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West Virginia News

Wounded West Virginia trooper kills fugitive in gunfight

POCAHONTAS COUNTY, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia state trooper has killed a man who shot him during a pursuit in the woods. The West Virginia State Police on Tuesday says Trooper First Class J.M. Tallman was airlifted to a hospital. Officials say the man first fired a rifle ...

Markers recalling South’s racist past placed near monuments

ATLANTA (AP) — New markers are now in place, adding context to some of Atlanta's divisive Old South monuments that harken back to the Civil War. Two markers were installed Friday in Atlanta's Piedmont Park, in front of the 1911 Peace Monument commemorating post-Civil War reconciliation. The ...

W.Va. governor lowers flags for National Guardsman funeral

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice is ordering flags to half-staff for a West Virginia National Guard sergeant who died last month. The Republican governor says U.S. and state flags at the Capitol will be lowered Friday for the funeral services of William "Billy" Friese. The ...

Missing West Virginia girl found in Texas, father arrested

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a 4-year-old West Virginia girl has been found unharmed in Texas and her father has been arrested more than a week after she was reported missing. A U.S. Marshal's Service news release says Gracelynn June Scritchfield was found Thursday in Pecos, Texas. ...

Man gets diversion deal in drugged car crash with young son

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A man accused of overdosing on hydrocodone and crashing into a West Virginia McDonalds with his young son in the car has pleaded guilty to felony child neglect. The Dominion Post reports 36-year-old Matthew Dulin accepted an 18-month pretrial diversion Tuesday, which ...

Local railroad model draws international interest

By EMILY D. COPPOLA Bluefield Daily Telegraph PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A local replica is drawing people from across the globe even while in progress. The work-in-progress railroad model, at the Princeton Railroad Museum, has already drawn in thousands of guests. Measuring at a whopping 22 ...

Report: WV governor’s companies owe $2M Virginia tax debt

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's companies owe almost $2 million in delinquent taxes in Virginia, according to records obtained by WDBJ-TV . The Roanoke-based station reported Wednesday that companies owned by the Republican governor owe $1.9 million in taxes to several ...

Judge tosses college assault suit amid more rape charges

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge said a lawsuit brought by a former Marshall University student failed to show the West Virginia school could be held legally liable for its handling of an on-campus rape case. District Judge Robert C. Chambers on ...

Auction set for bankrupt coal producer Blackjewel’s assets

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An auction is set for the assets of bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel LLC. A notice filed in federal bankruptcy court in West Virginia said the auction is scheduled for Thursday morning at the Cincinnati law office of attorneys ...

Vaping ban begins at West Virginia University

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A ban on electronic cigarettes and vaping products has started at West Virginia University. The WVU Board of Governors in February approved the ban that took effect Thursday. The policy applies to WVU properties in Morgantown, Beckley and Keyser. The only exception ...

Big crowds expected at airport as World Scout Jamboree ends

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Transportation officials are warning of large crowds at Charleston's airport later this week as the World Scout Jamboree comes to a close. The Transportation Security Administration on Wednesday said thousands of scouts from 152 countries will start heading home ...

Big question in opioid suits: How to divide any settlement

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press The roughly 2,000 state and local governments suing the drug industry over the deadly opioid crisis have yet to see any verdicts or reach any big national settlements but are already tussling with each other over how to divide any money they collect. The ...

FBI assists probe of human remains found on W.Va. mountain

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — The FBI is assisting local authorities with an investigation into human remains found on a West Virginia mountain over the summer. McDowell County Sheriff's Chief Deputy James E. Muncy Jr. told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph on Friday that the FBI has since discovered more ...

Businesses in 2 W.Va. counties eligible for disaster loans

MOOREFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Some small businesses in two West Virginia counties are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans as a result of storms last year. The U.S. Small Business Administration said the loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, ...

Mine rescue teams to compete in West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Members of mine rescue teams from across the country will be in West Virginia this week to compete in readiness tests. West Virginia University says the National Mine Rescue Association Post 5 contest will begin Tuesday and run through Thursday at Mylan Park in ...

West Virginia airport unveils new military operations center

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials at the Charleston, West Virginia, airport have unveiled a new armed forces operations center named after the state's last surviving Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. The 2,000-square-foot (186-square-meter) facility at Yeager Airport ...

Judge orders W.Va. gov to provide docs in residency case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has ordered lawyers for the governor of West Virginia to hand over documents requested in an ongoing lawsuit over his residency. News outlets report Judge Charles King rejected a dismissal motion Wednesday by Gov. Jim Justice's attorneys and ordered the ...

2 West Virginia airports receiving $4.1M for improvements

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia airports are receiving more than $4.1 million from the federal government to make improvements. The state's U.S. senators, Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito, announced the funding from the Department of Transportation. A news ...

Prescription disposal site permanently housed at WV Capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A permanent prescription drug disposal site is being placed at the West Virginia Capitol so people wanting to dispose of medication can do so all year. There has already been a collection site at the Capitol for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, but the new ...

West Virginia mothers, children to benefit from health funds

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Mothers and children in West Virginia will benefit from more than $1.5 million in federal funding that was just announced. The state's U.S. senators, Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Joe Manchin, said in a news release Thursday that West Virginia's ...