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West Virginia News

Dog reduces wildlife, aircraft encounters at WVa airport

By RICK STEELHAMMER, The Charleston Gazette-Mai CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hercules, the 3-year-old border collie charged with keeping birds and other forest-dwelling animals off Yeager Airport's runways and taxiways, is credited with dramatically reducing the number of wildlife strikes to ...

Man wanted in West Virginia shooting arrested in Michigan

RIVER ROUGE, Mich. (AP) — A man wanted in a January shooting in West Virginia that wounded seven people attending a party has been apprehended in suburban Detroit, officials said. The U. S. Marshals Service announced Friday the arrest of Kymoni Davis, who had been a fugitive since he was ...

West Virginia: Wifi hotspots to allow virtual school options

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday that WiFi hotspots will be set up around the state to give students the option to take virtual classes when schools are scheduled to reopen in September. The Republican governor said counties will submit reentry ...

West Virginia to get $14M from feds for water system updates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will receive more than $14 million from the federal government to modernize water infrastructure in six rural counties, officials said this week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a statement saying the money is part of a $462 million grant ...

West Virginia city extends outdoor dining permits

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Morgantown city officials have extended an outdoor dining program initially put in place as a coronavirus safety precaution. The no fee outdoor dining permit program will now run until Dec. 31, according to a news release Thursday. Applications can be found on the ...

West Virginia city to close road to cars Sunday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin has announced that Kanawha Avenue will close Sunday for foot traffic and socially distant exercise. The avenue will close from 37th Street to 57th Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, according to a Thursday news release. The ...

West Virginia soldier’s return home ends up as viral video

By EDDIE TRIZZINO, Times West Virginian undefined FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Nancy Stahl and her husband were going to the grocery store last Saturday to pick up some food for a barbecue when a police car pulled them over. They were asked to exit the vehicle, and what Nancy saw next made her ...

Students return to campus amid virus growth in some states

By BRYAN ANDERSON and JOHN RABY Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The first wave of college students returning to their dorms aren't finding the typical mobs of students and parents. What they found Friday were strict safety protocols and some heightened anxiety amid a global pandemic ...

Gov. Jim Justice appoints new parkways leader

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday named Raleigh County Commission administrator Jeffrey Miller as the new leader of the state parkways authority. Miller will take over the position Aug. 10 to replace Greg Barr, who is retiring. A news release from the ...

Deliberations begin in civil trial alleging excessive force

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia jury is deliberating in a federal civil trial in which a man accused two Logan County police officers of using excessive force during a 2018 encounter. Jurors began deliberating Thursday at the U.S. Courthouse in Charleston in the case brought by ...

West Virginia breaks record for new confirmed virus cases

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has set a record for newly confirmed coronavirus cases as infections, deaths and hospitalizations surge in the state, according to health data released Friday. The state recorded 182 new cases Thursday, the ...

Salango pushes for 5 debates with Justice before election

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ben Salango wants to debate. The Democratic candidate for West Virginia governor on Friday said he has agreed to debate Gov. Jim Justice five times before the November election and called on the Republican incumbent to sign on ...

Ex-Miss Kentucky sentenced to prison on sex crime charge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Miss Kentucky who admitted to exchanging sexual photos with a teenage student when she was working as a West Virginia school teacher has been sentenced to prison. Ramsey BethAnn Bearse, 29, received her two-year sentence in Kanawha County Circuit Court on ...

Theater closing amid virus spike, lack of new movies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Park Place Stadium Cinemas in Charleston has decided to close its doors because of an increase in coronavirus cases and a lack of new movies, the theater announced Wednesday on social media. In a statement, the theater said it is targeting a reopening date in ...

West Virginia’s jobless aid filings rise amid virus spike

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of West Virginians who filed for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week amid a spike in coronavirus cases, according for federal data released Thursday. Nearly 3,900 people in the state applied for jobless aid last week, an increase of 526 from the ...

Charleston again closing streets for outdoor dining

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in West Virginia's capital city are closing streets this weekend to allow for restaurants to set up outdoor seating during the coronavirus pandemic. Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin said Capitol and Hale streets will be closed between Kanawha Boulevard ...

West Virginia House employee tests positive for coronavirus

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia House of Delegates employee has tested positive for the coronavirus. The clerk's office was closed until it can be completely sanitized, and anyone who came into contact with the office or its staff is encouraged to quarantine and be tested for ...

Governors’ companies among recipients of virus relief loans

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Governors who ordered shutdowns as their states responded to the coronavirus pandemic were among millions of beneficiaries of the loan program created to help small businesses weather COVID-19's effect on the economy, data released ...

Opponents: Pipeline’s defeat ‘a testament to perseverance’

By SARAH RANKIN Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richard Averitt and his wife have spent six years and more than six figures fighting to keep the Atlantic Coast Pipeline off their picturesque central Virginia property. In all that time, Averitt said he couldn't recall meeting a single ...

Woman pleads guilty in scheme to offer information to Russia

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who previously served in the Air Force planned to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government, prosecutors said Monday in announcing her conviction in federal ...