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West Virginia News

Reports: Law enforcement officers shoot man on W.Va. highway

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Several law enforcement authorities shot a man on a federal highway in West Virginia, news outlets reported Wednesday, and video of the shooting was circulating on social media. According to a press release from West Virginia State Police Captain R. A. Maddy, at ...

I-64 bridge on schedule to open to traffic this fall in WVa

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Construction of a new bridge on Interstate 64 is on schedule to open to traffic this fall, the West Virginia Department of Transportation said. The 1,400-foot Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge is part of a project to replace the current bridge over the Kanawha River ...

New cohort of 27 chosen for WVa teaching scholarships

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new group of high school graduates planning to become teachers will receive a West Virginia scholarship worth up to $40,000 over four years, officials said. A total of 27 seniors were chosen for the third cohort of Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars, according to ...

After West Virginia opioid verdict, another case postponed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial in a lawsuit accusing three major U.S. drug distributors of causing a health crisis throughout West Virginia was postponed Tuesday, a day after the companies prevailed in another case in the state. Attorneys who represented Cabell County and the city of ...

US judge finds for 3 drug distributors in WVa opioid lawsuit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of three major U.S. drug distributors in a landmark lawsuit that accused them of causing a health crisis by distributing 81 million pills over eight years in one West Virginia county ravaged by opioid addiction. The verdict ...

After abortion ruling, clinic staff grapple with trauma

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Danielle Maness has squeezed the hands of hundreds of anxious patients lying on tables in the procedure room, now empty. She's recorded countless vital signs and delivered scores of snacks to the recovery area, now silent. Peering into each darkened room at West ...

WVa nonprofit seeks to educate people about bullying

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A Marion County, West Virginia, nonprofit wants to empower others about how to identify and stand up against bullying. Communities of Shalom Certified Prevention Specialist Renee Verbanic presented the workshop "Bullying Prevention: Empowering Bystanders to be ...

WWII Medal of Honor recipient to lie in honor at US Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hershel W. "Woody" Williams, the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, will lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday. A date and other details will be announced later, Pelosi and ...

Students give creativity a spin at Clay Camp in WVa

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Students are learning how to use pottery wheels and build with clay as the Huntington Museum of Art kicked off its summer programs with Clay Camp. Museum educator George Lanham said Clay Camp is a chance for new pottery crafters and skilled crafters to expand their ...

Medal of Honor recipient to be inducted into Hall of Fame

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Medal of Honor recipient from West Virginia who died this week has been chosen as the first inductee into the West Virginia Military Hall of Fame, Gov. Jim Justice said. Hershel "Woody" Williams, 98, died Wednesday, and Justice said Thursday he had nominated ...

WVa opioid trial verdict still pending nearly a year later

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Last July, a federal judge in West Virginia heard closing arguments in the first lawsuit to go to trial over the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic. With an avalanche of documents from the three-month trial, Judge David Faber didn't indicate when he would make a ruling ...

WVa man accused of threats to posh resort, retirement home

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been arrested for allegedly making bomb threats that forced the evacuation of a posh resort, state police said Friday. Joseph Toler, 62, of Danville, was arrested Thursday on three counts each of terroristic threats and false reporting of an ...

Ex-police department employee pleads guilty to perjury in WV

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A former police department employee in West Virginia has pleaded guilty to lying to a federal grand jury about a program that allowed people to pay with cash and gift cards to avoid criminal sanctions, a prosecutor's office said. Carolyn Taylor, 40, of St. Marys, ...

WVa National Guard’s full-time pandemic response to end

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia National Guard's full-time response to the COVID-19 pandemic will end Friday, Gov. Jim Justice said. Justice first activated the National Guard to assist with the state's pandemic response in March 2020. Among their duties, guard members have ...

WVa gov elected chair of Southern Regional Education Board

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has been elected chairman of the Southern Regional Education Board. Justice was elected at the board's annual meeting Sunday in Atlanta. He will lead the group's 80-member board that includes governors, legislators and state education ...

WVa Small Business Development Center announces new director

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Small Business Development Center has announced its next state director. He is Steve Johnson, who has been with the agency for almost a decade in various roles, including business coach, network coordinator and deputy director. He also has more than ...

Last remaining WWII Medal of Honor recipient dies at 98

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hershel W. "Woody" Williams, the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, whose heroics under fire over several crucial hours at the Battle of Iwo Jima made him a legend in his native West Virginia, died Wednesday. He was 98. Williams' foundation ...

German company’s new West Virginia plant to create 100 jobs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A German packaging manufacturer is investing $48 million in a plant in West Virginia and expects to create 100 jobs in Moorefield, officials said. Papier-Mettler acquired an industrial building in May for the company's first U.S. production plant, according to a news ...

Report: Lack of water access costs U.S. $8.6B each year

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — At least 2 million Americans don't have running water or a working toilet at home, a crisis that costs the U.S. economy $8.58 billion each year, according to a report released Tuesday by nonprofit DigDeep. These water access issues disproportionately impact ...

Anti-abortion centers to grow, wield more influence post-Roe

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — "Woman's Choice," the sign proclaims in bold pink letters. But despite promising abortion information and free pregnancy testing, the facility in Charleston, West Virginia, is designed to steer women facing an unwanted pregnancy away from choosing an abortion. That ...