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W.Va. News

Marshall, Mountwest agree to offer joint aviation degree

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Marshall University and Mountwest Community and Technical College have agreed to offer a joint degree program for aviation maintenance technicians. Marshall President Jerome Gilbert and Mountwest President Keith Cotroneo announced the creation of the ...

Sheriff: Deputy’s body cam not working when he shot man

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The body camera for a West Virginia deputy wasn't working the day he shot and killed a man brandishing a knife, a sheriff says. Monongalia County Sheriff Perry Palmer issued that statement in response to a request by The Dominion Post for body camera footage from the ...

WVa trooper who sexually assaulted women was never charged

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police determined that one of its own troopers sexually assaulted two women, yet was never charged. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Friday that the case is just one example of how the state spends millions in taxpayer money to settle ...

Buck firearms season begins in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — It's officially buck hunting season in West Virginia. The annual buck firearms season kicks off Monday and is expected to bring thousands of hunters to the state's vast woodlands. Officials say starting the season toward the end of November increases the chances of ...

West Virginia sportsmen groups oppose national park

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia sportsmen's groups say they are not happy they could lose about 4,800 acres of hunting land if the New River Gorge National River is designated a national park and preserve. The Register-Herald reports the proposal by Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley ...

Group keeps Appalachian square dancing tradition alive

By TRAVIS CRUM, The Herald-Dispatch undefined HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Couples were promenading, swinging and do-si-doing at Heritage Farm Museum & Village in Huntington. It was the last gathering of the year Nov. 16 for participants with the Huntington Old Time Dance and Music (HOTDAM) ...

W. Virginia city reviews policies on removing homeless camps

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Leaders in a West Virginia city say they are reviewing their policies involving the removal of homeless camps. The Dominion Post reports Morgantown City Council made the announcement Tuesday, after photos were posted on Facebook showing a homeless camp being cleared ...

West Virginia reports record voter registration tally

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia election officials say a record 8,020 people registered to vote in September. Secretary of State Mac Warner on Thursday said the figure set a new state record for voter registration transactions in a single month. The tally was boosted by the ...

West Virginia teenager charged with stabbing 2 girls

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a West Virginia teenager stabbed two girls in their stomachs after an early morning argument in Huntington. A criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Cabell County says 18-year-old Zendal Tatum has been charged with assault. The filing says a witness told ...

West Virginia getting millions to rebuild school, post flood

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving West Virginia $52 million to rebuild a school destroyed during deadly flooding in 2016. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the sum for Herbert Hoover High School in Elkview on Friday. The ...

West Virginia University raises $11M in Day or Giving

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University raised more than $11 million on its third annual Day of Giving. The Dominion Post reports that’s about $5 million more than last year. Mary Esposito is director of Annual Giving for the West Virginia University Foundation. She told the ...

WV library cancels drag queen event after violent threats

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia library says violent threats prompted it to cancel an event where drag queens were going to read to children. The Morgantown Public Library System announced it was canceling its Drag Queen Story Time event in a Facebook post Friday. The statement ...

Federal jury convicts ex-deputy of distributing drugs

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A jury has convicted a former West Virginia sheriff's deputy on federal drug distribution charges. The Exponent Telegram reports jurors deliberated for four hours before returning the verdict Thursday night against former Harrison County Deputy Tim Rock. Prosecutors ...

Man abused by teacher settles lawsuit with school district

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia school district has settled a lawsuit with a man who says he was sexually abused by a teacher and fathered four of her children. The Intelligencer reports Ohio County Schools settled with Christopher Birch on Thursday. The April lawsuit said Bridge ...

Polish soldiers train with National Guard in West Virginia

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — Members of the Polish Territorial Defense Forces have been training with the West Virginia National Guard and Special Forces near Elkins. The Inter-Mountain reports the Polish troops were participating in the Guard’s Ridge Runner program, which focuses on irregular ...

WVa education board puts charter school plan up for comment

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education will give the public 60 days to comment on a proposal on charter schools, double the normal allotted time. The board put the policy proposal up for comment Thursday. Legislation signed by Gov. Jim Justice authorizes a staggered ...

Tennant launches 2020 W.Va. secretary of state bid

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former West Virginia secretary of state Natalie Tennant has launched a bid to take back the position in 2020. The Democrat announced her candidacy in a video released Thursday. Tennant served as secretary of state from 2009 to 2017. Her campaign website highlights ...

Man charged in investigation of heroin-laced vape sicknesses

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say they have identified another source of suspected heroin-laced vaping solutions that sickened two high school students. Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston said Thursday that an ongoing investigation of the overdoses has led to charges ...

Virginia pastor acquitted in West Virginia sex abuse case

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Virginia pastor has been acquitted of charges that he sexually abused a girl under the age of 12 in West Virginia. The Exponent Telegram reports a jury on Wednesday found 77-year-old Daniel Houston Shafer of Elk Creek, Virginia, not guilty of first-degree sexual ...

WVa police referring disabled woman’s forceful arrest to FBI

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mayor says federal authorities are being asked to look into the use of force by Charleston police during the arrest of a woman with special needs. Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin said in a statement Thursday that following a series of meetings ...