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West Virginia News

COVID-19 vaccine exemption passes West Virginia House

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill to limit West Virginia employers in their ability to require workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus passed the House of Delegates on Friday. The proposal, which would allow certain medical and religious exemptions to ...

Governor unveils $1B West Virginia broadband expansion plan

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is ready to move forward with a plan to expand long-sought broadband access in rural communities at a potential cost of more than $1 billion, Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday. The plan, which Justice called the largest ...

Ice cream shop hopes to continue West Side revival

By GREG STONE, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Lemon appears to be an early customer favorite at Dancing Dog Ice Cream. If that sounds surprising to you, it's also a surprise to its co-owner, Bob Herrick. Odds are, Herrick will continue to perfect the distinctive flavor. ...

GOP US House incumbents plan to seek reelection in WVa

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two incumbent Republicans in the U.S. House whose West Virginia districts merged under a newly minted congressional map announced Thursday that they will run for reelection next year. Reps. David McKinley and Alex Mooney announced their ...

New WVa Department of Administration cabinet secretary named

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday that he appointed Mark Scott to be cabinet secretary of the Department of Administration. Scott will succeed Allan L. McVey, who was recently appointed West Virginia insurance commissioner. Scott's appointment takes ...

Detroit man arrested in fatal shootings of 2 women in WVa

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Detroit man has been arrested in the fatal shootings of two women in West Virginia, police said. Marquis Jermayne Goodman, 21, was arrested Thursday in Detroit in the Oct. 8 shootings of Bria Nicole White, 26, and Kytiana Belcher, 22, both of Charleston, Charleston ...

25 apply to fill seats on WVa Intermediate Court of Appeals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission has released a list of 25 people who have applied to fill seats on the state Intermediate Court of Appeals. The court was created by the Legislature this year. The commission will interview applicants, and the ...

Couple in submarine spy case to remain held; hearing set

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Maryland couple charged in a plot to sell sensitive U.S. submarine secrets to a foreign government will remain behind bars for now, a judge said Tuesday in granting a detention request from prosecutors. Jonathan and Diana Toebbe each made brief appearances in federal ...

WVa regulators OK continued operation of 3 power plants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Utility regulators have approved a request by two American Electric Power subsidiaries to keep three West Virginia power plants operational until at least 2040. The request granted Tuesday by the state Public Service Commission involves three coal-fired power plants ...

Ex-West Virginia mayor sentenced for pocketing relief funds

RICHWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — A former mayor in West Virginia was sentenced to one to 10 years in prison Tuesday for stealing federal relief funds meant to rebuild his city after a massive 2016 flood. Ex-Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber was sentenced in Nicholas County Circuit Court for his August ...

Redistricting maps advance in West Virginia Legislature

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Proposed maps of West Virginia's congressional and legislative districts continued to advance in the Legislature on Tuesday. West Virginia lost one of its three U.S. House seats after the 2020 Census. A map to redraw the state into two congressional districts was ...

West Virginia lawmakers endorse redistricting maps

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers endorsed proposed maps of congressional and state legislative districts during a special session on redistricting Monday, setting up a potential fight between two of the state's current members of Congress. West ...

WVa first lady opening art display of student portraits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new display featuring portraits of six Communities in Schools students from across West Virginia is opening at the State Capitol Rotunda. First lady Cathy Justice will host a reception at the opening on Tuesday to launch the display, which will remain in the ...

2 locations are first in WVa program to protect rare species

DAVIS, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia locations have been added to a new program to protect rare plant and animal species. Bald Knob and the Canaan Valley wetlands are the first sites in the West Virginia Natural Areas Program, the state Division of Natural Resources said in a news ...

Man enters Alford plea in death of grandson’s mother

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has entered an Alford plea in the death of his grandson's mother. Gary Smith II, 60, of Morgantown, appeared Tuesday by video from North Central Regional Jail to enter the plea in which he didn't admit guilt but recognized there may be enough ...

WVa’s Yeager Airport increasing security with $195,000 grant

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Yeager Airport is increasing security at the facility, using a $195,000 grant from the state Emergency Management Division. Part of the work will add a gunshot detection system in the main terminal building and the General Aviation terminal, the ...

West Virginia lawmakers set to start redistricting session

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's special legislative session on redistricting starts Monday as lawmakers deal with one less congressional seat and make wholesale changes in the House of Delegates. Lawmakers will meet in special session as part of ...

Covenant House in W.Va. has been helping people for 40 years

By MARIA YOUNG, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Darryl Henry's secret power is simple. "I'm good at organizing chaos," said Henry. It's the silver lining on a childhood with a lot of dark clouds. The eleventh of 14 kids, he was the tenth boy born into a hectic family with ...

W.Va. native finds passion for helping small business owners

By JOSEPHINE E. MOORE, The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — In the mid-'90s Judy Moore decided to open her own business as a travel agent. Like most small businesses, it lasted only about a year. Moore said she believes her business was unsuccessful partly because of the growing ...