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WV governor proposes exempting part of unemployment benefits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has proposed exempting the first $10,200 in unemployment benefits received in 2020 from the state income tax. The Republican governor's legislation before lawmakers would apply to nearly $1.36 billion in unemployment payments, according ...

West Virginia fire kills 2 as bystanders rush in

SPENCER, W.Va. (AP) — Two people died in a West Virginia house fire as bystanders rushed in to pull people out. The fire early Saturday morning in Roane County was reported by a neighbor and an off-duty sheriff's deputy. The two bystanders were able to open the front door and get a man and ...

Scott Depot bar an oasis for craft beer drinkers

By BILL LYNCH, The Charleston Gazette-Mail undefined SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va (AP) — Hobbies have a way of taking over. The Pallet Bar in Scott Depot started off in Ben Burton's garage with just three friends in the neighborhood, hanging out. Burton, a tax accountant for Mountaineer Gas; Shane ...

Golden rainbow trout stocking returns to WVa lakes, streams

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A special stocking of golden rainbow trout is returning to West Virginia's lakes and streams. The bright yellow trout is being added to more than 60 designated locations around the state starting this week, Gov. Jim Justice said in a news release. The Division of ...

West Virginia state lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A member of the West Virginia House of Delegates has contracted the coronavirus and is under quarantine, a House leader said. Raleigh County Republican Brandon Steele tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, House Majority leader Amy Summers said in a statement. ...

Advocates, some AGs wary of Purdue Pharma bankruptcy plan

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press Some state attorneys general and opioid addiction activists pushed back Tuesday against a settlement offer from OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, saying it didn't include enough money and goes too far in protecting the company and family members who own it from ...

Bill would ease burden of proof for black lung benefits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has introduced a new bill aimed toward helping the families of miners who die due to black lung disease, which is caused by inhaling coal dust. The bill would lift some burdens off families who currently need to provide proof ...

Feds: WVa man sold devices to anti-government supporters

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to a weapons charge after he was accused of selling machine gun conversion devices online to followers of a far-right extremist movement. Timothy John Watson entered the plea Tuesday to possession ...

GOP attorneys general question stimulus barring tax cuts

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican attorneys general from 21 states are questioning a provision in the $1.9 trillion pandemic rescue plan that bars states from using its funds to offset tax cuts. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Monday, they ...

OxyContin maker Purdue proposes $10B plan to exit bankruptcy

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press Purdue Pharma, which helped revolutionize the prescription painkiller business with its drug OxyContin, is proposing a $10 billion plan to emerge from bankruptcy that calls for it to be transformed into a different kind of company funneling profits into the ...