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Oklahoma, West Virginia officials, others dispute California climate claim

By KEN MILLER and KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials from Oklahoma and more than a dozen other states have sent two letters to California's insurance commissioner, asking that he stop pressing insurance companies to publicly disclose fossil fuel investments and ...

West Virginia: Cindy’s remnants raise flood threat

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Heavy rain from the remnants of a tropical storm is expected late Thursday in West Virginia and a flash flood watch has been issued for most of the state, where 23 people were killed in flooding last June. The National Weather ...

Police find body in shallow grave, 2 charged

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police say detectives searching for a missing person found a body in a shallow grave at a Kentucky residence and took two people into custody. Kentucky State Police said in a statement that their investigation began Wednesday when a West Virginia sheriff asked for ...

$3M federal funding for West Virginia broadband

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says $3 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help to provide broadband access in Barbour, Randolph and Upshur counties. According to Capito's office, the grant will be matched with ...

West Virginia man faces prison for gun possession

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A 32-year-old West Virginia man could face up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to illegal gun possession in federal court. Authorities say Matthew E. Boone, of Clarksburg, pleaded guilty to the single charge. According to prosecutors, Boone was previously ...

Hearings start in West Virginia drug wholesale lawsuit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The first hearing has been held in a lawsuit involving drug wholesale distributors accused of fueling West Virginia's heroin epidemic. Local news outlets report that Tuesday in Charleston a legal team for several West Virginia counties argued damages are necessary ...

West Nile virus detected in West Virginia’s Cabell County

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health officials say West Nile virus has been detected in a mosquito in Cabell County. News outlets report the Cabell-Huntington Health Department has been trapping mosquitoes and submitting them for tests to monitor the virus. The department's ...

Topless protest planned in West Virginia’s capital city

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A topless protest is planned in West Virginia's capital city despite the mayor's request to reschedule. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports nearly 200 people have RSVP'd for "Free the Nip Top Freedom Rally" on Facebook. Charleston Mayor Danny Jones asked organizers ...

Coal company sues HBO’s John Oliver for defamation

NEW YORK (AP) — Coal company Murray Energy has sued HBO and its Sunday-night host, John Oliver, for what it says was a "false and malicious broadcast" last Sunday evening. It's seeking financial damages and a court order barring rebroadcasts of the segment's "defamatory statements." Oliver's ...

West Virginia diocese closes 2nd Catholic school this year

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese has closed two Catholic schools in a West Virginia county this year, citing low enrollment. Local news outlets report the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston announced Thursday that All Saints Catholic School in Moundsville will ...

Railroad company CSX lays off 70 at West Virginia facility

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Railroad company CSX says it has cut 70 jobs at a locomotive shop in West Virginia, while 270 others continue to work at the facility. Company spokesman Rob Doolittle says the shop in Huntington will remain open and keep servicing locomotives. Affected employees are ...

West Virginia man pleads guilty to drug and gun charges

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A 33-year-old West Virginia man has been convicted of selling methamphetamines and illegal gun possession. Federal authorities say Joseph Nathaniel Hartman, of Petersburg, pleaded guilty to both crimes that occurred in Grant County in August 2015. Investigators say ...

$3M federal funding for West Virginia broadband

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says $3 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help to provide broadband access in Barbour, Randolph and Upshur counties. According to Capito's office, the grant will be matched with ...

Memorial, parks honor victims of 2016 West Virginia floods

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Rain falling like it would never end has changed the meaning of summer in this tiny corner of Appalachia. When the downpour finally stopped in White Sulphur Springs on June 23, 2016, five lives had been lost along one road ...

Getaway prizes given to fans of West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's tourism agency has given out 21 getaways so far to West Virginia fans who used social media for tweets, posts and uploading photographs showing the state to others. Most daily prizes are weekend getaways at state resorts and cabin retreats. In ...

New River Flying Club celebrates 50 years

By REBECCA HINKLE, The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Fifty years is a milestone worth recognizing, and having reached that 50-year mark, the New River Flying Club is doing just that. The club, which takes its name from the New River Gorge, was created by Dr. Joe Jarrett and his ...

Stray kitten at state capitol finds home

By JOSELYN KING, The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Moundsville native Jacque Bland has a new feline companion after playing a role in the rescue of a scared tabby kitten taking refuge under vehicles parked at the West Virginia State Capitol in ...

West Virginia budget talks costing $500,000

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers returned Monday to try again to agree on tax and budget bills for the 16th day of a special session that has cost the state about $500,000 so far. The extra days each cost roughly $35,000. The law authorizes paying the 134 legislators each ...

West Virginia high court excludes inmates from workers’ comp

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Inmates participating in work-release programs do not quality for workers' compensation benefits, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled has ruled. The court on Thursday unanimously affirmed a Workers' Compensation Board of Review's 2015 decision to not grant workers' ...

West Virginia’s senators urge Appalachian natural gas hub

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators have introduced legislation intended to help establish a major natural gas storage and distribution hub in the Appalachian region. Their legislation would designate it a "critical energy infrastructure" project, which they say would make ...