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2 firefighters in West Virginia accused of starting fires

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — An investigation by West Virginia State Fire Marshals has led to arrests and charges for two firefighters accused of starting fires and reporting false emergencies. Eighteen-year-old Landy Michael Chapman and 19-year-old Allen Black have been removed from the Ona and ...

Worker hospitalized after legs crushed by garbage truck

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A sanitation worker in West Virginia has been hospitalized after he slipped off the back of a reversing garbage truck and was partially crushed. Bluefield Police Department Sgt. Kenny Adams tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the man was crushed from his toes to ...

Justice proposes special session to create arts department

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has proposed calling a special legislative session in May to deal with creating a Department of Arts and Culture and History. According to media reports, Justice says he has been working with legislative leaders to create the new ...

3 states receive federal grants for addiction recovery

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is among three states sharing additional federal funding to help stem the opioid addiction crisis. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker announced the funds during a visit Friday to a recovery center in South Boston. The money will be used to support programs that help ...

West Virginia governor signs food stamp bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's governor has signed a bill to impose the federal 20-hour weekly work requirement for many food stamp recipients statewide. Gov. Jim Justice signed the bill Tuesday, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported . It applies to people ages 18 to 49 who aren't ...

Toll increases mulled along West Virginia Turnpike

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The agency that oversees the West Virginia Turnpike is considering toll increases. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the West Virginia Parkways Authority unveiled a preliminary study during a finance committee meeting Tuesday in Charleston. Passenger vehicles ...

Funeral set for West Virginia firefighter killed in crash

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Funeral services have been set for one of the West Virginia firefighters killed while responding to a fatal highway crash. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state fire marshal's office said Tuesday that funeral services for Lt. Thomas Craigo of the Pratt ...

Needle exchange program to resume in West Virginia city

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia health department will resume its needle exchange program once it can comply with new rules issued by a police chief. Kanawha-Charleston Health Department President Brenda Isaac tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail the needle exchange portion of its harm ...

West Virginia University adding addiction studies minor

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University will begin offering a new minor this fall aimed at preparing students to assist in substance use treatment and related areas. The university's College of Education and Human Services' minor in addiction studies will be open to undergraduate ...

Needle exchange suspended in West Virginia city

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia health department has suspended its needle exchange program after a police chief issued new rules for the program. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department suspended the needle exchange portion of its harm reduction ...

Vatican grants official blessing to proposed hospital merger

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Vatican has granted its official blessing to a proposed West Virginia hospital merger, the last step needed before the transaction could be finalized. The Pallotine Missionary Sisters announced Monday in a joint statement from the health care facilities that the ...

2,000 customers still without power from West Virginia storm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Appalachian Power says about 2,000 customers remain without power in southern West Virginia from a weekend winter storm. The company says on its website that electricity is expected be restored by Tuesday night to residents and businesses in McDowell and Wyoming ...

Union: Pact reached with Frontier to end strike

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A union says a tentative contract agreement has been reached with Frontier Communications to end a three-week strike by about 1,400 workers in West Virginia and parts of Virginia. The Communications Workers of America's District 2-13 says on its Facebook page that ...

Thousands remain without power in West Virginia from storm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Appalachian Power crews are working to restore electricity to thousands of West Virginia customers who lost power from a winter storm. The company says on its website that more than 8,000 customers in southern West Virginia remained without power Monday. Most of the ...

West Virginia writers collaborate on ‘coming together’

By DAVE LAVENDER, The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — In the wake of the last presidential election, and in the constant daily social media war of words, Cat Pleska saw her home state of West Virginia, the country and the world getting more and more divided. And she didn't just ...

Students lead West Virginia rally for stricter gun laws

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Students led a rally at West Virginia's Capitol to call for stricter gun laws in the wake of the Florida school shooting. Media reports say participants at the Saturday rally in Charleston held signs that said "Protect kids not guns" and "Together we can end gun ...

Names of 5 crash victims, including 2 firefighters, released

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities on Sunday released the names of five people killed in separate weekend crashes in West Virginia, including two firefighters whose fire truck hit a rock wall while responding to the other accident. Five members of the Pratt ...

Easter Carnival set for West Virginia Capitol grounds

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Easter Carnival is set for the West Virginia Capitol Complex grounds next weekend. The office of Gov. Jim Justice says the carnival will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the Capitol's north plaza in Charleston. Games, prizes, crafts and food will be ...

One morning with the tree-dwelling pipeline protesters

By MATT COMBS, The Register-Herald PETERS MOUNTAIN, W.Va. (AP) — This mountain rises out of the valley floor like a fortress wall rising to the heavens. As for a political boundary, it is obvious why it was used to separate Monroe County from three Virginia counties just across the ...

Sharon Lewis Malcolm named to House of Delegates seat

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican Sharon Lewis Malcolm has been appointed to a West Virginia House of Delegates seat. Gov. Jim Justice announced Malcolm's appointment Thursday. The 39th District seat represents Kanawha County. Malcolm fills a vacancy created by the resignation earlier ...