West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he will hold mobile office events in the Metro Valley to discuss consumer issues and answer general questions. The events will be hosted by a consumer outreach and compliance specialist on March 23rd at the Wayne Public Library, and on March 30th at the Putnam County Library.
Governor Justice says, West Virginians who are concerned about how his proposed income tax cut will affect their wallets, should believe the plan will generate population growth. The plan would cut personal income taxes by sixty-percent, but raise other taxes to fill in the gap. Justice says people will move to the border counties, and the population growth will offset the increase in sales tax on things like soda and alcohol.
Senate leaders and Senator Joe Manchin stuck a deal over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a nine-hour logjam that stalled the one-point-nine-billion-dollar COVID-19 relief bill. Manchin was ready to support a less generous Republican version of the bill, and the compromise will provide three-hundred-dollars weekly in jobless benefits. The bill does provide direct payments of up to 14-hundred-dollars to most Americans.
Marshall University is suspending all fraternity and sorority activities after reports of violations of COVID-19 guidelines. Several videos and photos on social media show large parties with no one wearing face masks or social distancing. A secondary report of bullying is also being investigated. A cease and desist order was sent to more than ten sororities and fraternities.
Active COVID-19 cases continue to fall in West Virginia, with just over six-thousand cases. That’s the lowest number since the beginning of November. Nine more people died on Friday. The state’s positive test rate is below three-percent.
Starting this morning, bars and restaurants can now open and one-hundred-percent capacity. The same is true for retails stores, gyms, and movie theaters. Opening at full capacity comes with the usual precautions, wearing masks and social distancing. Governor Justice says that while he is loosening some restrictions in public places, mask mandates will remain in place.
Marshall Men’s basketball cruised to a 75-to-67 win over Charlotte Friday night. The two teams will wrap up their series this afternoon at 2 p.m.
Number six WVU will end its regular season this afternoon against a red hot Oklahoma State team. Tipoff is at two o’clock at the Coliseum.
Two people were hurt in an explosion and fire at the Washington Motel in Ravenswood. Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the explosion and fire, but say it started in a room where home oxygen was in use. Everyone made it out safely. Six rooms were damaged and several people are displaced.
A Grafton man will spend up to thirty years in prison for stealing a fire truck and causing thousands of dollars in damages. Witnesses saw Jason Lyons driving the firetruck in circles and then crashed through a gate. Lyons is also charged with failure to register as a sex offender.