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W.Va. News

West Virginia Democrats file complaint over PAC disclosures

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Democratic House Legislative Committee and the West Virginia Democratic Party have filed an elections complaint against a group that is spending money on attack ads but has not filed campaign finance disclosures. Majority WV, Inc. has spent money to ...

Last West Virginia county approves cannabis dispensaries

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's lone holdout in taking action on cannabis dispensary permits approved 20 of 21 proposals on Thursday, The Dominion Post reported. The Monongalia County Board of Health approved the permits during a special session after coming under pressure to get ...

‘Walk-and-Talk’ therapy popular option in W.Va. amid virus

By SCOTT GILLESPIE, Times West Virginian undefined FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — According to the Mayo Clinic, a brisk walk helps maintain a healthy weight, manages conditions from high blood pressure to diabetes, strengthens bones and muscles, and improves one's physical coordination. For the ...

Governor: Methanol plant set to be built in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former industrial site in West Virginia has been selected for a $350 million methanol facility, Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday. West Virginia Methanol Inc. will build a plant in Pleasants County that will produce 900 metric tons of methanol daily from natural ...

Former Marshall football player sentenced for child porn

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Marshall football player has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for sending videos of children engaged in sexual conduct to an undercover FBI agent. Jeremiah Taylor, 32, of Huntington was sentenced in federal court for distributing child ...

Applications being accepted for family court judge in WVa

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Applications are being accepted for a pending vacancy on a family court serving West Virginia's largest county. The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission will accept applications and letters of recommendation through Nov. 9 for a seat on the Eleventh Family Court ...

West Virginia voters have heavy slate of choices on Nov. 3

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia voters have a packed ballot to ponder in the Nov. 3 election. In addition to the presidential race between incumbent Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden, in which ...

Mother, boyfriend get maximum prison time in toddler’s death

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mother and her boyfriend have been sentenced in the beating death of the woman's 2-year-old son. John Colan Powers, 47, and Candice Jones, 32, both of Green Valley, were charged in the August 2018 death of Jones' 2-year-old son, Joseph Garbosky ...

Bob Murray retires as board chairman of US coal giant

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Robert Murray, the founder and former president and CEO of a major U.S. coal operator that recently emerged from federal bankruptcy, has retired as chairman of the company's board. Murray ended a six-decade career by announcing his ...

Man who wanted to see Trump gets time served in standoff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Washington state man who said he was traveling to see President Donald Trump has been sentenced to time served for assaulting Secret Service special agents in West Virginia. Joshua Wills, 31, of Bremerton, Washington, was sentenced in federal court in Charleston to ...

West Virginia hits new high of virus cases, hospitalizations

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — New confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations hit new highs in West Virginia over the past week as outbreaks grew in some of the most rural pockets of the state. There were nearly 240 cases reported statewide on average over the ...

Amid shortage, WVa college students can substitute teach

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia education officials will let college seniors who are studying to become educators apply for immediate substitute teaching jobs in public schools due to a critical shortage. State Schools Superintendent Clayton Burch told the state Board of Education on ...

West Virginia unemployment rate dips in September to 8.6%

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's unemployment rate fell to 8.6% last month. The state's jobless rate dipped 0.3 percentage points in September. Nonfarm employment fell by 3,000, but the number of unemployed residents also decreased by 2,700, WorkForce West Virginia said ...

Office of Drug Control Policy’s director retiring

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's director of the Office of Drug Control Policy is retiring, according to the state's Department of Health. Department spokeswoman Allison Adler told the Charleston Gazette-Mail on Wednesday that Gov. Jim Justice "will be announcing a new director soon" ...

West Virginia teachers union seeks to toss school virus map

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia teachers union on Monday filed a legal challenge to the state's color-coded map that determines whether counties can hold in-person public school classes and athletic competitions during the coronavirus pandemic. The ...

Outdoor burning limited during West Virginia fire season

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Fall fire season is underway in West Virginia, with limits set on outdoor burning through the end of the year. Burning vegetative materials is limited to the hours of 5 p.m. to 7 a.m., the Division of Forestry said. Fires must be extinguished by 7 a.m. Burning ...

West Virginia man gets life sentence in double shooting

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to life in prison in a shooting that killed a 20-year-old man and wounded the victim's girlfriend. Quenton Avery Sheffield, 28, was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder in the 2017 killing of Aaron William Black and ...

2 bodies pulled from house that caught fire in West Virginia

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Two people have died after a fire at a home in northern West Virginia, fire officials said. The bodies of two adults were pulled from a home in Wheeling on Tuesday night, the Wheeling Fire Department said on its Facebook page. A passerby reported the fire. ...

West Virginia officials urged company to hire lobbyist

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia education official urged the seller of the SAT test to hire the state Republican Party's former chairman as a lobbyist in order to "neutralize" a lobbyist for the competing ACT test, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. The information comes from ...