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W.Va. News

WVa cities, counties reach $400M settlement with drug firms

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia cities and counties reached a $400 million tentative settlement with three major U.S. drug distributors, lawyers announced Monday. In a lawsuit in state court, the cities and counties accused the distributors of fueling the opioid epidemic. The ...

Rehabilitation projects set for 3 Mercer County, W.Va., dams

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — After years of planning and preparation, major projects in dam rehabilitation in Mercer County are on a faster track now, with the first possibly starting next year. Mercer County Commissioner Bill Archer said the three projects — Dan Hale Reservoir, Glenwood Park ...

Manchin demurs on Biden in 2024 and Dem majorities this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin, one of the Democrats' most conservative and contrarian members, declined on Sunday to endorse Joe Biden if the president seeks a second term in 2024 and refused to say whether he wants Democrats to retain control of Congress after the November ...

Infrastructure damage hampers flood recovery in Kentucky

HINDMAN, Ky. (AP) — Damage to critical infrastructure and the arrival of more heavy rains hampered efforts Sunday to help Kentucky residents hit by recent massive flooding, Gov. Andy Beshear said. As residents in Appalachia tried to slowly piece their lives back together, flash flood ...

2 fatally shot at W.Va. nail salon; gunman killed by police

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A gunman fatally shot two people at a nail salon in West Virginia before officers fired at the shooter, killing him, police said. Summersville officers responded to an active shooter Thursday evening at Jo's Nails & Spa, police said in a Facebook post Friday. ...

Elgine McArdle picked to lead West Virginia Republican Party

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Wheeling attorney was elected chair of the West Virginia Republican Party on Saturday. Elgine McArdle was chosen during a meeting of the state GOP executive committee in Charleston. McArdle has been a member of the committee since 2005. She succeeds Mark Harris, ...

Some Appalachia residents begin cleanup after deadly floods

PRESTONBURG, Ky. (AP) — Some residents of Appalachia returned to flood-ravaged homes and communities on Saturday to shovel mud and debris and to salvage what they could, while Kentucky's governor said search and rescue operations were ongoing in the region swamped by torrential rains days ...

West Virginia man admits COVID-19 loan fraud scheme

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has admitted accepting more than $41,000 in paycheck protection loans under a federal COVID-19 assistance program for a business that did not exist. Malik Breckenridge, 26, of Charleston, pleaded guilty Thursday to wire fraud in federal ...

West Virginia Senate balks on governor’s income tax cut plan

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A 10% reduction in West Virginia's income tax proposed by Gov. Jim Justice stalled Friday in the Senate. Instead of taking up the Republican governor's proposal, the Senate explained its intentions to reduce the personal property tax and business inventory tax if ...

WVa delays chance to pass 1st new bill since abortion ruling

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers passed up the chance Friday to become the first state to approve new legislation restricting access to abortions since the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last month removing its protected status as a constitutional right. The Republican-dominated ...

Basement talk, virtual handshake led to Manchin-Schumer deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin secreted themselves in a basement room at the Capitol. The two men had been wrestling for more than a year in long, failed rounds of start-and-stop negotiations over President Joe Biden's big rebuilding ...

After abortion ruling, WVa could become 1st to pass new bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill up for a final vote in West Virginia's Senate could make the state the first to pass new legislation restricting access to abortions after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling removing its protected status as a constitutional right. Senators are set to meet Friday ...

Deadline extended for WVa school clothes benefit application

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The deadline to apply for the West Virginia school clothing allowance has been extended due to a system outage that is affecting multiple state agencies, the Department of Health and Human Resources said. Children who are eligible will receive a $200 benefit apiece ...

Income tax cut passes West Virginia House, heads to Senate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday passed the Republican governor's plan to reduce the state income tax by 10%, setting up a clash in the Senate, whose president is cold to the idea. The GOP-controlled House supported the bill on a 78-7 vote with 15 ...

West Virginia corrections chief Betsy Jividen stepping down

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia corrections commissioner Betsy Jividen is resigning, Gov. Jim Justice said. Jividen's resignation is effective Aug. 5. Justice said Tuesday he will begin the process of filling the vacancy. Jividen was appointed to lead the Division of Corrections and ...

FDA chief’s long-promised opioid review faces skepticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — As U.S. opioid deaths mounted in 2016, the incoming head of the Food and Drug Administration promised a "sweeping review" of prescription painkillers in hopes of reversing the worst overdose epidemic in American history. Dr. Robert Califf even personally commissioned a ...

W.Va. House passes sweeping ban criminalizing abortion

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Republican-dominated House of Delegates passed a sweeping abortion ban Wednesday that makes providing the procedure a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The measure, which now heads to the Senate for consideration, includes exceptions for ...

Man tied to officer’s attack pleads guilty to lesser charges

A West Virginia man initially charged with assaulting a police officer who died after defending the U.S. Capitol from a mob pleaded guilty on Wednesday to misdemeanor offenses that could allow him to avoid more jail time. Another man accused of attacking the officer with bear spray is weighing ...

Judge halts horse racing authority enforcement in La., W.Va.

A federal judge said Tuesday a national horse racing authority cannot enforce its rules in Louisiana and West Virginia while a lawsuit challenging the organization is in court. In granting a preliminary injunction, Western District of Louisiana Judge Terry Doughty said the Horseracing ...

Some WVa Division of Motor Vehicles services available

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles is now able to process some services that have been affected by a system mainframe outage. The agency is using a workaround to process commercial driver's licenses, driver's licenses, instruction permits and driver's ...