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After ruling, West Virginia justice loses union’s backing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A union has rescinded its backing of a state Supreme Court candidate after the panel voted to uphold the state's so-called right-to-work law. The AFL-CIO's state chapter announced Wednesday that it had pulled its endorsement of Justice John Hutchison. In an opinion ...

Charleston names new fire chief

CHARLESTON, W.V.a. (AP) — A long-time veteran of the Charleston Fire Department has been named as its new leader, officials said Wednesday. Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin named Jeffery Jackson as the new fire chief in a news release. Jackson joined the Charleston Fire Department in ...

West Virginia investment assets drop after market downturn

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The value of West Virginia's investments dropped about 7.5% after the stock market downturn due to the new coronavirus, the executive director of the Investment Management Board said. Craig Slaughter told the Consolidated Public Retirement Board on Wednesday that ...

West Virginia governor’s coal companies to pay $5M in fines

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Billionaire West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's coal companies have agreed to pay more than $5 million for thousands of mine safety violations, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The civil case brought by prosecutors in Virginia ...

West Virginia primary rescheduled over fears of virus spread

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice rescheduled West Virginia's May 12 primary election to June 9 on Wednesday, citing fears about the coronavirus spreading at polling places. Justice said medical experts told him that having the primary on its ...

Bankruptcy court approves buyer for West Virginia hospital

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy court has approved a health care facility's $3.7 million bid for most assets of the only hospital in a southern West Virginia county that planned to close this month. Williamson Health and Wellness said in a statement Wednesday that the court ...

WVa middle school making masks for health care industry

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia middle school has joined the legion of homemakers, businesses and other places to produce masks for the health care industry. Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes said in a statement Wednesday that its staff used a 3D printer and a print file ...

Marshall offers undergrads grading change for spring term

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University made grading changes for the spring semester because of problems brought about by the coronavirus pandemic and the change to online classes, the school said. Undergraduate students will be able to choose "credit/no credit" grades for this semester ...

Departing lawmakers taking experience away from Legislature

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — There was a time when even Roman Prezioso, one of West Virginia's most tenured legislators, couldn't get anyone from the Marion County Democratic Executive Committee to take his calls. Granted, that was some 32 years ago when, after an argument with his sister, ...

WVa students idled by virus threat getting free meals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — County public school districts throughout West Virginia are set to provide free meals to students who are on an extended break in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Starting Monday, counties are making food pickups available to schoolchildren at schools or ...