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W.Va. News

State review ordered for Lincoln County school district

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia education officials have ordered a review of a county school system, a move that puts the district in jeopardy of being put back under state control. The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to have the state Department of Education review ...

Virus threat: West Virginia basketball tournaments suspended

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE and JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday suspended state high school basketball tournaments due to concerns over the new coronavirus, just hours before he was supposed to take to the sidelines to coach a girl's ...

Inmate convicted of killing deputy dies in prison

MOUNT OLIVE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia inmate convicted of killing a sheriff's deputy has died in prison, an official said. Robert Gray, 61, died Wednesday of natural causes at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex, said Lawrence Messina, spokesman for the West Virginia Department of ...

W.Va. governor signs ‘born alive’ abortion bill

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Monday signed a proposal to penalize physicians who don't provide medical care to a child born after an abortion, a largely symbolic measure due to existing laws that protect newborns. The ...

W.Va. House passes bill making it easier to use solar energy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — It could soon be easier for power companies to use solar energy under a bill passed Tuesday in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Lawmakers voted 75-23 to approve the measure after around an hour of debate that revolved around whether it's better to focus on coal ...

Man pleads guilty in scheme that defrauded Toyota of $4.3M

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to orchestrating a scheme that defrauded Toyota of more than $4.3 million. Stanley Clark admitted to fraudulently administering repurchasing transactions at Love Lexus Toyota in St. Albans, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported, ...

After damaging report, W.Va. moves away from voting app

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is opting not to use a widely criticized voting app in the state's coming primary elections after a blistering report found potential security flaws in the platform. Donald Kersey, general counsel in the West ...

West Virginia plan: Companies pay $1.25B to end opioid suits

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Communities in West Virginia say they would get $1.25 billion from the drug industry in a proposed settlement that would end most of the litigation stemming from the opioid crisis in the state. The deal would ...

After impeachment, Manchin comes home to warm welcome in WV

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some West Virginians have a message for Sen. Joe Manchin regarding his vote to impeach the president: Thanks. The Democrat was met with a warm reception at a town hall in his home state Wednesday, defying a narrative that ...

Bid to ax greyhound racing funds rejected in West Virginia

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia senators on Wednesday rejected a bill to cut state funding for the greyhound racing industry, three years after Gov. Jim Justice vetoed similar legislation. The bill was defeated on a 23-11 vote. It would have ended $17 ...

W.Va. motorist charged with fatally striking bicyclist

KINGWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia motorist has been charged with fatally striking a bicyclist. In a criminal complaint, State Police charged Tara Lorissa Evans, 27, of Bruceton Mills, with involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, reckless driving and the illegal use of a cellphone ...

West Virginia University admissions counselor dies in crash

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The driver who died in a head-on collision with a school bus in West Virginia has been identified as an admissions counselor at a nearby university. David Shutts was pronounced dead on the scene of the crash Wednesday in Parkersburg, news outlets reported. The Wood ...

History Day at West Virginia Capitol is Thursday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dozens of state and local historical groups will provide displays in the upper rotunda of the West Virginia Capitol as the state marks West Virginia History Day. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday during the legislature's regular session. All ...

Loose barges float down Ohio River, 1 may have struck bridge

MASON, W.Va. (AP) — A bridge between Ohio and West Virginia reopened early Friday after authorities said a barge may have crashed into one of its pillars while at least nine barges ran loose along the Ohio River. The Pomeroy-Mason Bridge was open as of 3 a.m. Friday after a West Virginia ...

Soaking rains cause WVa rock slide, prompt river warning

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Soaking rains caused part of a hillside to collapse in southern West Virginia and prompted a flood warning along the Ohio River. Highways officials said high water forced road closings in multiple counties Thursday. Near Williamson, a rock slide Wednesday night ...

W.Va. lawmaker threatens slowdown until delegate disciplined

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia lawmaker says he will continue slowing down legislation in the House of Delegates until a delegate who confronted him over a bill is disciplined. Republican Del. Eric Porterfield on Wednesday dramatically ...

Preliminary findings released in fatal WVa airplane crash

GRAFTON, W.Va. (AP) — A pilot killed in the crash of a small plane he had just purchased did not receive a weather briefing or file flight plans before his aircraft went down in northern West Virginia, according to a preliminary report released Thursday. West Virginia State Police and the ...

West Virginia Senate passes solar bill with nods to coal

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate on Friday passed a bill encouraging power companies to use solar energy in a bid to lure businesses to the state. But they're making it clear that they don't want the coal industry to feel left out. The ...

Rock slide sends 3 to hospital near West Virginia Univ.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Three people were taken to a hospital Monday after a rock slide struck a car and a transit shuttle vehicle near West Virginia University's campus. The university said the slide occurred along U.S. Route 19 in Morgantown after rains fell in the area. One boulder ...

Trump, Manchin trading barbs as impeachment feud boils over

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A post-impeachment spat between President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has sunk to name-calling and insults. The moderate Democrat took to cable news Monday to hurl barbs at the president after a weekend of ...