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West Virginia News

WVa Senate forms committee dedicated to child welfare issues

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A committee has been formed in the West Virginia Senate to focus on upcoming legislation related to child welfare. The Senate Select Committee on Children and Families, whose formation was announced Wednesday, will be led by Kanawha ...

West Virginia receiving $866K grant for flood recovery

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Labor Department awarded $866,675 for flood recovery in West Virginia, the state's U.S. senators announced. The funding is through the Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant Program. Flooding in February 2018 destroyed homes, displaced residents ...

West Virginia man convicted of filming infant sexual abuse

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man convicted of filming an infant being sexually abused will likely spend life in prison when he is sentenced next month. Richard Smith was convicted on all counts against him in Kanawha County Circuit court Wednesday, including 11 counts of ...

Soldiers return home to West Virginia from Middle East

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than 140 West Virginia National Guard soldiers are returning home after a nine-month deployment to the Middle East. Gov. Jim Justice's office said in a news release that he greeted dozens of soldiers and their family members during a welcoming home ceremony at ...

GOP gains registered voters in WVa, still lags behind Dems

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Registered Republican voters in West Virginia have increased since Donald Trump won office but still lags behind Democrats entering a presidential election year, according to voter registration figures from the secretary of state's office. Overall registration numbers ...

Size of trout stocked in W Virginia lakes smaller than usual

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Department of Natural Resources says anglers should expect trout stocked in state waterways during the winter months to be smaller than usual. A long dry spell across the state from late summer through the fall is thought to have impacted the average ...

West Virginia unveils women’s suffrage commemoration events

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has announced its initial slate of events for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The yearlong commemoration will start Wednesday with a reception ahead of the governor's ...

West Virginia school wins video contest on opioid awareness

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia high school has won a video contest aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of prescription painkiller abuse. Wheeling Central Catholic High School was selected as the winner of the public service announcement contest sponsored by Bill Powell, the ...

Police: Detroit man sought in West Virginia bar shooting

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police said Thursday that they are seeking a 30-year-old Michigan man in connection with a New Year's day shooting at a West Virginia bar in which seven people were shot and wounded. The bar was ordered shut by authorities Thursday, a day after the violence. ...

Charleston’s Goldfarb Electric showroom to be torn down

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Charleston showroom of Goldfarb Electric is set to be demolished, news outlets reported Thursday. A demolition permit for the Virginia Street E. building was issued last week but it's unclear when any action will be taken, officials said. A chain-link fence has ...

West Virginia county gets new magistrate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The chief judge of Kanawha County, West Virginia, has appointed a new magistrate for the area's court system. Judge Charles E. King, Jr. on Thursday named Gary Q. Sheff as magistrate following the retirement of Tim Halloran at the end of last year, according to a ...

Seven shot at bar in West Virginia on New Year’s Day

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (AP) — Seven people were injured in a shooting at a bar in West Virginia early New Year's Day, police said. The shooting happened early Wednesday at the Kulture Hookah Bar in Huntington, interim Huntington Police Chief Ray Cornwell said in a news release. The statement ...

Officials: WV sheriff damaged car, lied to have county pay

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE undefined CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia sheriff was fined Thursday for hitting a car with a shopping cart then lying about what happened so his county would have to pay for repairs, officials said. Brooke County Sheriff Larry C. Palmer has agreed to pay the ...

Former W. Virginia prison guard settles 3 sex abuse lawsuits

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former correctional officer in West Virginia has settled three lawsuits by women who say he sexually abused them while they were inmates. Former guard James Widen agreed to settle the cases for a total of $240,000, the women's attorney and state Sen. Mike Woelfel ...

Justice appoints new DMV commissioner

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday tapped the director of a General Motors dealership to lead the state's Division of Motor Vehicles. Everett Frazier, who has worked in the auto industry for more than three decades, will start as DMV commissioner Monday, ...

WV bar closed after 7 shot during New Year’s Day dispute

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia bar where seven people were shot on New Year's Day was shut down Thursday as authorities work to identify who carried out the shooting. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said officials have issued a cease and desist order to close Kulture Hookah Bar, ...

About 5,000 golden eagles winter in eastern U.S.

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press Golden eagles are back from Canada, spending the winter in the eastern U.S. Researcher Trish Miller said there are probably around 5,000 east of the Mississippi River, compared to estimates of 1,000 to 2,500 when she and her husband, Michael Lanzone, ...

Seven shot at bar in West Virginia on New Year’s Day

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (AP) — Seven people were injured in a shooting at a bar in West Virginia early New Year's Day, police said. The shooting happened early Wednesday at the Kulture Hookah Bar in Huntington, interim Huntington Police Chief Ray Cornwell said in a news release. The statement ...

Virginia man arrested in fatal DUI crash in West Virginia

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A suspected drunken driver was arrested in a New Year's Day highway crash that killed another motorist in West Virginia, police said. The accident occurred early Wednesday along southbound Interstate 81 in Berkeley County, The Journal reported. Cody Wade ...

Man accused of firing at deputies shot in West Virginia

CROSS LANES, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia sheriff's deputies shot and wounded a man who fired a gun at them in a residential area, police said Wednesday. The shooting happened after deputies responded to a report of a suspicious person who may have pointed a gun another man Tuesday night in ...