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Redistricting maps advance in West Virginia Legislature

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Proposed maps of West Virginia's congressional and legislative districts continued to advance in the Legislature on Tuesday. West Virginia lost one of its three U.S. House seats after the 2020 Census. A map to redraw the state into two congressional districts was ...

West Virginia lawmakers endorse redistricting maps

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers endorsed proposed maps of congressional and state legislative districts during a special session on redistricting Monday, setting up a potential fight between two of the state's current members of Congress. West ...

WVa first lady opening art display of student portraits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new display featuring portraits of six Communities in Schools students from across West Virginia is opening at the State Capitol Rotunda. First lady Cathy Justice will host a reception at the opening on Tuesday to launch the display, which will remain in the ...

2 locations are first in WVa program to protect rare species

DAVIS, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia locations have been added to a new program to protect rare plant and animal species. Bald Knob and the Canaan Valley wetlands are the first sites in the West Virginia Natural Areas Program, the state Division of Natural Resources said in a news ...

Man enters Alford plea in death of grandson’s mother

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has entered an Alford plea in the death of his grandson's mother. Gary Smith II, 60, of Morgantown, appeared Tuesday by video from North Central Regional Jail to enter the plea in which he didn't admit guilt but recognized there may be enough ...

WVa’s Yeager Airport increasing security with $195,000 grant

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Yeager Airport is increasing security at the facility, using a $195,000 grant from the state Emergency Management Division. Part of the work will add a gunshot detection system in the main terminal building and the General Aviation terminal, the ...

West Virginia lawmakers set to start redistricting session

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's special legislative session on redistricting starts Monday as lawmakers deal with one less congressional seat and make wholesale changes in the House of Delegates. Lawmakers will meet in special session as part of ...

Covenant House in W.Va. has been helping people for 40 years

By MARIA YOUNG, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Darryl Henry's secret power is simple. "I'm good at organizing chaos," said Henry. It's the silver lining on a childhood with a lot of dark clouds. The eleventh of 14 kids, he was the tenth boy born into a hectic family with ...

W.Va. native finds passion for helping small business owners

By JOSEPHINE E. MOORE, The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — In the mid-'90s Judy Moore decided to open her own business as a travel agent. Like most small businesses, it lasted only about a year. Moore said she believes her business was unsuccessful partly because of the growing ...

2 locations are first in WVa program to protect rare species

DAVIS, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia locations have been added to a new program to protect rare plant and animal species. Bald Knob and the Canaan Valley wetlands are the first sites in the West Virginia Natural Areas Program, the state Division of Natural Resources said in a news ...

Covenant House in W.Va. has been helping people for 40 years

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Darryl Henry's secret power is simple. "I'm good at organizing chaos," said Henry. It's the silver lining on a childhood with a lot of dark clouds. The eleventh of 14 kids, he was the tenth boy born into a hectic family with two parents working multiple jobs and ...

Coronavirus death toll continues to climb in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The death toll continues to surge from the coronavirus pandemic in West Virginia, according to health data released Friday. There were at least 115 new virus deaths reported during the first seven days of October, according to the state's coronavirus dashboard. It ...

WVa gov calls special legislative session for redistricting

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Friday called a special session of the Legislature for next week to deal with redistricting as well as to dole out federal pandemic funding. The session is set to start on Monday. Lawmakers already were scheduled to be in Charleston ...

Kentucky fraudster’s disability clients remain in legal mess

By DYLAN LOVAN Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — As disbarred lawyer Eric Conn sits in a federal prison, hundreds of people in one of America's poorest regions remain mired in the legal mess he caused by running a $600 million fraud, the largest Social Security scam in U.S. ...

Manchin: FCC providing $53.5M to expand WVa broadband

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia broadband service provider Citynet will receive $53.5 million during the next decade to expand broadband access across the state, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin announced. The funds are from the first round of the Federal Communications Commission Rural Digital ...

W.Va. woman looking to share knowledge of herbal remedies

By JESSICA WILT, The Journal undefined SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Sacred Roots' Hillary Banachowski laughed as she looked upon the field filled with medicinal herbs at her home in Shepherdstown, joking that stinging nettles were her "gateway" herb. Using herbal remedies for roughly two ...

3 killed in small plane crash in southern West Virginia

LANSING, W.Va. (AP) — A small plane crashed Sunday in southern West Virginia, killing three Virginia residents on board, authorities said. The single-engine Beechcraft C23 went down after taking off from the Fayette Airport in Fayetteville at about 11 a.m., the Federal Aviation ...

Teen girl sentenced for helping boy accused of killing 4

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A 17-year-old West Virginia girl has been sentenced to 10 years of incarceration on four counts of accessory after the fact in the slayings of four people. Rebecca Lynn Walker was sentenced Thursday in Kanawha Circuit Court for assisting the 16-year-old suspect after ...

Vaccine booster shots urged in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is urging residents who got the Pfizer vaccine to get their booster shot, citing the rising number of hospitalizations involving vaccinated people. There were 16,223 active COVID-19 cases reported statewide on Friday with 1,008 people ...