's agenda such ...

Martinsburg teen signs music management deal

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — For Marah Francis, music was a lifelong love affair in which she explored life's many milestones and reconciled her experiences through writing music. Now, the Martinsburg teen is celebrating signing with a Washington D.C.- based management agency by releasing her ...

WVU receives grant to study pandemic-era tutoring

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University will get a $307,000 grant to study best practices for online tutoring in science, technology, engineering and math fields for undergraduate students, in response to learning loss during the pandemic. U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe ...

Democratic senators propose clean energy tax credits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two U.S. senators from states with declining manufacturing sectors are pushing to invest $8 billion through tax credits to create clean energy jobs. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan unveiled legislation Monday that aims to help ...

WVa governor agrees to live in government seat, ending case

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has agreed to live in the seat of state government in Charleston, ending a long-running challenge over his residency. A Kanawha County judge Monday signed an order dismissing a 2018 lawsuit filed by a ...

WVa expects vaccine supply surge as COVID-19 deaths drop

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia expects to receive a surge in coronavirus vaccine doses this week after a one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine gained emergency use authorization. On top of the 15,500 doses from Johnson & Johnson, the state's allocation of vaccines from ...

WVa governor holding town hall over income tax cut proposal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice will hold a virtual town hall on Tuesday over his proposal to cut the state's personal income tax. In his State of the State address last month, Justice said he seeks to cut the income tax in half for most earners. Republican ...

Woman charged with fatally shooting father, boyfriend

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman is accused of killing her father and her boyfriend, authorities said. Hillary Paige Dennison, 27, of Williamstown, was arrested Sunday on two counts of murder, Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens told The Parkersburg News and ...

Marshall University gets funds for advanced welding program

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Marshall University will get over $336,000 from the federal government for education and training in advanced welding for manufacturing and other industries. The Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University will have a new program for hands-on ...

Virus cases, hospital stays keep dropping in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is on track to have its lowest weekly count of positive coronavirus cases since late October. The state reported 1,816 confirmed cases from last Monday through Saturday. There have been no days in the past week when the daily total was above 400. The ...

Charter school expansion bill passes West Virginia House

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday passed a bill that would increase the number of public charter schools. The bill passed on a 66-32 vote with two delegates not voting. All Democrats voted against the bill. The bill, ...

Imprisoned ex-FBI agent who worked with Bulger seeks release

BOSTON (AP) — The former FBI agent serving a 40-year prison sentence for alerting Boston mobster Whitey Bulger that he could be implicated in a murder is seeking to be released from prison on medical grounds. The Florida Commission on Offender Review will hear the request Wednesday from ...

Church collects cleaning supplies for new tenants

By EDDIE TRIZZINO, Times West Virginian undefined FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Providing housing for the homeless has been more challenging amid the coronavirus pandemic, but organizations such as Friendship Fairmont have been accomplishing that mission. The challenge then is making the homes ...

Conservation fund taking applications for grants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund is taking applications for grants, with up to $450,000 to be awarded. Applications may be submitted until April 2 for small and large grants. Grant selections are expected to be made by May 15, the state Division ...

Jim Justice inaugurated to second term as WVa governor

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was sworn in to a second and final term Friday. Justice said in a 20-minute speech that "West Virginia is really on the move" despite challenges wrought by the pandemic and a population that ...