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West Virginia News

Manchin: Commission on veterans facilities to be dismantled

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of U.S. senators has agreed to effectively dismantle a commission tasked by the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out closures, downsizing and other significant medical facility changes nationwide, Sen. Joe Manchin said Monday. The West Virginia ...

West Virginia aviator honored at memorial service

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia aviator who trained more than 40,000 pilots has been honored at a memorial service, officials said. The Kanawha County Commission said the flag at the courthouse in Charleston was lowered to half-staff Saturday in honor of Benny Mallory, who was ...

Tuition, costs going up for West Virginia University system

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Tuition will increase by an average of more than 2.5% across the West Virginia University system for the coming fiscal year under a new $1.2 billion budget. The WVU Board of Governors approved the budget, which includes a 2.62% or $120 increase per semester for ...

Justice family-owned coal firm reaches debt settlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A coal firm controlled by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's family has reached a nine-digit settlement agreement with a Swiss bank. Bluestone Resources Inc. has agreed to pay up to $320 million to lenders, The Gazette Mail reported. Credit Suisse Asset Management ...

Abortion foes, supporters map next moves after Roe reversal

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) — A Texas group that helps women pay for abortions halted its efforts Saturday while evaluating its legal risk under a strict state ban. Mississippi's only abortion clinic continued to see patients while awaiting a 10-day notice that will trigger a ban. Elected ...

WorkForce West Virginia says some receiving fraudulent texts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — WorkForce West Virginia says some people in the state are reporting they have received fraudulent texts offering payments. The text messages claim to be associated with the Job Jumpstart Program and say the recipient has a payment available, then asks the person to ...

Court rejects pipeline’s request for new panel of judges

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has denied a request from a company building a natural gas pipeline in Virginia and West Virginia to have a new panel of judges reconsider permits that have been struck down repeatedly . The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the motion from ...

NTSB: West Virginia helicopter crashed on last flight of day

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — A helicopter that crashed during an annual reunion for helicopter enthusiasts was on its last planned flight of the day, a federal agency investigating the accident said Friday. The National Transportation Safety Board said all six people aboard — the pilot and five ...

Application period open for West Virginia judicial openings

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is taking applications for two Family Court vacancies. The Second Family Court Circuit serves Marshall, Tyler and Wetzel counties. The Ninth Family Court Circuit serves Logan County. The deadline for completed ...

6 die in crash of Vietnam-era helicopter in West Virginia

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — A Vietnam-era helicopter showcased in action movies crashed on a rural West Virginia road, killing all six people on board, during an annual reunion for helicopter enthusiasts. The Federal Aviation Administration said the Bell UH-1B "Huey" helicopter crashed along Route ...

Appalachian Regional Commission funds 4 projects in WVa

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded more than $340,000 for four projects in West Virginia. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding Tuesday. It will help provide upgrades to lighting infrastructure in Charleston, design of a ...

Former West Virginia lawmaker gets 3 months in Jan. 6 riot

A former West Virginia lawmaker who livestreamed himself on Facebook storming the U.S. Capitol and cheering on what he described as a "revolution" was sentenced Wednesday to three months in prison. Derrick Evans, 37, who pleaded guilty to a felony civil disorder charge, told the judge that he ...

Reports: Multiple people killed in helicopter crash in WVa

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — Multiple people were killed when a helicopter crashed in West Virginia on Wednesday, according to news outlets. The identities were not confirmed, but Ray Bryant, chief of operations for Logan Emergency Management, told WSAZ-TV they were not local residents. The ...

Contest decides West Virginia’s official birthday cake

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia now has an official birthday cake. The state's first lady, Cathy Justice, announced the winner of her West Virginia Birthday Cake Contest on Monday. It came during the celebration of the state's 159th birthday. Kim Wymer of Scott Depot was named the ...

State of emergency declared for Mingo County due to storm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency for Mingo County due to damage caused by severe weather that struck last week. The storm last Friday caused flash flooding, downed trees and power lines and caused roads to be blocked. As part of the ...

Search crews recover boy’s body from West Virginia river

DUNBAR, W.Va. (AP) — Rescue crews recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy from a West Virginia river, capping a two-day search that began when he was seen going under water with his aunt, authorities said. The boy was identified as Deonco Howard of Dunbar, the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office ...

Marshall recruiting local businesses to bid on contracts

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is working to build connections with local businesses under a pilot project approved by the West Virginia Legislature. House Bill 4418 creates a small business supplier certification assistance program to help small businesses bid on government ...

Wheeling Symphony Orchestra still making music on the road

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Forget air guitar. A lot of "air-conducting" was commencing in the seats of the Metropolitan Theatre on a bright spring morning some years ago in downtown Morgantown. It wasn't hard to spy the smiles among the members of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, as they ...

West Virginia law enforcement receiving autism training

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A statewide program designed to teach law enforcement officers how to have safe interactions with those who have an autism spectrum disorder is being launched. The Safe Interactions for Law Enforcement and Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities ...

No injuries reported in fire at WVU building

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A fire broke out at Armstrong Hall on the West Virginia University campus when a section of material used to resurface the roof caught fire, officials said. Fewer than 20 people, mostly faculty and staff, were in the building at the time of the fire on Friday, media ...