West Virginia

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This Is the Least Diverse State in US

West Virginia's 'diversity score' is lowest: WalletHub

(Newser) - West Virginia trails behind all other US states when it comes to diversity, according to WalletHub . The site's ranking doesn’t simply apply to racial diversity. WalletHub gave all 50 states a "diversity score" out of 100 based on the diversity of residents' ethnicity, religion, marital status, birthplace... More »

The 5 Richest, Poorest US States

Maryland's median household income is $37K more than Mississippi's

(Newser) - The median household income in the US climbed more between 2014 and 2016 than in any other two-year period on record. But that doesn't mean all Americans shared equally in the gains. Maryland residents enjoy a median household income that is almost twice that of people in Mississippi, per... More »

5 Most, Least Happy US States

Everything is awesome in Minnesota; not so much in West Virginia

(Newser) - If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands—especially if you're from Minnesota. The North Star State ranks highest in WalletHub's "Happiest States in America" list, which looked at all 50 across three main metrics: how emotionally and physically well its citizens are, work... More »

Smoking Taking 'Tremendous Toll' on Appalachians

Region is behind rest of US on infant mortality

(Newser) - Placing much of the blame on smoking, a study chronicling the ongoing health crisis in Appalachia has concluded that the 13-state region suffers from a growing disparity in infant mortality and life expectancy, two key indicators of "a nation's health and well-being." The study, published in the... More »

Governor Switches Sides at W. Va. Trump Rally

'I can't help you anymore being a Democrat governor'

(Newser) - Thursday was not a great day for the Democratic Party in West Virginia: Gov. Jim Justice joined President Trump at a rally and declared that he is becoming a Republican . "I can't help you anymore being a Democrat governor," Justice told the cheering crowd at the Huntington... More »

West Virginia's Governor Is Switching Sides

Gov. Jim Justice to announce he's joining the GOP

(Newser) - President Trump was teasing a "very big announcement" Thursday night in West Virginia, CNN reports. And while West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin had hoped it would be "good news" about jobs or the opioid crisis, it appears instead that the state's Democratic Gov. Jim Justice will reveal... More »

Professor Nears 70 Marathons Heeding Wife's Dying Wish

She pleaded with him to be there for the kids

(Newser) - In 2003, as Christine Guetzloff was dying of ovarian cancer at the age of 34, she sat her husband down for an important conversation. "Tom, you need to do something—you're just way out of shape," she told the West Virginia State college chemistry professor. "Look... More »

Walmart's Shifting Strategy Is a Gut Punch to Rural US

For Exhibit A, look to McDowell County in West Virginia

(Newser) - Reporter Ed Pilkington points out in the Guardian that much has been written about what happens when Walmart opens a store in a particular community. Less so about what happens when Walmart closes a store. Thus, he digs into the consequences for rural McDowell County in West Virginia, where the... More »

America's Got Talent Winner Assaulted Girlfriend: Charges

Girlfriend says Landau Murphy Jr. hit her in face with golf club

(Newser) - News reports say America's Got Talent winner Landau Murphy Jr. has been arrested on domestic violence charges in West Virginia. Murphy was charged Monday with domestic battery and domestic assault after his girlfriend reported he struck her in the face with a golf club, slammed her on the ground,... More »

Odd W.Va. Rescue: Truckload of Abandoned Pigs

Driver tells officials he went for a walk, lost track of time as 165 'panting' pigs sat in sun

(Newser) - A truckload of pigs wasn't ready to become bacon, despite being parked in the hot sun for hours in West Virginia. Bystanders called the fire department Friday after spotting 165 "panting pigs" in a seemingly abandoned tractor-trailer outside a Long John Silver restaurant. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that... More »

WVa's Residents Are Taking ODs Into Their Own Hands

Some neighbors are filled with contempt for addicts; others just want to help

(Newser) - Opioid addicts are using and collapsing in public in increasing numbers—their way of ensuring they won't OD and not be found until it's too late, Margaret Talbot explains in the New Yorker . "This is survival to them," she writes. "They're struggling with using... More »

Need a Job? Here's Where You Need to Be

Washington is best state for jobs: WalletHub

(Newser) - Job prospects looking a bit gloomy? They might look a lot better after a move to Washington state. According to WalletHub , it's the best state in the country for jobs, based on 24 factors like employment growth, median annual income, and average commute time. The best and worst states... More »

Museum Showcases Relics From Hatfield & McCoy Feud

The museum opened Friday in West Virginia

(Newser) - Hatfields and McCoys mingle peacefully in the mountainous region where their families waged one of America's most famous feuds. Now a museum near the Kentucky-West Virginia border is showcasing artifacts bringing the struggle back to life. The AP reports the Hatfield McCoy Country Museum opened Friday in Williamson, West... More »

America's 10 Least Boozy Cities

Expect a dry weekend in Utah

(Newser) - Don't expect to find many rowdy parties in Provo-Orem, Utah. Despite its 10 bars, the area is the least boozy in the country, according to 24/7 Wall St. , which ranked US cities based on excessive drinking rates in a 30-day period. The 10 least boozy cities, which fall in... More »

Reporter Says He Was 'Arrested for Asking Question'

Dan Heyman repeatedly asked HHS chief about pre-existing conditions

(Newser) - Everyone's got lots of questions about the American Health Care Act that passed the House last week, and Health and Human Services chief Tom Price seems like he'd be a good person to ask. Reporter Dan Heyman of Public News Service found out that wasn't the case... More »

7 Best States for Immigrants

California is the place to be

(Newser) - Making a life in a new country is never easy—but some US states make it easier than others. 24/7 Wall St. rounds up the best states for immigrants based on factors including median household income, poverty rates, unemployment, and the share of non-native residents. The top seven: More »

After Release Fax Fails, Inmate Commits Suicide

Joshua Miles found unresponsive a day after fax failed to send

(Newser) - Joshua Miles should have been out of jail last week. Instead, because a release fax failed to transmit the day prior, the 36-year-old remained at South Central Regional Jail in Charleston, W.Va., where he is believed to have committed suicide. Miles was found unresponsive in his cell early on... More »

Official Who Called First Lady an 'Ape' Fired Permanently

State says WVa nonprofit director will be replaced

(Newser) - The West Virginia nonprofit director who was suspended and then reinstated after calling Michelle Obama an "ape in heels" is out of the position for good. The office of Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says Pamela Taylor, Clay County Development Corporation's executive director, has been removed from her... More »

WV Has 1.84M People, Got 780M Pain Pills

Data covers 2007 to 2012

(Newser) - In 2015, the state of West Virginia ranked first in the nation in per-capita opioid overdose deaths, according to CDC data . A new investigation by the Gazette-Mail reveals some harrowing background on how deaths like these may be facilitated. Over the 2007 to 2012 period, some 780 million hydrocodone and... More »

Official Who Called First Lady an 'Ape' Gets Her Job Back

Pamela Taylor said comment led to a 'hate crime against me'

(Newser) - The head of a West Virginia nonprofit that receives both state and federal funding will get her job back a little over a month after calling Michelle Obama an "ape in heels." Following Donald Trump's election win, Pamela Taylor—then executive director of the Clay County Development... More »

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