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W.Va. News

Ford found liable in lawsuit in West Virginia woman’s death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A jury in West Virginia has awarded $7 million in a product liability lawsuit against Ford Motor Co. to the family of a woman who died when her Mustang was involved in a fiery crash. A Kanawha County jury made the award this week to the Raleigh County family of ...

WVa social services workers get raises, dashboard to debut

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday that social services workers will receive a 15% pay increase by tapping funds from existing vacant positions after such efforts failed in the Legislature. About 970 employees of the Department of Health and Human ...

WVa gets more federal funding for abandoned mine cleanup

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will receive an additional $27 million in federal funding for abandoned coal mine cleanup. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding Tuesday from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. The office's Abandoned ...

Antolini named WVa Public Broadcasting executive director

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The interim leader of West Virginia Public Broadcasting was named Wednesday as its full-time chief executive officer and executive director. The West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority voted unanimously to remove the interim tag from Butch Antolini's title. ...

West Virginia housing programs get $42M in federal funding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Twenty West Virginia housing authorities will receive nearly $42 million in federal funding for housing programs. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding Monday from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A statement from the ...

Man sentenced to prison in death of infant son

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to serve between 20 and 40 years in prison in the death of his 3-month-old son. Daniel Messner was sentenced Monday in Marshall County, news outlets reported. He was charged in 2019 with death of a child by a parent by child ...

Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in stabbing attack

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in a stabbing attack at a southern West Virginia home that left one man dead and three others injured. Eric Bent, 32, appeared before Circuit Court Judge William Sadler on Monday and also pleaded guilty to malicious ...

WVa city council ordered to stop reciting The Lord’s Prayer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city was ordered Tuesday to stop opening its council meetings with The Lord's Prayer. U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. ruled that Parkersburg City Council's practice of opening its meetings with the New Testament prayer violates the ...

WVa Turnpike upgrade at Beckley getting finishing touches

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The finishing touches on a six-lane upgrade of the West Virginia Turnpike in Beckley are getting underway and expected to last about eight weeks. The $140 million widening project on the eight-mile stretch was finished last fall, but final paving and striping were ...

‘Yes, I’m a Trump girl’: WVa Guard member charged in riot

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A part-time member of the West Virginia National Guard who authorities say was wearing a sweatshirt that read "Yes, I'm a Trump girl" inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda has been charged with participating in the January 2021 riot. Jamie Lynn Ferguson was arrested last ...

Hallmark store in West Virginia carries on family tradition

MOUNT HOPE, W.Va. (AP) — Andrea Underwood and Paul Adams are carrying on a family tradition with their Adams Hallmark store in the Crossroads Mall. "We're second generation," Underwood said. "Our parents started in Milton, West Virginia, years ago." It was 1969 when Michael and Charlotte ...

2 West Virginia students named Presidential Scholars

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Two students from rival West Virginia high schools have been named Presidential Scholars, the U.S. Department of Education said. Alice Guo of Morgantown High School and Luke Watson of University High in Morgantown are two of 161 U.S. high school seniors chosen for ...

WVa energy assistance program application period extended

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An application period for low-income residents in West Virginia to apply for an energy assistance program has been extended to May 27. The federally funded program assists eligible state residents in paying home heating bills. The state Department of Health and ...

New justice joins WVa Supreme Court in investiture ceremony

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court's newest member has joined the court in an investiture ceremony. Justice C. Haley Bunn of Oceana in Wyoming County is the youngest woman to serve in the post, the court said. The ceremony was held Thursday. Bunn succeeds Evan Jenkins, ...

Applications sought for judicial vacancy in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Applications are being taken for a judicial vacancy in West Virginia. The vacancy is in the Seventh Judicial Circuit, which covers Logan County. The deadline to apply is Wednesday. The application packet is available online. Any application or letter of ...

WVa higher ed board OKs nursing programs at 2 universities

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia higher education governing board approved nursing degree programs at two universities Thursday. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission gave the nod to bachelor of science in nursing programs at Concord and Glenville State. Glenville's ...

After switch to GOP, 2 Senate candidates win WVa primaries

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Switching to the Republican Party turned out to be a good move for some former Democrats in primary races for the West Virginia Senate. Mark Hunt and Mike Oliverio won their respective GOP parties Tuesday in their bids to return to the Legislature on the other side ...

GOP maintains firm grip on legislature in West Va primaries

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia voters did nothing to dramatically alter the makeup of the state legislature on Tuesday in primary election contests that seemed certain to leave Republican supermajorities in both chambers intact. Some West Virginia incumbent Republican state senators ...

Trump-backed US Rep. Alex Mooney wins W.Va. GOP primary

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In an early victory for a Donald Trump-endorsed candidate at the start of midterm season, Rep. Alex Mooney on Tuesday beat fellow incumbent Rep. David McKinley in West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District Republican primary. "Donald Trump loves West Virginia, and ...

WVa woman selected as national small business person of year

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who owns a learning center for children with autism has been selected as the U.S. Small Business Administration small business person of the year. Jill Scarbro-McLaury is the first person in West Virginia to receive the award, Gov. Jim Justice's ...