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W.Va. News

Student wins West Virginia opioid abuse awareness contest

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A middle school student has won a contest aimed at raising awareness of prescription painkiller abuse in West Virginia. Eighth grader Liliona McKenzie Wright of Rivesville Middle School in Marion County was selected as the statewide winner in the Kids Kick Opioids ...

West Virginia to offer cash, pickup trucks as vaccine prize

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will step up its prizes for vaccines, enrolling all residents who have received a coronavirus shot into a lottery for the chance to win a college scholarship, an F-150 pickup truck or cash rewards. Republican Gov. Jim ...

States tap federal aid to shore up empty unemployment funds

By DAVID A. LIEB The Associated Press Businesses could be spared billions of dollars of higher taxes in coming years — potentially freeing up money to spend on employees or invest in their operations — as a result of federal coronavirus aid flowing to the states. Governors and lawmakers ...

Educators accused of mistreating special-needs students

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three West Virginia educators accused of mistreating two special-needs students are facing criminal charges and civil lawsuits, according to published reports. The lawsuits were filed Wednesday, the same day a teacher and two aides at Horace Mann Middle School in ...

West Virginia Vital Registration Office reopens

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Vital Registration Office in Charleston has reopened after being closed for more than a year. Walk-up services now available to the public include certified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates, the West Virginia Department of Health and ...

Concert to mark West Virginia’s annual Vandalia Gathering

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is holding a condensed version of its annual Vandalia Gathering this weekend in Charleston. A two-hour free outdoor concert will be held Saturday at the state Culture Center, the Department of Arts, Culture and History said in a news release. Available ...

West Virginia transgender athlete law challenged in court

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal lawsuit was filed Wednesday challenging West Virginia's new ban on transgender athletes from competing in female sports in middle and high schools and colleges. The American Civil Liberties Union and its West Virginia chapter ...

Mayor requests funding to build New River Gorge gateway

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city that borders New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is asking for federal funding to build a welcome center and city park, officials said. The proposed recreation development would secure Beckley's place as a gateway city to the New River Gorge, ...

West Virginia preacher charged after bathroom videos found

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A preacher at a West Virginia church has been charged with invasion of privacy after he allegedly placed a phone in a men's bathroom, recording videos of two victims. William Page, 59, of Morgantown, was charged in a criminal complaint with the misdemeanor, news ...

WVU easing some mask restrictions for vaccinated people

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — People who have received all of their COVID-19 vaccinations no longer will be required to wear a mask outdoors on West Virginia University campuses, the university said Tuesday. The university will continue to require masks indoors in most situations, WVU said in a ...

West Virginia governor says back-to-work bonus may be $500

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia would pay unemployed people a $500 sign-up bonus for returning to work under a plan expected to be finalized soon. The bonus would be half of what Republican Gov. Jim Justice initially suggested could be offered to workers. He said earlier in May that ...

‘Monster’: 7 life sentences for ex-hospital worker in deaths

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former nursing assistant who killed seven elderly veterans with fatal injections of insulin at a West Virginia hospital was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday by a federal judge who called her "the monster that no one sees ...

Consultant: West Virginia city was bombarded with opioids

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new analysis of opioids in West Virginia shows the city of Huntington and its surrounding county were overwhelmed with shipments of prescription drugs, nearly all of which came from three large drug distributors on trial in a landmark case. Data consultant Craig ...

Ex-operator of WVa pharmacy fined in prescription case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The operator of a former pharmacy in southern West Virginia has agreed to pay a $250,000 fine to settle federal allegations that it illegally filled prescriptions of controlled substances. Mountaineer Drug Inc. stopped operating a pharmacy in the Boone County ...

WVa ‘ready to go’ with Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is prepared to begin administering coronavirus vaccines to 12- to 15-year-olds now that U.S. regulators have expanded use of Pfizer's shot to them. James Hoyer, a retired major general with the National Guard who is ...

Georgia firm buys mall in West Virginia’s capital city

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A mall in West Virginia's largest city has been sold to a Georgia-based firm. The price of the sale of the Charleston Town Center Mall to Hull Property Group of Augusta, Georgia, was not immediately released, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. Hull Property Group ...

Free rides, beer and savings bonds: Vaccinators get creative

CARLA K. JOHNSON and MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press Free beer, pot and doughnuts. Savings bonds. A chance to win an all-terrain vehicle. Places around the U.S. are offering incentives to try to energize the nation's slowing vaccination drive and get Americans to roll up their sleeves. ...

West Virginia Supreme Court justices participate in Law Day

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Supreme Court justices are taking part in Law Day activities next week. The justices will participate in a virtual awards ceremony Monday for the state bar's Women in the Profession Committee's Law Day student contests, the court said in a news ...

Arrest warrant issued for teenager in WVa student’s slaying

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia have issued an arrest warrant for a teenager in the fatal shooting of a high school student. Charleston Police Chief Tyke Hunt said Wednesday a warrant for first-degree murder was issued for Dekotis Thomas, 19, of South Charleston, in the ...

Man dies in equipment collapse at inactive mine site

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — A man working to to tear down old silos at an inactive mine in West Virginia died when one of the structures collapsed on equipment he was operating, authorities said. James Simpkins, 73, owned a recycling company that was tearing down the silos Wednesday at the former ...