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West Virginia News

Businesses in 2 W.Va. counties eligible for disaster loans

MOOREFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Some small businesses in two West Virginia counties are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans as a result of storms last year. The U.S. Small Business Administration said the loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, ...

Mine rescue teams to compete in West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Members of mine rescue teams from across the country will be in West Virginia this week to compete in readiness tests. West Virginia University says the National Mine Rescue Association Post 5 contest will begin Tuesday and run through Thursday at Mylan Park in ...

West Virginia airport unveils new military operations center

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials at the Charleston, West Virginia, airport have unveiled a new armed forces operations center named after the state's last surviving Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. The 2,000-square-foot (186-square-meter) facility at Yeager Airport ...

Judge orders W.Va. gov to provide docs in residency case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has ordered lawyers for the governor of West Virginia to hand over documents requested in an ongoing lawsuit over his residency. News outlets report Judge Charles King rejected a dismissal motion Wednesday by Gov. Jim Justice's attorneys and ordered the ...

2 West Virginia airports receiving $4.1M for improvements

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia airports are receiving more than $4.1 million from the federal government to make improvements. The state's U.S. senators, Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito, announced the funding from the Department of Transportation. A news ...

Prescription disposal site permanently housed at WV Capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A permanent prescription drug disposal site is being placed at the West Virginia Capitol so people wanting to dispose of medication can do so all year. There has already been a collection site at the Capitol for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, but the new ...

West Virginia mothers, children to benefit from health funds

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Mothers and children in West Virginia will benefit from more than $1.5 million in federal funding that was just announced. The state's U.S. senators, Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Joe Manchin, said in a news release Thursday that West Virginia's ...

Applications being accepted for W.Va. state park deer hunts

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is accepting applications for controlled deer hunts at six state parks. A DNR statement says the deadline for applications is Aug. 25. A drawing will be held the next day and successful applicants will be notified ...

Priest donates to miners affected by Blackjewel bankruptcy

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — A priest in Kentucky handed out more than $20,000 on Monday to miners struggling to pay bills after the coal company they work for filed for bankruptcy protection. People crowded Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Harlan as Father Jim Sichko signed checks for more than 100 ...

Man charged with murder in death he blamed on overdose

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who blamed his wife's death on an overdose is now charged with killing her. News outlets report 44-year-old Frank Jay Cantley was arrested this weekend and charged with first-degree murder. A criminal complaint says Cantley called 911 Saturday ...

West Virginia woman is accused of locking child in basement

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been accused of beating her children and locking them in a basement. The Journal reports 35-year-old Amy Elizabeth Foley was charged Thursday with child abuse stemming from an incident in 2018. Court documents say Foley is accused of ...

West Virginia youth basketball coach charged with sex abuse

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A youth basketball coach in West Virginia has been charged with sexually abusing one of his players. News outlets cite court documents that show 48-year-old Brian Eugene Kidd of Beckley was charged with six counts of sexual abuse by a parent or custodian. According to ...

Local university removed from probation by accreditor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A university in West Virginia is no longer on probation from its accreditor. The State Journal reports Alderson Broaddus University received the notification from the Higher Learning Commission last week but the school is still on notice because of its financial ...

WV teachers union says it will sue over charter school bill

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A sweeping West Virginia GOP education bill that allows the creation of charter schools violates the state Constitution, according to a teachers union that plans to sue over the legislation. The West Virginia Education ...

West Virginia working to bring back bobwhite quail

HOLDEN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wildlife officials are hoping to bring back the bobwhite quail, which disappeared from the state in the late 1970s thanks to a combination of habitat destruction and harsh winters. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports , wildlife officials think the birds are ...

Miners worried about pay during Blackjewel coal bankruptcy

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Some Virginia miners for the coal company Blackjewel LLC say their paychecks are bouncing and they remain out of work as the company goes through bankruptcy proceedings. The Roanoke Times reports some workers say they're unsure if they still have jobs after reportedly ...

Foul play not indicated in death of man found by W.Va. creek

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say they have found a dead man in a wooded area near Deckers Creek. Morgantown police say they found the man Wednesday morning after responding to a report of an unresponsive man at the Deckers Creek Rail Trail near Elk Street. He was ...

Loaded handgun found in woman’s bag at West Virginia airport

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration says officers stopped a West Virginia woman with a gun in her carry-on bag at Yeager Airport. The TSA on Wednesday said the woman told officers she forgot she had the loaded .357-caliber handgun on her when she tried to get ...

Investigators scour scene of Bahamas chopper crash for clues

By NATALIE SCHACHAR and TRAVIS LOLLER Associated Press Accident investigators in the Bahamas are going well below the surface of the water to try to figure out what went wrong in the moments before a helicopter crashed after takeoff and killed seven people, including West Virginia coal magnate ...

Experts warn of ‘dead zone’ in Chesapeake Bay from pollution

By DAVID McFADDEN Associated Press CONOWINGO, Md. (AP) — When the Conowingo Dam opened to fanfare nearly a century ago, the massive wall of concrete and steel began its job of harnessing water power in northern Maryland. It also quietly provided a side benefit: trapping sediment and silt ...