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West Virginia News

Intermediate court system wins approval in WVa legislature

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill that would establish an intermediate court system in West Virginia won approval in the Senate on Thursday and awaits the signature of Republican Gov. Jim Justice. The proposal cleared a key hurdle Tuesday when it passed the House of Delegates, where it has ...

West Virginia University gets grant for high school students

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University will get $800,000 from the National Science Foundation to recruit underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The state's U.S. senators, Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito ...

West Virginia Archery in the Schools state tournament held

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three West Virginia schools have taken top honors in the Archery in the Schools state tournament. The tournament was held in a virtual format last week due to the coronavirus pandemic. About 770 students from 51 schools participated. Each participant shot 30 ...

3rd family member sentenced in man’s ‘trust game’ murder

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has been sentenced to the maximum 40 years in prison in a West Virginia "trust game" murder that involved her father and sister. Anna Marie Choudhary, 33, of Boone, North Carolina, was sentenced Wednesday in McDowell County Circuit Court for her ...

WVa contest deadline April 16 for painkiller abuse awareness

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A contest deadline is approaching for West Virginia schoolchildren to raise awareness of prescription painkiller abuse. The Kids Kick Opioids contest is open to elementary and middle school students. It can include poems, drawings, letters or anything that promotes ...

Intermediate court system wins House approval in WVa

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill that would establish an intermediate court system in West Virginia cleared a key hurdle Tuesday when it won approval in the House of Delegates. The House passed the bill on a 56-44 vote. It now goes back to the Senate to go over ...

WVa Supreme Court sides with State Police in teen’s lawsuit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A circuit judge should have dismissed civil claims against West Virginia State Police by a teenager who alleged excessive force when he was beaten during a traffic stop while handcuffed, the state Supreme Court ruled. The high court ruled 3-2 in sending the lawsuit ...

Eric Powell named police chief of WVa’s third-largest city

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The interim police chief of Morgantown, West Virginia, has been named to take the job permanently. Eric Powell was named the new police chief Tuesday, news outlets reported. Powell had served in the interim role since Ed Preston resigned last June. Powell, 52, is a ...

West Virginia mother, boyfriend charged in boy’s death

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman and her boyfriend have been charged in the death of her 4-year-old son, police said. Ashlee Starlene Renee Allen, 27, of Fairmont, was charged Saturday with one count of child abuse causing death, news outlets reported. The boy was found ...

Biden taps Sen. Manchin’s wife to co-chair Appalachian board

By JOSH BOAK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is nominating Gayle Manchin, the wife of West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, to be the co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development partnership involving the federal government and 13 states. Gayle ...

Pharmacy vaccine program to include Walmart in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Walmart will begin offering vaccinations in West Virginia this week through a federal pharmacy partnership, according to a state pandemic response leader. James Hoyer, a retired major general leading the state's coronavirus task force, said last Friday more details ...

West Virginia schools break ground on new aviation program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A joint program between Marshall University and Mountwest Community and Technical College in aviation maintenance broke ground ceremonially on Friday, The Herald-Dispatch reported. The program is a collaboration with the Huntington Tri-State Airport, where an ...

First purple martins of the year spotted in West Virginia

ELEANOR, W.Va. (AP) — The first purple martins of the year have been spotted in West Virginia, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel reported this week. The birds were seen on March 21 in Eleanor by a purple martin enthusiast, Purple Martin Conservation Association President Joe Siegrist ...

Jillian Kelly wants to get the party started

By SUZANNE ELLIOTT, The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — At a young age, Jillian Kelly knew she wanted to have her own store. That wish was nurtured when, still a child, her parents gifted her with a cardboard shop. She was further encouraged by the flea markets she frequented as an ...

WV governor proposes exempting part of unemployment benefits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has proposed exempting the first $10,200 in unemployment benefits received in 2020 from the state income tax. The Republican governor's legislation before lawmakers would apply to nearly $1.36 billion in unemployment payments, according ...

West Virginia fire kills 2 as bystanders rush in

SPENCER, W.Va. (AP) — Two people died in a West Virginia house fire as bystanders rushed in to pull people out. The fire early Saturday morning in Roane County was reported by a neighbor and an off-duty sheriff's deputy. The two bystanders were able to open the front door and get a man and ...

Scott Depot bar an oasis for craft beer drinkers

By BILL LYNCH, The Charleston Gazette-Mail undefined SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va (AP) — Hobbies have a way of taking over. The Pallet Bar in Scott Depot started off in Ben Burton's garage with just three friends in the neighborhood, hanging out. Burton, a tax accountant for Mountaineer Gas; Shane ...

Golden rainbow trout stocking returns to WVa lakes, streams

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A special stocking of golden rainbow trout is returning to West Virginia's lakes and streams. The bright yellow trout is being added to more than 60 designated locations around the state starting this week, Gov. Jim Justice said in a news release. The Division of ...

West Virginia state lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A member of the West Virginia House of Delegates has contracted the coronavirus and is under quarantine, a House leader said. Raleigh County Republican Brandon Steele tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, House Majority leader Amy Summers said in a statement. ...

Advocates, some AGs wary of Purdue Pharma bankruptcy plan

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press Some state attorneys general and opioid addiction activists pushed back Tuesday against a settlement offer from OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, saying it didn't include enough money and goes too far in protecting the company and family members who own it from ...