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W.Va. News

Falwell and W.Va. governor pitch Virginia secession plea

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE and ALAN SUDERMAN Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In what they acknowledged is a long-shot bid, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. urged unhappy Virginia counties Tuesday to secede and join a neighboring state ...

Senate passes bill to give students college, wage data

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia students may soon get detailed reports on college costs and in-demand jobs under a bill passed Monday by the Senate. Lawmakers unanimously approved the measure, dubbed the Students' Right-to-Know Act, sending it to ...

Lightsaber lessons: W. Virginia school offers special course

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Growing up, Danielle Strenko remembers watching the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS. A couple of years ago, she found herself at PopCon, where she came across The Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School, a group of individuals who use their passion and skills within ...

Fewer candidates seek WVa Supreme Court seats after scandal

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A little over a year removed from an impeachment scandal that included pricey renovations of court offices, the West Virginia Supreme Court's lineup is about to finish its own complete makeover, barring a last-second filing. There are ...

West Virginia spring cleanup looking for volunteer groups

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are looking for volunteers to help clean up litter on state streams or public lands. The WV Make It Shine Program will provide resources such as cleanup materials, waste hauling and landfill fees to community groups that volunteer for the ...

Funding announced for broadband expansion in West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A project to expand rural broadband in five north-central West Virginia counties will get $18.7 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, officials announced. The $25 million project will connect more than 6,000 households in Harrison, Doddridge, Lewis, ...

WVa Humanities Council seeks historical figure applicants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — People interested in portraying historical figures for the West Virginia Humanities Council's History Alive program can submit proposals through Feb. 1. The council is seeking proposals for portrayals of influential people who have made important contributions to ...

Grant to make Marshall’s history app more accessible

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A history app founded by Marshall University has received a nearly $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to improve accessibility for users who are visually impaired. The app, called Clio, allows educators and cultural institutions to design ...

WVa community passes resolution supporting gun rights

FORT GAY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia community has passed a resolution declaring itself a "Second Amendment sanctuary." The Fort Gay town council passed the resolution Friday night, news outlets reported. Supporters say it is a defense against possible federal or state legislation that ...

West Virginia hunting season pays tribute to early settlers

By CAITLIN TAN West Virginia Public Broadcasting CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Mountaineer Heritage Hunting season began Jan 9, two weeks after most hunting seasons have closed. It is the second year since its conception, and most notably, it is limited to primitive weapons — ...

West Virginia county to offer medical seat belt covers

RIPLEY, W. Va. (AP) — Health officials in West Virginia are hoping a new initiative will help Jackson County residents quickly inform first responders about their medical conditions. WCHS-TV reports the Jackson County Health Department is offering free seat belt covers that will display ...

Capito files for reelection, faces potential race with Ojeda

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito filed for reelection Friday, setting up a potential 2020 showdown with former presidential candidate Richard Ojeda in West Virginia. Capito, a Republican, announced she was running last year but ...

Justice orders flags lowered for firefighter killed in crash

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has ordered flags at the Capitol lowered to half-staff for a firefighter who died while responding to an emergency call. The Republican governor on Thursday issued a proclamation to lower the flags Saturday for Clover volunteer ...

Senate OKs bill to allow pepper spray at Capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Pepper spray may soon be allowed at the state Capitol building under a proposal approved by the Senate on Friday. The chamber unanimously approved the measure without debate, sending it over to the House of Delegates for consideration. The bill would exclude ...

West Virginia county bans indoor use of e-cigarettes, vapes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A health board in West Virginia's largest county voted Thursday to ban the use of e-cigarettes and vapes inside public spaces, news outlets reported. The Kanawha County Board of Health unanimously passed the ordinance that will bring e-cigarettes and vapes in line ...

West Virginia high school student, woman killed in car crash

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia high school senior and a 30-year-old woman died Thursday night in a head-on car collision near Charles Town, authorities said Friday. Chief Ronald Fletcher of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said a Kia Sorento and a Dodge Ram crashed into each ...

West Virginia delegate donates kidney to ailing sister

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia delegate had a good excuse for missing the recent start of the legislation session — he was recuperating from surgery after donating a kidney to his sister. Cabell County Democrat Sean Hornbuckle told The Herald-Dispatch that he planned to return to ...

Grant aimed at boosting endangered candy darter’s comeback

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An endangered fish could get a boost from grants aimed at restoring its population in West Virginia. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is matching a $61,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and use it for a program to increase numbers of ...

West Virginia candidate filing period kicks off Monday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The filing period is beginning for candidates seeking office in West Virginia elections this year. Candidates can file for office from Monday through Jan. 25. Those who want to run for statewide races, offices filled by voters of more than one county and judicial ...

Severe storms leave thousands without power in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands of customers remained without electricity in West Virginia on Sunday after severe storms swept through the state. Appalachian Power said on its website nearly 6,600 homes and businesses had no service Sunday evening in southern West Virginia, down from more ...