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West Virginia News

Virginia firm wins contract to review WVa health agency

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Virginia consulting firm has been awarded a contract to conduct a thorough review of West Virginia's massive health agency. McChrystal Group LLC of Alexandria, Virginia, was among two bidders for the contract. The firm provided a cost estimate of $503,648 for the ...

WVa murder conviction overturned, defendant to get new trial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Supreme Court has overturned a man's 2017 murder conviction, citing errors by a trial judge. In an opinion released Thursday, the court ordered a new trial for Oscar Combs Sr., who was convicted in the 2013 death of Teresa Lynn Ford of the Mercer ...

Ex-WVa school aide sentenced in student battery case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia classroom aide has been sentenced to the maximum two years in prison on battery charges involving a special needs student. James Lynch was sentenced Thursday in Kanawha County Circuit Court for his guilty plea to two counts of misdemeanor ...

WVa officer, fireman pleads to civil rights charge in rape

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former police officer and firefighter in West Virginia has pleaded guilty in federal court in a rape case involving a 16-year-old girl. Christopher Lee Osborne entered the plea to violating the girl's civil rights by forcibly raping her at the Danville Fire ...

WVa plant to start making electric school buses in September

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Canadian electric school bus manufacturer will begin production at a West Virginia facility in September, officials said. In January, GreenPower Motor Co. Inc. signed a lease-purchase agreement for a 9.5-acre (3.8 hectares) manufacturing facility in South ...

West Virginia hospital plans to join Mountain Health Network

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia hospital plans to join the Mountain Health Network under an agreement that calls for $39 million in investments over the next five years, health officials announced. The agreement announced Thursday is the first step toward Pleasant Valley Hospital in ...

West Virginia scaling back coronavirus testing sites

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is scaling back its community testing events for the coronavirus, Gov. Jim Justice said. Justice said Thursday that the decision was made due to the availability and convenience of at-home test kits for COVID-19. The state has provided free community ...

West Virginia governor confirms Lyme disease diagnosis

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said blood tests confirmed that he has Lyme disease. Justice announced the diagnosis Wednesday night, more than a week after he began feeling ill after events in Wheeling and Blacksville. The Republican governor said he will remain on ...

Service Wire providing $1M for business center at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Service Wire Co. has committed $1 million for a business center at Marshall University, the school's foundation announced. Service Wire will provide funding and wire and cable products for the Brad D. Smith Center for Business and Innovation at Marshall. The ...

2 dead, 2 injured in house fire in northern West Virginia

WELLSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A fire at a home in northern West Virginia left two people dead and two others injured Thursday, authorities said. The fire was reported at 3:30 a.m. in Wellsburg, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) west of Pittsburgh, news outlets reported. The home was fully engulfed ...

Weekend tire collection events set in West Virginia in June

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Four weekend tire collection events are being held around West Virginia in June. The Department of Environmental Protection said two events will be held June 4 at Lincoln County High School in Hamlin and at Leslie Equipment in the Webster County community of Cowen. ...

West Virginia Turnpike holiday traffic tops 884k vehicles

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Turnpike saw more than 884,000 vehicles pass through its toll booths in the week leading up to Memorial Day. The West Virginia Department of Transportation says the total included heavier-than-expected traffic on Tuesday and Wednesday of last ...

Jury selection to begin for man accused of killing officer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge has ruled that jury selection will begin this week for a man accused of killing a Charleston police officer. Kanawha Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Bailey said during a pretrial hearing on Tuesday that jury selection for Joshua Phillips will begin ...

West Virginia debuts foster care, workforce dashboard

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A dashboard with some foster care data collected by the state of West Virginia made its debut Wednesday, more than two months after it was cut by lawmakers from a bill proposal. Advocates have said making the data available to the public could help both policymakers ...

Vocab questions reduce spelling bee to 3 letters: A, B or C

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Scripps National Spelling Bee was rolling smoothly through the second day of its first fully in-person competition in three years. Then it transformed into the SAT. An onstage vocabulary round during Wednesday's semifinals introduced an element of randomness into ...

Mobile lung cancer screening unit visiting 3 WVa counties

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A mobile lung cancer screening unit that offers service to West Virginia counties without easy access to screenings will be visiting three counties next week. The unit known as LUCAS will visit Preston, Taylor and Marion counties. The unit is operated by WVU ...

More than 3,000 school voucher applications approved

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than 3,000 applications for nonpublic school vouchers have been approved in West Virginia and more are being reviewed, officials said. The state Treasurer's Office had approved 3,010 applications as of Friday and had another 469 applications that were still ...

Ex-WVa special education teacher pleads guilty in abuse case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former special education teacher in West Virginia pleaded guilty Tuesday to 10 misdemeanor counts of battery involving several students. Nancy Boggs entered the plea in Kanawha County Circuit Court stemming from incidents last September at Holz Elementary School in ...

Aerial tramways at WVa state parks soon to be replaced

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — After more than a half-century of carrying visitors on scenic round-trip journeys to the depths of two river gorges, the aerial tramways serving Hawks Nest and Pipestem Resort state parks soon will be replaced. West Virginia State Parks officials are hopeful new, ...

Free pop up clinic returning to Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A free health clinic is returning to Charleston next month after suspending operations for two years due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that West Virginia Health Right has partnered with Tennessee-based Remote Area Medical to hold a ...