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Shuttered West Virginia hospital reopens as temporary ER

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia University Health System has temporarily reopened portions of a hospital shut down by its former owner. WVU Medicine held a ceremony Tuesday at Fairmont Medical Center, news outlets reported. The hospital will be WVU Medicine's temporary home in ...

W.Va. state staffer tests positive for virus after wedding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A staffer at West Virginia's intelligence sharing agency has tested positive for the coronavirus after going to a wedding last month, officials said Wednesday. West Virginia Department of Homeland Security spokesman Lawrence Messina said the Fusion Center employee ...

Police: Officer shot possum because it was injured

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police officer will not be disciplined after a video emerged of him shooting a possum on a residential street because the animal was injured, a spokesman said Thursday. A resident reported that the possum had been hit by a car Wednesday evening and ...

W.Va. virus cases rising as reopening plan continues

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said that coronavirus cases are climbing across the state though he declined to strengthen restrictions as his reopening plan continues. The active caseload has increased by 28% over the past two ...

Man wronged in past by police saves officer from burning car

By CLAUDIA LAUER Associated Press There was a boom, then the house shook. Daylan McLee thought for a minute it might have been a small earthquake until a relative came running inside to say there had been a car crash involving a police cruiser outside the apartment in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, ...

Sponaugle concedes in W.Va. Democratic attorney general race

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Isaac Sponaugle conceded the Democratic primary for West Virginia attorney general to labor lawyer Sam Petsonk on Tuesday, capping a close race decided by fewer than 200 votes weeks after election day. Sponaugle, who represents Pendleton County in the West Virginia ...

West Virginia man sentenced for 1981 murder of 7-year-old

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to prison for the slaying of a 7-year-old West Virginia boy more than 38 years after the child's remains was found in a wooded area. William Jeffries was sentenced to five to 18 years in prison last week for second-degree murder in the 1981 ...

Doddridge is lone West Virginia county without virus case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is again down to one county with no confirmed coronavirus cases. Health officials in Webster County said Tuesday the county has recorded its first positive virus case. That leaves Doddridge County as the only one among the state's 55 counties without a ...

Coal union seeks order protecting miners from coronavirus

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A union representing U.S. coal miners asked a court Tuesday to force the federal government to take unspecified measures to protect them from the coronavirus. The petition asked the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of ...

Breast cancer treatment advocate Betty Puskar dies at 80

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Betty J. Puskar, a longtime supporter of West Virginia University who helped establish a breast cancer treatment center, has died, the university said. She was 80. Puskar died Sunday at her Morgantown home. The university did not disclose a cause of death. "West ...