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W.Va. News

White House, Dems hurriedly reworking now-$2 trillion Biden plan

By LISA MASCARO, DARLENE SUPERVILLE and ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Democrats are hurriedly reworking key aspects of President Joe Biden's $2 trillion domestic policy plan, trimming which social services and climate change programs to include and ...

Princeton hospital joining WVU Health System

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Princeton Community Hospital is joining the West Virginia University Health System. The hospital's board of directors, the WVU Health System and the city of Princeton have signed a letter of intent for the hospital to be integrated into the WVU system, the university ...

West Virginia University names first female police chief

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Sherry St. Clair has become the first female chief of West Virginia University's police department. St. Clair was selected from among more than 50 candidates, the university said in a news release. She replaces W.P. Chedester, who stepped down earlier this year for ...

Hospital workers give notice of possible strike

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Maintenance and service union workers at a West Virginia hospital have given notice that they intend to strike if a new contract isn't reached soon. The Service Employees International Union voted Wednesday in favor of giving a 10-day strike notice to Cabell ...

2 deaths, 1 injury being investigated at West Virginia jail

GREENWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police are investigating two deaths and an injury that occurred at the North Central Regional Jail, officials said. Authorities were contacted Tuesday about multiple incidents at the jail, according to a statement from West Virginia State Police ...

WVa lawmaker compares federal vaccine rule to Nazi Germany

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Senate president compared the U.S. government's COVID-19 vaccine regulation for companies to Nazi Germany as the Republican-controlled Senate narrowly passed a bill Tuesday to limit employers in their ability to require ...

Cash, shredded documents found at couple’s home in spy case

By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI found a trash bag of shredded documents, thousands of dollars in cash, latex gloves and a "go-bag" when they searched the home of a Maryland couple accused of trying to sell information about nuclear-powered warships to a foreign ...

Man accused of killing pregnant woman arrested after fleeing

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man accused of fatally shooting a pregnant woman and then fleeing in a stolen police cruiser has been arrested, authorities said. Mitchell Hughes, 30, of Racine was taken into custody late Monday when homeowners near Kanawha State Forest found him at ...

After delays, West Virginia Senate passes redistricting map

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — After days of delays, West Virginia's Republican-controlled Senate approved its redistricting map with little debate Tuesday. The 17-district map passed on a 31-2 vote after the start of the Senate's floor session was pushed back ...

WVa teachers union sues county over COVID-19 school policies

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia teachers union is suing a county board of education over its COVID-19 policies. The West Virginia Education Association filed the lawsuit Monday against the Putnam County Board of Education. The lawsuit, which seeks a preliminary injunction, claims the ...

COVID-19 vaccine exemption passes West Virginia House

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill to limit West Virginia employers in their ability to require workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus passed the House of Delegates on Friday. The proposal, which would allow certain medical and religious exemptions to ...

Governor unveils $1B West Virginia broadband expansion plan

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is ready to move forward with a plan to expand long-sought broadband access in rural communities at a potential cost of more than $1 billion, Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday. The plan, which Justice called the largest ...

Ice cream shop hopes to continue West Side revival

By GREG STONE, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Lemon appears to be an early customer favorite at Dancing Dog Ice Cream. If that sounds surprising to you, it's also a surprise to its co-owner, Bob Herrick. Odds are, Herrick will continue to perfect the distinctive flavor. ...

GOP US House incumbents plan to seek reelection in WVa

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two incumbent Republicans in the U.S. House whose West Virginia districts merged under a newly minted congressional map announced Thursday that they will run for reelection next year. Reps. David McKinley and Alex Mooney announced their ...

New WVa Department of Administration cabinet secretary named

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday that he appointed Mark Scott to be cabinet secretary of the Department of Administration. Scott will succeed Allan L. McVey, who was recently appointed West Virginia insurance commissioner. Scott's appointment takes ...

Detroit man arrested in fatal shootings of 2 women in WVa

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Detroit man has been arrested in the fatal shootings of two women in West Virginia, police said. Marquis Jermayne Goodman, 21, was arrested Thursday in Detroit in the Oct. 8 shootings of Bria Nicole White, 26, and Kytiana Belcher, 22, both of Charleston, Charleston ...

25 apply to fill seats on WVa Intermediate Court of Appeals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission has released a list of 25 people who have applied to fill seats on the state Intermediate Court of Appeals. The court was created by the Legislature this year. The commission will interview applicants, and the ...

Couple in submarine spy case to remain held; hearing set

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Maryland couple charged in a plot to sell sensitive U.S. submarine secrets to a foreign government will remain behind bars for now, a judge said Tuesday in granting a detention request from prosecutors. Jonathan and Diana Toebbe each made brief appearances in federal ...

WVa regulators OK continued operation of 3 power plants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Utility regulators have approved a request by two American Electric Power subsidiaries to keep three West Virginia power plants operational until at least 2040. The request granted Tuesday by the state Public Service Commission involves three coal-fired power plants ...

Ex-West Virginia mayor sentenced for pocketing relief funds

RICHWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — A former mayor in West Virginia was sentenced to one to 10 years in prison Tuesday for stealing federal relief funds meant to rebuild his city after a massive 2016 flood. Ex-Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber was sentenced in Nicholas County Circuit Court for his August ...