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W.Va. News

VA hospital patients’ families will have free place to stay

By TRAVIS CRUM, The Herald-Dispatch undefined HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hershel "Woody" Williams said a lot has changed since he arrived to work at the Huntington VA Medical Center in 1946. For starters, the medical center now bears his name. It's recognition for his service in the U.S. ...

Man who murdered black West Virginia teen dies in custody

GRAYSON, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in Kentucky say foul play isn't suspected in the death of a white inmate convicted of killing a black West Virginia teenager he had called a "piece of trash." U.S. Marshal Service Deputy Fred Lamey confirms 65-year-old William Ronald Pulliam died Thursday at ...

Judge reviewing mental evaluation request in manhunt case

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge is considering a mental evaluation request for a man charged in a 2018 shooting that led to a nearly weeklong manhunt in West Virginia. The Herald-Dispatch reports defense attorney Abe Saad asked a judge on Friday for the evaluation after recently learning ...

WV governor declares emergency as drought worsens

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency in response to a worsening drought across West Virginia. The Republican governor’s proclamation Thursday comes as large swaths of the state grapple with moderate to severe drought conditions. Justice says a lack ...

Court to weigh fight over pipeline across Appalachian Trail

By MARK SHERMAN and DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider reinstating a permit that was tossed out by a lower court that would allow construction of a natural gas pipeline through two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail. The ...

3 volunteer firefighters charged with arson in West Virginia

RHODELL, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia have charged three volunteer firefighters with first-degree arson and conspiracy. News outlets report Rhodell volunteer firefighters 39-year-old Matthew Allen Meadows, 19-year-old Alexia Brieane Shrewsbury, 18-year-old Dennis Wade Wilson ...

Ohio woman caught with gun at W. Virginia airport checkpoint

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say they stopped a woman from getting on a plane with a loaded gun in West Virginia. The Transportation Security Administration on Thursday says officers found the handgun in the woman’s carry-on bag at a Huntington Tri-State Airport x-ray ...

State AGs, local governments blast Purdue settlement offer

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press Attorneys general representing nearly half the states and lawyers for more 500 local governments are blasting the terms of Purdue Pharma's offer to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the toll of the nation's opioid epidemic. In a court filing Friday, ...

WV outdoor school uses nature to teach students to thrive

By BRITTANY PATTERSON, West Virginia Public Broadcasting MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A group of fourth and fifth grade students at Morgantown Learning Academy — a private, non-profit elementary school located in Monongalia County — are sitting at two picnic benches surrounded by a forested ...

Advocates: People held at mental hospitals unnecessarily

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Disability rights advocates in West Virginia say patients who are sent to state-run psychiatric hospitals after being found not guilty of a crime by reason of mental illness are being held for years after they are well. The Register-Herald reports the problem was ...

Doctor facing life in prison for thousands of opioid doses

By DENISE LAVOIE and SARAH RANKIN Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — By the time drug enforcement agents swooped into his small medical office in Martinsville, Virginia, in 2017, Dr. Joel Smithers had prescribed about a half a million doses of highly addictive opioids in two ...

Rocket Boys Festival ends two-decade run in West Virginia

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A festival that celebrates West Virginia's Rocket Boys has ended its two-decade run. Author and former NASA engineer Homer Hickam tells news outlets that the Rocket Boys Festival which ended Saturday in Beckley was the last one. The festival had moved to Beckley in ...

W. Virginia’s Medicaid fraud unit moving under AG control

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Control of a unit that fights Medicaid fraud in West Virginia is being transferred this week. The fraud unit is moving from the Department of Health and Human Resources to the state attorney general's office on Tuesday. The transfer was approved by the Legislature ...

W.Va. governor’s companies ordered to pay $35M in lawsuit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to pay $35 million over a lawsuit accusing them of violating a mining contract. U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove in Kentucky on Monday ordered the Kentucky Fuel Corp. and the ...

WVa woman charged with setting fire that killed son

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been charged with setting a 2016 fire that killed her 10-year-old son. The state fire marshal's office says in a news release that 34-year-old Maria Young was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree arson. The statement says the ...

Pilot error cited in fatal plane crash in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal investigators say pilot error likely caused the 2017 crash of a small cargo plane in West Virginia that killed both crew members. The National Transportation Safety Board issued a final report Wednesday on the May 2017 crash at Yeager Airport in Charleston. ...

21 charged in heroin and meth trafficking ring

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they charged 21 people in a drug trafficking ring that operated in Ohio and West Virginia. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart on Wednesday announced the charges follow a long-term FBI investigation in the region. He says the trafficking operation ...

WVa mom accused of fake abduction tale to appear in court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A court appearance has been set for a West Virginia woman accused of falsely reporting that an Egyptian man tried to kidnap her daughter from a shopping mall. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports 24-year-old Santana Renee Adams is set to appear in court Thursday on ...

Feds charge multiple doctors for overprescribing opioids

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they've charged multiple medical professionals for overprescribing millions of opioids across Appalachia. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski on Tuesday announced charges against 13 people in West Virginia, Ohio and Tennessee. ...

West Virginia police kill man in early morning shootout

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say they killed a man who used a woman as a human shield and shot at officers during a wild standoff. Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial says officers shot 41-year-old Jarod Lee Smith early Tuesday. He says officers were responding to an armed ...