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West Virginia News

W.Va. residents pushing for restoration of covered bridge

By LORI L. RILEY, Times West Virginian BARRACKVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — The historic Barrackville covered bridge is ready for a face lift. Or, a bridge lift to be more precise. To repair the bridge and return it to its somewhat original condition, the bridge will have to be lifted off its ...

Cabell County 8th grade teacher wins West Virginia honor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Cabell County instructor has been named the West Virginia teacher of the year. Brian Casto was recognized along with School Service Personnel of the Year Katherine Miller during a ceremony Tuesday night at the Culture Center in Charleston. Casto teaches West ...

7 charter schools seek OK to open in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Seven charter schools are seeking permission to open in West Virginia, the chairman of a new state school board said. Charter school board chairman Adam Kissel said they include three statewide online schools that would serve kindergarten through 12th grades, and ...

Court weighs drug distributor’s insurance coverage fight

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court is deciding whether the insurance company for a drug distributor should be forced to provide a legal defense in the company's fight against government lawsuits related to the opioid epidemic. Justices on ...

West Virginia ending one of worst weeks during pandemic

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia had one of its worst weeks during the coronavirus pandemic as the number of positive cases neared a seven-day record. The 6,705 confirmed statewide cases for the six days ending Saturday already surpassed the previous week's total and were the fourth ...

New book highlights golden history of West Virginia town

By GREG JORDAN, Bluefield Daily Telegraph BRAMWELL, W.Va. (AP) — A photographer's efforts and an historical interpreter's research have come together to create a new book that describes a small town enriched by the history of residents who became coalfield millionaires and built the homes to ...

Mountain Valley seeks to unmask critical Facebook group

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The Mountain Valley Pipeline is trying to find it who some of its very public online critics are. The Roanoke Times reported Saturday that the company filed a subpoena in federal court last month to try to find out who is behind a Facebook group called Appalachians ...

Tire collection events set in West Virginia this month

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Several tire collection events are set in West Virginia in September. The Department of Environmental Protection said collections will be held Wednesday near U.S. Route 50 in Avondale in Doddridge County and on Sept. 15 at the Barbour County Fairgrounds and at the ...

Salem Apple Butter Festival in WVa cancels for 2nd year

SALEM, W.Va. (AP) — The Salem Apple Butter Festival in north-central West Virginia has been canceled due to concerns about COVID-19. Festival Chairman Gary Martin announced the cancellation of the festival, which had been scheduled for Oct. 7 to 10, The Exponent Telegram reported. The ...

West Virginia ICU patients approaching pandemic high

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of COVID-19 patients in West Virginia hospital intensive care units is approaching the high mark in the pandemic as officials pleaded Monday for more people to get vaccinated and for the federal government to expedite a ...

20 states sue over Biden admin school, work LGBT protections

By JONATHAN MATTISE Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys general from 20 states sued President Joe Biden's administration Monday seeking to halt directives that extend federal sex discrimination protections to LGBTQ people, ranging from transgender girls participating in school ...

WVa lawyer sentenced to probation in wire fraud case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia lawyer has been ordered to serve three years of probation and pay almost $35,000 in restitution for fraud, a prosecutor said. Timothy Mark Sirk, 63, of Keyser, pleaded guilty to wire fraud in April. The court-appointed attorney in Mineral County ...

Ida’s still risky, Kate no threat, Africa could spawn Larry

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Ida's remnants dumped rain from Gulf Coast states into New England on Tuesday, while Tropical Storm Kate swirled far from Atlantic shores and another tropical depression was brewing off the coast of Africa. Ida, which weakened to a tropical depression with top ...

Historic West Virginia suspension bridge to undergo repairs

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A historic West Virginia suspension bridge will be undergoing major repairs, but it's not clear whether the span will reopen to traffic. The West Virginia Division of Highways and Gov. Jim Justice announced on Monday that a $17.9 million contract had been awarded to ...

Owner: Purdue hoped new Oxy would help in crisis; no apology

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press The family that owns Purdue Pharma had hoped a reformulated version of Oxycontin would help rein in the burgeoning opioid crisis a decade ago, a member of the Sackler family said Thursday in court testimony that once again stopped short of an apology or ...

Pandemic topples Mothman Festival for second straight year

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) — An annual festival that celebrates a local legend about a "Mothman" in West Virginia has been called off for the second straight year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers of the Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant announced the festival's cancellation ...

Nuckles named WVa Equal Employment Opportunity Office chief

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Kim Nuckles has been appointed director of West Virginia's Equal Employment Opportunity Office. Gov. Jim Justice announced Nuckles' appointment Wednesday. Nuckles will remain state coordinator of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a role she has served since 2012, ...

West Virginia courts unveil safety, access project

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Supreme Court has launched a new program that uses technology to promote safety and access in cases involving sexual assault and domestic violence. Chief Justice Evan Jenkins announced the initiative Wednesday in Cabell County Family Court in ...

Jordan Maynor appointed to West Virginia House of Delegates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Jordan Maynor was appointed Thursday to a House of Delegates seat in southern West Virginia. Gov. Jim Justice appointed Maynor to the seat representing the 28th District, which covers parts of Monroe, Raleigh and Summers counties. Maynor will serve the remainder of ...

WVa lawsuit against opioid makers set for April 2022 trial

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by the state of West Virginia accusing several drug manufacturers of misrepresenting the risks of their painkilling drugs will go to trial next April, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Thursday. The Mass Litigation ...