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West Virginia News

Colossal cat: Record blue catfish caught in West Virginia

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio man has caught a record blue catfish in West Virginia. Steve Price of Lancaster, Ohio, used cut shad bait to catch the fish from a boat Wednesday on the Kanawha River between Buffalo and Point Pleasant, the Division of Natural Resources said in a news ...

Approved West Virginia charter school won’t open this fall

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A charter school approved to open in West Virginia this fall has been delayed after a suitable location couldn't be found. The four-member West Virginia Professional Charter School Board voted Wednesday to push back its contract with Nitro Preparatory Academy for one ...

WVa fire investigators ask for help solving deaths of 2 men

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia investigators are seeking information in the deaths of two men in a fire almost four years ago. The bodies of William Copley and Robert Copley were found May 31, 2018, in the burned remains of their home in Wayne County, the West Virginia state fire ...

Police: Woman killed man who fired rifle into party crowd

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A woman in West Virginia fatally shot a man who began firing an AR-15-style rifle into a crowd of people that had gathered for a party, authorities said. Dennis Butler, 37, was killed Wednesday night after he pulled out the rifle and began shooting at dozens of ...

Kentucky coal firm held in contempt over WVa mine pollution

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Kentucky coal company has been found in contempt for failing to submit court-ordered plans to clean up two polluted West Virginia mine sites. U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers issued a contempt order against Lexington Coal Company LLC. Chambers wrote last week ...

Cosmic carp: Record fish caught in West Virginia lake

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Pennsylvania resident caught a record carp while fishing from the bank of Summersville Lake in West Virginia, regulators said. Ayden Minick of Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, caught and released the carp on May 7, the Division of Natural Resources said in a ...

Tentative $161.5M settlement reached in WVa opioid trial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys for the state of West Virginia and two remaining pharmaceutical manufacturers have reached a tentative $161.5 million settlement just as closing arguments were set to begin in a seven-week trial over the opioid epidemic, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey ...

Lawmakers want workgroup to help address jail overcrowding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers aim to form a workgroup to help address overcrowding in the state's regional jail system, according to a published report. Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority Committee Co-Chair David Kelly made the announcement during a ...

WVa governor being treated for possible Lyme disease

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday he is bring treated for possible Lyme disease after becoming ill following two events he attended in the northern part of the state. The Republican governor postponed his regularly scheduled COVID-19 briefings this week ...

WVa man admits threatening witness in brother’s case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to retaliating against a government witness in a criminal case involving the man's brother. David Stanley admitted Monday in federal court that he sent several intimidating and threatening messages through social media to a ...

Intermediate court setting up 5 satellite offices

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Intermediate Court of Appeals has begun setting up its satellite offices and chosen a chief judge as it gets closer to becoming operational. The court will be headquartered in Charleston, but will have five satellite courtrooms in Grant, Lewis, ...

Electric battery maker, coal union announce WVa labor pact

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The energy startup SPARKZ said Tuesday it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the nation's largest coal miners' union on a labor-management agreement for its planned electric battery factory in West Virginia. The company and the United Mine Workers of ...

WVa mine where worker died did not follow safety procedures

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia underground mine operator did not follow proper safety procedures prior to the death of a maintenance worker whose brakes failed on his electric utility vehicle and it lost control and crashed, according to a federal regulator. The U.S. Mine Safety ...

Ford pays $19M to settle claims on fuel economy, payload

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ford Motor Company on Tuesday settled claims by 40 U.S. state attorneys general that the company made misleading claims about the fuel economy and payload capacity of some of its vehicles, violating state consumer protection laws. The company agreed to pay $19.2 ...

West Virginia man charged with crashing into a Dairy Queen

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A man has been charged in West Virginia with intentionally driving a car into a Dairy Queen restaurant and then attacking staff at a hospital, authorities said. News outlets reported that Casey Matthew Oxley, 40, has been charged with attempted malicious assault, ...

West Virginia’s Vandalia Festival returns to weekend format

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A celebration of West Virginia's mountain culture and ethnic heritage will return to its original, full-weekend format for the first time in three years. The 45nd annual Vandalia Gathering is set for Friday through Sunday on the state Capitol grounds in ...

Watchdog: WVa Rep. Mooney likely broke rules with Aruba trip

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A congressional watchdog has determined that Rep. Alex Mooney likely broke House rules when the West Virginia Republican accepted a trip to Aruba allegedly paid for by a campaign client and family friend. The latest allegations were included in a statement released ...

Ex-utility clerk to make restitution for failure to deposit

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — A former utility clerk in West Virginia has been given probation and ordered to pay restitution for funds she failed to deposit in the town's bank account, the state auditor's office said. Sherry Sansom, 51, of Accoville, pleaded guilty to falsifying accounts related to ...

Woman convicted on 3 counts in fatal hit-and-run crash

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman charged in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 2-year-old boy has been convicted on three counts, a prosecutor said. Angel Alberta Estep was found guilty Thursday of leaving the scene of an accident causing death, failure to render aid and failure to ...

Ford found liable in lawsuit in West Virginia woman’s death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A jury in West Virginia has awarded $7 million in a product liability lawsuit against Ford Motor Co. to the family of a woman who died when her Mustang was involved in a fiery crash. A Kanawha County jury made the award this week to the Raleigh County family of ...