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W.Va. News

New $5M roundabout opens in West Virginia town of Glenville

GLENVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A new roundabout has opened in Glenville, West Virginia after the completion of a $5.07 million traffic project. A ceremony was held on Thursday at the site of the intersection that includes US 33. It aims to ease congestion and improve traffic flow between the town ...

CDC: HIV tests rare in medical settings among WVa drug users

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Emergency departments and inpatient medical personnel rarely conducted HIV testing on intravenous drug users in a West Virginia county with one of the nation's highest spikes in such cases, according to a federal investigation released ...

Humana picked to continue Medicare service for West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has picked Humana Inc. to continue providing health insurance for the 54,000 retirees eligible for Medicare and their dependents in the state. The state's public employees' insurance agency awarded the health provider a new, four-year contract last ...

Probation for WVa mail carrier in absentee ballot case

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia postal carrier who pleaded guilty to altering mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots was sentenced to five years' probation Monday. Thomas Cooper was charged in May 2020 after eight mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots had their party ...

West Virginia lawmakers to review $250M in special session

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers will convene Thursday to take up $250 million in spending proposed by Gov. Jim Justice. The spending comes after a "tremendous" budget surplus, the Republican governor said last week. He has proposed moving the millions to a wide variety of ...

Operator of 2 WVa malls files for bankruptcy protection

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio company that operates dozens of U.S. shopping and strip malls, including two in West Virginia, has filed for federal bankruptcy protection, citing a drop in foot traffic at its properties during the coronavirus pandemic, according to court records. Washington ...

Civil rights leaders don’t budge key senator on voting bill

By BRIAN SLODYSKO and NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin was unswayed Tuesday by civil rights leaders who implored him to rethink his opposition to a sprawling election bill that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said is crucial to countering a ...

Democrats push bill aimed at family that owns Purdue Pharma

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press A congressional committee heard grievances Tuesday against the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma as it considered longshot legislation that would keep them from using a corporate bankruptcy as a shield for personal liability. Rep. Carolyn Maloney ...

Hearing set on water, electricity rate proposals in WVa

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A hearing is set this week on proposed water and electricity rate increases in West Virginia. The public hearing on the increases proposed by Appalachian Power and West Virginia American Water is scheduled for Wednesday night at the LaBelle Theatre in South ...

West Virginia audit: Mine reclamation fund needs oversight

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's coal mine cleanup fund has no known backup plan if it goes insolvent, according to a new state audit. The legislative audit report released Monday said that mine reclamation program within the state's Department of Environmental Protection is at risk ...

Last stretch of upgraded West Virginia highway to reopen

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — The last stretch of U.S. 35 to be widened to four lanes is expected to open to traffic by the end of August after years of planning, West Virginia officials said. The 15-mile segment is the last part of U.S. 35 from Interstate 64 to the West Virginia-Ohio state line to ...

Civil rights leaders don’t budge key senator on voting bill

By BRIAN SLODYSKO and NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin was unswayed Tuesday by civil rights leaders who implored him to rethink his opposition to a sprawling election bill that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said is crucial to countering a ...

Agency identifies remains of Army soldier killed in WWII

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The remains of a West Virginia soldier killed during World War II have been identified, officials said. Army Pfc. John J. Sitarz, 19, of Weirton was accounted for by using DNA, dental and anthropological analysis as well as circumstantial evidence, the Defense ...

W.Va. lawmakers approve using federal aid, spending on roads

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers Monday poured federal funds and extra state cash into road repairs, health care, and education programs such as school lunches. It was the Republican-led legislature's first special session of the year, called ...

West Virginia records revenue $152M over estimates in May

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tax collections in West Virginia during the month of May flew past projections by $152.2 million. The higher-than-expected revenue is considered to be a result of Tax Day moving from April to May and the infusion of $1,400 federal stimulus checks into the economy, ...

Police probe clears officer in shooting of man with cleaver

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police officer who fatally shot a man who charged at him with a meat cleaver has been cleared in an internal investigation and returned to regular duty, his chief said. Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin identified the officer Monday as Patrolman ...

W.Va. couple burns midnight oil to catch trophy catfish

By JOHN McCOY, Charleston Gazette-Mail ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — Something you're not likely to hear from Morgan and Tyler Jeffrey: "What do you wanna do tonight?" "I dunno. What do you wanna do?" No, the Jeffreys know what they want to do every evening. They want to go fishing. They've been ...

NTSB: Pilot error caused fatal helicopter crash in Bahamas

MIAMI (AP) — Pilot error caused the helicopter crash that killed coal billionaire Chris Cline and six others in the Bahamas in 2019, federal officials said. The two pilots' decision to take off in the AgustaWestland AW139 over water in dark night conditions with no external visual reference ...

Disaster loans available for West Virginia storms, flooding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Businesses and residents in areas affected by severe storms and flooding in West Virginia earlier this year can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the agency said. Cabell, Kanawha, Mingo and Wayne counties are eligible ...

Sheriff at WVa opioid trial worried about future generations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia sheriff testified Thursday during a landmark trial against three large opioid distributors that he is worried the scourge of the pain pill epidemic will remain a very real part of life. "It's long from being over," Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle ...