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West Virginia News

West Virginia’s governor to Virginia counties: Join us

By JULIE ZAUZMER The Washington Post MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — As Virginia's new Democratic majority ushers through a raft of liberal proposals on issues including gun control and abortion, West Virginia's governor is making an unusual proposal to disgruntled Virginians: Break away. Gov. ...

West Virginia officials mark start of Black History Month

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are marking the start of Black History Month. A series of monthlong events begins with a celebration Monday in the Governor's Reception Room at the state Capitol in Charleston. It will include a proclamation by Gov. Jim Justice, remarks by ...

Several elk transported from Arizona to WVa died of parasite

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Nearly one-third of the elk herd transported to West Virginia two years ago died from a parasite, a wildlife official said. White-tailed deer carry but apparently are unaffected by brainworms, which can be deadly to other antlered animals. Randy Kelley, the West ...

‘Floating dump truck’ will help create fish habitat in WV

By JOHN MCCOY The Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Like Capt. Quint in the movie "Jaws," Aaron Yeager needed a bigger boat. Now he has one, and with it he'll be able to create more and bigger fish habitat in some of West Virginia's most popular lakes. The boat, a former ...

West Virginia gets $131M in FEMA funds for flooded schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice's office announced on Friday that West Virginia will receive more than $131 million (118 million euros) to replace schools in Nicholas County that were destroyed by flooding in 2016. The money comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and ...

Falwell and W.Va. governor pitch Virginia secession plea

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE and ALAN SUDERMAN Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In what they acknowledged is a long-shot bid, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. urged unhappy Virginia counties Tuesday to secede and join a neighboring state ...

Senate passes bill to give students college, wage data

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia students may soon get detailed reports on college costs and in-demand jobs under a bill passed Monday by the Senate. Lawmakers unanimously approved the measure, dubbed the Students' Right-to-Know Act, sending it to ...

Lightsaber lessons: W. Virginia school offers special course

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Growing up, Danielle Strenko remembers watching the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS. A couple of years ago, she found herself at PopCon, where she came across The Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School, a group of individuals who use their passion and skills within ...

Fewer candidates seek WVa Supreme Court seats after scandal

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A little over a year removed from an impeachment scandal that included pricey renovations of court offices, the West Virginia Supreme Court's lineup is about to finish its own complete makeover, barring a last-second filing. There are ...

West Virginia spring cleanup looking for volunteer groups

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are looking for volunteers to help clean up litter on state streams or public lands. The WV Make It Shine Program will provide resources such as cleanup materials, waste hauling and landfill fees to community groups that volunteer for the ...

Funding announced for broadband expansion in West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A project to expand rural broadband in five north-central West Virginia counties will get $18.7 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, officials announced. The $25 million project will connect more than 6,000 households in Harrison, Doddridge, Lewis, ...

WVa Humanities Council seeks historical figure applicants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — People interested in portraying historical figures for the West Virginia Humanities Council's History Alive program can submit proposals through Feb. 1. The council is seeking proposals for portrayals of influential people who have made important contributions to ...

Grant to make Marshall’s history app more accessible

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A history app founded by Marshall University has received a nearly $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to improve accessibility for users who are visually impaired. The app, called Clio, allows educators and cultural institutions to design ...

WVa community passes resolution supporting gun rights

FORT GAY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia community has passed a resolution declaring itself a "Second Amendment sanctuary." The Fort Gay town council passed the resolution Friday night, news outlets reported. Supporters say it is a defense against possible federal or state legislation that ...

West Virginia hunting season pays tribute to early settlers

By CAITLIN TAN West Virginia Public Broadcasting CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Mountaineer Heritage Hunting season began Jan 9, two weeks after most hunting seasons have closed. It is the second year since its conception, and most notably, it is limited to primitive weapons — ...

West Virginia county to offer medical seat belt covers

RIPLEY, W. Va. (AP) — Health officials in West Virginia are hoping a new initiative will help Jackson County residents quickly inform first responders about their medical conditions. WCHS-TV reports the Jackson County Health Department is offering free seat belt covers that will display ...

Capito files for reelection, faces potential race with Ojeda

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito filed for reelection Friday, setting up a potential 2020 showdown with former presidential candidate Richard Ojeda in West Virginia. Capito, a Republican, announced she was running last year but ...

Justice orders flags lowered for firefighter killed in crash

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has ordered flags at the Capitol lowered to half-staff for a firefighter who died while responding to an emergency call. The Republican governor on Thursday issued a proclamation to lower the flags Saturday for Clover volunteer ...

Senate OKs bill to allow pepper spray at Capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Pepper spray may soon be allowed at the state Capitol building under a proposal approved by the Senate on Friday. The chamber unanimously approved the measure without debate, sending it over to the House of Delegates for consideration. The bill would exclude ...

West Virginia county bans indoor use of e-cigarettes, vapes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A health board in West Virginia's largest county voted Thursday to ban the use of e-cigarettes and vapes inside public spaces, news outlets reported. The Kanawha County Board of Health unanimously passed the ordinance that will bring e-cigarettes and vapes in line ...