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West Virginia News

More storms bring renewed flood threat in hard-hit Kentucky

Thunderstorms on Friday brought a renewed threat of flooding to parts of Kentucky ravaged by high water a week ago. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch through Saturday morning for nearly the entire state. As residents continued cleaning up from the late July floods that killed ...

Water becomes needed commodity in flood-ravaged Kentucky

HINDMAN, Ky. (AP) — National Guard soldiers rushed to distribute bottled water to flood-ravaged eastern Kentucky as forecasters warned of more rain coming to the region. In the days since historic flooding swamped the Appalachian region, the availability of water surfaced as a big concern ...

Judge: West Virginia Medicaid must cover transgender care

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Medicaid program must provide coverage for gender-confirming care for transgender residents, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Chuck Chambers in Huntington made the ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by LGBTQ interest group Lambda Legal over ...

Long days grind on search teams in flood-ravaged Appalachia

HINDMAN, Ky. (AP) — For days, a search-and-rescue team led by Phillip Dix has combed debris-clogged creekbanks looking for survivors in flood-ravaged eastern Kentucky. His crew is used to the stifling heat and humidity but is laboring under the grind of 12-hour shifts spent pulling people ...

Senators Tuberville, Manchin working on bill to tackle NIL

Sens. Tommy Tuberville and Joe Manchin have reached out to college sports leaders, including the Southeastern Conference commissioner, for feedback and ideas on how to regulate the way athletes are compensated for their names, images and likenesses. Tuberville (R-Ala.), a former college ...

Japan truckmaker Hino says emissions data faked for 20 years

TOKYO (AP) — Hino Motors, a truck maker that's part of the Toyota group, systematically falsified emissions data dating back as far as 2003, according to the results of an investigation released Tuesday. President Satoshi Ogiso bowed deeply at a hastily called news conference and apologized ...

Ex-WVa special education teacher gets 10 years in abuse case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former special education teacher in West Virginia was sentenced to the maximum 10 years in prison Tuesday for abusing several students. Nancy Boggs was sentenced in Kanawha County Circuit Court stemming from incidents last September at Holz Elementary School in ...

In towns plagued by raw sewage, EPA promises relief

HAYNEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — When there's heavy rain, human waste from the pond of sewage across the street from Charlie Mae Holcomb's home covers her front yard in rural Alabama. She can't remember how many times she's had to rip the flooring out of her small brick house because raw sewage backed ...

Weather service confirms tornado in northern West Virginia

DALLAS, W.Va. (AP) — Cleanup was ongoing Tuesday in a rural area of northern West Virginia from damaged caused by a tornado with maximum winds of 120 miles per hour. The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh said the EF2 tornado briefly touched down Monday night in the state's Northern ...

After the rain, heat descends on flooded Kentucky towns

HINDMAN, Ky. (AP) — Withering heat was descending on a region of eastern Kentucky already reeling from massive flooding, forcing residents laboring to clean up after the deluge to cope with an oppressive new threat. The grim task of cleaning up from the flooding continued, but rising heat ...

WVa cities, counties reach $400M settlement with drug firms

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia cities and counties reached a $400 million tentative settlement with three major U.S. drug distributors, lawyers announced Monday. In a lawsuit in state court, the cities and counties accused the distributors of fueling the opioid epidemic. The ...

Rehabilitation projects set for 3 Mercer County, W.Va., dams

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — After years of planning and preparation, major projects in dam rehabilitation in Mercer County are on a faster track now, with the first possibly starting next year. Mercer County Commissioner Bill Archer said the three projects — Dan Hale Reservoir, Glenwood Park ...

Manchin demurs on Biden in 2024 and Dem majorities this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin, one of the Democrats' most conservative and contrarian members, declined on Sunday to endorse Joe Biden if the president seeks a second term in 2024 and refused to say whether he wants Democrats to retain control of Congress after the November ...

Infrastructure damage hampers flood recovery in Kentucky

HINDMAN, Ky. (AP) — Damage to critical infrastructure and the arrival of more heavy rains hampered efforts Sunday to help Kentucky residents hit by recent massive flooding, Gov. Andy Beshear said. As residents in Appalachia tried to slowly piece their lives back together, flash flood ...

2 fatally shot at W.Va. nail salon; gunman killed by police

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A gunman fatally shot two people at a nail salon in West Virginia before officers fired at the shooter, killing him, police said. Summersville officers responded to an active shooter Thursday evening at Jo's Nails & Spa, police said in a Facebook post Friday. ...

Elgine McArdle picked to lead West Virginia Republican Party

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Wheeling attorney was elected chair of the West Virginia Republican Party on Saturday. Elgine McArdle was chosen during a meeting of the state GOP executive committee in Charleston. McArdle has been a member of the committee since 2005. She succeeds Mark Harris, ...

Some Appalachia residents begin cleanup after deadly floods

PRESTONBURG, Ky. (AP) — Some residents of Appalachia returned to flood-ravaged homes and communities on Saturday to shovel mud and debris and to salvage what they could, while Kentucky's governor said search and rescue operations were ongoing in the region swamped by torrential rains days ...

West Virginia man admits COVID-19 loan fraud scheme

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has admitted accepting more than $41,000 in paycheck protection loans under a federal COVID-19 assistance program for a business that did not exist. Malik Breckenridge, 26, of Charleston, pleaded guilty Thursday to wire fraud in federal ...

West Virginia Senate balks on governor’s income tax cut plan

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A 10% reduction in West Virginia's income tax proposed by Gov. Jim Justice stalled Friday in the Senate. Instead of taking up the Republican governor's proposal, the Senate explained its intentions to reduce the personal property tax and business inventory tax if ...

WVa delays chance to pass 1st new bill since abortion ruling

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers passed up the chance Friday to become the first state to approve new legislation restricting access to abortions since the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last month removing its protected status as a constitutional right. The Republican-dominated ...