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W.Va. News

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 ...

West Virginia reading, math scores below national average

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia fourth-grade students showed drops in math and reading scores on the latest Nation's Report Card and remained below the national average. Results released Wednesday on the National Assessment of Educational Progress show fourth-graders in the state ...

Trial set for W.Va. senator charged with prostitution

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia senator charged with soliciting a prostitute is going to trial. A Marshall County court clerk says a judge on Wednesday set a Dec. 13 jury trial date for Sen. Mike Maroney. The Republican lawmaker has pleaded not guilty. He turned himself in in ...

West Virginia man catches state-record chain pickerel

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia regulators say a state-record chain pickerel has been caught in Preston County. The Division of Natural Resources said in a news release that Matt Born of Reedsville used an in-line spinner to catch the fish Oct. 13 at Upper Deckers Lake. The ...

2 deputies wounded, robbery suspect dead in West Virginia

ONA, W.Va. (AP) — Two sheriff's deputies in West Virginia have been shot and wounded in an attack that also left a suspect dead. News outlets report Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle says deputies were investigating a robbery Wednesday when suspects became uncooperative and blocked deputies ...

Proposal offers high school diploma with associate degree

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An education plan under development in West Virginia aims to have some students graduate with simultaneous degrees from high school and community college. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Kanawha County school system counseling and testing director Jon Duffy says ...

Judge kills motion to define ‘reside’ in gov residency case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit over whether West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice must live in the state capital may be headed to the state Supreme Court. News outlets report Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King last week defended the lawsuit by Democratic Del. Isaac Sponaugle. He also ...

West Virginia bracing for potential $100M budget cut

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are readying for a potential $100 million cut to the state budget. Revenue department secretary Dave Hardy on Friday said the governor has asked the agency to prepare for the possible cut, saying they want to be ready for all fiscal ...

Rescue workers pull malnourished dog from WV dam

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Officials have pulled off a creative rescue of a malnourished German Shepard that was stuck in a West Virginia dam. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph on Sunday reported that an animal control officer said the dog had probably been trapped in the Ada dam for several days ...

400 WV school buses among those affected by upcoming recall

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say 400 school buses will soon be recalled over concerns their seat backs may lack sufficient cushioning to prevent injuries. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a nationwide recall is set to begin in December. Education Department spokeswoman ...

DC police: WV Man sold $2K in fake World Series tickets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in Washington have arrested a West Virginia man accused of selling $2,000 in fake World Series tickets. Metropolitan D.C. police said Sunday they charged 54-year-old Ondre Nelson of Huntington, West Virginia, with first-degree fraud. The Washington Post reports ...

First lady speaks on opioids in only solo trip to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump is marking the one-year anniversary of a federal law that that increases access to treatment for people addicted to opioids. The first lady made her only solo trip to Capitol Hill so far to thank Congress for passing the bipartisan SUPPORT Act her husband ...

Student experiment glitch prompts WVU building evacuation

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A spokesman for West Virginia University says a campus building has been evacuated after a student's chemical lab experiment went awry and created an explosive. WVU spokesman John Bolt says students, faculty and staff in the engineering research building on the ...

W Virginia gov appoints Baptist pastor to empty House seat

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a Baptist pastor to fill an empty House seat. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Republican governor appointed 59-year-old Kevin Bartlett to the seat on Monday. Bartlett says his legislative priorities are, in order, ...

West Virginia man facing life on drug, gun charges

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to selling methamphetamine and illegally possessing a stockpile of firearms. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced Tuesday that 24-year-old Deshaun Thaxton faces up to life in prison after admitting to the gun and ...

West Virginia hospital files for bankruptcy protection

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia hospital has filed for bankruptcy protection. Williamson Memorial Hospital made the Chapter 11 filing Monday in federal bankruptcy court. Williamson-based Mingo Health Partners LLC bought the 76-bed hospital from Franklin, Tennessee-based Community ...