WOWK: WV Gov. Justice orders masks in buildings. “West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he has signed an executive order on Monday, July 6, 2020, making face coverings mandatory in all public and privately owned buildings in the state. Justice said the executive order comes into effect 12:01 a.m. Tuesday July 7, 2020.”
AP: West Virginia Supreme Court Now Has an Instagram Account. “People seeking more information about the judiciary in West Virginia can now check the state Supreme Court’s new Instagram account. The court announced this week it is adding Instagram to its social media accounts, which also include Twitter, Facebook, SmugMug, Flickr and YouTube.” Wait – they had a SmugMug account and didn’t have an Instagram account?
NBC News: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice forces out top health official, questions accuracy of coronavirus data amid outbreaks. “West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice forced out the commissioner of his public health bureau on Wednesday, hours after he publicly questioned the accuracy of the state’s coronavirus data and detailed growing outbreaks in about a dozen counties. The abrupt resignation of Cathy Slemp, who was also a state health officer, came after the Republican governor vented during a news conference that West Virginia’s active virus caseload may have been overstated.”
ProPublica: The Governor Urged Businesses to Reopen Safely, but a Restaurant at His Luxury Resort Didn’t, Complaints Say. “West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice allowed bars and restaurants to reopen in late May. Since then, a steakhouse at the luxury resort he owns has received repeated complaints for not reopening safely. A health inspector called it an ‘unnecessary risk.'”
Yahoo News: West Virginia sees coronavirus outbreaks in churches. “Less than a month after President Trump urged churches to reopen, West Virginia has reported a significant number of coronavirus outbreaks linked to houses of worship. According to the state’s public health office, a total of five churches have seen outbreaks.”
WOWK: Non-profit organization connects shoppers with local artisans across the tri-state. “The ‘Foothills Exploration of Appalachian Tourism’ (FEAT) group has been assisting local artisans in Northeast Kentucky for several years. Now, the group is expanding into other areas in the tri-state. Ohio and West Virginia artisans and small businesses can now join the group through their new website.”
The Parthenon: New website provides platform for West Virginia filmmakers. “Vandalia TV may look like many other streaming services, except for one big difference: Every film on the website was created by a West Virginia filmmaker.”
US News & World Report: WVU Center Lands Another Grant to Digitize Newspaper Archive. “The West Virginia University Libraries’ West Virginia & Regional History Center received a nearly $202,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to keep digitizing newspapers published in the state from 1790 to 1923.”
WOWK: New website for job seekers in West Virginia. “The new website was born out of the statewide job fair back in March, that brought thousands to the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center looking for work. The whole idea with the website is to make it easier job seekers, and employers find each other without the travel.”
WVNews: Gov. Justice announces new Facebook fiber-optic network project. “Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday that a Facebook subsidiary plans to build a fiber-optic network across the state, stretching from Virginia to Ohio. The project, which should begin sometime this year, will stretch about 275 miles across West Virginia. The project will take about a year and a half to two years to complete. It will be a part of a larger, 600-mile ‘long-haul’ project.”
DPLA: Digital Virginias is now a DPLA Hub. “We are pleased to announce the launch of a new service hub, Digital Virginias, which offers more than 58,000 items for research and exploration. Digital Virginias, created by organizations from both Virginia and West Virginia, is the newest hub to join the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Originally a content hub, the University of Virginia has now joined with regional partners George Mason University, William & Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University to create a combined set of historical materials for the region.”
Herald-Mail Media: Jefferson Co. Museum collection on new website. “The Jefferson County Museum’s county history collection now is available online. Internet users can view the museum’s collection of objects, images, documents and publications through a searchable online database… The online collection includes digital images of thousands of artifacts and photographs.” This is Jefferson County, West Virginia.
WSAZ: Website tracks how West Virginia spends taxpayer money. “You can track how state government is spending every dollar of your taxes, and the website is revealing spending habits of different state departments, including the highly scrutinized Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. The West Virginia State Auditor spoke to the Cabell Commission Thursday about a new website that tracks every dollar spent in real time.”
WVAH: Explore hospitals and services in West Virginia with new website. ” The West Virginia Hospital Association unveiled a new tool that is designed to make it easier for you to find out about hospital care and services…. This gives you the opportunity to explore hospitals in your area, compare their quality scores and find ones offering specific services related to diabetes, hip replacement, cancer and many others.”
West Virginia: Attorney General Morrisey, Secretary of State Warner Announce Enhanced Business Search Tool for Consumers. “Attorney General Patrick Morrisey joined with Secretary of State Mac Warner on Thursday to inform consumers that they have a new weapon to combat fraud. The West Virginia Tax Department recently shared 77,000 sole proprietor business names with the Secretary of State’s Office for use in a searchable database. The business names were not publicly available until a 2017 change in the law.”