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West Virginia News

Bill addresses pensions, health care for miners, retirees

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is co-sponsoring a bill with West Virginia's two U.S. senators and others aimed at preserving the pensions of about 92,000 retired coal miners, as well as the health-care benefits of another 13,000 ...

WVa physician gets probation on drug charge

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia physician has been sentenced to probation for writing fraudulent prescriptions so he could get drugs. Chad Poage also was ordered Monday in federal court in Clarksburg to complete 500 hours of community service. Poage admitted writing 30 fraudulent ...

Woman charged after airport rental cars spray-painted

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia woman has been charged after five rental cars at Yeager Airport were found scratched up and spray-painted. Airport Police Chief Eric Johnson on Wednesday said officers used security footage to track down Anntonia Lipscomb after the ...

WVSU, state business center to host small business workshop

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University is hosting a free workshop for people who want to start their own businesses. The college says it's partnering with the West Virginia Small Business Development Center for the event on Wednesday, Nov. 20. It will run from 1 p.m. to 3 ...

Man gets home detention for abandoning Yorkie in cooler bag

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to one to five years' home confinement for abandoning his Yorkie. News outlets report 36-year-old Justin Ryan Lancianese was sentenced this month after pleading guilty this summer to a felony animal cruelty charge. A criminal ...

Bill addresses pensions, health care for miners, retirees

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is co-sponsoring a bill with West Virginia's two U.S. senators and others aimed at preserving the pensions of about 92,000 retired coal miners, as well as the health-care benefits of another 13,000 ...

Interstate widening project set to start in West Virginia

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Construction is set to start on a widening project along Interstate 64 in West Virginia between Huntington and Charleston. Crews will put construction barrels along the interstate starting Wednesday between the Merritts Creek and Huntington Mall exits in ...

WVa surgeons perform state’s first heart transplant

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Surgeons at West Virginia University have performed the state's first heart transplant. The university says in a news release that the six-hour surgery occurred Saturday in Morgantown on a 61-year-old male patient from Chesapeake, Ohio. It was performed by surgeons ...

Contract awarded to manage WVa foster kids’ health care

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has awarded a contract to manage the health care for thousands of foster children. The Department of Health and Human Resources says in a news release that Aetna Better Health of West Virginia has been awarded the $200 million contract. West Virginia's ...

Pastors want probe into forceful arrest of disabled woman

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — About 30 clergy members have asked a West Virginia city to order an independent investigation into the arrest of a woman with special needs. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the pastors demanded the probe Tuesday at a public meeting on police policy. Cellphone ...

West Virginia reading, math scores below national average

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia fourth-grade students showed drops in math and reading scores on the latest Nation's Report Card and remained below the national average. Results released Wednesday on the National Assessment of Educational Progress show fourth-graders in the state ...

Trial set for W.Va. senator charged with prostitution

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia senator charged with soliciting a prostitute is going to trial. A Marshall County court clerk says a judge on Wednesday set a Dec. 13 jury trial date for Sen. Mike Maroney. The Republican lawmaker has pleaded not guilty. He turned himself in in ...

West Virginia man catches state-record chain pickerel

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia regulators say a state-record chain pickerel has been caught in Preston County. The Division of Natural Resources said in a news release that Matt Born of Reedsville used an in-line spinner to catch the fish Oct. 13 at Upper Deckers Lake. The ...

2 deputies wounded, robbery suspect dead in West Virginia

ONA, W.Va. (AP) — Two sheriff's deputies in West Virginia have been shot and wounded in an attack that also left a suspect dead. News outlets report Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle says deputies were investigating a robbery Wednesday when suspects became uncooperative and blocked deputies ...

Proposal offers high school diploma with associate degree

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An education plan under development in West Virginia aims to have some students graduate with simultaneous degrees from high school and community college. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Kanawha County school system counseling and testing director Jon Duffy says ...

Judge kills motion to define ‘reside’ in gov residency case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit over whether West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice must live in the state capital may be headed to the state Supreme Court. News outlets report Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King last week defended the lawsuit by Democratic Del. Isaac Sponaugle. He also ...

West Virginia bracing for potential $100M budget cut

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are readying for a potential $100 million cut to the state budget. Revenue department secretary Dave Hardy on Friday said the governor has asked the agency to prepare for the possible cut, saying they want to be ready for all fiscal ...

Rescue workers pull malnourished dog from WV dam

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Officials have pulled off a creative rescue of a malnourished German Shepard that was stuck in a West Virginia dam. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph on Sunday reported that an animal control officer said the dog had probably been trapped in the Ada dam for several days ...

400 WV school buses among those affected by upcoming recall

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say 400 school buses will soon be recalled over concerns their seat backs may lack sufficient cushioning to prevent injuries. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a nationwide recall is set to begin in December. Education Department spokeswoman ...

DC police: WV Man sold $2K in fake World Series tickets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in Washington have arrested a West Virginia man accused of selling $2,000 in fake World Series tickets. Metropolitan D.C. police said Sunday they charged 54-year-old Ondre Nelson of Huntington, West Virginia, with first-degree fraud. The Washington Post reports ...