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US prison guard convicted in WVa of lying about inmate abuse

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A federal correctional officer in West Virginia has been convicted of lying to an investigator about inmate abuse. A jury in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg found William Lewis guilty on Tuesday of two counts of making a false statement to a federal agent. Lewis ...

Marshall University presidential investiture is this week

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Marshall University is preparing for the investiture ceremony of its 38th president, Brad D. Smith, this week in Huntington. The ceremony is at 10 a.m. Friday on Morrow Library lawn. Smith is a former CEO of software company Intuit. He became ...

Renewable energy to power new West Virginia industrial site

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A firm owned by billionaire businessman Warren Buffett has partnered with the state of West Virginia to buy land for use as an industrial park powered by renewable energy, Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday. Berkshire Hathaway Energy's BHE Renewables is purchasing ...

West Virginia lawmakers OK abortion ban with few exceptions

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Legislature passed a sweeping abortion ban with few exceptions Tuesday, approving a bill that several members of the Republican supermajority said they hope will make it impossible for the state's only abortion clinic to continue to offer the ...

WVa lawmakers pass road, energy bills, will revisit abortion

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers swiftly passed bills during a Monday special session that would invest millions of dollars into road maintenance work and create a program to incentivize businesses that want to utilize renewable energy to come to the state or expand ...

5 doctors plead guilty in West Virginia in pain pill scheme

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five doctors pleaded guilty in a pain pill prescription scheme involving clinics in West Virginia and Virginia, federal prosecutors said Monday. The scheme was tied to the Hope Clinic and involved prescribing oxycodone and other controlled substances that weren't for ...

West Virginia artist is teaching and learning

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — Chase Bowman found a love for art at the young age of just five years old when he entered a coloring contest and won it. Bowman is a Mercer County native who is originally from Matoaka and a graduate from the 1998 class at Princeton Senior High School. He is now an ...

Antique-selling business spans generations in Wheeling

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — As Debbie Lund bounded from floor to floor of a mammoth Victorian in Woodsdale, it was clear she knew every light switch and exactly where to duck one's head when walking through the basement. That's the kind of thing that happens when an antiques expert has spent ...

Manchin’s big energy deal draws pushback from many Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats desperately needed the vote of Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia to get their signature legislative priority across the finish. So they did what Washington does best: They cut a deal. To help land his support for a bill hailed by advocacy groups as the biggest ...

Family wants answers after pallbearer killed by officers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Jason Arnie Owens helped carry his father's casket to the hearse, then turned to embrace a relative. He never made it to the cemetery. As mourners gathered outside a northern West Virginia funeral home on Aug. 24, two plainclothes officers with a fugitive warrant ...

Fall rafting season set on West Virginia’s Gauley River

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The fall rafting season on West Virginia's Gauley River gets started this week. 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 ...

CDC: West Virginia sees decline in drug overdose deaths

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Overdose deaths in West Virginia declined during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, health officials said. From March 2021 to March 2022, West Virginia saw 1,485 overdose deaths, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ...

WVa university graduates’ transcripts blocked after closure

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Holly Martin had just been offered her dream job as a school guidance counselor and was on track to earn her second master's degree when she got alarming news: State officials in Washington, where she lives, hadn't received her undergraduate transcript. Without it, ...

Free Narcan, drug test strips distributed throughout W.Va

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Volunteers and public health workers set up shop in parks, churches, post offices and community centers Thursday for the largest event for overdose reversal drug training and distribution in West Virginia's history. It was the third time the state, which has seen the ...

Charleston, West Virginia, airport names first female CEO

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia airport's board has appointed a new director and chief executive officer. The Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority, which oversees West Virginia International Yeager Airport, on Tuesday announced they chose Dominique Ranieri to take over ...

Man sentenced for equipment theft from WVa coal mine

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to a year in prison for stealing equipment from a coal mine. Danny Griffy, 57, of Sylvester, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court for aiding and abetting the destruction of an energy facility. Griffy helped in the theft of ...

West Virginia fall highway cleanup scheduled for Sept. 24

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are organizing a highway cleanup this fall and are taking registrations for the event. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has set the Adopt-A-Highway Fall Statewide Cleanup for Sept. 24. The program is co-sponsored by ...

WVa health officer to step down, return to private practice

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will be looking for its third health officer since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday that Dr. Ayne Amjad is stepping down effective Oct. 1. She will continue to serve as a senior health adviser and appear in the ...

Benefit concert organized to help fellow Appalachians

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — When West Virginia experienced catastrophic flooding in 2016, Kentuckians were some of the first to help; now some mountaineers are returning the favor. Rob Lackey, a local folk musician and dulcimer player, recently organized a benefit concert to raise money to help ...