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W.Va. News

Loose barges float down Ohio River, 1 may have struck bridge

MASON, W.Va. (AP) — A bridge between Ohio and West Virginia reopened early Friday after authorities said a barge may have crashed into one of its pillars while at least nine barges ran loose along the Ohio River. The Pomeroy-Mason Bridge was open as of 3 a.m. Friday after a West Virginia ...

Soaking rains cause WVa rock slide, prompt river warning

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Soaking rains caused part of a hillside to collapse in southern West Virginia and prompted a flood warning along the Ohio River. Highways officials said high water forced road closings in multiple counties Thursday. Near Williamson, a rock slide Wednesday night ...

W.Va. lawmaker threatens slowdown until delegate disciplined

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia lawmaker says he will continue slowing down legislation in the House of Delegates until a delegate who confronted him over a bill is disciplined. Republican Del. Eric Porterfield on Wednesday dramatically ...

Preliminary findings released in fatal WVa airplane crash

GRAFTON, W.Va. (AP) — A pilot killed in the crash of a small plane he had just purchased did not receive a weather briefing or file flight plans before his aircraft went down in northern West Virginia, according to a preliminary report released Thursday. West Virginia State Police and the ...

West Virginia Senate passes solar bill with nods to coal

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate on Friday passed a bill encouraging power companies to use solar energy in a bid to lure businesses to the state. But they're making it clear that they don't want the coal industry to feel left out. The ...

Rock slide sends 3 to hospital near West Virginia Univ.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Three people were taken to a hospital Monday after a rock slide struck a car and a transit shuttle vehicle near West Virginia University's campus. The university said the slide occurred along U.S. Route 19 in Morgantown after rains fell in the area. One boulder ...

Trump, Manchin trading barbs as impeachment feud boils over

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A post-impeachment spat between President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has sunk to name-calling and insults. The moderate Democrat took to cable news Monday to hurl barbs at the president after a weekend of ...

Crews search river banks for missing kayaker

PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) — Rescue crews were searching the banks of the Middle Fork River in West Virginia on Monday for a missing kayaker, an official said. "The water is high, so we're doing what we can this morning," said West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Police Lt. Brad McDougal ...

West Virginia Senate passes ‘born alive’ abortion bill

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — After acknowledging that murder is already a crime, the West Virginia Senate on Monday passed a bill to penalize physicians who don't provide medical care to a baby born after an abortion attempt. Senators unanimously approved ...

W.Va. Senate passes bill to create intermediate court system

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Senate approved a bill Monday to create a new intermediate court system. The bill that passed on an 18-14 vote now goes to the House of Delegates. The Legislature has made numerous attempts in past sessions to approve similar legislation without ...

Several elk transported from Arizona to WVa died of parasite

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Nearly one-third of the elk herd transported to West Virginia two years ago died from a parasite, a wildlife official said. White-tailed deer carry but apparently are unaffected by brainworms, which can be deadly to other antlered animals. Randy Kelley, the West ...

3 WVa kids who left home, wanted to visit New York found

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (AP) — Three children who wanted to visit New York City walked out of their adoptive parents' home in their pajamas early Monday but were found safe several hours later after being spotted by a neighbor, police said. The neighbor called 911 and the children were located ...

West Virginia officials mark start of Black History Month

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are marking the start of Black History Month. A series of monthlong events begins with a celebration Monday in the Governor's Reception Room at the state Capitol in Charleston. It will include a proclamation by Gov. Jim Justice, remarks by ...

Physician admits to illegally prescribing pain pills in WVa

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A physician had admitted to illegally prescribing pain pills in southern West Virginia, federal prosecutors said. Dr. William Earley, 63, pleaded guilty to distributing oxycodone without a legitimate medical purpose. Prosecutors said Earley worked at a Charleston pain ...

West Virginia judge dismisses murder charge against teenager

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A murder charge against an 18-year-old West Virginia woman was dismissed Tuesday after prosecutors failed to find a key witness in the case. Andrea Glenda Moore was charged as an adult with murder in the 2018 fatal shooting of Joann Dawn Saunders Childers, 32, a ...

West Virginia’s governor to Virginia counties: Join us

By JULIE ZAUZMER The Washington Post MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — As Virginia's new Democratic majority ushers through a raft of liberal proposals on issues including gun control and abortion, West Virginia's governor is making an unusual proposal to disgruntled Virginians: Break away. Gov. ...

West Virginia officials mark start of Black History Month

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are marking the start of Black History Month. A series of monthlong events begins with a celebration Monday in the Governor's Reception Room at the state Capitol in Charleston. It will include a proclamation by Gov. Jim Justice, remarks by ...

Several elk transported from Arizona to WVa died of parasite

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Nearly one-third of the elk herd transported to West Virginia two years ago died from a parasite, a wildlife official said. White-tailed deer carry but apparently are unaffected by brainworms, which can be deadly to other antlered animals. Randy Kelley, the West ...

‘Floating dump truck’ will help create fish habitat in WV

By JOHN MCCOY The Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Like Capt. Quint in the movie "Jaws," Aaron Yeager needed a bigger boat. Now he has one, and with it he'll be able to create more and bigger fish habitat in some of West Virginia's most popular lakes. The boat, a former ...

West Virginia gets $131M in FEMA funds for flooded schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice's office announced on Friday that West Virginia will receive more than $131 million (118 million euros) to replace schools in Nicholas County that were destroyed by flooding in 2016. The money comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and ...