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West Virginia News

‘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 ...

Ex-West Virginia police officer accused of excessive force

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia police officer has been indicted on federal charges that he used excessive force during an arrest. A federal grand jury in Charleston indicted Everett Maynard on Tuesday on one count of depriving the detainee of his civil rights under color of ...

Biden working group targets jobs for fossil fuel communities

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Six large regions nationwide that have economies reliant on fossil fuels have been targeted for federal investment and aid to create renewable energy jobs, as detailed in a new report from President Joe Biden's administration. The ...

West Virginia University extends policy on admission tests

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University has extended its relaxed requirement for test scores for students seeking admission as the coronavirus pandemic continues. The practice began last fall and continued this spring. It is currently in effect for fall 2021 and will continue for ...

Attorney donates $1.5M to WVa college for research program

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia Wesleyan College alumnus has donated $1.5 million to the school for a new paid research program in science. Charleston attorney John F. McCuskey made the largest one-time gift in the private liberal arts college's 130-year history, The Parkersburg ...

COVID-19 vaccine available at WVa basketball tournaments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Fans attending the West Virginia girls and boys state basketball tournaments will have the chance to get their COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccines will be administered starting Tuesday at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center, the Kanawha-Charleston Health ...

Growing number of women drawn to WV craft beer careers

By MARIA YOUNG, Charleston Gazette-Mail undefined MAXWELTON, W.Va. (AP) — At the height of COVID-19, when much of the world was stir crazy for something — anything — to do, Samantha Fox's imagination latched onto an idea that wouldn't let go. "I was losing my mind ... and so I started ...

West Virginia vaccinations slow down as fewer step forward

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's coronavirus vaccination drive is slowing down as fewer people come forward to get shots, the governor said Friday. The administration rate of vaccine supply in the state is about 85%, down from higher figures early in ...

8 WVa schools targeted for closing, contingent on funding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Eight public schools in four West Virginia counties have been targeted for closing, contingent on those counties receiving state funding to consolidate schools. The state Board of Education on Thursday approved the closing of Fall River, Kimball and Welch elementary ...

West Virginia gov signs needle exchange program regulations

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday signed a bill to introduce more stringent requirements to needle exchange programs that critics say will make it harder to get clean needles amid a spike in HIV cases in the state. The bill won ...

First concert in over a year to be held in Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Live music will return to Huntington for the first time in over a year on Friday for a concert that will mark the city's 150th anniversary. The Herald-Dispatch reports that doors will open at John C. Edwards Stadium an hour before the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. ...

Deaf, vision services hope to grow with Unity Campaign help

By COLIN MCGUIRE, The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — When Mary Ann Jividen moved to West Virginia, she fully expected that there would be services available for deaf people to utilize throughout the area. With only two hours separating her and Washington D.C., it felt like a foregone ...