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W.Va. News

Separate sale of Wyoming, West Virginia coal mines approved

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A coal company may sell two large Wyoming mines separately from one in West Virginia, a U.S. bankruptcy court has ruled in a development that added uncertainty to the possibility that the Wyoming mines might reopen soon. Bristol, Tennessee-based Contura Energy originally ...

Ojeda says VA leak derailed his congressional bid

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former Army Maj. Richard Ojeda says his West Virginia congressional campaign was derailed by a Department of Veterans Affairs employee who's charged with leaking medical records. The former Democratic state senator and one-time presidential hopeful filed suit against ...

WV sheriff’s deputy found guilty of falsifying documents

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia sheriff's deputy has been found guilty of falsifying documentation of payments made to confidential informants. News outlets report former Harrison County deputy Timothy Rock was found guilty Thursday of 17 counts of falsifying accounts and one count ...

Deadly virus detected in West Virginia white-tailed deer

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a deadly virus has been detected in white-tailed deer in southern West Virginia. The state Division of Natural Resources says in a news release that the deer were found dead in Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties. It says a lab ...

West Virginia man accused of aiming airsoft gun at officer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a West Virginia man who pointed a realistic-looking airsoft gun at a police officer has been charged with threatening a terroristic act. The Charleston Police Department says Charles Norman Miller was arrested Thursday after officers received a report of ...

Second lawsuit accuses doctor of sexual misconduct

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A second lawsuit has been filed against a West Virginia doctor accusing him of sexual misconduct. The Register-Herald reports the lawsuit filed Thursday says the female patient was sexually assaulted in June by Dr. Zouhair Kabbara at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley. ...

21 states sue Trump administration over new coal rules

By DON THOMPSON and ADAM BEAM Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of 21 Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with California's governor saying the president is trying to rescue an ...

HIV cases in West Virginia county rise to 71

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say the number of HIV cases in Cabell County has risen to 71. The state Department of Health and Human Resources posted the figure on Monday, saying the virus has spread primarily among intravenous drug users. The cluster, tracked since ...

Ex-West Virginia correctional officer convicted in drug plot

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia correctional officer has pleaded guilty in a scheme to smuggle methamphetamine into jail. John Edward Roach II entered the plea in federal court in Charleston to possession with intent to distribute meth. Court records show an inmate asked ...

Former WV teacher to serve time for student sexual assault

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia teacher is going to prison on accusations she had a decade-long relationship with a former student and eventually had children with him. Ohio County Judge Michael Olejasz's office says the Wheeling Park High School teacher, 42-year-old Elizabeth ...

West Virginia delegate resigns to take lobbying job

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Del. Jason Harshbarger is resigning from the legislature to become a lobbyist for Dominion Energy. The Republican from Ritchie County submitted a resignation letter to the speaker of the House of Delegates on Wednesday. He'll leave his post Aug. ...

Judge approves sale of Blackjewel coal assets

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has approved Contura Energy's bid for three mines owned by the bankrupt Blackjewel coal company. A Blackjewel spokesman said U.S. District Judge Frank Volk in West Virginia approved the sale Tuesday. The deal still needs the federal government's ...

Worker dies after electric shock at West Virginia coal mine

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say an electrician has died after an electric shock at a coal mine in West Virginia. The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says the worker died around 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Kanawha Eagle South Hollow Preparation Plant. The ...

City to forgive tickets in exchange for school supplies

SPENCER, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city is offering to forgive unpaid parking tickets in exchange for school supplies. The city of Spencer announced the deal Tuesday on Facebook. The city of Wheeling earlier this summer initiated the same program. It says it will clear the parking ...

Sheriff: 10-year-old hospitalized after crashing stolen car

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say a 10-year-old boy stole his family's sedan and crashed into a pickup truck, severely injuring himself. Mercer County Sheriff's Deputy L.L. Addair tells news outlets that the boy suffered a broken arm and severe head injuries in the ...

West Virginia bar has license suspended after fatal shooting

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A fatal shooting occurred outside a West Virginia bar Sunday, prompting the suspension of its liquor license. News outlets report The Hot Corner Bar will have its license suspended as of Monday for 10 days. Gary "Gig" Robinson is the communications director for the ...

West Virginia mayor presents plan for vacant buildings

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The mayor of West Virginia's capital city wants to try out new ways to deal with vacant and abandoned properties that have drawn the ire of residents. Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin on Monday announced the introduction of two bills that would increase fines on vacant ...

West Virginia man sentenced in discharge of untreated sewage

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to five years' probation and fined $24,000 for violating permits and discharging untreated sewage from his treatment plant. U.S. Attorney Bill Powell's office said 56-year-old Timothy Peer of Springfield owned Mountainaire ...

Police: Man charged for shooting after pot deal gone wrong

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say a man has been charged for shooting a gun at a car after he was robbed during a marijuana deal gone wrong. The Charleston Police Department says Monday that Brandon Scott Woodfell has been charged with wanton endangerment. Authorities say ...

Man pleads guilty to killing West Virginia teen

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A white man accused of killing a black teen in West Virginia nearly three years ago has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. News outlets report 65-year-old William Ronald Pulliam entered the plea Monday in Kanawha County on what would have been his first day of ...