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West Virginia News

Supreme Court won’t intervene over West Virginia justices

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will leave in place a court decision that derailed the impeachment trials of three West Virginia Supreme Court justices accused of corruption. The case was one of a long list of those the Supreme ...

Family treatment courts debut in drug-ravaged West Virginia

By JOHN RABY Associated Press MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — Drug-ravaged West Virginia has opened its first family treatment court aimed at protecting abused and neglected children while helping parents facing the potential loss of custody to overcome substance use disorders. The court's debut at ...

Student body president accused of strangling man

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — The student body president of a West Virginia university has been charged with felony strangulation. News outlets report 21-year-old Tyler Keller was arrested by Fairmont police on Friday. Keller is the president of the Student Government Association at Fairmont State ...

WVU, state to build facility for acidic mine drainage

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University is teaming up with the state to build a new plant near Mount Storm that will treat acidic water from mines The college on Monday said the facility will simultaneously treat the acidic drainage while also recovering valuable rare earth ...

Trial starts for WVa trooper charged in beating of teen

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A trial has started for a West Virginia trooper federally charged in the beating of a teenager who led authorities on a high-speed chase after rear-ending a deputy. News outlets report prosecutors opened the deprivation of rights trial on Monday by arguing that ...

Final Liftoff: WV town celebrates last Rocket Boys Festival

By JORDAN NELSON, The Register-Herald undefined BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Sept. 28 was a sunny, warm fall day. The air felt crisp as the occasional breeze of wind would blow. It was, in other words, a perfect day to celebrate the end of an era, an event that has taken place in Beckley for the ...

Purdue opioid deal blasted as records show $13B to Sacklers

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press Attorneys general representing nearly half the states and lawyers for more than 500 local governments on Friday blasted the terms of Purdue Pharma's offer to settle thousands of lawsuits over the nation's opioid crisis in court filings that also said the ...

VA hospital patients’ families will have free place to stay

By TRAVIS CRUM, The Herald-Dispatch undefined HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hershel "Woody" Williams said a lot has changed since he arrived to work at the Huntington VA Medical Center in 1946. For starters, the medical center now bears his name. It's recognition for his service in the U.S. ...

Man who murdered black West Virginia teen dies in custody

GRAYSON, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in Kentucky say foul play isn't suspected in the death of a white inmate convicted of killing a black West Virginia teenager he had called a "piece of trash." U.S. Marshal Service Deputy Fred Lamey confirms 65-year-old William Ronald Pulliam died Thursday at ...

Judge reviewing mental evaluation request in manhunt case

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge is considering a mental evaluation request for a man charged in a 2018 shooting that led to a nearly weeklong manhunt in West Virginia. The Herald-Dispatch reports defense attorney Abe Saad asked a judge on Friday for the evaluation after recently learning ...

WV governor declares emergency as drought worsens

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency in response to a worsening drought across West Virginia. The Republican governor’s proclamation Thursday comes as large swaths of the state grapple with moderate to severe drought conditions. Justice says a lack ...

Court to weigh fight over pipeline across Appalachian Trail

By MARK SHERMAN and DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider reinstating a permit that was tossed out by a lower court that would allow construction of a natural gas pipeline through two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail. The ...

3 volunteer firefighters charged with arson in West Virginia

RHODELL, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia have charged three volunteer firefighters with first-degree arson and conspiracy. News outlets report Rhodell volunteer firefighters 39-year-old Matthew Allen Meadows, 19-year-old Alexia Brieane Shrewsbury, 18-year-old Dennis Wade Wilson ...

Ohio woman caught with gun at W. Virginia airport checkpoint

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say they stopped a woman from getting on a plane with a loaded gun in West Virginia. The Transportation Security Administration on Thursday says officers found the handgun in the woman’s carry-on bag at a Huntington Tri-State Airport x-ray ...

State AGs, local governments blast Purdue settlement offer

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press Attorneys general representing nearly half the states and lawyers for more 500 local governments are blasting the terms of Purdue Pharma's offer to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the toll of the nation's opioid epidemic. In a court filing Friday, ...

WV outdoor school uses nature to teach students to thrive

By BRITTANY PATTERSON, West Virginia Public Broadcasting MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A group of fourth and fifth grade students at Morgantown Learning Academy — a private, non-profit elementary school located in Monongalia County — are sitting at two picnic benches surrounded by a forested ...

Advocates: People held at mental hospitals unnecessarily

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Disability rights advocates in West Virginia say patients who are sent to state-run psychiatric hospitals after being found not guilty of a crime by reason of mental illness are being held for years after they are well. The Register-Herald reports the problem was ...

Doctor facing life in prison for thousands of opioid doses

By DENISE LAVOIE and SARAH RANKIN Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — By the time drug enforcement agents swooped into his small medical office in Martinsville, Virginia, in 2017, Dr. Joel Smithers had prescribed about a half a million doses of highly addictive opioids in two ...

Rocket Boys Festival ends two-decade run in West Virginia

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A festival that celebrates West Virginia's Rocket Boys has ended its two-decade run. Author and former NASA engineer Homer Hickam tells news outlets that the Rocket Boys Festival which ended Saturday in Beckley was the last one. The festival had moved to Beckley in ...

W. Virginia’s Medicaid fraud unit moving under AG control

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Control of a unit that fights Medicaid fraud in West Virginia is being transferred this week. The fraud unit is moving from the Department of Health and Human Resources to the state attorney general's office on Tuesday. The transfer was approved by the Legislature ...