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W.Va. News

WVa gov calls special legislative session for redistricting

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Friday called a special session of the Legislature for next week to deal with redistricting as well as to dole out federal pandemic funding. The session is set to start on Monday. Lawmakers already were scheduled to be in Charleston ...

Kentucky fraudster’s disability clients remain in legal mess

By DYLAN LOVAN Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — As disbarred lawyer Eric Conn sits in a federal prison, hundreds of people in one of America's poorest regions remain mired in the legal mess he caused by running a $600 million fraud, the largest Social Security scam in U.S. ...

Manchin: FCC providing $53.5M to expand WVa broadband

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia broadband service provider Citynet will receive $53.5 million during the next decade to expand broadband access across the state, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin announced. The funds are from the first round of the Federal Communications Commission Rural Digital ...

W.Va. woman looking to share knowledge of herbal remedies

By JESSICA WILT, The Journal undefined SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Sacred Roots' Hillary Banachowski laughed as she looked upon the field filled with medicinal herbs at her home in Shepherdstown, joking that stinging nettles were her "gateway" herb. Using herbal remedies for roughly two ...

3 killed in small plane crash in southern West Virginia

LANSING, W.Va. (AP) — A small plane crashed Sunday in southern West Virginia, killing three Virginia residents on board, authorities said. The single-engine Beechcraft C23 went down after taking off from the Fayette Airport in Fayetteville at about 11 a.m., the Federal Aviation ...

Teen girl sentenced for helping boy accused of killing 4

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A 17-year-old West Virginia girl has been sentenced to 10 years of incarceration on four counts of accessory after the fact in the slayings of four people. Rebecca Lynn Walker was sentenced Thursday in Kanawha Circuit Court for assisting the 16-year-old suspect after ...

Vaccine booster shots urged in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is urging residents who got the Pfizer vaccine to get their booster shot, citing the rising number of hospitalizations involving vaccinated people. There were 16,223 active COVID-19 cases reported statewide on Friday with 1,008 people ...

WVU students finish 2nd year running concert series

By LORI L. RILEY, Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — An idea that started as a way to take advantage of Palatine Park's beauty has become a multi-faceted boon for several parties. It started when Marion County Administrator Kris Cinalli began looking into ways to provide ...

Mining company locating first US plant in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A mining company is locating a new plant in West Virginia, bringing 47 new full-time jobs and a $10 million investment, officials said. CS Global Group, a Turkish mining company, specializes in barite manufacturing and sales. It is locating its first U.S. ...

Legionella bacteria resurfaces at West Virginia hospital

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tests show bacteria that causes the severe form of pneumonia known as Legionnaires' disease has resurfaced at a West Virginia-run hospital, health officials said. Routine screening found Legionella bacteria at the Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in Huntington. The ...

Appalachian Commission distributes $46 million for projects

MATEWAN, W.Va. (AP) — The Appalachian Regional Commission is granting more than $46 million for 57 economic projects in 10 states to promote workforce training and entrepreneurship and improve broadband. The projects will support "economic diversification" in the Appalachian region's ...

Organizers reject bid to cancel West Virginia’s Bridge Day

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Organizers of West Virginia's largest outdoor festival have rejected a move to cancel the event for the second straight year after Gov. Jim Justice encouraged it to continue. The Bridge Day Commission rejected 4-2 a proposal from one of ...

WVa gov: Being unvaccinated is ‘bad choice’ as records fall

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia hospitals continue to be overrun with COVID-19 patients as the number of people seeking treatment for the virus hit a record of 893 on Wednesday, officials said. That's 41 more than Monday's record and is up from the total ...

WVa Emergency Management has new system for disaster grants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Emergency Management Division has a new software system to help manage federal disaster grants. The software will help manage projects, request and track reimbursements, and submit necessary paperwork, the agency said in a news release. The Hazard ...

Energy funds awarded to 16 WVa businesses, ag producers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sixteen small businesses and agriculture producers in rural West Virginia are receiving more than $177,000 from a federal government program that helps install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore ...

West Virginia woman gets nearly 3 years in wire fraud scheme

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison for defrauding Charleston-area businesses. Misty Brotherton-Tanner, 41, was sentenced in federal court in Charleston for her April guilty plea to wire fraud and money laundering. ...

COVID hospitalizations, cases set records in West Virginia

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of positive cases and people hospitalized for the coronavirus in West Virginia both smashed records on Monday as Gov. Jim Justice scolded residents who continue to balk at receiving COVID-19 vaccines. At least 40% of the ...

Former employee pleads guilty to stealing from nonprofit

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former employee of a West Virginia nonprofit organization has pleaded guilty to theft of federal funds, officials said. Ruth Marie Phillips, 69, of Chesapeake, Ohio, admitted on Monday that she stole funding from the River Valley Child Development Services in ...

Legionella bacteria resurfaces at West Virginia hospital

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tests show bacteria that causes the severe form of pneumonia known as Legionnaires' disease has resurfaced at a West Virginia-run hospital, health officials said. Routine screening found Legionella bacteria at the Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in Huntington. The ...

World War II era ‘Rosies’ honored in West Virginia

By TAYLOR STUCK, The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marie Scheff could do it, but she didn't like it. The 95-year-old woman was among thousands of women who took jobs in factories during World War II, replacing the men who went to war and oftentimes working on planes or equipment ...