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West Virginia News

Eastern Panhandle among best for business growth in W.Va.

By BREANNA FRANCIS The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Berkeley County saw the seventh highest growth in business in West Virginia last year, ranking No. 7 among 55 other counties, with Jefferson and Morgan counties close behind. The business growth analysis conducted by Business ...

Construction of WV’s first gas-fired power plant to start this summer

By CHARLES YOUNG NCWV Media CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Following several years of planning, the developers of a natural-gas-fired power plant planned for a site in Clarksburg’s Montpelier Addition hope to begin construction this summer. The plant will be West Virginia’s first gas-fired ...

Woman charged with neglect after grandson takes her meds

WESTOVER, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman is accused of leaving her 2-year-old grandson home alone while she went out to get food, leaving the unsupervised child to swallow her blood pressure medication. The Dominion Post reports the boy was taken to a hospital last month where he ...

Questions over coverage plague rural broadband expansion

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press There is a way around the notoriously sluggish internet in West Virginia. You just need a car and some time. Kelly Povroznik can tell you, when she happens to get a good signal. She teaches an online college course so hampered by unreliable connections ...

West Virginia park trail welcomes magical inhabitants

By BEN CONLEY, The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — According to Mason-Dixon Historical Park Superintendent J.R. Petsko, one of the park's trails is taking on a decidedly mythical quality thanks to a number of local artists. On April 27, the park will officially open its new Fairy ...

W.Va. deputies fired after traffic stop set to return

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Two fired West Virginia sheriff's deputies are set to return to work after a sheriff declined to appeal their reinstatement related to a traffic stop in which a handcuffed teenage boy was kicked and punched. News outlets report Berkeley County Sheriff Curtis Keller ...

West Virginia University to hike in-state tuition by $120 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University plans to increase its in-state tuition at its Morgantown campus by about $120. The school's Board of Governors voted Friday to approve the tuition hike for the next academic ...

Road near New River Gorge Bridge in W.Va. to undergo repairs

LANSING, W.Va. (AP) — A road construction project will cause delays for some visitors to the New River Gorge National River in southern West Virginia. The National Park Service says in a news release the project is set to start Monday along Fayette Station Road next to the New River Gorge ...

West Virginia ramp farmer looking for successor

By RICK STEELHAMMER, Charleston Gazette-Mail RICHWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — Glen Facemire, owner of what may be the world's only ramp farm and West Virginia's top promoter, educator and product developer of the aromatic, early spring herb, is planning to hang up his ramp hoe. "I will be passing my ...

West Virginia University board approves slight tuition hike

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia University Board of Governors has approved increases for the upcoming academic year that include a $120 rise in annual tuition for in-state undergraduate students in Morgantown. Media report university officials are calling the 1 percent increase ...

West Virginia woman sentenced to 3 years for bank fraud

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who admitted taking out loans and opening accounts in bank customers' names without their knowledge has been sentenced to three years in prison. U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said in a statement that 46-year-old Karen Kinsley of Grafton received the ...

Driver found not guilty in crash that killed boy, 2, in road

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A driver charged in a crash that killed a 2-year-old boy has been found not guilty by a West Virginia jury. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports 51-year-old Michael Dicker was acquitted Thursday in Mercer County court. Ayden Jayce Knight had left his home nearby when ...

West Virginia park trail welcomes magical inhabitants

By BEN CONLEY, The Dominion Post undefined MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — According to Mason-Dixon Historical Park Superintendent J.R. Petsko, one of the park's trails is taking on a decidedly mythical quality thanks to a number of local artists. On April 27, the park will officially open its new ...

Feds subpoena W.Va., seeking records on governor’s resort

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have issued a sweeping subpoena for records related to a resort owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. A spokeswoman for the state commerce department provided a copy of the subpoena to The Associated Press ...

Easter Carnival set for West Virginia Capitol grounds

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Easter Carnival is set for the West Virginia Capitol Complex grounds this weekend. The office of first lady Cathy Justice says the carnival will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the Capitol's north plaza in Charleston. Games, prizes, crafts and food will ...

Man accused of threatening West Virginia church

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say a man is charged with threatening to harm a pastor and a church congregation. The Raleigh County Sheriff's Office says in a news release 64-year-old Jerry Wayne Hall was charged with making terroristic threats and willful disruption of a ...

W.Va. tax collections fall below estimates in March

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia revenue collections are $191 million ahead of estimates with three months left in the fiscal year. Gov. Jim Justice says tax collections in March were $3.8 million lower than estimates. He says the performance reflected an anticipated slowdown in winter ...

Man gets 17 years in prison in W.Va. arsons, insurance fraud

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison in a West Virginia arson and insurance fraud scheme. Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old James Lester was sentenced in federal court for his conviction on 23 felonies. Lester also was ordered to pay nearly $506,000 in ...

Churches adapting to the digital age

By JEFF BAUGHAN, Parkersburg News and Sentinel undefined PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — You leave the house, get in the car and head out to work when you realize you have forgotten your phone. What do you do? If you're not too far away, you go back to get it. That's because so much of what ...

Grandmother returns from first deployment in National Guard

By RICK STEELHAMMER, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sixteen years ago at age 41, Monica Willis, then a member of the Cross Lanes-based Army Reserve's 261st Ordnance Co., was looking forward to what was to have been a deployment to Iraq. Instead, she and the other 49 ...