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West Virginia News

West Virginia lawmakers disagree over greyhound racing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill expected to be introduced during the 2020 legislative session could end greyhound racing in West Virginia. News outlets report Republican Senate President Mitch Carmichael released an opinion piece Tuesday calling for an end to the practice. He's now facing ...

Police responding to hostage situation fatally shoot suspect

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police chief says officers responding to a report of a hostage situation have fatally shot a man who fired at them. Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial told news outlets officers responded Tuesday morning to an address near a gas station. Dial says a ...

Intuit launches prosperity hub in West Virginia

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — The makers of TurboTax and QuickBooks are bringing 200 to 500 jobs to West Virginia. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports Intuit Inc. officially launched a "prosperity hub" on Monday in Bluefield. The Mountain View, California-based information technology company ...

Repeated weight limit violations close suspension bridge

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Vehicles exceeding the weight limit of a West Virginia suspension bridge have led officials to close it indefinitely. News outlets report the Wheeling Suspension Bridge closed Tuesday morning and won't be open to vehicular traffic for at least a year. Pedestrians can ...

WV horse therapy program aids those with disabilities

By BREANNA FRANCIS, The (Martinsburg) Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Despite heavy storm clouds rolling in above 1952 Files Cross Road, Aiden Sowers, 4, who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), shouted to his father, Don, from their vehicle parked on the gravel roadway ...

Weather radar picks up dragonfly swarms over West Virginia

By RICK STEELHAMMER, The Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Weather radar screens painted with pixels from returning echoes have been observed by meteorologists at the National Weather Service's Charleston Forecast Office in recent days — even though there is no rain, ground ...

Newly freed bank robber charged with attempted sex assault

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — A 60-year-old West Virginia man who spent the past two decades in federal prison for bank robbery is now accused of carjacking a woman and trying to sexually assault her. Bridgeport police Chief John Walker tells The Exponent Telegram that Arthur Anthony Baxter was ...

Marshall University sets benefit for food bank

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two authors with West Virginia ties will deliver readings at Marshall University this week to benefit the Facing Hunger Foodbank. The event is at 7 p.m. Thursday in Smith Hall. The university said in a news release that a donation of two or three nonperishable food ...

Skin care company from Poland opens center in West Virginia

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A company from Poland has opened its first branch in the U.S. with a sales and distribution center in West Virginia. Bandi Laboratories has made skin care products in Poland for more than 30 years. It opened its center in Martinsburg last week. The West Virginia ...

Whitey Bulger’s family filing wrongful death claim

BOSTON (AP) — The family of slain Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger is filing a wrongful death claim against the federal government following his death in prison last year. The Wall Street Journal reports the family is seeking $200 million in damages in the forthcoming claim. They say ...

WVa governor bans most outdoor burning due to drought

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has issued a ban on most outdoor burning due to drought conditions and reduced water supply levels in some communities. The ban is effective immediately and will remain in effect until conditions improve and Justice rescinds the ...

Chemical company plans to lay off 57 at West Virginia plant

BELLE, W.Va. (AP) — A chemical company is planning to lay off 57 workers at a plant in West Virginia. A news release Friday from the Kanawha County Commission says the layoffs are planned at the Chemours plant in Belle. The company formed as a spinoff from DuPont in 2015 and currently ...

Police: Escaped inmate caught after he stole ambulance

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Police say they have caught a West Virginia inmate who escaped a prisoner transport van and tried to flee in a stolen ambulance. According to Morgantown Police, 45-year-old Craig Allen Martisko of Granville faces numerous charges in the incident Friday. Police say ...

WVU center lands another grant to digitize newspaper archive

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A project to digitize historical newspaper archives in West Virginia has landed another grant. The West Virginia University Libraries' West Virginia & Regional History Center received a nearly $202,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to keep ...

Purdue Pharma asks judge to stop lawsuits against Sacklers

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma on Wednesday asked a bankruptcy court judge to halt all lawsuits against the company and its former directors, including members of the Sackler family, which owns the company. The request is a standard ask for a company that's ...

17 charged in California-to-West Virginia drug operation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say 17 people have been charged with distributing methamphetamine and heroin in shipments from California to West Virginia. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced the charges in a statement Wednesday. The statement says packages containing meth were ...

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 ...