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West Virginia News

WVa judge temporarily blocks charter schools’ implementation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge on Monday temporarily blocked public charter schools from being implemented in West Virginia. Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey granted a preliminary injunction sought by parents in a lawsuit filed against Gov. Jim Justice and leaders of the House ...

Manchin upends Biden’s agenda, won’t back $2 trillion bill

By LISA MASCARO, ALAN FRAM and HOPE YEN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin all but delivered a death blow to President Joe Biden's $2 trillion domestic initiative, throwing his party's agenda into jeopardy, infuriating the White House and leaving angry colleagues ...

Holiday season lights a bright spot amid pandemic resurgence

By DAVID SHARP Associated Press CUMBERLAND, Maine (AP) — The holiday season is shining brightly during the pandemic as businesses pour money into extravagant light shows to spread cheer. From Maine to California, more lights shows have launched during the pandemic, and they're more ...

Business mounts aid effort for Kentuckians hit by tornadoes

By David Kirk undefined FAIRMONT (AP) — When others are hurting, West Virginians come to their aid. "It's just the right thing to do," said George Abel. "There's a little bit of Santa Claus in all of us and West Virginians are well known for helping other people." Abel and his company, ...

WVa’s Yeager Airport to receive $2.1M in federal funding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Yeager Airport is in line to receive $2.1 million from the Federal Aviation Administration, the airport said. The funds are from the Airport Infrastructure Grant program under the bipartisan infrastructure plan. More than 3,000 U.S. airports will ...

New inflation number feeds angst about Democrats’ $2T bill

By ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Government reports on rising inflation and the potential costs of President Joe Biden's social and environment legislation raised fresh questions Friday about the bill's fate, with both sides hoping the new numbers would influence pivotal Sen. ...

From grime to crumbling masonry, US parks get a makeover

By REBECCA REYNOLDS Associated Press Near the Tidal Basin in Washington, crews have cleaned grime off the white marble exterior of the Jefferson Memorial and fixed cracked stone to prevent falling debris. At the Statue of Liberty, plans are in the works to waterproof the exterior of the ...

Deer kills during WVa gun hunting season up over 2020

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of antlered white-tailed deer killed in West Virginia during the two-week firearms season went up 10% compared with a year ago, wildlife officials said. Hunters killed 42,674 deer from Nov. 22 through Dec. 5. There were 38,785 deer killed during the ...

Parents of child who died in fire charged with neglect

WEIRTON, W.Va. (AP) — The parents of a West Virginia child who died in a fire earlier this year have been charged with child neglect, officials said. Heather Renee Johnston, 38, and Michael Scott Johnston, 36, were each charged with neglect creating substantial risk of injury or death and ...

Catlettsburg Elementary student raises $70K for playground

By MCKENNA HORSLEY, The Herald-Dispatch CATLETTSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Among Jenna Cumpston's student council presidential campaign goals was building a new playground for her fellow students at Catlettsburg Elementary School. The fifth-grade student raised over $70,000 for the project. "I ...

Manchin says he wouldn’t defy parliamentarian on immigration

By ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivotal Sen. Joe Manchin said Wednesday he'd vote to uphold the Senate parliamentarian's decision if she rules that immigration or other provisions should fall from Democrats' huge social and environment bill, underscoring the party's uphill ...

US Navy commissions Pearl Harbor-based USS Daniel Inouye

By AUDREY McAVOY and MARK THIESSEN Associated Press PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Navy on Wednesday commissioned the USS Daniel Inouye, named after the long-serving U.S. senator from Hawaii and decorated World War II veteran. Inouye and other Japanese Americans were initially ...

Bid review underway for 12 highway projects in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Division of Highways is reviewing bids for 12 projects including replacing an aging Ohio County bridge and replacing four older bridges in Roane County. The agency said most projects are reviewed, analyzed and awarded within a week, but it can take ...

Federal officials investigate West Virginia flood program

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A program that helps people rebuild homes that were damaged or destroyed in West Virginia's 2016 flood has been under federal investigation, a state official told lawmakers. As a result of the investigation by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, ...

New substance abuse prevention program announced for schools

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A pilot program to prevent drug abuse will begin at three West Virginia schools next fall, officials said. Gov. Jim Justice and the board of West Virginia Game Changers, public-private coalition designed to educate and empower youth, announced Tuesday that the ...

Ex-WVa Supreme Court Justice Workman recognized for service

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A retired West Virginia Supreme Court justice is being recognized for her lifetime of service to courts and the practice of law. Margaret Workman has been named the 2021 recipient of the Caplan Award, presented by the West Virginia Association for Justice. Workman ...

John Hutchison to become WVa Supreme Court chief justice

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — John Hutchison will become the West Virginia Supreme Court's chief justice on Jan 1. The court announced the move Thursday. As chief justice, Hutchison will become the administrative leader of the state's judiciary system, including circuit, family and magistrate ...

Holly Forbes joining crooner Murphy on WVa holiday tour

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — "America's Got Talent" winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. is bringing along a friend to his series of West Virginia holiday concerts this month. Murphy announced Thursday on social media that former "The Voice" contestant Holly Forbes will join him on his Home for the ...

WVa’s Joyful Night holiday celebration to be held virtually

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For the second straight year, West Virginia's Joyful Night celebration at the state Capitol will be held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. The holiday event with Gov. Jim Justice and first lady Cathy Justice in Charleston is scheduled to be broadcast at 7 ...

Florida man sentenced in West Virginia investment scheme

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison Friday for bilking more than a dozen investors out of nearly $5 million. Phillip W. Conley of Jacksonville, Florida, was sentenced in federal court in Clarksburg for his guilty plea to one count ...