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5 Most, Least Diverse States

WalletHub considers race, religion, politics, and more

(Newser) - The same three states leading the country in racial diversity also lead the pack when it comes to socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household, religious, and political diversity, according to WalletHub . The site considered a host of metrics from race and language to educational attainment for its ranking of all 50 US... More »

This Is the Happiest State in the Union

Congratulations, Hawaii

(Newser) - It may be tough to measure happiness, but WalletHub took a crack at it by crunching data on 31 factors from depression to income in each state of the union. Your happiness winner is perhaps not a shocker: Hawaii. On the flip side, West Virginia fared worst. One big factor... More »

Meteorologist Allegedly Fractured Anchor's Skull in Fight

Alleged shove left anchor Erica Bivens with a ruptured eardrum, too

(Newser) - A WSAZ television meteorologist's 10-day outlook just got a little stormier. Chelsea Ambriz, 26, was charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly shoving co-worker Erica Bivens on Sunday in Charleston, WV. Bivens, a news anchor, is said to have suffered a ruptured eardrum and skull fracture. While the Charleston Gazette-Mail ... More »

Impeachment Articles Target a State's Entire Supreme Court

Democrat claims 'a coup' in West Virginia

(Newser) - West Virginia's Supreme Court could be in for an overhaul: The state's House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved articles of impeachment against all four justices, accusing them of maladministration, corruption, incompetency, and neglect of duty, among other crimes. "This is truly a sad day for West Virginia,... More »

Hell or High Water, Blankenship Says He'll Be on Ballot

Intends to run for US Senate in November as Constitution Party candidate

(Newser) - Don Blankenship's political career isn't going gently into that good night. Though Politico reports he finished "a distant" third in West Virginia's Republican primary for US Senate—state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey secured the nomination—he still plans to vie for the seat and says he... More »

'Trumpier Than Trump' Candidate Loses in W.Va

Don Blankenship finished 3rd in GOP primary

(Newser) - He claimed be "Trumpier than Trump"—but he couldn't overcome President Trump's opposition to his candidacy . Retired coal baron and ex-federal convict Don Blankenship finished in third place in West Virginia's hard-fought Senate primary on Tuesday. State Attorney General Patrick Morrissey won and will face... More »

What's at Stake in Tuesday's Primaries

4 states go to the polls, with West Virginia's GOP Senate primary among the big races

(Newser) - It's a huge day for both political parties with primary voters in four states—West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina—going to the polls. Despite the small number of states involved, the results could go a long way in determining which party will be in control of the... More »

Trump Gives Blankenship a Thumbs-Down, He Pushes Back

'I am Trumpier than Trump and this morning proves it,' says WV Senate candidate

(Newser) - President Trump is urging West Virginia voters to reject a former federal convict and coal baron running in the Republican Senate primary, arguing that Don Blankenship would lose the general election. Trump tweeted on Monday: "To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance... More »

Former Coal Baron Vying for Senate Accused of Racist Ad

Don Blankenship spoke of Mitch McConnell's 'China family'

(Newser) - A former coal executive who served a year in prison related to a 2010 mine explosion in West Virginia that killed 29 people is now denying claims of racism as he seeks a Senate seat in the state. In a new ad , Republican Don Blankenship claims "swamp captain Mitch... More »

10 States Where Chance of Dying Young Is Highest

JAMA study blames opioids, alcoholism, suicide

(Newser) - "Some of our states are falling behind other, less developed countries" when it comes to premature death, says University of Washington epidemiologist Ali Mokdad, whose new study in JAMA shows a major disparity in the death rates of people aged 20 to 55 in California and those in West... More »

This Is the Place to Be for Millennials

WalletHub takes quality of life, affordability into account

(Newser) - As a whole, millennials are doing pretty well financially . But those in certain states are much better off than others, according to WalletHub . It compared affordability (the cost of a Starbucks latte was taken into account), education and health, quality of life, economic health, and civic engagement in all 50... More »

Trump Throws Away 'Boring' Remarks at Tax Roundtable

He ranted about immigration, voter fraud instead

(Newser) - If you think a roundtable discussion on tax policy sounds a bit dull, you're not the only one: President Trump declared his prepared remarks "boring" at an event in West Virginia on Thursday and tossed them away, launching instead into a rambling address reminiscent of his campaign events,... More »

5 States That Need to Loosen Up

WalletHub uses 38 stress indicators to rank most, least stressed states

(Newser) - The Midwest is best—at least when it comes to living a relatively stress-free life. WalletHub took a look at nearly 40 stress indicators related to work, family, money, and health, in all 50 states and DC to determine the most and least stressed states. Its list suggests anxiety rises... More »

After 9 Days, Deal Struck on W. Virginia Teacher Strike

Lawmakers cut a deal for 5% raises

(Newser) - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Senate Republicans reached a tentative deal on Tuesday to end a nine-day statewide teachers' strike by giving them 5% raises—and adding similar raises for all state workers while they're at it. Justice said additional budget cuts by his staff will fund the... More »

WVa. Teachers: No Raise? No School; Strike Goes On

State Senate votes to reduce pay raise to 4%; unions say stick to the 5% deal

(Newser) - Unions representing West Virginia teachers and service personnel say they will stay out on strike after the state Senate voted to cut the 5% pay raise they had negotiated with Gov. Jim Justice. In a joint statement Saturday, the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, West Virginia Education Association, and the... More »

W. Va. Lawmaker on Teacher Strike: 'I Don't Like Feeling Bullied'

Strike now in day 7

(Newser) - West Virginia public school students were home again Friday, with classrooms closed for a seventh straight class day as teachers fought for pay raises. The state Senate's GOP majority refused Thursday to take up legislation to give them a 5% pay raise after four years without one. The Republican-controlled... More »

Man Blacks Out, Wakes Up to $1,635 Uber Fare

Kenneth Bachman took Uber home to New Jersey after partying in West Virginia

(Newser) - We all know you shouldn't drink and drive. Kenneth Bachman is living proof you probably shouldn't drink and Uber either. He was hit with a $1,635.93 Uber fare after accidentally taking the ride service from near the West Virginia University campus, where he was partying with... More »

WV Teachers Were Expected to Be Back Today. They Won't

Health insurance is a 'major sticking point'

(Newser) - West Virginia's House has OK'd a 5% pay raise negotiated by the governor to end a walkout by the state's teachers, but all the state's public schools plan to stay closed Thursday. Gov. Jim Justice announced the deal Tuesday evening after meeting with union leaders for... More »

West Virginia Teachers Will End Strike, Get 5% Raise

Governor announces strike to end Thursday

(Newser) - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says striking teachers will return to the classroom on Thursday, and he's offering teachers and school service personnel a 5% pay raise in the first year. Justice made the announcement at a news conference Tuesday after emerging from a meeting with union leaders for... More »

Teachers Again Close Every West Virginia Public School

Statewide strike now impacts a third school day

(Newser) - A teacher's strike is keeping public schools closed for a third day in West Virginia. The state Department of Education's website shows all school districts are closed in all 55 counties Monday morning. Gov. Jim Justice has signed teacher pay raises of 2% next year and 1% the... More »

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