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West Virginia News

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 ...

West Virginia high school student, woman killed in car crash

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia high school senior and a 30-year-old woman died Thursday night in a head-on car collision near Charles Town, authorities said Friday. Chief Ronald Fletcher of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said a Kia Sorento and a Dodge Ram crashed into each ...

West Virginia delegate donates kidney to ailing sister

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia delegate had a good excuse for missing the recent start of the legislation session — he was recuperating from surgery after donating a kidney to his sister. Cabell County Democrat Sean Hornbuckle told The Herald-Dispatch that he planned to return to ...

Grant aimed at boosting endangered candy darter’s comeback

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An endangered fish could get a boost from grants aimed at restoring its population in West Virginia. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is matching a $61,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and use it for a program to increase numbers of ...

West Virginia candidate filing period kicks off Monday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The filing period is beginning for candidates seeking office in West Virginia elections this year. Candidates can file for office from Monday through Jan. 25. Those who want to run for statewide races, offices filled by voters of more than one county and judicial ...

Severe storms leave thousands without power in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands of customers remained without electricity in West Virginia on Sunday after severe storms swept through the state. Appalachian Power said on its website nearly 6,600 homes and businesses had no service Sunday evening in southern West Virginia, down from more ...

Wait period added to give pets a better chance at new life

By TAYLOR STUCK The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — As dog barks echoed off the walls of the Mountain Health Network Arena lobby in downtown Huntington Sunday afternoon (Jan. 5), several cats — and some dogs, too — cowered at the craziness around them. One orange and white ...

Elk River set to get 1,000 pounds of trout

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Elk River is getting another helping of trout. The Kanawha County Commission on Friday said it plans to stock the river with a thousand pounds of rainbow trout to attract fishermen and boost the local economy. The stocking is scheduled to take place in a ...

West Virginia hospital group eyes bankruptcy, not closing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia hospital system announced Friday that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but assured that it is not closing its doors. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Thomas Health said in a news release Friday that it is hoping to lessen its debt. ...

Bankrupt coal company Blackjewel accuses former CEO of fraud

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Attorneys for bankrupt coal company Blackjewel LLC and its creditors are asking a federal judge to let them examine the finances of former CEO Jeff Hoops, alleging that he took millions of dollars for personal gain, according to court documents. In documents filed Friday ...

Gov. Justice announces coal-to-carbon research center

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's governor says a technology company has agreed to open a research facility in the state to look into using coal to make carbon-based products. Gov. Jim Justice gave additional details about the agreement with Ramaco Carbon on Thursday after mentioning ...

Mom pleads guilty to killing 1 child, trying to kill another

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mother has admitted to killing one of her children and trying to kill another. Julie Ann Orellana, 46, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of murder and one count of attempted murder, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Catie Wilkes-Delligatti told ...

West Virginia Education Dept. won’t require bus seat belts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Board of Education members have chosen not to require seat belts be added to state school buses. The board made the decision Wednesday while reviewing its bus policy, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. The National Highway Traffic Safety ...

W Virginia nursing school gets $100K for pediatric simulator

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Fairmont State University School of Nursing can buy a new pediatric patient simulator after receiving $100,000 in donations. The new simulator manikin will give nursing students essential hands-on experience that isn't always guaranteed in clinical ...

Elk River set to get 1,000 pounds of trout

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Elk River is getting another helping of trout. The Kanawha County Commission on Friday said it plans to stock the river with a thousand pounds of rainbow trout to attract fishermen and boost the local economy. The stocking is scheduled to take place in a ...

Justice celebrates, details 2020 agenda in State of State

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice wants to let West Virginians know something: Everything's great. The Republican governor painted an upbeat picture of the state's finances and outlined his legislative agenda Wednesday night in a State of the ...

WV Dems to focus on small businesses, infrastructure in 2020

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Democrats on Thursday said their 2020 legislative platform will focus on education, infrastructure, small businesses and social services. Democrats in the GOP-led statehouse detailed their "West Virginians First" ...

WVa Senate forms committee dedicated to child welfare issues

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A committee has been formed in the West Virginia Senate to focus on upcoming legislation related to child welfare. The Senate Select Committee on Children and Families, whose formation was announced Wednesday, will be led by Kanawha ...