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West Virginia legislators eye measures to end teacher strike

By JOHN RABY and MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia legislators plan to meet Tuesday to weigh some possible compromise aimed at ending the strike by West Virginia teachers now entering its ninth day. A show of support by thousands of teachers and ...

West Virginia teacher strike headed for a 9th day

By JOHN RABY and MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Striking teachers in West Virginia delivered yet another message to lawmakers Monday by packing the state Capitol to capacity, the eighth school day of the walkout. The show of support by thousands didn't ...

West Virginia House opposes constitutional abortion rights

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press West Virginia lawmakers say the main goal of a constitutional amendment they are proposing is to end Medicaid funding for abortions — but opponents say the change could lead to a future ban on abortions altogether. The House on Monday voted 73-25 to ...

Grants awarded for West Virginia courthouse repairs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority has approved $1.68 million in grants for courthouse repairs and renovations around the state. The funding comes from fees for concealed weapons permits, marriage licenses, processing criminal bonds, felony ...

Virginia man sentenced in cigarette smuggling case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been sentenced to three years in prison for cigarette smuggling. The U.S. attorney's office in Martinsburg said in a news release that 32-year-old Mohamed Abdo Elbarati of Winchester, Virginia, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic in contraband ...

West Virginia teachers: No raise? No school; strike goes on

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press Unions representing West Virginia teachers and service personnel say they will stay out on strike after the state Senate voted to cut the 5 percent pay raise they had negotiated with Gov. Jim Justice. In a joint statement Saturday, the American Federation ...

‘Year of the Child’ aims to focus on effect of opioid crisis

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Child welfare activists have launched a yearlong campaign to highlight the effect of West Virginia's opioid crisis on the youth. The Register-Herald reports that child advocacy leaders conferred Wednesday and kicked off the "Year of the Child," a campaign to unite ...

West Virginia mayor wants to end needle exchange program

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mayor wants to end the county's needle exchange program as he says too many needles are ending up on streets and playgrounds. News outlets report Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said Thursday that he wants to make it illegal for the program to pass out ...

West Virginia tax collections up 8.1 percent in February

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia tax authorities say February collections were 8.1 percent higher than the same month last year and $8 million above their budget estimate. For the first eight months of the fiscal year, general fund taxes total $2.6 billion or about $17.5 million lower ...

Man killed by West Virginia deputies held paint sprayer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say a man who was fatally shot by deputies several days earlier was holding a paint spray gun and not a firearm. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Monongalia County Sheriff's Office said Friday that Randall Beymer threatened the ...

West Virginia Senate passes oil, natural gas drilling bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill to allow drilling for oil and natural gas beneath property where 75 percent of owners of its royalty interests agree. The measure passed 23-11 Saturday. It will have to be reconciled with the House-passed version. Under ...

West Virginia teacher strike reaches 7 days without classes

By JOHN RABY and MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Many West Virginia public school students were at loose ends again Friday, with their classrooms closed for a seventh straight class day as teachers fought for pay raises. The state Senate's Republican majority ...

Experts: New DNA evidence could exonerate men in 2002 murder

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Experts say DNA evidence could exonerate some men convicted in the 2002 slaying of a woman in West Virginia. The Herald-Dispatch reports attorneys for Justin Keith Black and brothers Nathaniel and Phillip Scott Barnett filed requests seeking a new trial in the death ...

West Virginia Senate doesn’t vote on teacher pay raise

By JOHN RABY and MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Facing pressure from striking, chanting teachers who filled the Capitol again Thursday, West Virginia's Senate majority refused to take up their pay raise legislation, angering protesters and causing schools across ...

Morrisey says directive follows his suit against the DEA

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general says his December lawsuit against the federal Drug Enforcement Administration will lead to fewer opioid prescriptions in the U.S. According to Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, a deadline in the lawsuit has led to a directive from ...

West Virginia University fundraising campaign totals $1.2B

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University says its recent fundraising campaign collected contributions of more than $1.2 billion. The school said in a news release that the campaign, which ended Dec. 31, included more than 90,000 donors and was the largest private fundraising ...

Back to school: West Virginia teachers’ strike ends Thursday

By JOHN RABY and MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A middle school student's questioning at a town hall meeting prompted West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to rethink his approach to teacher pay that eventually would lead to an agreement to end a statewide ...

DOJ to support lawsuits against companies selling opioids

By SADIE GURMAN and GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Tuesday it will support local officials in hundreds of lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of powerful opioid painkillers that are fueling the nation's drug abuse crisis. The move ...

Commission reports West Virginia project investments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Appalachian Regional Commission reports supporting 55 projects in West Virginia with nearly $19 million in the 2017 fiscal year. The commission says the efforts trained or educated more than 1,300 students and workers and helped to create or retain 1,090 ...

Pipeline gets air quality permit for compressor station

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A proposed pipeline to bring fracked natural gas from West Virginia to points east and south has won another North Carolina state permit. The Department of Environmental Quality issued Tuesday an air quality permit to Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers for a Northampton ...