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West Virginia News

Federal biologist: Black vultures are invading West Virginia

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal biologist says federally protected vultures are invading West Virginia, having migrated from Central and South America about 45 years ago and now settling up the East Coast. Thomas Elliott is a wildlife biologist and district supervisor with the wildlife ...

Magistrate judge to take GED test after suspension

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia magistrate will take a GED test after being suspended for not finishing high school, her lawyer said Thursday. Attorney Teresa C. Toriseva issued a statement saying Ohio County Magistrate Janine Varner didn't graduate high school but instead completed ...

Jury convicts man in death of 8-month-old girl

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia jury has convicted a Charleston man in the death of his ex-girlfriend's 8-month-old daughter. News outlets report William Ellis Bowen IV was convicted Tuesday on charges of child abuse causing death and failure to provide medical care for a child ...

County, city divided over ending of needle exchange program

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials in a West Virginia county have ended a needle exchange program aimed at decreasing the negative consequences of substance abuse. The Exponent Telegram reports the Harrison County Board of Health voted Tuesday night in Clarksburg to discontinue the ...

W.Va. sues over pelvic mesh implant after sales halted in US

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia on Wednesday sued Johnson & Johnson over its marketing of a surgical mesh used to treat pelvic conditions in women after regulators halted sales of the device in the U.S. The state's attorney general, Patrick ...

West Virginia teacher resigns after gun at school charge

RICHWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia teacher charged with bringing a loaded gun to school has resigned from her job. Officials at the Nicholas County Board of Education say they accepted 34-year-old Shana Knight's resignation from the Cherry River Elementary school on Monday night. Knight ...

Can Purdue Pharma’s opioid settlement win judge’s approval?

By GEOFF MULVIHILL and STEVE LeBLANC Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has embarked on a multibillion-dollar plan to settle thousands of lawsuits over the nation's deadly opioid crisis by transforming itself in bankruptcy court into a sort of hybrid between a ...

West Virginia University retention rate improving

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University says it's seen an increase in retention over last year. Provost Maryanne Reed says preliminary figures indicate first-time freshmen retention is at least 3 percentage points higher than fall 2018. The retention rate is currently better than ...

Coal mine electrician dies in accident at West Virginia mine

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say a 40-year-old coal mine electrician has died in an accident. The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says Steven Vernon Keeney of Sylvester died of injuries from an apparent electrical shock. The accident happened ...

Agency asks to deny workers time off for grievance hearing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An attorney for the West Virginia Division of Highways has asked for permission to deny paid time off for employees who plan to attend an upcoming grievance hearing. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a mediation hearing at the Public Employees Grievance Board ...

Students, workers wear maroon to honor WVa football player

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Students, teachers and workers at businesses across West Virginia and beyond are wearing a high school's colors to honor a football player who died after collapsing on the field. Roane County senior Alex Miller died Friday night during a game at Clay County High ...

Union head: Climate plans must accommodate coal workers

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates seeking to address climate change must account for thousands of coal workers whose jobs are at risk because of mine closures and competition from cheaper natural gas, the head of the largest coal miners' ...

Gauley rafting season water releases set in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The fall rafting season on West Virginia's Gauley River is getting set to start. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin lowering Summersville Lake to its winter level through releases at the Summersville Dam starting Friday. The weekly releases will continue ...

Labor Cabinet requesting bond payment from coal companies

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Labor Cabinet has sent letters to coal and construction companies that might be in violation of a state law that requires a bond to cover employee wages. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that over the last few weeks, the cabinet wrote to 89 companies ...

Pilot injured in small plane crash at West Virginia airport

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say the pilot of a single-engine plane was injured when the aircraft crashed while trying to land at Yeager Airport. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the plane crashed just before midnight Thursday. Airport Director Terry Sayre says ...

Missing Kentucky girl found in West Virginia; man charged

ANMOORE, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a missing Kentucky girl has been found in West Virginia and a man has been charged sexually assaulting her. The Harrison County Sheriff's Department says deputies found the girl walking along a highway in Anmoore on Wednesday morning. As deputies were ...

Mine visit an effort by WVU’s Brown to connect with fans

By JOHN RABY AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — One of Neal Brown's priorities during his first fall camp at West Virginia was to learn more about the Mountaineers' fanbase, so the new coach took his team to a working coal mine. Brown took three busloads of players and coaches ...

WVa lawsuit: School official harassed trans teen in bathroom

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a West Virginia transgender male who said an assistant principal harassed him when he tried to use the boys' bathroom, the latest in a string of court challenges to school policies for transgender ...

West Virginia state senator charged with prostitution

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia state Sen. Mike Maroney has been charged with soliciting a prostitute. The Republican lawmaker turned himself in and was arraigned Wednesday morning, a Marshall County court clerk said. He has pleaded not guilty ...

Public meetings to be held on floodwall project for WVa city

MILTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting two public information meetings on a floodwall planned for Milton, West Virginia. The Herald-Dispatch reports the first meeting will be Thursday at Milton City Hall. The second will be held there next week. The programs and ...