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West Virginia News

WV man faces involuntary manslaughter in teen’s shooting

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been indicted on an involuntary manslaughter charge in a fatal shooting that was earlier reported as a suicide and an accident. News outlets report David Jakob Moore also is charged with wanton endangerment in the recently unsealed Cabell ...

Judge rejects deferment deal in fraud case

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a proposed deal that would have allowed two West Virginia magistrates indicted on charges including fraud and obstruction of justice to avoid conviction if they met certain requirements. News outlets report U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh ...

Blackhawk Mining closes West Virginia facilities

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Blackhawk Mining says it's closing three mines and two preparation plants in West Virginia amid weak global coal markets. The Kentucky-based coal company on Tuesday announced the idling of its facilities in Logan and Mingo counties. The move will impact 342 of its ...

Supreme Court won’t intervene over West Virginia justices

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will leave in place a court decision that derailed the impeachment trials of three West Virginia Supreme Court justices accused of corruption. The case was one of a long list of those the Supreme ...

Family treatment courts debut in drug-ravaged West Virginia

By JOHN RABY Associated Press MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — Drug-ravaged West Virginia has opened its first family treatment court aimed at protecting abused and neglected children while helping parents facing the potential loss of custody to overcome substance use disorders. The court's debut at ...

Student body president accused of strangling man

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — The student body president of a West Virginia university has been charged with felony strangulation. News outlets report 21-year-old Tyler Keller was arrested by Fairmont police on Friday. Keller is the president of the Student Government Association at Fairmont State ...

WVU, state to build facility for acidic mine drainage

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University is teaming up with the state to build a new plant near Mount Storm that will treat acidic water from mines The college on Monday said the facility will simultaneously treat the acidic drainage while also recovering valuable rare earth ...

Trial starts for WVa trooper charged in beating of teen

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A trial has started for a West Virginia trooper federally charged in the beating of a teenager who led authorities on a high-speed chase after rear-ending a deputy. News outlets report prosecutors opened the deprivation of rights trial on Monday by arguing that ...

Final Liftoff: WV town celebrates last Rocket Boys Festival

By JORDAN NELSON, The Register-Herald undefined BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Sept. 28 was a sunny, warm fall day. The air felt crisp as the occasional breeze of wind would blow. It was, in other words, a perfect day to celebrate the end of an era, an event that has taken place in Beckley for the ...

Purdue opioid deal blasted as records show $13B to Sacklers

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press Attorneys general representing nearly half the states and lawyers for more than 500 local governments on Friday blasted the terms of Purdue Pharma's offer to settle thousands of lawsuits over the nation's opioid crisis in court filings that also said the ...

VA hospital patients’ families will have free place to stay

By TRAVIS CRUM, The Herald-Dispatch undefined HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hershel "Woody" Williams said a lot has changed since he arrived to work at the Huntington VA Medical Center in 1946. For starters, the medical center now bears his name. It's recognition for his service in the U.S. ...

Man who murdered black West Virginia teen dies in custody

GRAYSON, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in Kentucky say foul play isn't suspected in the death of a white inmate convicted of killing a black West Virginia teenager he had called a "piece of trash." U.S. Marshal Service Deputy Fred Lamey confirms 65-year-old William Ronald Pulliam died Thursday at ...

Judge reviewing mental evaluation request in manhunt case

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge is considering a mental evaluation request for a man charged in a 2018 shooting that led to a nearly weeklong manhunt in West Virginia. The Herald-Dispatch reports defense attorney Abe Saad asked a judge on Friday for the evaluation after recently learning ...

WV governor declares emergency as drought worsens

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency in response to a worsening drought across West Virginia. The Republican governor’s proclamation Thursday comes as large swaths of the state grapple with moderate to severe drought conditions. Justice says a lack ...

Court to weigh fight over pipeline across Appalachian Trail

By MARK SHERMAN and DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider reinstating a permit that was tossed out by a lower court that would allow construction of a natural gas pipeline through two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail. The ...

3 volunteer firefighters charged with arson in West Virginia

RHODELL, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia have charged three volunteer firefighters with first-degree arson and conspiracy. News outlets report Rhodell volunteer firefighters 39-year-old Matthew Allen Meadows, 19-year-old Alexia Brieane Shrewsbury, 18-year-old Dennis Wade Wilson ...

Ohio woman caught with gun at W. Virginia airport checkpoint

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say they stopped a woman from getting on a plane with a loaded gun in West Virginia. The Transportation Security Administration on Thursday says officers found the handgun in the woman’s carry-on bag at a Huntington Tri-State Airport x-ray ...

State AGs, local governments blast Purdue settlement offer

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press Attorneys general representing nearly half the states and lawyers for more 500 local governments are blasting the terms of Purdue Pharma's offer to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the toll of the nation's opioid epidemic. In a court filing Friday, ...

WV outdoor school uses nature to teach students to thrive

By BRITTANY PATTERSON, West Virginia Public Broadcasting MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A group of fourth and fifth grade students at Morgantown Learning Academy — a private, non-profit elementary school located in Monongalia County — are sitting at two picnic benches surrounded by a forested ...

Advocates: People held at mental hospitals unnecessarily

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Disability rights advocates in West Virginia say patients who are sent to state-run psychiatric hospitals after being found not guilty of a crime by reason of mental illness are being held for years after they are well. The Register-Herald reports the problem was ...