West Virginia

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Expiration of Child Tax Credits Hits Home in West Virginia

Families say they will struggle without 'godsend'

(Newser) - For the first time in half a year, families on Friday are going without a monthly deposit from the child tax credit—a program that was intended to be part of President Biden's legacy but has emerged instead as a flash point over who is worthy of government support....

Bette Midler Rants About Manchin, Offends Entire State

Actress apologizes after calling residents of West Virginia 'poor, illiterate and strung out' in a tweet

(Newser) - Very few people are happy with Joe Manchin these days, at least not in Democratic circles, and Bette Midler counts herself among them. But the 76-year-old actress and singer's recent online rant against the West Virginia senator is raising eyebrows, with many saying her slam against the state itself...

Manchin Says He Won't Vote for Build Back Better

'I just can't,' West Virginia Democrat says, possibly dooming the legislation

(Newser) - There's no point in Democrats making changes to President Biden's Build Back Better legislation in hopes of winning Sen. Joe Manchin's support. The West Virginia Democrat announced Sunday that he won't vote for the bill, the Hill reports. "I cannot vote to continue with this...

3 Md. Counties Want to Defect. This Governor Has 'Open Arms'

W. Va.'s Jim Justice says his state would welcome Garrett, Allegany, and Washington counties

(Newser) - West Virginia must just have something that Maryland doesn't. Three counties in the latter state are now vying to join the former, and West Virginia's governor is all for it. WSAZ reports that lawmakers from Garrett, Allegany, and Washington counties—located in the most western part of Maryland,...

Governor Gets Trapped in Malfunctioning Elevator

West Virginia's Jim Justice was stuck for around 30 minutes

(Newser) - A malfunction caused West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to become trapped in the elevator at the governor's residence Thursday, his office said. The Republican governor was stuck for about 30 minutes after the malfunction as mansion staff, state police, and other state government personnel worked to open the elevator,...

This State Embraces Diversity More Than Any Other

California takes top spot in WalletHub ranking; West Virginia comes in last

(Newser) - America's history is a unique one, and the result of our national experiment is a "complex tapestry of backgrounds," comprised of people from all different cultures, religions, and socioeconomic and educational statuses, per WalletHub . In fact, the personal finance site notes, by 2045 it's expected there...

Looking for Gender Equality? Here's Where to Go

Nevada takes the top spot in WalletHub ranking, while Utah comes in last

(Newser) - The glass ceiling may have many deep cracks in it, but it hasn't yet been shattered—at least not in terms of the pay gap or women consistently finding equal footing in leadership positions. And the workplace isn't the only arena in which women are still battling gender...

WV's Vaccine Incentives Include Free Trucks, Guns

West Virginia's first big drawing is June 20

(Newser) - Ohio credited its $1 million lottery drawing as helping to deliver a big jump in its coronavirus vaccination rate. West Virginia is going several steps further, with a lottery drawing offering $1 million, full 4-year scholarships, custom pickup trucks, lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, and guns. The state will give...

State's New Incentive to Get People Vaccinated: Money

West Virginia offering $100 bond to young people

(Newser) - With fewer West Virginians receiving a coronavirus vaccine lately, the state has come up with another way to make it worth their while. Anyone age 16 to 35 who gets the vaccination will receive a $100 savings bond, CNN reports. West Virginia's vaccination rate has fallen since leading the...

WV Will Pay Remote Workers $12K to Move There

West Virginia's governor says it's a chance to live in 'paradise'

(Newser) - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says a new program offers remote workers "the freedom to live and work in paradise"—along with $12,000 cash. The state's tourism office is focusing on outdoor activities in its push to attract workers to the state, Business Insider reports. The...

Husband Who Helped Wife Fake Her Death Learns His Fate
The Evidence Suggested She
Fell From a Cliff. It Was Planted
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The Evidence Suggested She Fell From a Cliff. It Was Planted

Rodney Wheeler gets 8 months of home confinement for helping wife fake death

(Newser) - A West Virginia man will spend eight months in confinement for helping his wife fake her own death. Rodney Wheeler called 911 on May 31, 2020, to report that his wife had fallen from a steep cliff some 1,400 feet above West Virginia's New River. After days of...

He Saw a Boy Crash His ATV on TikTok. He Was 800 Miles Away

NH teen Caden Cotnoir helped 12-year-old Trent Jarrett's parents find the trapped boy in W. Va.

(Newser) - Many parents may wish their kids didn't spend so much time on social media, but one West Virginia family is grateful for the TikTok penchant of a teen 800 miles away. On Sunday, 13-year-old Caden Cotnoir of Gilmanton, NH, was watching a livestream of Trent Jarrett, a 12-year-old Caden...

This Is the Least Stressed-Out State in America

South Dakota is chill, but Nevada needs to start meditating

(Newser) - We don't know if we'd believe anyone who said they hadn't felt some level of stress over the past year, all things considered. Money issues and the pandemic are the top two things Americans are anxious about right now, per WalletHub , which notes that some states are...

Inmate in Solitary for Years: 'I Know Nothing' of Bulger Murder

Inmate Sean McKinnon, 35, says he still hasn't been told why he's been in the 'hole' since 2018

(Newser) - More than two years after crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was found murdered in West Virginia's Hazelton federal prison, no charges have been filed in his slaying. For that same period, Sean McKinnon has been asking why he was thrown into the "hole"—aka solitary confinement—...

She Faked a 'Traumatic Death.' That Just 'Made Matters Worse'

W. Va's Julie Wheeler gets year sentence for cliff fall scheme, on top of another sentence of 42 months

(Newser) - She thought she'd avoid jail by faking her death. Instead, she'll spend an extra year behind bars on top of an earlier sentence of 3.5 years. Julie Wheeler—who was found hiding in a closet last spring, days after her husband claimed she'd fallen from a...

West Virginia Lawmaker Joined Mob Storming Capitol

He claimed he was there as an 'independent member of the media'

(Newser) - A newly elected West Virginia lawmaker was part of the mob that stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday—and some of his colleagues don't want him to return to the state Capitol. In a video that he later deleted from Facebook, Del. Derrick Evans livestreamed himself among a group...

42 People Accidentally Got COVID Treatment, Not Vaccine

Regeneron vials were apparently mixed with Moderna vaccine at distribution hub

(Newser) - They thought they were being inoculated against COVID-19; instead, 42 people in West Virginia were mistakenly administered Regeneron's experimental monoclonal antibody treatment. The West Virginia National Guard, which is at the helm of the vaccine distribution effort in the state, confirmed that the goof occurred Wednesday in Boone County....

Big Surprise for Virtual Students After Big Snow

W. Va. school district cancels remote classes to let students, staff just enjoy the day

(Newser) - Do you want to build a snowman? Thanks to a West Virginia school district, Anna and Elsa weren't the only ones donning their hats and gloves Wednesday to frolic in the snow after Winter Storm Gail slammed the East Coast. Jefferson County Schools could have still made kids go...

America Is Smashing Coronavirus Records
COVID Records
Broken in 6 States

COVID Records Broken in 6 States

And across the world

(Newser) - President Trump has said the coronavirus will soon disappear —but according to the latest numbers, "soon" isn't here yet. The World Health Organization announced that 350,766 new infections were counted Friday worldwide, beating the previous record from earlier this week by almost 12,000. Forbes notes...

These Are the Biggest Slacking US States

North Dakota isn't one of them

(Newser) - Despite massive unemployment right now across the nation, WalletHub finds that Americans work pretty darn hard—whether it's because they want to, have to, or have the perception they have to. To find out which states really roll up their sleeves, the site looked at all 50 states across...

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