- Associated Press - Monday, January 16, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Latest on the inauguration of Jim Justice as West Virginia’s governor (all times local):

3:10 p.m.

Gov. Jim Justice has proposed measures to help West Virginia’s teachers, highways, jobs, tax receipts, forestry and manufacturing.

In a speech after he ceremonially was sworn in, Justice also promises to do everything he can to help the state’s poor and rid it of a drug epidemic.

He later greeted the public in the statehouse rotunda.

Justice says the state’s teachers need to be paid more with school control returned locally from the bureaucracy in Charleston.

He says tax rates on coal mining and natural gas drilling should rise when companies are making a lot of money and decline when they’re hurting.

He’s calling for a federal environmental subsidy for the state’s forests and manufacturing hardwood products and financing a highways program he says would create 25,000 new jobs.

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11:55 p.m.

Coal magnate Jim Justice has been sworn in as West Virginia’s governor, the 34th man to hold the post in the state’s century and a half.

The 6-foot-7 Justice, an outgoing, nearly larger-than-life figure, plans to stand in a reception line at the Capitol to greet the public, and then attend a Monday evening celebration at the Greenbrier Resort he owns.

Elected as a Democrat in his first run for statewide office at age 65, he defeated Republican Senate President Bill Cole.

Justice, who owns coal mines, farms and other businesses now run by his children, has said he’ll put them into a blind trust and focus on governing for the state’s 1.8 million people.

He follows Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

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8:30 a.m.

Gov.-elect Jim Justice will take office Monday with his Capitol inauguration, after which the 6-foot-7 coal magnate, an outgoing, nearly larger-than-life figure, plans to stand in a reception line to greet the public.

Justice, elected as a Democrat in his first run for statewide office at age 65, defeated Republican Senate President Bill Cole.

He has emphasized helping the state’s economy add jobs, boosting tourism and protecting nature while encouraging industry in West Virginia.

Justice owns coal mines, farms and the Greenbrier Resort. He has said he’ll put the businesses now run by his children into a blind trust and focus on governing for the sake of the state’s 1.8 million people.

He follows Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who followed Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin, now a U.S. senator.

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