A record 6.6 million seek US jobless aid as layoffs mount

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — doubling a record high set just one week earlier — a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus. The stunning report Thursday from the Labor Department showed that job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies in the United States and abroad that have almost certainly sunk into a severe recession as businesses close across the world. Applications for unemployment benefits generally reflect the pace of layoffs. Combined with last week's report that 3.3 million people...

April 1, rent’s due: Many struggle to pay in virus outbreak

By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press It's the first of the month, and everybody knows the rent's due. For millions of Americans, Wednesday is the first...

Economic fallout mounts, along with competition for masks

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, LORI HINNANT and MARK SHERMAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The economic damage from the coronavirus crisis piled up as...

A record 6.6 million seek US jobless aid as layoffs mount

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — doubling a record high...

Sports

Mandy McGlynn's dreams of pro career put on hold

Mandy McGlynn’s dreams of pro career put on hold

About two weeks ago, Virginia Tech women’s soccer alum Mandy McGlynn reported for preseason camp with Sky Blue FC. McGlynn and her teammates were working...
RU's Carlik Jones continues to receive awards

RU’s Carlik Jones continues to receive awards

Radford men’s basketball guard Carlik Jones was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) First Team All-District team, the organization announced Monday.  Caption 1...
Christiansburg High School senior Ethan Wilson has received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Christiansburg High School senior Ethan Wilson has received an appointment to the U.S. Naval...

In an Instagram post, Wilson said, “After a long and strenuous process, I am happy to announce that I’ve decided to further my...

Entertainment

GVT delays opening of 2020 season

For the safety of its patrons, staff and actors, Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, has decided to...

April First Friday cancelled

In response to the Coronavirus, the downtown Lewisburg businesses have cancelled the First Fridays After Five event on Apr. 3. At this time...

National Park Day at Arbuckle’s Fort postponed

The program and clean-up at the Arbuckle’s Fort property at Blaker’s Mill near Alderson scheduled for Apr. 4 as a part of National...

WV Department of Arts, Culture and History to begin accepting entries for annual Juried...

The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) will begin accepting entries for the 2020 West Virginia Quilts and Wall Hangings...

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Local attorney’s law license suspended

By Sarah Richardson On March 20, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals temporarily suspended the law license of local attorney E. Lavoyd Morgan Jr., pending a full hearing on ethical charges filed against him. A 22-count Statement of Charges...

Infrastructure often embraced by both parties, to no avail

By ALAN FRAM and KEVIN FREKING Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wants to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure projects to create jobs and help the collapsing economy rebuild from stunning blows of the coronavirus pandemic. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that seems about right. Sounds like the prelude to a bipartisan deal. Except that when it comes to...

Economic fallout mounts, along with competition for masks

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, LORI HINNANT and MARK SHERMAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The economic damage from the coronavirus crisis piled up as an unprecedented 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits in a single week, and the competition for masks and other protective gear intensified amid growing evidence that people who are infected but have no symptoms...

A record 6.6 million seek US jobless aid as layoffs mount

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — doubling a record high set just one week earlier — a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus. The stunning report Thursday from the Labor Department showed that job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of...
Statewide stay at home order issued by Governor Northam, City of Salem employee tests positive

Northam: Virginia coronavirus cases could peak in late May

By SARAH RANKIN and DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Projection models suggest Virginia could see a surge in coronavirus cases between late April and late May, Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday. "You need to know the truth. No sugarcoating," Northam said as he delivered yet another sobering message about the pandemic, saying Virginians needed to be realistic in...

Feds seek breakup of Altria-Juul deal on antitrust grounds

By MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. business regulators are suing to break up the multibillion-dollar deal between tobacco giant Altria and e-cigarette startup Juul Labs, saying their partnership amounted to an agreement not to compete in the U.S. vaping market. The action announced late Wednesday by the Federal Trade Commission is the latest legal headwind against Altria's...

West Virginia governor’s coal companies to pay $5M in fines

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Billionaire West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's coal companies have agreed to pay more than $5 million for thousands of mine safety violations, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The civil case brought by prosecutors in Virginia last year on behalf of the U.S. Department of Labor and the Mine Safety and Health Administration sought...

Bankruptcy court approves buyer for West Virginia hospital

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy court has approved a health care facility's $3.7 million bid for most assets of the only hospital in a southern West Virginia county that planned to close this month. Williamson Health and Wellness said in a statement Wednesday that the court accepted its proposal for Williamson Memorial Hospital in Mingo County. "This substantial investment...
Dogwood Queen and Court tradition continues

Dogwood Queen and Court tradition continues

By Debbie Adams Ten young women who are seniors at William Byrd High School were nominated as usual by the faculty for the 2020 Dogwood Festival Queen’s Court. Even though regulations regarding COVID-19 have forced the cancellation of the 65th...
Town reschedules Housing Rehab grant public hearing

Town reschedules Housing Rehab grant public hearing

By Debbie Adams The Town of Vinton is taking the final steps to submit a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application this spring for funding to improve neighborhoods near downtown Vinton. If received, the grant will award $1.5 million to facilitate rehabilitation...
Statewide stay at home order issued by Governor Northam, City of Salem employee tests positive

Statewide stay at home order issued by Governor Northam, City of Salem employee tests...

by Shawn Nowlin At approximately 2 p.m. on March 30, Governor Ralph Northam issued a statewide stay at home order. People should leave their homes, Northam outlined in Executive Order Fifty-Three, only to obtain food and supplies, care for family, work,...

Coronavirus CARES Act passed, payments to begin “within three weeks”

Senator Manchin released the following statement after President Trump signed the COVID-19 emergency funding package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, into law. The Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act was also signed into law as part of the...

Education

Taylor named principal of JRHS

Taylor named principal of JRHS

Submitted Photo By Aila Boyd aboyd@mainstreetnewspapers.com The...
Middle school students fared well at Regional Science Fair

Middle school students fared well at Regional Science Fair

Green Bank Elementary-Middle School...

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