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West Virginia News

First lady speaks on opioids in only solo trip to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump is marking the one-year anniversary of a federal law that that increases access to treatment for people addicted to opioids. The first lady made her only solo trip to Capitol Hill so far to thank Congress for passing the bipartisan SUPPORT Act her husband ...

Student experiment glitch prompts WVU building evacuation

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A spokesman for West Virginia University says a campus building has been evacuated after a student's chemical lab experiment went awry and created an explosive. WVU spokesman John Bolt says students, faculty and staff in the engineering research building on the ...

W Virginia gov appoints Baptist pastor to empty House seat

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a Baptist pastor to fill an empty House seat. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Republican governor appointed 59-year-old Kevin Bartlett to the seat on Monday. Bartlett says his legislative priorities are, in order, ...

West Virginia man facing life on drug, gun charges

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to selling methamphetamine and illegally possessing a stockpile of firearms. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced Tuesday that 24-year-old Deshaun Thaxton faces up to life in prison after admitting to the gun and ...

West Virginia hospital files for bankruptcy protection

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia hospital has filed for bankruptcy protection. Williamson Memorial Hospital made the Chapter 11 filing Monday in federal bankruptcy court. Williamson-based Mingo Health Partners LLC bought the 76-bed hospital from Franklin, Tennessee-based Community ...

Ex-CEO and ex-prisoner Blankenship making presidential bid

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former coal executive and ex-federal prisoner Don Blankenship says he'll seek the Constitution Party's presidential nomination next year. West Virginia Constitution Party chairman Jeffrey-Frank Jarrell says Blankenship made the announcement Saturday during the ...

Museum celebrates 5 years of teaching West Virginia children

By BREANNA FRANCIS, The Journal undefined MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Just off East Martin Street in downtown Martinsburg and interwoven with Caperton train station, there are small, multicolored stickers littering the floors that encourage the Mountain State's youth to follow these pathways ...

4 more public forums set in WVa on substance abuse response

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Four more public forums are set this week on a statewide response to substance abuse in West Virginia. The meetings are scheduled for Monday at the University of Charleston student union ballroom, Tuesday at the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office training center in ...

Police: 2 beat kids, forced them into hourslong punishments

MANNINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a West Virginia couple hit their six children with belts and metal objects and forced them to do push-ups and squats as punishment. News outlets report Mannington police on Sunday arrested Bashtlee Efaw and her husband, Richard Douglas Efaw. Police Chief ...

Bond denied for West Virginia man accused of killing wife

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has denied bond for a West Virginia man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife. News outlets report bond was denied Monday for 40-year-old James Michael Kiser, who authorities say has confessed to killing Crystal Dawn Kiser. Kanawha County ...

Chicago teachers may test unions’ ‘social justice’ strategy

By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A threatened strike by Chicago teachers would test a strategy employed by a growing number of urban teachers unions convinced that transforming contentious contract talks into discussions about class sizes and student services wins public ...

West Virginia tourism officials began fall foliage updates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's fall colors are starting to show, and the state Tourism Office has started providing weekly updates and a live tracker map online. The agency says foliage in the state's higher elevations is about a week away from peak, with maples showing the most ...

Court upholds firing of parole officer who dated drug dealer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has upheld the firing of a parole officer who dated a man who ran a drug distribution operation out of their home. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the justices ruled 4-1 Friday to keep Simona Southall out of the Division of ...

New I Scream Sundae shop offers spooky treats year-round

By BILL LYNCH Charleston Gazette-Mail RIPLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Halloween only comes around once a year, but at I Scream Sundae in Ripley, the spooky fun never ends. The ice cream shop is just off West Main Street, where afternoon traffic rolls by relentlessly. Outside the modest brick-and-glass ...

W Virginia school suspends sorority over drug, hazing claims

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A college in West Virginia has suspended a sorority over allegations of illegal drug use and hazing. Marshall University on Thursday announced a cease-and-desist order against the Delta Upsilon chapter of Delta Zeta, suspending all chapter actives, meetings and ...

West Virginia farmers quadrupled their hemp crop this year

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Farmers more than quadrupled West Virginia's industrial hemp crop this year. Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt's office says about 130 farmers grew 641 acres of industrial hemp in 2019, up from 155 acres in 2018. And more's coming: The department's statement ...

West Va. police: man killed 2, hid bodies, killed himself

LIZEMORE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police are investigating a double murder-suicide in Clay County that began as a missing person case. Media report that troopers investigated a report of a missing person, Alecxandria Auxier, of Indore, on Friday. Officers later discovered the bodies ...

Half of West Va.’s teachers miss 10 days or more of school

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Department of Education data says more than half of the state's teachers missed more than 10 days of school last year. WSAZ-TV reports that 52.75 percent of teachers missed more than 10 days, according to research of data from the education ...

Arizona now has misgivings about Purdue opioid settlement

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press Arizona's attorney general is having misgivings about agreeing to Purdue Pharma's proposal to settle litigation over the opioid crisis. Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican, said in a court filing late Monday that the OxyContin maker has "sought to ...

Meeting set on New River Gorge National River redesignation

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A public meeting is scheduled on a bill to redesignate the New River Gorge National River in West Virginia as the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. The Wednesday morning meeting at the Canyon Rim Visitors Center Auditorium will be hosted by U.S. Sens. Joe ...