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Wayne County Board of Education cuts 84 positions

WAYNE, W.Va. (AP) — The Wayne County Board of Education has decided to eliminate 84 jobs to balance the budget. News outlets report the board made the cuts at a special meeting Tuesday to account for a multi-million dollar shortfall. The cuts will consolidate and eliminate positions. School ...

State Supreme Court hears argument in a hate crime case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state's Supreme Court has heard arguments on whether a former Marshall University football player should be charged with a hate crime under West Virginia law. News outlets report the court heard arguments Tuesday to determine if Steward Butler should be charged ...

Gov. Justice, legislative leaders still divided on budget

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Nearly two weeks after West Virginia's Democratic governor vetoed the budget approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, negotiations have yet to resolve disagreements on tax changes and spending cuts. However, Gov. Jim ...

Manchin says Senate backing retired miners’ benefits

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says the Senate backs permanently extending health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire after April. Manchin says Wednesday the permanent fix will be included ...

Officials: Potent heroin blamed for 14 overdoses in 1 day

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) — Officials are adding up the numbers after 14 people overdosed from a bad batch of heroin in one day. News outlets report Mason County Emergency Medical Services responded to 20 overdoses in total last week. Emergency Management Director Dennis Zimmerman says ...

West Virginia won’t charge to enter 7 state parks, forests

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has stopped a pilot project to start charging entrance fees at seven West Virginia state parks and forests. Justice called the decision to charge a $2 daily fee starting Memorial Day weekend an error made without his approval. He ...

West Virginia increases autonomy of universities

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has signed a law revamping state oversight of West Virginia's colleges and universities, giving some schools more autonomy from West Virginia's Higher Education Policy Commission. Institutions exempted from certain regulatory requirements are West ...

West Virginia makes sharing explicit images a crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has signed new laws to criminalize "revenge porn" and to establish a mechanism for reducing criminal records for non-violent felonies down to misdemeanors. The new crime laws are among dozens of measures the governor has signed so far this week ...

Mine owned by Justice cited for safety violations in death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities have cited a West Virginia mining operation owned by Gov. Jim Justice for six safety violations following a workers' fatal fall in February. The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says 43-year-old Jason Kenneth Matthews of ...

Charleston residents working to deal with homelessness issue

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The issue of homelessness in Charleston has become evident to residents and the city's leaders say they are struggling to solve it. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2oFf4UU ) Mayor Danny Jones said Charleston is a mecca for people who have "taken ...

Greenbrier Classic to salute first responders

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — The PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic will honor first responders for rescue and recovery efforts during last June's devastating floods in West Virginia. Officials say on the tournament's website that police officers, EMS, firefighters, National Guard members ...

Bridge work expected to cause traffic delays

KENOVA, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say a $700,000 project to renovate a bridge connecting West Virginia and Kentucky will slow traffic for at least a month. The Kentucky Department of Highways says they plan to restrict traffic to one lane beginning on Tuesday for the Catlettsburg-Kenova Bridge ...

West Virginia raises penalty for punishing whistleblowers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A revised West Virginia law will increase the possible civil fine from $500 to $5,000 for government employers who threaten or retaliate against whistleblowers. The measure passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jim Justice also authorizes firing them instead ...

Secretary of state’s office removing outdated voter files

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia secretary of state's office says more than 47,000 outdated or ineligible voter files have been removed from the state's voter registration system. Secretary of State Mac Warner said in a news release his office worked with county clerks in every ...

New mural in downtown Charleston inspired by city’s history

By ALI SCHMITZ, The Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The artist behind a new mural in downtown Charleston said the work reflects the history of the city. Jesse Corlis is finishing a large mural of a streetcar stop in an alley off Quarrier Street, in between Capitol and Hale ...

Appalachian Power chief looks toward renewable energy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — New Appalachian Power Co. President Chris Beam says the utility doesn't plan to build coal plants anytime soon and that electricity from renewable energy sources is what potential business customers want. Beam is a Wheeling native who understands the role of coal in ...

Conference on college alcohol, drug abuse set at WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A conference on the risks of alcohol and drug abuse on college campuses is set at West Virginia University. WVU says in a news release that the meeting will be Monday at the Erickson Alumni Center on the Morgantown campus. The statement says among those in ...

Hancock County businesses eligible for disaster loans

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. (AP) — Small businesses in Hancock County are eligible for disaster loans as a result of drought conditions last year. The U.S. Small Business Administration said Hancock County is eligible because it's contiguous to one or more primary counties in Pennsylvania. The ...

Coal-state lawmakers push to extend retired miners’ benefits

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers from coal-mining states are pushing to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire at the end of April. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and other coal-state ...

Family of teen killed by West Virginia trooper gets $700K

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys say West Virginia State Police reached a $700,000 settlement with the parents of a teen shot to death by a trooper. Attorneys Robert Berthold and Gary Pullin told the Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2pm2uhr) on Thursday about details of the ...