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West Virginia News

Crews recover woman’s body from river, search for her nephew

DUNBAR, W.Va. (AP) — Rescue crews recovered a woman's body and searched for a child along the Kanawha River on Saturday after a vehicle plunged into the river with her young nephew inside, authorities said. They were fishing at a boat ramp early Saturday when the boy apparently knocked the ...

Pushkin elected chairman of West Virginia Democratic Party

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Democrats tapped two members of the House of Delegates as their new leaders Saturday, electing Mike Pushkin to a four-year term as chairman and Danielle Walker as vice chair. Pushkin, a member of the House from Kanawha County since 2015, will replace ...

Another round of severe weather knocks out power across WVa

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Another round of severe storms knocked out electricity to tens of thousands of customers across West Virginia on Friday. Appalachian Power said about 64,000 customers were without service throughout the state Friday evening, including more than 12,000 in Kanawha ...

West Virginia to offer food benefits to non-school age kids

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia families with eligible children under the age of 6 will be receiving funding from the federal government for groceries. Children are eligible if they live in a household that receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, state Department ...

Police: Officers kill man who fired shots on WVa interstate

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man with a gun on an interstate highway in northern West Virginia wounded a sheriff's deputy before being killed by law enforcement Thursday, police said. The man stopped on Interstate 79 near the Weston exit just after 10:30 a.m. and got into a prone position with a ...

West Virginia bolstering emergency medical service workforce

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is allocating $10 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to bolster the state's emergency medical services workforce, Gov. Jim Justice said. The Community and Technical College System, EMS community partners and state lawmakers reviewed current ...

Officials: House fire didn’t cause deaths of 2

LOST CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia house fire in which two bodies were found has turned into a homicide investigation, authorities said. Firefighters responded to the blaze at a home near Lost Creek on Saturday morning and found the bodies of a man and a woman inside, news outlets ...

West Virginia unemployment rate dips to 3.5% in May

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.5% in May. Total employment grew by 1,700 over the month, and the number of unemployed state residents dropped by 500 to 27,900, WorkForce West Virginia said in a ...

Emergency declared in West Virginia county hit by storms

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday declared a state of emergency for a northern West Virginia county hit by high winds and flash flooding from severe storms that caused one death. The declaration that will remain in effect for 30 days allows emergency ...

New WVa GOP lawmaker sworn in to fill empty seat

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A 2020 graduate of West Virginia University was sworn in as the newest member of the state House of Delegates on Wednesday after the seat's previous occupant resigned earlier this month. Jarred Cannon, a Republican who lives in Hurricane and owns the public relations ...

WVa court overturns murder conviction after juror replaced

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Supreme Court has reversed the conviction of a man sentenced to life in prison for murder, saying that extraordinary precautions were not taken to ensure he received a fair trial after a juror was dismissed and replaced with another. The court on ...

West Virginia cash-for-worker program welcomes new residents

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A program offering $20,000 in cash and incentives for remote workers to move to West Virginia as part of a population push has chosen 33 people for its second class of newcomers and is now taking applications for a third host region, officials announced ...

3 convicted of neglect resulting in death of 8-year-old girl

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man and two women have been convicted of neglect resulting in the death of an 8-year-old girl. Jurors in Fayette County returned the verdict Monday afternoon for the girl's father, Marty Browning Jr., his wife, Julie Titchenell Browning, and her ...

West Virginia students receive Golden Horseshoe award

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia honored 221 eighth graders Tuesday for their knowledge of state history. The Department of Education hosted the Golden Horseshoe ceremonies at the state Culture Center in Charleston. Three ceremonies took place for students from different parts of the ...

Ex-WVa councilman gets 45-day sentence in Capitol riot case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former city councilman in West Virginia was sentenced Tuesday to 45 days in prison for breaching the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot. Eric Barber was sentenced by a federal judge in Washington, D.C., for his December guilty plea to a misdemeanor count of ...

WVa regulators conduct commercial vehicle inspections

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia regulators conducted 487 inspections during a three-day safety blitz involving commercial drivers and their vehicles. The recent inspections focused on wheel end components that support heavy loads, maintain stability and control and are critical for ...

West Virginia launches statewide waterfall trail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia tourism officials have launched a statewide Waterfall Trail. There are 29 waterfalls featured, including some of the best-known in the state, such as Blackwater and Sandstone, and some lesser known cascades, like Finn's in the New River Gorge National ...

West Virginia surpasses 7,000 coronavirus deaths

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has surpassed 7,000 coronavirus deaths as Gov. Jim Justice urged residents Monday to stay current on their COVID-19 vaccinations. According to the Department of Health and Human Resources' website, 7,001 people have died in the state over the past two ...

West Virginia jury convicts man in officer’s fatal shooting

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man was found guilty Monday in the fatal shooting of a West Virginia police officer who had responded to a parking complaint. A Kanawha County jury announced the verdict on a second-degree murder charge following three days of deliberations in the trial of Joshua ...

West Virginia gov declares state holiday on Juneteenth

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has declared Juneteenth as a state holiday. Juneteenth is recognized on June 19 each year and celebrates the ending of slavery in the United States in 1865. Because June 19 this year falls on a Sunday and the following Monday is ...