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W.Va. News

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 ...

Federal prisoners to be tested for virus before transfers

KINGWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — Preston County officials have been reassured that inmates transferred into a federal prison there will be tested for the new coronavirus first, The Dominion Post reported. The reassurances came after a fourth prisoner brought in as many weeks to the United States ...

Former coal CEO Robert Murray files for black lung benefits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former coal CEO Robert E. Murray, who has fought federal regulations on the industry, has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Labor for black lung benefits, according to a published report. West Virginia Public Broadcasting and Ohio Valley ReSource ...

Long awaited four-lane Coalfields Expressway opens

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A long awaited 8.9-mile (14.3-kilometer) four-lane highway opened in rural Wyoming County, West Virginia on Thursday. Gov. Jim Justice and officials held an opening ceremony for the road, which lawmakers first sought to build in the 1980s. It runs from Slab Fork in ...

Black Appalachians find hope in national reckoning on race

By PIPER HUDSPETH BLACKBURN Associated Press/Report for America LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Dayjha Hogg has known racism her entire life, but until recently she thought she and her family had to face it on their own. Hogg, 19, lives in Whitesburg, Kentucky, a town of 2,000 people in the heart of ...

University engineers working on $3M natural gas project

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $3 million to a couple of West Virginia University engineers for a project to develop a low-cost process to convert natural gas commonly flared at industrial sites, the university said. Engineers John Hu and Xingbo Liu at the ...

Agency proposes protections for 2 Eastern US mussel species

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal regulators Monday proposed listing as threatened two freshwater mussel species native to many eastern U.S. rivers and streams. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said longsolid and round hickorynut mussels have ...