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These States Are Pulling Their Weight for US Economy

Washington state has the best economy, West Virginia the worst, per WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - When it comes to the US economy, a variety of factors underlie its health (or lack thereof), with the economies of individual states playing a significant part. WalletHub wanted to see which ones are really pulling their weight when it comes to contributing to the national coffers, so it looked...

Boy, 7, Charged With Arson; Stepdad Charged With Abuse
Boy, 7, Charged With Arson

Boy, 7, Charged With Arson

Cops say boy was physically abused before setting fire to his home with family members inside

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy set fire to his family's home as his parents slept inside, according to West Virginia police, who've laid arson charges against the boy and child abuse charges against his stepfather. The fire erupted around noon Wednesday near Elizabeth, per the AP . The Jackson County Sheriff'...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice Running for Manchin's Seat

Manchin has not yet announced whether he will run for reelection

(Newser) - West Virginia Republican Gov. Jim Justice announced Thursday that he is running for Democrat Joe Manchin’s US Senate seat in 2024, setting up what could be a hard-fought campaign between two of the state’s most prominent politicians, the AP reports. Justice, an ultrawealthy businessman who is barred from...

Supreme Court Doesn't Enact Transgender Athlete Restriction

West Virginia law isn't in effect while it's being challenged

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Thursday passed on a chance to put a state law into effect that would prohibit transgender athletes from playing on female school sports teams. The 2021 West Virginia law, which would apply to students in middle school through college, is on hold while an appeals court...

West Virginia No Longer Allows 15-Year-Olds to Marry

New law still permits underage marriage if parents consent

(Newser) - West Virginia will no longer allow children under 16 to marry, after the governor signed a compromise bill Wednesday. The law signed by Republican Gov. Jim Justice continues allowing children ages 16 and 17 to get married with restrictions. Under the new law, the AP reports, those minors must obtain...

This Is the Most Stressed State in America

Mississippi needs to meditate, per WalletHub, while Minnesota seems to be handling its tension just fine

(Newser) - Need to squeeze one of those stress balls more than you used to? It could have something to do with where you live. WalletHub looked at all 50 states to see which ones were the most afflicted by anxiety and tension, examining more than three dozen metrics across four main...

Looking for Big Tips? These States Deliver

Delaware tops the list of Toast's quarterly 'Restaurant Trends Report'

(Newser) - Online eatery platform Toast is out with its quarterly "Restaurant Trends Report," for Q4 of last year, and among such stats as delivery orders during the Super Bowl, the site examined the state of tipping nationwide. Toast looked at average tips across the US and found that Cleveland...

37 Years Later, Man Confesses to Killing Boy Over Stolen Bike

David Adams charged with 2nd-degree murder in 1985 killing of 13-year-old Jeremiah Watkins

(Newser) - For nearly all of her life, Jamie Cole wondered what had caused someone to kill her big brother. She was only a year old in 1985 when 13-year-old Jeremiah "Jerry" Watkins' body was found beaten and stabbed in a shallow grave near railroad tracks in Terra Alta, West Virginia....

Bill Sets Day of Remembrance for Worst US Sports Disaster

Most of Marshall University's football team died in 1970 plane crash in West Virginia

(Newser) - A bill has won final legislative approval in West Virginia that would establish an annual day of recognition for the worst sports disaster in US history, a plane crash that killed most of Marshall University's football team. On Nov. 14, 1970, a chartered jet crashed in fog and rain...

This Is the Happiest State in America
This Is the Happiest
State in America

This Is the Happiest State in America

Hawaii tops WalletHub's list; West Virginia lands at the bottom

(Newser) - Happiness is said to be a state of mind—but what state you're in could affect that state. WalletHub wanted to find out where people in the US are at their most content, especially in the wake of the worst of the pandemic and amid new stressors like inflation....

Another State Bans Virtually All Abortions

West Virginia governor signs legislation into effect

(Newser) - Gov. Jim Justice on Friday signed into law a ban on abortions at all stages of pregnancy, making West Virginia the second state to enact a law prohibiting the procedure since the Supreme Court's June ruling overturning its constitutional protection. The bill will go into effect immediately, except for...

Ex-Superintendent Allegedly Lured 2 Kids Into His Car

Police allege William Morrison offered to pay the children to babysit

(Newser) - As recently as 2017, William Morrison was an Ohio schools superintendent. On Thursday, he was arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap two children in Huntington, W. Va. The Columbus Dispatch reports the 59-year-old, who now lives in that city, allegedly pulled up to a 9-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl he...

Man Accused by Sister Who Woke From Coma Is Dead

Daniel Palmer dies in custody in West Virginia

(Newser) - A bizarre case out of West Virginia has taken another turn. A 55-year-old man accused of trying to kill his sister—by her, after she woke from a two-year coma —has died in custody, reports the AP . Daniel Palmer of Cottageville died at a Charleston hospital on Thursday, one...

After 2 Years in Coma, Woman Identifies Brother as Attacker

Daniel Palmer arrested in West Virginia

(Newser) - Two years ago, neighbors found Wanda Palmer on her couch in West Virginia, with injuries so severe that police who arrived on the scene at first thought she was dead. She wasn't, but she had been "attacked, hacked, and left for dead" with what authorities believe was a...

Trump Dealt One Win, One 'High-Profile Loss'

Charles Herbster loses bid for Nebraska governor, while Alex Mooney wins in WVa's 2nd District

(Newser) - Former President Trump took a hit in Nebraska on Tuesday. Voters in the state's Republican gubernatorial primary chose University of Nebraska regent Jim Pillen over State Sen. Brett Lindstrom and Charles Herbster, a Trump-backed businessman and rancher who faced allegations of sexual misconduct from eight women, including state Republican...

In Tuesday Primaries, 2 Races Are Trump Tests

Former president backing Alex Mooney in West Virginia and Charles Herbster in Nebraska

(Newser) - It's another primary day in America, and much of the attention is again focused on a man whose name is not on any ballot—Donald Trump. Candidates backed by the former president—notably Ohio Senate hopeful JD Vance —did well in last week's primaries in Ohio and...

This Is the Most Stressed State in America

Louisiana is one big stress ball, according to latest WalletHub rankings

(Newser) - To say we've collectively and individually been stressed over the past two years is probably an understatement, but the stress levels are higher in some parts of the US than others. WalletHub looked at all 50 states, examining more than three dozen metrics in four categories: stress related to...

Here Are the Most, Least Educated States
This State Is
America's Smartest

This State Is America's Smartest

Massachusetts is most educated, per WalletHub ranking; West Virginia is least

(Newser) - Schools have taken a big hit during the pandemic, with continual disruptions to in-person learning in elementary and secondary schools and colleges across the nation. Still, as WalletHub notes, "amid these struggles, some states are able to provide safe, quality education more than others." To find out which...

W. Va. Students Object After They're Preached to at School

Cabell County Schools rep says the event was supposed to be voluntary

(Newser) - Between calculus and European history classes at a West Virginia public high school, 16-year-old Cameron Mays and his classmates were told by their teacher to go to an evangelical Christian revival assembly. When students arrived at the event in the school's auditorium, they were instructed to close their eyes...

Bette Midler Swings Back at West Virginia's Governor

Jim Justice said she, other critics can kiss his bulldog's 'hiney'

(Newser) - Update: Bette Midler took to Twitter to respond to West Virginia Republican Gov. Jim Justice's suggestion that she and any other critics kiss his bulldog's "hiney." The actress tweeted Friday, "BTW, here are the state rankings of all the areas and agencies for which the...

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