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West Virginia News

West Virginia foster care system lawsuit revived by court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An appeals court has revived a federal lawsuit that a lower court dismissed accusing the state of West Virginia of failing to protect children and fix its overwhelmed foster care system. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday sent the lawsuit back to U.S. ...

3 WVa colleges receiving $650,000 in pandemic relief funds

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three higher education institutions in West Virginia are receiving a total of more than $650,000 from federal funds to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding goes to the New River Community and Technical College, Alderson Broaddus University ...

Westbound I-64 in West Virginia reopens after chemical spill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An interstate highway in West Virginia reopened Wednesday, a day after a tractor-trailer carrying a hazardous material overturned. The truck rolled over early Tuesday on westbound Interstate 64 in Charleston. No injuries were reported. About 600 gallons of an ...

West Virginia man sentenced to 40 years in officer’s death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man was sentenced to the maximum 40 years in prison Wednesday in the fatal shooting of a police officer who had responded to a parking complaint. Joshua Phillips learned his fate in Kanawha County Circuit Court in the December 2020 shooting of ...

West Virginia governor calls special session on income taxes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice called on state lawmakers Wednesday to meet at the Capitol next week to consider a permanent 10% reduction in the state's income tax. "Once we get the ball rolling, we can keep coming back and chipping away at our personal income tax ...

Kentucky coal firm fined over West Virginia mine pollution

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Kentucky coal company was fined $51,000 for failing to submit court-ordered plans to clean up two polluted West Virginia mine sites. U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers issued the order Monday against Lexington Coal Company LLC, the Charleston Gazette-Mail ...

Second inmate sentenced in stabbing death at federal prison

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A second federal inmate formerly housed in West Virginia has been sentenced to 25 years after pleading guilty in the fatal stabbing of another inmate. Northern West Virginia Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh sentenced Michael Owle, 33, on Monday after he ...

WVa AG seeks stay of ruling that blocked school voucher law

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general asked a court on Tuesday to stay a ruling that struck down a state-sponsored education voucher program. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed his motion with the state Intermediate Court of Appeals. It seeks a stay, pending appeal, ...

WVa man accused of taking copper wire from interstate lights

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been charged in connection with the theft of copper wire from interstate lights and selling it. Clarence Wayne Giles, 31, of the Charleston area, was charged with grand larceny, receiving or transferring stolen goods and other charges and was ...

After judge’s order, W.Va.’s abortion clinic resuming care

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's only abortion clinic pressed forward Tuesday with scheduling abortions, even as the state's attorney general went to the Supreme Court to try to stop it. A Charleston judge on Monday blocked enforcement of the state's 150-year-old abortion ban, ...

Schumer: Dems will push ahead on pared down economic measure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats will push ahead on restraining pharmaceutical prices and extending health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer affirmed Tuesday, backing President Joe Biden's call for his party to settle for a pared-down economic ...

Judge blocks enforcement of West Virginia abortion ban

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge in West Virginia's capital blocked enforcement of the state's 150-year-old abortion ban Monday, opening the door for abortions to resume in the state, at least for now. Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Tera L. Salango granted the Women's Health Center of ...

Authorities: WV woman awakens from coma, identifies brother

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been charged with trying to kill his sister, who recently awakened from a two-year coma and identified him as her attacker, authorities said. News outlets reported that Wanda Palmer was found unconscious with serious head injuries at her home ...

WV high school students creating furniture for new court

CLENDENIN, W.Va. (AP) — Three shop students and their teacher from a West Virginia high school are working this summer to build furniture for the new Intermediate Court of Appeals courtrooms. Herbert Hoover High School in Clendenin won the bid to produce benches, podiums and tabletops for ...

West Virginia couple offering spiritual healing shop, cafe

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Parkersburg couple capitalized on their interests and opened a spiritual healing boutique and coffee shop. The Gypsy Willow Metaphysical Cafe is the collaboration of Jessica Southall and her boyfriend, Chris Posey. Posey handles the coffee shop, and Southall is in ...

Summer feeding benefit going to WVa households for children

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Eligible West Virginia households will receive a one-time summer feeding benefit for children, the state Department of Education said. The program will provide $391 per eligible child to be deposited onto the child's West Virginia-Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer ...

West Virginia officials to appeal opioid lawsuit decision

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in a West Virginia county plan to appeal a federal judge's ruling in favor of three major U.S. drug distributors in a landmark lawsuit that accused them of causing a health crisis by distributing 81 million pills over eight years. The Cabell County ...

All about Manchin: What Biden wanted for US, senator did not

WASHINGTON (AP) — It launched as the new president's ambitious plan for rebuilding America — a $2.3 trillion domestic infrastructure investment coupled with a $1.8 trillion plan to bolster U.S. families with support for health care, child care, college costs, unseen in ...

Justice declares state of emergency for McDowell County

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency Thursday for McDowell County due to flooding. The move comes after flooding from heavy rains on Tuesday damaged more than 75 homes, 12 bridges and multiple roads throughout the county, Justice said in a ...

State returns lost medals, memorabilia to veterans’ families

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Medals and memorabilia that were once lost or abandoned were returned to the families of West Virginia veterans who served in World War II, Vietnam and Korea on Thursday. The items belonging to 13 veterans had been turned over to the State Treasury Department's ...