×

West Virginia News

Decision on school masks in WVa will be made at county level

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's public schools superintendent pushed back Wednesday against new recent federal guidelines that masks should be worn in schools, saying that any decision as the coronavirus pandemic drags into another school year will be ...

WVU aims to reach 80% COVID-19 vaccination rate by Sept. 1

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University is asking its students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated for the coronavirus as it tries to keep pace with the rest of the state. The university will develop additional enforcement and safety protocols for unvaccinated individuals if WVU ...

CDC calls for more syringe access in WVa county hit by HIV

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — People who inject drugs in West Virginia's largest county should have expanded access to sterile syringes, testing and treatment in response to one of the nation's highest spikes of HIV cases, according to federal and state ...

Final drawing in West Virginia vaccine sweepstakes postponed

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday postponed the final drawing in the state's vaccination sweepstakes for several days, allowing more people to get their COVID-19 shots and enter for a chance to receive prizes. The final drawing, ...

Services set for West Virginia serviceman from World War II

THOMAS, W.Va. (AP) — Services are set this week for a West Virginia service member who died during World War II. The remains of Navy Patternmaker 1st Class Stanislaw F. Drwall are set for burial in his hometown of Thomas in Tucker County, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a news ...

Opioid-ravaged West Virginia looks to $26B deal for help

By JOHN RABY Associated Press HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Crumbling roofs and parking lots. Broadband glitches. Technology challenges. The priority list for Prestera Center goes beyond the mental health and addiction treatment services it provides to patients throughout West Virginia. One ...

WVa treasurer raises nearly $140K in firearms auction

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia state treasurer's office raised nearly $140,000 for law enforcement agencies through its unclaimed property firearms auction, the office announced Friday. This year's event had record inventory — more than 500 firearms lots — because the ...

Ohio River Sweep being held in smaller groups due to COVID

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Ohio River Sweep annual volunteer cleanup is changing this year as a result of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Large numbers of volunteers usually participate in the event, so organizers have introduced "Mini-Sweeps." Participants in West Virginia choose the ...

WVa man convicted of using shoplifters for resale scheme

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been convicted of organizing a network of shoplifters, many of them addicted to drugs, to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in store merchandise that he then resold on the internet. A federal jury convicted Nedeltcho Vladimirov of Cross ...

Pack appointed to lead WVa Bureau for Social Services

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Del. Jeffrey Pack, who has been chair of the Health and Human Resources Committee, has been appointed to be commissioner of the new Bureau for Social Services, officials said. Pack's appointment is effective Aug. 2. He will resign his position in the ...

US opioid lawsuits on verge of settlements with 4 companies

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press The yearslong effort by state and local governments in the U.S. to force the pharmaceutical industry to help pay to fix a nationwide opioid addiction and overdose crisis took a major step forward Tuesday when lawyers for local governments announced they were ...

FBI releases trove of records on gangster ‘Whitey’ Bulger

BOSTON (AP) — The FBI has released hundreds of pages of records from notorious Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's file. The Boston Herald reports the 300 pages of heavily redacted records show the agency was aware that Bulger was involved in loan-sharking, horse-fixing and other crimes ...

Bill would ban conversion therapy in Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in West Virginia's capital city have introduced a proposal to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Councilwoman Caitlin Cook, a council liaison to the city's LGBTQ Working Group, ...

Public event set in WVa for medical cannabis registration

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia residents with serious medical conditions can register with the state at an upcoming public event for medical cannabis products. The state Office of Medical Cannabis will conduct the event next Monday at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. The ...

Biden urged to act on outsourcing of West Virginia jobs

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dozens of labor and advocacy groups on Wednesday called on President Joe Biden to save nearly 1,500 jobs at a pharmaceutical plant in West Virginia slated to close at the end of July. Drugmaker Viatris Inc. announced in December it ...

WVa gov hands out second $1M prize in vaccine giveaway

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice handed out the second $1 million prize for residents who have received coronavirus vaccines. The Republican governor presented Sharon Turner of Morgantown with a ceremonial check on Wednesday. Two younger vaccinated residents, Jenna ...

West Virginia early childhood programs to get $16.6M

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Several early childhood education programs in West Virginia will get $16.6 million in federal funding. The state's U.S. senators announced the new funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs on Wednesday. The largest amount, nearly $6.9 million, will go ...

Appalachian Power bills to rise in September

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Public Service Commission has approved a request from Appalachian Power to add an infrastructure surcharge to customer bills. That means customers will begin seeing a 6% increase on their monthly bills beginning in September, news outlets ...

WVa regulators to probe complaints over Suddenlink service

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Public Service Commission said Thursday it has opened an investigation into customer service complaints about Suddenlink Communications. The PSC ordered Suddenlink to file information within 30 days. It also scheduled two public comment hearings and ...

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 ...