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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday acknowledged that his directive to have police monitor roads and check in on travelers from coronavirus  hotspots might be unconstitutional but he said it will continue for safety reasons.

 

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Children and Families announced in a news release Tuesday that recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, may be eligible for two waivers from the federal government.

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Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday additional executive orders to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The governor and other state officials continue to urge residents to stay at home as the projected onslaught of the virus remains weeks away.

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, a global mask shortage is putting healthcare workers on the front lines at risk. Some West Virginians are taking matters into their own hands. We also learn how grandparents are coping with the coronavirus.

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, rural hospitals are closing throughout the region and the country, and a sweeping pandemic is highlighting just how vulnerable that leaves communities.

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Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

West Virginia health officials have reported the state’s first death resulting from the coronavirus.

In a Sunday news release just before 7 p.m., the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources says an 88-year-old female from Marion County has died as a result of COVID-19.

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Following a misreported death, falsely attributed to the coronavirus, West Virginia health officials on Friday said they are considering new protocols to prevent the spread of inaccurate information.

Gov. Jim Justice and other state officials spoke to the public through a virtual news conference, a practice that has become commonplace as an effort to combat the continued spread of the virus.

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, food pantries across the state cope as the coronavirus turns life upside down – we’ll explore regional food security in the Mountain State. We also bring you this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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President Trump has signed a historic $2 trillion economic recovery package into law Friday afternoon, shortly after the House of Representatives approved the bill.

In an Oval Office ceremony Friday, the president thanked Republicans and Democrats "for coming together, setting aside their differences and putting America first" to pass the legislation. Trump was joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. No Democrats were present at the signing.

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Child Support Enforcement is asking clients to seek help through the office online and not visit the agency’s local offices in-person during the coronavirus pandemic.

West Virginia Department of Commerce Cabinet Secretary Ed Gaunch speaks with reporters in a virual press conference on March 26, 2020.
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West Virginians applying for unemployment benefits online could experience intermittent outages because the number of businesses closing or scaling back operations due to the coronavirus outbreak has sent claims surging, the state's commerce chief said Thursday.

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West Virginia was the final state to confirm a case of COVID-19, but at that point, over a week ago, only 39 West Virginians had been tested. In a news conference at the time, Gov. Jim Justice said, “I mean, let’s be real. It has to be here. We just haven’t found it yet.” 

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As the coronavirus pandemic forces indefinite business closures, lawmakers are deciding what they can do to keep the economy afloat. One proposal is to send Americans $1,000 checks. 

A March 18 Facebook post, shared more than 6,000 times, takes aim at Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and his views on the proposal.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we’ll visit the upper Kanawha Valley where people know the inside of economic hardship, and we’ll learn more about how officials are trying to contain the coronavirus at a nursing home in Morgantown where 20 cases have been reported.

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, as detection of coronavirus expands throughout the state, other health challenges remain. We’ll check in with a health expert in the Eastern Panhandle, and we’ll also take a break from virus coverage and hear from kids corresponding between Wales and West Virginia.  

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The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a $2 trillion relief package Wednesday night designed to alleviate some of the worst effects of the swift economic downturn currently underway as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ahead of the 96-0 vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told lawmakers, "Our nation obviously is going through a kind of crisis that is totally unprecedented in living memory."

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Three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for governor of West Virginia debated Tuesday night, as the coronavirus pandemic continued to spread globally and across the Mountain State.  

The virus loomed large throughout the hour-long debate hosted by WVVA between attorney and Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango, physician and Boone County state Sen. Ron Stollings and child advocate Stephen Smith.

Gov. Jim Justice gives an update on coronavirus response and alerts in a virtual briefing with media and citizens on March 24, 2020.
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In Gov. Jim Justice’s daily briefing on the coronavirus, he announced three more residents and several nursing home staffers have tested positive for the disease. 

In an interview with WV MetroNews earlier Tuesday, the governor said he isn’t sure how coronavirus got into the Sundale nursing home in Morgantown, but that the instance of community transmission is "worrisome."

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, during this year’s legislative session, we asked you what energy and environment issues were on your mind. We got some great responses. But many questions were about West Virginia's renewable energy policies.

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Jefferson County Schools have entered a Stage 3 closure as of Monday, March 23, meaning a total shutdown of school campuses and no staff are to report to work. The county’s superintendent made the announcement on their website last week. 

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, where homelessness has been an often-overlooked social challenge in the past, during a pandemic, it’s becoming a matter of increasing significance.

The Federal Reserve says it will buy bonds and mortgage-backed securities "in the amounts needed" to keep markets working smoothly, unveiling a plan that also includes measures to make sure credit is available to businesses and consumers.

Thoroughbred horses participating in a race at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, W.Va.
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Live horse racing is back on without the fans at a West Virginia track a few days after the facility was shut down due to the new coronavirus.

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This story was updated at 5 p.m. EST with the latest positive case count.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced new tourism-related restrictions Friday, March 20. By Friday afternoon, the state Department of Health and Human Resources reported eight positive cases of the coronavirus in the Mountain State. 

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we have a few stories about how best to cope with anxiety – both for kids, and adults. We also bring you this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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In a Thursday news conference that was wide ranging on West Virginia’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Jim Justice announced that he has tested negative for the disease. The governor also provided an update on various aspects of the state’s response to COVID-19, which has swept the globe in recent months. 

Speaking to the public through a remote news conference in which the press was allowed to participate virtually, Justice explained that he was made aware that he had contact with a man who has been identified as the person with West Virginia’s first confirmed case of COVID-19. 

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Shepherd University President Mary Hendrix announced Wednesday that the remainder of the 2020 spring semester will be taught completely online.

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Gov. Jim Justice has issued an executive order that will allow more West Virginians affected by the coronavirus to receive unemployment benefits. The order follows the closure of many businesses that have forced thousands of layoffs.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, stories of hope and resilience, of communities coming together while also staying apart, all in response to the coronavirus. We’ll hop around the state to hear how communities are making sure kids have the food they need to continue to thrive despite being out of school.

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we’ll talk to an author and playwright who has thought a lot about how growing up in our region shapes what we become. We’ll also bring you the latest headlines on coronavirus in West Virginia.

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