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W.Va. News

WVa education board puts charter school plan up for comment

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education will give the public 60 days to comment on a proposal on charter schools, double the normal allotted time. The board put the policy proposal up for comment Thursday. Legislation signed by Gov. Jim Justice authorizes a staggered ...

Tennant launches 2020 W.Va. secretary of state bid

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former West Virginia secretary of state Natalie Tennant has launched a bid to take back the position in 2020. The Democrat announced her candidacy in a video released Thursday. Tennant served as secretary of state from 2009 to 2017. Her campaign website highlights ...

Man charged in investigation of heroin-laced vape sicknesses

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say they have identified another source of suspected heroin-laced vaping solutions that sickened two high school students. Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston said Thursday that an ongoing investigation of the overdoses has led to charges ...

Virginia pastor acquitted in West Virginia sex abuse case

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Virginia pastor has been acquitted of charges that he sexually abused a girl under the age of 12 in West Virginia. The Exponent Telegram reports a jury on Wednesday found 77-year-old Daniel Houston Shafer of Elk Creek, Virginia, not guilty of first-degree sexual ...

WVa police referring disabled woman’s forceful arrest to FBI

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mayor says federal authorities are being asked to look into the use of force by Charleston police during the arrest of a woman with special needs. Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin said in a statement Thursday that following a series of meetings ...

West Virginia Board of Education to discuss charter schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education is set to discuss charter schools this week. The board will meet on Wednesday and Thursday in Charleston. A board policy proposal on charter schools is on Thursday's agenda. Details of the policy were scheduled for release ...

Last W Virginia Kmarts to close as company cuts 100 stores

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The last two remaining Kmart locations in West Virginia are set to close by early next year as the retailer shutters about 100 stores nationwide. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Kanawha City Kmart in Charleston will close in February following the closure of ...

WV board revokes license of doctor who wrote illegal scripts

MILTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia doctor who admitted in state and federal court to writing illegal opioid prescriptions and possessing drugs has had his license revoked. The Herald-Dispatch reports that records show the state medicine board took away Marc J. Spelar's license to practice ...

FBI eyes how Pennsylvania approved pipeline

By MARC LEVY Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The FBI has begun a corruption investigation into how Gov. Tom Wolf's administration came to issue permits for construction on a multibillion-dollar pipeline project to carry highly volatile natural gas liquids across Pennsylvania, The ...

4 accused of lying on WVa licensed electrician applications

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Four people are accused of lying on applications to become licensed electricians in West Virginia. News outlets report the men were arrested Tuesday when they showed up to take the four-hour licensing exam in Charleston. Each is charged with felony forgery of a ...

Bill addresses pensions, health care for miners, retirees

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is co-sponsoring a bill with West Virginia's two U.S. senators and others aimed at preserving the pensions of about 92,000 retired coal miners, as well as the health-care benefits of another 13,000 ...

WVa physician gets probation on drug charge

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia physician has been sentenced to probation for writing fraudulent prescriptions so he could get drugs. Chad Poage also was ordered Monday in federal court in Clarksburg to complete 500 hours of community service. Poage admitted writing 30 fraudulent ...

Woman charged after airport rental cars spray-painted

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia woman has been charged after five rental cars at Yeager Airport were found scratched up and spray-painted. Airport Police Chief Eric Johnson on Wednesday said officers used security footage to track down Anntonia Lipscomb after the ...

WVSU, state business center to host small business workshop

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University is hosting a free workshop for people who want to start their own businesses. The college says it's partnering with the West Virginia Small Business Development Center for the event on Wednesday, Nov. 20. It will run from 1 p.m. to 3 ...

Man gets home detention for abandoning Yorkie in cooler bag

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to one to five years' home confinement for abandoning his Yorkie. News outlets report 36-year-old Justin Ryan Lancianese was sentenced this month after pleading guilty this summer to a felony animal cruelty charge. A criminal ...

Bill addresses pensions, health care for miners, retirees

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is co-sponsoring a bill with West Virginia's two U.S. senators and others aimed at preserving the pensions of about 92,000 retired coal miners, as well as the health-care benefits of another 13,000 ...

Interstate widening project set to start in West Virginia

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Construction is set to start on a widening project along Interstate 64 in West Virginia between Huntington and Charleston. Crews will put construction barrels along the interstate starting Wednesday between the Merritts Creek and Huntington Mall exits in ...

WVa surgeons perform state’s first heart transplant

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Surgeons at West Virginia University have performed the state's first heart transplant. The university says in a news release that the six-hour surgery occurred Saturday in Morgantown on a 61-year-old male patient from Chesapeake, Ohio. It was performed by surgeons ...

Contract awarded to manage WVa foster kids’ health care

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has awarded a contract to manage the health care for thousands of foster children. The Department of Health and Human Resources says in a news release that Aetna Better Health of West Virginia has been awarded the $200 million contract. West Virginia's ...

Pastors want probe into forceful arrest of disabled woman

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — About 30 clergy members have asked a West Virginia city to order an independent investigation into the arrest of a woman with special needs. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the pastors demanded the probe Tuesday at a public meeting on police policy. Cellphone ...