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West Virginia News

Democrats push bill aimed at family that owns Purdue Pharma

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press A congressional committee heard grievances Tuesday against the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma as it considered longshot legislation that would keep them from using a corporate bankruptcy as a shield for personal liability. Rep. Carolyn Maloney ...

Hearing set on water, electricity rate proposals in WVa

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A hearing is set this week on proposed water and electricity rate increases in West Virginia. The public hearing on the increases proposed by Appalachian Power and West Virginia American Water is scheduled for Wednesday night at the LaBelle Theatre in South ...

West Virginia audit: Mine reclamation fund needs oversight

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's coal mine cleanup fund has no known backup plan if it goes insolvent, according to a new state audit. The legislative audit report released Monday said that mine reclamation program within the state's Department of Environmental Protection is at risk ...

Last stretch of upgraded West Virginia highway to reopen

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — The last stretch of U.S. 35 to be widened to four lanes is expected to open to traffic by the end of August after years of planning, West Virginia officials said. The 15-mile segment is the last part of U.S. 35 from Interstate 64 to the West Virginia-Ohio state line to ...

Civil rights leaders don’t budge key senator on voting bill

By BRIAN SLODYSKO and NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin was unswayed Tuesday by civil rights leaders who implored him to rethink his opposition to a sprawling election bill that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said is crucial to countering a ...

Agency identifies remains of Army soldier killed in WWII

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The remains of a West Virginia soldier killed during World War II have been identified, officials said. Army Pfc. John J. Sitarz, 19, of Weirton was accounted for by using DNA, dental and anthropological analysis as well as circumstantial evidence, the Defense ...

W.Va. lawmakers approve using federal aid, spending on roads

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers Monday poured federal funds and extra state cash into road repairs, health care, and education programs such as school lunches. It was the Republican-led legislature's first special session of the year, called ...

West Virginia records revenue $152M over estimates in May

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tax collections in West Virginia during the month of May flew past projections by $152.2 million. The higher-than-expected revenue is considered to be a result of Tax Day moving from April to May and the infusion of $1,400 federal stimulus checks into the economy, ...

Police probe clears officer in shooting of man with cleaver

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police officer who fatally shot a man who charged at him with a meat cleaver has been cleared in an internal investigation and returned to regular duty, his chief said. Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin identified the officer Monday as Patrolman ...

W.Va. couple burns midnight oil to catch trophy catfish

By JOHN McCOY, Charleston Gazette-Mail ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — Something you're not likely to hear from Morgan and Tyler Jeffrey: "What do you wanna do tonight?" "I dunno. What do you wanna do?" No, the Jeffreys know what they want to do every evening. They want to go fishing. They've been ...

NTSB: Pilot error caused fatal helicopter crash in Bahamas

MIAMI (AP) — Pilot error caused the helicopter crash that killed coal billionaire Chris Cline and six others in the Bahamas in 2019, federal officials said. The two pilots' decision to take off in the AgustaWestland AW139 over water in dark night conditions with no external visual reference ...

Disaster loans available for West Virginia storms, flooding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Businesses and residents in areas affected by severe storms and flooding in West Virginia earlier this year can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the agency said. Cabell, Kanawha, Mingo and Wayne counties are eligible ...

Sheriff at WVa opioid trial worried about future generations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia sheriff testified Thursday during a landmark trial against three large opioid distributors that he is worried the scourge of the pain pill epidemic will remain a very real part of life. "It's long from being over," Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle ...

Student wins West Virginia opioid abuse awareness contest

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A middle school student has won a contest aimed at raising awareness of prescription painkiller abuse in West Virginia. Eighth grader Liliona McKenzie Wright of Rivesville Middle School in Marion County was selected as the statewide winner in the Kids Kick Opioids ...

West Virginia to offer cash, pickup trucks as vaccine prize

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will step up its prizes for vaccines, enrolling all residents who have received a coronavirus shot into a lottery for the chance to win a college scholarship, an F-150 pickup truck or cash rewards. Republican Gov. Jim ...

States tap federal aid to shore up empty unemployment funds

By DAVID A. LIEB The Associated Press Businesses could be spared billions of dollars of higher taxes in coming years — potentially freeing up money to spend on employees or invest in their operations — as a result of federal coronavirus aid flowing to the states. Governors and lawmakers ...

Educators accused of mistreating special-needs students

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three West Virginia educators accused of mistreating two special-needs students are facing criminal charges and civil lawsuits, according to published reports. The lawsuits were filed Wednesday, the same day a teacher and two aides at Horace Mann Middle School in ...

West Virginia Vital Registration Office reopens

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Vital Registration Office in Charleston has reopened after being closed for more than a year. Walk-up services now available to the public include certified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates, the West Virginia Department of Health and ...

Concert to mark West Virginia’s annual Vandalia Gathering

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is holding a condensed version of its annual Vandalia Gathering this weekend in Charleston. A two-hour free outdoor concert will be held Saturday at the state Culture Center, the Department of Arts, Culture and History said in a news release. Available ...

West Virginia transgender athlete law challenged in court

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal lawsuit was filed Wednesday challenging West Virginia's new ban on transgender athletes from competing in female sports in middle and high schools and colleges. The American Civil Liberties Union and its West Virginia chapter ...