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West Virginia News

Parents charged with murder, abuse in death of daughter, 4

HINTON, W.Va. (AP) — The parents of a 4-year-old West Virginia girl have been charged with killing her, police said. Authorities found the girl dead Tuesday morning when responding to a home in Summers County, West Virginia State Police Capt. R. A. Maddy said in a statement. Investigators ...

Manchin cites inflation concerns, roiling budget talks anew

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin roiled his budget talks with Democratic leaders anew Wednesday, saying the latest inflation surge makes him "more cautious than I've ever been" about agreeing to federal spending increases that could drive consumers' costs even higher. The West Virginia ...

3 charged in connection with fire at historic WVa church

SHADY SPRING, W.Va. (AP) — Three people have been arrested in connection with a fire that destroyed a historic church in West Virginia, state police said. Braxton Allan Miller, 18, of Charleston; James Dean Elmore, 19, of Beckley; and a juvenile boy were charged in connection with the fire ...

Health system plans initiative to increase nurses

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia University Health System plans to launch an initiative that will increase the number of nurses in the state, officials said. WVU Health President and CEO Albert Wright Jr. told the Charleston Gazette-Mail's "Outside the Echo Chamber" that the system ...

Date set to honor WWII Medal of Honor recipient at Capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hershel W. "Woody" Williams, the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, will lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, Sen. Joe Manchin said. Afterward, Williams will be recognized at a wreath-laying ceremony at the World War II Memorial on ...

Feds release 1st report on W.Va. fatal helicopter crash

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A helicopter crash last month that killed six people in West Virginia occurred when the aircraft hit a rock face 15 minutes after takeoff from a local airport, federal investigators said in a preliminary report Tuesday. The Vietnam-era Bell UH-1B "Huey" helicopter ...

Inmate sentenced in stabbing death at federal prison in WVa

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — An inmate formerly housed in West Virginia has been sentenced to 25 years after pleading guilty in the fatal stabbing of another inmate. Ruben Laurel, 43, was sentenced Tuesday in the 2012 death of Anthony M. Dallas at the federal prison in Hazelton, U.S. Attorney ...

Speed limit reduced temporarily on 2 roads near Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The speed limit on two roads near Marshall University have been temporarily reduced while officials conduct a traffic study to determine if permanent changes are needed for pedestrian safety. Crews with the West Virginia Division of Highways installed new signs near ...

High-tech help on the way in 52-year-old coed murder case

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Leaving no stone unturned at a 52-year-old, once-and-former crime scene isn't easy. Not when investigators have to do their digging mainly by hand, so as not to disturb any evidence that still may be lurking in the soil. Armed with garden trowels and toothbrushes, ...

West Virginia cafe to serve as recovery resource center

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Recovery Point West Virginia held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Point Cafe, Huntington's newest community resource center, on Thursday. The Point Cafe opened at 630 8th Ave. in Huntington after a few years of planning during the COVID-19 ...

Northrop Grumman plans new missile integration facility

ROCKET CENTER, W.Va. (AP) — Northrop Grumman Corp. plans to build a new missile integration facility in West Virginia. The company announced plans last week to build the 113,000-square-foot (10,498 square-meter) facility to increase its capacity to deliver weapons to meet warfighter ...

West Virginia man charged with felony in US Capitol riot

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been arrested on charges that he participated in violence during the breach of the U.S. Capitol in January 2021. John Thomas Gordon, 47, of Bayard, is accused of repeatedly throwing a hard object at a Capitol door as police officers tried to ...

Senior status WVa circuit judge Robert Halbritter dies at 92

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Senior status circuit judge and former West Virginia lawmaker Robert C. Halbritter has died. He was 92, the state Supreme Court said. Halbritter died Thursday at his home in Morgantown, the court said in a news release. Halbritter served as a circuit judge in ...

WVa airport runway to close during improvement project

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia International Yeager Airport will close a runway for an improvement project. The closures will occur from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. from July 29 through Nov. 13 without disrupting commercial traffic, and all day from Sept. 12 until it reopens on Sept. 15, the ...

West Virginia announces first probable case of monkeypox

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The first probable case of monkeypox has been announced in West Virginia The state Department of Health and Human Resources said Friday the case involves a resident of Berkeley County in the Eastern Panhandle. No additional information was released. Monkeypox ...

West Virginia man indicted for fatal Maryland shootings

SMITHSBURG, Md. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted the West Virginia man accused of shooting and killing three coworkers at a Maryland machine shop and then shooting and wounding a state trooper who was responding to the incident. Joe Louis Esquivel, 23, of Hedgesville, West Virginia, was ...

Northern West Virginia hospital settles with feds for $1.5M

WEIRTON, W.Va. (AP) — A hospital in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle has agreed to pay $1.5 million to the federal government to settle allegations that the medical center provided financial incentives to physicians for referring Medicare patients there, U.S. Justice Department officials ...

Man shot by law enforcement on W.Va. highway after chase

BRADLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Law enforcement officers shot and killed a man on a federal highway in West Virginia after they say he fled a vehicle crash scene, stole a pickup truck and led police on a chase. The events leading up to the shooting death of Matthew Scott Jones, 36, of Culpeper, ...

Reports: Law enforcement officers shoot man on W.Va. highway

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Several law enforcement authorities shot a man on a federal highway in West Virginia, news outlets reported Wednesday, and video of the shooting was circulating on social media. According to a press release from West Virginia State Police Captain R. A. Maddy, at ...

I-64 bridge on schedule to open to traffic this fall in WVa

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Construction of a new bridge on Interstate 64 is on schedule to open to traffic this fall, the West Virginia Department of Transportation said. The 1,400-foot Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge is part of a project to replace the current bridge over the Kanawha River ...