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West Virginia News

WVU Medicine East to broadcast program on coronavirus

MARTINSBURG, W.Va (AP) — An online-only mini-medical school program on the new coronavirus will be broadcast from the West Virginia University Medicine East Facebook page this week. WVU Medicine East said it will broadcast the program with the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center ...

West Va. gets FEMA grant for 2016 flooding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has received an additional $1 million in federal grants for debris removal in Greenbrier County after flooding in 2016. The flooding killed nearly two dozen people. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said the grant from the Federal Emergency Management ...

2 WVa universities pushing learning online over coronavirus

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's two major universities are temporarily eliminating face-to-face instruction and extending their spring breaks as they continue to monitor the threat of the new coronavirus in a state with no confirmed cases. Marshall ...

Officers use tear gas to break up wild party near WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A raucous crowd of partiers near West Virginia University pelted officers with beer bottles during a wild stand-off that ended when police used tear gas against the crowd, officials said Friday. The Morgantown Police Department said 10 people were charged after ...

State review ordered for Lincoln County school district

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia education officials have ordered a review of a county school system, a move that puts the district in jeopardy of being put back under state control. The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to have the state Department of Education review ...

Virus threat: West Virginia basketball tournaments suspended

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE and JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday suspended state high school basketball tournaments due to concerns over the new coronavirus, just hours before he was supposed to take to the sidelines to coach a girl's ...

Inmate convicted of killing deputy dies in prison

MOUNT OLIVE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia inmate convicted of killing a sheriff's deputy has died in prison, an official said. Robert Gray, 61, died Wednesday of natural causes at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex, said Lawrence Messina, spokesman for the West Virginia Department of ...

W.Va. governor signs ‘born alive’ abortion bill

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Monday signed a proposal to penalize physicians who don't provide medical care to a child born after an abortion, a largely symbolic measure due to existing laws that protect newborns. The ...

W.Va. House passes bill making it easier to use solar energy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — It could soon be easier for power companies to use solar energy under a bill passed Tuesday in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Lawmakers voted 75-23 to approve the measure after around an hour of debate that revolved around whether it's better to focus on coal ...

Man pleads guilty in scheme that defrauded Toyota of $4.3M

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to orchestrating a scheme that defrauded Toyota of more than $4.3 million. Stanley Clark admitted to fraudulently administering repurchasing transactions at Love Lexus Toyota in St. Albans, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported, ...

After damaging report, W.Va. moves away from voting app

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is opting not to use a widely criticized voting app in the state's coming primary elections after a blistering report found potential security flaws in the platform. Donald Kersey, general counsel in the West ...

West Virginia plan: Companies pay $1.25B to end opioid suits

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Communities in West Virginia say they would get $1.25 billion from the drug industry in a proposed settlement that would end most of the litigation stemming from the opioid crisis in the state. The deal would ...

After impeachment, Manchin comes home to warm welcome in WV

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some West Virginians have a message for Sen. Joe Manchin regarding his vote to impeach the president: Thanks. The Democrat was met with a warm reception at a town hall in his home state Wednesday, defying a narrative that ...

Bid to ax greyhound racing funds rejected in West Virginia

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia senators on Wednesday rejected a bill to cut state funding for the greyhound racing industry, three years after Gov. Jim Justice vetoed similar legislation. The bill was defeated on a 23-11 vote. It would have ended $17 ...

W.Va. motorist charged with fatally striking bicyclist

KINGWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia motorist has been charged with fatally striking a bicyclist. In a criminal complaint, State Police charged Tara Lorissa Evans, 27, of Bruceton Mills, with involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, reckless driving and the illegal use of a cellphone ...

West Virginia University admissions counselor dies in crash

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The driver who died in a head-on collision with a school bus in West Virginia has been identified as an admissions counselor at a nearby university. David Shutts was pronounced dead on the scene of the crash Wednesday in Parkersburg, news outlets reported. The Wood ...

History Day at West Virginia Capitol is Thursday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dozens of state and local historical groups will provide displays in the upper rotunda of the West Virginia Capitol as the state marks West Virginia History Day. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday during the legislature's regular session. All ...

Loose barges float down Ohio River, 1 may have struck bridge

MASON, W.Va. (AP) — A bridge between Ohio and West Virginia reopened early Friday after authorities said a barge may have crashed into one of its pillars while at least nine barges ran loose along the Ohio River. The Pomeroy-Mason Bridge was open as of 3 a.m. Friday after a West Virginia ...

Soaking rains cause WVa rock slide, prompt river warning

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Soaking rains caused part of a hillside to collapse in southern West Virginia and prompted a flood warning along the Ohio River. Highways officials said high water forced road closings in multiple counties Thursday. Near Williamson, a rock slide Wednesday night ...

W.Va. lawmaker threatens slowdown until delegate disciplined

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia lawmaker says he will continue slowing down legislation in the House of Delegates until a delegate who confronted him over a bill is disciplined. Republican Del. Eric Porterfield on Wednesday dramatically ...