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West Virginia’s jobless aid filings rise amid virus spike

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of West Virginians who filed for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week amid a spike in coronavirus cases, according for federal data released Thursday. Nearly 3,900 people in the state applied for jobless aid last week, an increase of 526 from the ...

Charleston again closing streets for outdoor dining

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in West Virginia's capital city are closing streets this weekend to allow for restaurants to set up outdoor seating during the coronavirus pandemic. Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin said Capitol and Hale streets will be closed between Kanawha Boulevard ...

West Virginia House employee tests positive for coronavirus

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia House of Delegates employee has tested positive for the coronavirus. The clerk's office was closed until it can be completely sanitized, and anyone who came into contact with the office or its staff is encouraged to quarantine and be tested for ...

Governors’ companies among recipients of virus relief loans

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Governors who ordered shutdowns as their states responded to the coronavirus pandemic were among millions of beneficiaries of the loan program created to help small businesses weather COVID-19's effect on the economy, data released ...

Opponents: Pipeline’s defeat ‘a testament to perseverance’

By SARAH RANKIN Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richard Averitt and his wife have spent six years and more than six figures fighting to keep the Atlantic Coast Pipeline off their picturesque central Virginia property. In all that time, Averitt said he couldn't recall meeting a single ...

Woman pleads guilty in scheme to offer information to Russia

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who previously served in the Air Force planned to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government, prosecutors said Monday in announcing her conviction in federal ...

City approves settlement for Black woman punched by officers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in West Virginia's capital city have approved a settlement for a special needs Black woman who was punched by officers during an arrest last year. The Charleston City Council voted Monday to approve an $80,000 settlement for Freda Gilmore, the Gazette-Mail ...

Pedestrian footbridge damaged by derailment reopens in WVa

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — A popular pedestrian footbridge in West Virginia is repaired and back open following a train derailment. The footbridge crosses the Potomac River from Harpers Ferry into Maryland and draws tourists, bicyclists and hikers along the Appalachian Trail. "Hallelujah. ...

From Powerball winner to scandal: Jack Whittaker dies at 72

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Andrew "Jack" Whittaker Jr., whose life became rife with setbacks and tragedy after winning a record $315 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas night in 2002, has died. He was 72. The Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlor in Hinton confirmed ...

W.Va. governor says mandatory mask order could be coming

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday said residents should prepare for a mandatory face mask order as the state's new coronavirus cases rise to their highest level since the pandemic began. The Republican governor said he ...