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Former Fenton Art Glass factory workers reunite at factory

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Former workers at Fenton Art Glass have held one last reunion at the factory. Media outlets reports nearly 200 former employees had signed up for the gathering at the plant Saturday in Williamstown. The glass factory stopped production in 2011. It was founded in ...

West Virginia to install new video board at stadium

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A new video board measuring 37 feet high by 97 feet long is planned for installation this summer at West Virginia University's Milan Puskar Stadium. The board will be installed in the north end zone in time for the fall football season. The university says the new ...

Marshall students collect donated hair for young patients

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University students have collected more than 20 feet (6.2 meters) of hair to benefit young medical patients. WMUL-FM executive director Adam Rogers says in a news release that $145 in donations was collected at the 10th annual Hair for the Herd event last ...

West Virginia targets broadband growth, flood protection

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two newly signed laws in West Virginia are intended to extend broadband internet service to unreached parts of the state and help it better prepare for major flooding. The broadband measure acknowledges the Legislature and governor have set a primary goal of making ...

West Virginia University fraternity faces suspension

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University fraternity is facing suspension for undisclosed violations of the organization's rules. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2qgFekP ) that the university stopped recognizing its chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon after the ...

Youth detention guard reaches child solicitation plea deal

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia juvenile detention center guard has reached a plea agreement on charges that he tried to solicit oral sex online from a police officer posing as a 15-year-old boy. The Martinsburg Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2oWfKFC ) that James Cameron Coates ...

West Virginia school district wants Bible program suit nixed

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia school district is again asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that targets its "Bible in the Schools" program, saying a new parent who has joined the lawsuit lacks legal standing because she put her child in a different school district almost a ...

Man sentenced after leading police on chase with baby in car

OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to a year in jail after leading Maryland police on a 12-mile, high-speed chase with a baby in his car. The Cumberland Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/2qcV6lu ) 23-year-old Corey Austin Bircher, of Elk Garden, West Virginia, pleaded ...

Facing funding cuts, Marshall University likely to raise fee

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University's Board of Governors has adopted four potential proposals in anticipation of funding cuts from the state. News outlets report that each of the plans accepted Wednesday will use tuition hikes to compensate for about 60 percent of the cuts and will ...

Authorities: Football coach arrested on drug charges

SMITHERS, W.Va. (AP) — A Fayette County teacher and football coach has been arrested after authorities say he sold drugs to undercover police in Smithers. News outlets report Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley said in a news release that 38-year-old Larry McCommack was arrested Wednesday ...

Former student gets prison in Morgantown sexual assault

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia University student has been sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman inside a parking garage elevator in Morgantown. The Dominion Post reports (http://bit.ly/2oEUU1l ) that 21-year-old Sadeq Abbas Alhakeem, was ...

Woman rescues boater overboard in Little Kanawha River

ELIZABETH, W.Va. (AP) — A woman walking in a park rescued a boater who fell into the Little Kanawha River and got tangled in a rope. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2ppfmjP ) that 26-year-old Mikaela Cogar, of Grantsville, and her sister saw the man clinging to the ...

Gov. Justice calling lawmakers back to resolve budget

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice says he's calling the Legislature back to a special session next week to resolve their budget disagreement. The Democratic governor two weeks ago vetoed the $4.1 billion general revenue spending plan approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, ...

West Virginia authorities warn against handling wild animal babies

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Division of Natural Resources is urging people to avoid getting close to young wildlife for the welfare of the animals and themselves. Tyler Evans, a wildlife biologist, says handling baby animals leaves behind a human scent that may attract ...

Wayne County Board of Education cuts 84 positions

WAYNE, W.Va. (AP) — The Wayne County Board of Education has decided to eliminate 84 jobs to balance the budget. News outlets report the board made the cuts at a special meeting Tuesday to account for a multi-million dollar shortfall. The cuts will consolidate and eliminate positions. School ...

State Supreme Court hears argument in a hate crime case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state's Supreme Court has heard arguments on whether a former Marshall University football player should be charged with a hate crime under West Virginia law. News outlets report the court heard arguments Tuesday to determine if Steward Butler should be charged ...

Gov. Justice, legislative leaders still divided on budget

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Nearly two weeks after West Virginia's Democratic governor vetoed the budget approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, negotiations have yet to resolve disagreements on tax changes and spending cuts. However, Gov. Jim ...

Manchin says Senate backing retired miners’ benefits

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says the Senate backs permanently extending health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire after April. Manchin says Wednesday the permanent fix will be included ...

Officials: Potent heroin blamed for 14 overdoses in 1 day

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) — Officials are adding up the numbers after 14 people overdosed from a bad batch of heroin in one day. News outlets report Mason County Emergency Medical Services responded to 20 overdoses in total last week. Emergency Management Director Dennis Zimmerman says ...

West Virginia won’t charge to enter 7 state parks, forests

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has stopped a pilot project to start charging entrance fees at seven West Virginia state parks and forests. Justice called the decision to charge a $2 daily fee starting Memorial Day weekend an error made without his approval. He ...