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West Virginia News

Ex-West Virginia school counselor pleads to porn charge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former elementary school counselor in West Virginia pleaded guilty Monday to attempted production of child pornography and attempted enticement of a minor. Todd C. Roatsey admitted in federal court to posing as an 18-year-old boy on social media to communicate with ...

West Virginia bridge named after World War II paratrooper

ALBRIGHT, W.Va. (AP) — A rural West Virginia bridge has been named in honor of a U.S. Army paratrooper who was killed in the Philippines during World War II. A Preston County span known locally as the Albright Bridge was named the US Army TSGT Harold William Schmidle Memorial Bridge on ...

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 ...

Maryland shooting suspect charged, name released

A West Virginia man was charged with murdering three co-workers at a Maryland machine shop as well as attempted murder and other charges, authorities said late Friday. The name of the alleged shooter, Joe Louis Esquivel, 23, of Hedgesville, West Virginia, was also released by the Washington ...

Law barring abortions because of disability goes into effect

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new West Virginia law going into effect Friday prevents patients from getting abortions because they believe their child will be born with a disability. The ban, which was signed by Republican Gov. Jim Justice in March, provides exceptions in the case of a medical ...

Police: Shooting suspect under guard, hurt trooper released

A West Virginia man accused of fatally shooting three co-workers at a western Maryland machine shop arrived for his normal shift and worked before he left the building to retrieve a weapon, went back inside and fired on employees in the area of a breakroom, authorities said Friday. The man, ...

Some temporary assistance recipients will get extra payment

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some recipients of West Virginia's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families will receive a special payment of $465 as part of the COVID-19 response, the state said. The funds will go to recipients who were active in the WV Works program in May and are eligible to ...

W.Va. GOP lawmaker who was ensnared in controversy resigns

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia state lawmaker who was ensnared in controversy a year ago has resigned to take a job in Florida. Del. Joe Jeffries, a Republican whose district includes a group of counties near Charleston, submitted his formal letter of resignation to House Speaker ...

Woman charged with buying rifle for felon killed in shootout

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been charged with providing a firearm to a felon in connection with the shooting death last week of a Nicholas County sheriff's deputy and wounding of another. Melanie Clodfelter, 41, of Summersville, was accused of buying a rifle on Nov. 17 ...

Mobility impaired parking placard expiration extended in WVa

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles is extending the expiration dates of mobility impaired parking placards through Aug. 31. The extension is due to supply chain issues, the agency said in a news release. "I believe in making sure our customers are taken ...

4 hearings planned this summer in WVa rate review case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Four hearings are coming up this summer to gather public comment on a Appalachian Power Co. and Wheeling Power Co. rate review. The review is an expanded net energy cost case. It is a narrow, special purpose rate proceeding for electric utilities that allows recovery ...

Man charged with killing police officer goes on trial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The trial for a West Virginia man charged with murder in the fatal shooting a police officer has begun after a judge denied a motion to move proceedings out of Kanawha County. Testimony began Monday in the trial of Joshua Phillips, who is charged with killing ...

Four states receive first allocations of $10B broadband fund

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than half a billion dollars in federal funding will be sent to four U.S. states to expand broadband access as part of a sweeping national effort to bring affordable service to rural and low-income Americans, the U.S. Treasury Department announced ...

Gov. Justice requests disaster declaration due to flooding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has asked President Joe Biden and the Federal Emergency Management Agency approve a disaster declaration for West Virginia because of flooding from last month. According to a news release, Justice declared a state of emergency for Cabell, Putnam, and ...

FBI warns businesses in 8 Southern states of fraud scheme

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The FBI in North Carolina is warning businesses in eight states about a scheme in which people are using stolen credit card numbers to make large purchases by telephone. A news release from the agency's Charlotte Division on Monday says victims have been targeted in ...

Chesapeake Bay watershed earns a C+ on latest ‘report card’

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay watershed received an overall grade of C+ on its latest report card, released Monday by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The Chesapeake Bay health score improved slightly from 45 to 50 last year, for a grade of C, the ...

Mountain Valley Pipeline seeks new panel for challenges

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A company building a natural gas pipeline in Virginia and West Virginia is seeking a new panel of judges to hear the next round in its legal battle with environmentalists. Mountain Valley Pipeline filed a motion last month requesting the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

West Virginia fire department trains on electric car fires

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Huntington Fire Department is taking steps to prepare for emergencies involving electric vehicles. The fire department became the first career department to receive electric vehicle fire and incident training from the West Virginia University Fire Extension ...

West Virginia deputy sheriff fatally shot, 1 suspect killed

BIRCH RIVER, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia sheriff's deputy was killed, another was injured and a surviving suspect has been charged with murder after a shootout at a residence. The Nicholas County deputy sheriff, Tom Baker, was killed Friday night while responding to a domestic disturbance ...