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West Virginia News

West Virginia University doctor aims to fight obesity crisis

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University's chief of obesity medicine is investigating how to best help the state's primary care providers treat their obese patients. "Weight loss used to be designated to commercial programs, like stores selling diet products," Dr. Laura Davisson ...

Holocaust education planned after WV jail guard Nazi salute

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE undefined CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) — West Virginia plans to begin training its corrections department staff about the Holocaust after a photograph of correction officer cadets giving Nazi salutes led to dozens of firings and widespread outrage, officials said Tuesday. A ...

New Year’s Day hikes offered at 10 West Virginia state parks

Several West Virginia state parks and forests are offering free New Year’s Day hikes next week. Hiking is one of the main reasons visitors from inside and outside the state travel to parks, West Virginia State Parks Chief Sam England said in a news release. Hikers start out on a 2-mile hike ...

New owners vow to preserve important historic home

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A historic West Virginia home that played an important role in the area's African American history is changing hands as a way of continuing to preserve it. The Webb-Blessing House was the only residence owned by a free African-American family living in Charles ...

West Virginia prison working to resolve plumbing issue

MOUNT OLIVE, W. Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials have shut off several water valves at a state prison while they continue to restore full water service at the Fayette County complex. Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Larry Messina said Sunday that inmates will ...

WV woman charged after several dead dogs found in house

MONONGAH, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been charged with animal cruelty after several dead dogs were found in her home, authorities said. Marion County sheriff's deputies found the animals during a search of 36-year-old Melissa Jones' home in Monongah on Monday, news outlets ...

West Virginia WWII vet still remembers cold, frostbite

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For Bernard Whittington, an enduring memory of his service as a U.S. Army corporal during the Battle of the Bulge was enduring bone-chilling cold. Seventy-five years after the Kanawha County man took part in the bloody, but ultimately successful, effort to counter ...

Marshall’s marching band to perform in London parade

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — London's New Year's Day Parade is set to feature a little touch of West Virginia. Marshall University's marching band is heading across the pond to perform in London's parade ringing in 2020, the school said Friday. More than 100 members of the Marching Thunder band ...

West Virginia planning celebrations of women’s suffrage

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The new year is bringing a yearlong celebration after West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner announced the formation of a committee to plan events commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which gave U.S. women the right to vote. Kat Williams is a ...

New owners vow to preserve important historic home

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A historic West Virginia home that played an important role in the area's African American history is changing hands as a way of continuing to preserve it. The Webb-Blessing House was the only residence owned by a free African-American family living in Charles ...

Newspaper publishes secret report on former W.Va. bishop

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A newspaper has published a secret church report about a former West Virginia bishop ousted for alleged sexual and financial misconduct that details how he allegedly groomed and inappropriately touched young men. The Washington Post reports law enforcement does not ...

WV man arrested after Christmas Day chase with baby in car

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who led police on a Christmas Day chase with a baby in his car has been arrested, authorities said Wednesday. Harrison County Sheriff Robert Matheny told The Exponent Telegram the pursuit started in Upshur County after the suspect "fired a shotgun ...

Mon Health to offer paid parental leave in 2020

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (AP) — Eligible employees at Mon Health System will soon be offered 14 consecutive days of paid parental leave. Mon Health System President and CEO David Goldberg announced in a news release that the new policy will take effect at the start of the new year. "We recognize ...

New Year’s Day hikes offered at 10 West Virginia state parks

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Several West Virginia state parks and forests are offering free New Year's Day hikes next week. Hiking is one of the main reasons visitors from inside and outside the state travel to parks, West Virginia State Parks Chief Sam England said. "People enjoy the solitude ...

Retired city workers won’t have to return overpaid pensions

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city isn't going to force retired police officers and firefighters to return miscalculated and overpaid pension payments. The Huntington City Council decided Monday to keep the overpaid pensions where they are and correct any underfunded pensions, The ...

‘Shop early’: US Christmas trees supplies tight, prices up

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Customers searching for the perfect Christmas tree typically glance at Sandy Parsons' limited offerings, then keep walking. Parsons never got her order for 350 trees from a North Carolina farm. Supplies were short, she was told. ...

Ex-West Virginia correctional officer sentenced in drug plot

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia correctional officer has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison in a scheme to smuggle methamphetamine into jail. WCHS-TV reports John Edward Roach II was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Charleston for possession with intent to ...

Stolen pit bull to make cross-country trip back home

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) — A pit bull that was stolen from its owner in Montana and taken across the country to West Virginia is on its way back home, thanks to a microchip and a group of volunteers who love animals. Cassandra Rasmussen of Butte, Montana, said a person she considered a friend ...

Federal funds target West Virginia wastewater plant repairs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A wastewater treatment plant in West Virginia is receiving more than $1.4 million to repair damage caused by severe flooding in 2017. The grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is going to the city of McMechen's sewer treatment plant in Marshall ...

West Virginia agency wants to trim graduation requirements

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education is once again trying to reduce high school graduation requirements. News outlets report the board voted Wednesday to open two proposals to public comment until Jan. 24. One such proposal involves lessening the number of social ...