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West Virginia News

Applications being accepted for W.Va. state park deer hunts

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is accepting applications for controlled deer hunts at six state parks. A DNR statement says the deadline for applications is Aug. 25. A drawing will be held the next day and successful applicants will be notified ...

Priest donates to miners affected by Blackjewel bankruptcy

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — A priest in Kentucky handed out more than $20,000 on Monday to miners struggling to pay bills after the coal company they work for filed for bankruptcy protection. People crowded Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Harlan as Father Jim Sichko signed checks for more than 100 ...

Man charged with murder in death he blamed on overdose

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who blamed his wife's death on an overdose is now charged with killing her. News outlets report 44-year-old Frank Jay Cantley was arrested this weekend and charged with first-degree murder. A criminal complaint says Cantley called 911 Saturday ...

West Virginia woman is accused of locking child in basement

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been accused of beating her children and locking them in a basement. The Journal reports 35-year-old Amy Elizabeth Foley was charged Thursday with child abuse stemming from an incident in 2018. Court documents say Foley is accused of ...

West Virginia youth basketball coach charged with sex abuse

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A youth basketball coach in West Virginia has been charged with sexually abusing one of his players. News outlets cite court documents that show 48-year-old Brian Eugene Kidd of Beckley was charged with six counts of sexual abuse by a parent or custodian. According to ...

Local university removed from probation by accreditor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A university in West Virginia is no longer on probation from its accreditor. The State Journal reports Alderson Broaddus University received the notification from the Higher Learning Commission last week but the school is still on notice because of its financial ...

WV teachers union says it will sue over charter school bill

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A sweeping West Virginia GOP education bill that allows the creation of charter schools violates the state Constitution, according to a teachers union that plans to sue over the legislation. The West Virginia Education ...

West Virginia working to bring back bobwhite quail

HOLDEN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wildlife officials are hoping to bring back the bobwhite quail, which disappeared from the state in the late 1970s thanks to a combination of habitat destruction and harsh winters. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports , wildlife officials think the birds are ...

Miners worried about pay during Blackjewel coal bankruptcy

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Some Virginia miners for the coal company Blackjewel LLC say their paychecks are bouncing and they remain out of work as the company goes through bankruptcy proceedings. The Roanoke Times reports some workers say they're unsure if they still have jobs after reportedly ...

Foul play not indicated in death of man found by W.Va. creek

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say they have found a dead man in a wooded area near Deckers Creek. Morgantown police say they found the man Wednesday morning after responding to a report of an unresponsive man at the Deckers Creek Rail Trail near Elk Street. He was ...

Loaded handgun found in woman’s bag at West Virginia airport

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration says officers stopped a West Virginia woman with a gun in her carry-on bag at Yeager Airport. The TSA on Wednesday said the woman told officers she forgot she had the loaded .357-caliber handgun on her when she tried to get ...

Investigators scour scene of Bahamas chopper crash for clues

By NATALIE SCHACHAR and TRAVIS LOLLER Associated Press Accident investigators in the Bahamas are going well below the surface of the water to try to figure out what went wrong in the moments before a helicopter crashed after takeoff and killed seven people, including West Virginia coal magnate ...

Experts warn of ‘dead zone’ in Chesapeake Bay from pollution

By DAVID McFADDEN Associated Press CONOWINGO, Md. (AP) — When the Conowingo Dam opened to fanfare nearly a century ago, the massive wall of concrete and steel began its job of harnessing water power in northern Maryland. It also quietly provided a side benefit: trapping sediment and silt ...

Biologist uses tiny radios to track endangered crayfish

By JOHN McCOY, Charleston Gazette-Mail undefined PINEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Standing in the shallows of a rushing mountain stream, Nicole Sadecky held a radio receiver up to her ear and listened for a faint signal. "I hear one," she said, gesturing toward a flat rock just under the water's ...

2 killed, 3 injured when SUV flips on I-95 in Virginia

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia men have died and three others were injured after their SUV crashed on Interstate 95 in central Virginia. Virginia State Police said Saturday that a 2004 Ford Explorer ran off the shoulder and hit a guardrail Friday afternoon on the northbound ...

Researchers hoping to reduce water use at power plants

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Researchers at West Virginia University are testing an idea to help save freshwater resources by combining wastewater from power plants with wastewater from fracking. The Dominion Post reports the power industry is the biggest water user in West Virginia. Nationally, ...

Flash flooding in parts of West Virginia from severe storms

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — Severe weekend thunderstorms caused flash flooding that knocked homes off their foundations and washed out roads in several mountainous counties of West Virginia, prompting Gov. Jim Justice to announce plans Sunday to declare a state of emergency in the region. The ...

Heirloom corn connects distillery to area history, flavor

HARMAN, W.Va. (AP) — Still Hollow Distillery isn't close to any interstate exit. It's in Randolph County, West Virginia, not far from the Pendleton County line, and it's nestled in the high Allegheny mountains. You can only get there by driving curvy two-lane roads. And like many former ...

Marshall University moving forward on aviation program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is eying a fall 2021 start date for new aviation programs. According to The Herald-Dispatch , Marshall's board of governors voted Friday on an intent to plan two new degrees in aviation sciences to train commercial airplane and helicopter ...

West Virginia man sentenced in theft from ex-employer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to one year and six months in federal prison for stealing $135,000 from a former employer. Fifty-eight-year-old Robert Casdorph of Charleston was sentenced last week for mail fraud. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart says in a news ...