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West Virginia News

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 ...

Hospital deaths, ex-bishop dominated 2019 headlines in W.Va.

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In late August, federal prosecutors said a sweeping criminal investigation into numerous suspicious deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia would be their "top priority." Four months later, no charges have been ...

West Virginia University doctor aims to fight obesity crisis

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University's chief of obesity medicine is investigating how to best help the state's primary care providers treat their obese patients. "Weight loss used to be designated to commercial programs, like stores selling diet products," Dr. Laura Davisson ...

Holocaust education planned after WV jail guard Nazi salute

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE undefined CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) — West Virginia plans to begin training its corrections department staff about the Holocaust after a photograph of correction officer cadets giving Nazi salutes led to dozens of firings and widespread outrage, officials said Tuesday. A ...

New Year’s Day hikes offered at 10 West Virginia state parks

Several West Virginia state parks and forests are offering free New Year’s Day hikes next week. Hiking is one of the main reasons visitors from inside and outside the state travel to parks, West Virginia State Parks Chief Sam England said in a news release. Hikers start out on a 2-mile hike ...

New owners vow to preserve important historic home

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A historic West Virginia home that played an important role in the area's African American history is changing hands as a way of continuing to preserve it. The Webb-Blessing House was the only residence owned by a free African-American family living in Charles ...

West Virginia prison working to resolve plumbing issue

MOUNT OLIVE, W. Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials have shut off several water valves at a state prison while they continue to restore full water service at the Fayette County complex. Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Larry Messina said Sunday that inmates will ...

WV woman charged after several dead dogs found in house

MONONGAH, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been charged with animal cruelty after several dead dogs were found in her home, authorities said. Marion County sheriff's deputies found the animals during a search of 36-year-old Melissa Jones' home in Monongah on Monday, news outlets ...

West Virginia WWII vet still remembers cold, frostbite

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For Bernard Whittington, an enduring memory of his service as a U.S. Army corporal during the Battle of the Bulge was enduring bone-chilling cold. Seventy-five years after the Kanawha County man took part in the bloody, but ultimately successful, effort to counter ...

Marshall’s marching band to perform in London parade

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — London's New Year's Day Parade is set to feature a little touch of West Virginia. Marshall University's marching band is heading across the pond to perform in London's parade ringing in 2020, the school said Friday. More than 100 members of the Marching Thunder band ...

West Virginia planning celebrations of women’s suffrage

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The new year is bringing a yearlong celebration after West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner announced the formation of a committee to plan events commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which gave U.S. women the right to vote. Kat Williams is a ...

New owners vow to preserve important historic home

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A historic West Virginia home that played an important role in the area's African American history is changing hands as a way of continuing to preserve it. The Webb-Blessing House was the only residence owned by a free African-American family living in Charles ...

Newspaper publishes secret report on former W.Va. bishop

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A newspaper has published a secret church report about a former West Virginia bishop ousted for alleged sexual and financial misconduct that details how he allegedly groomed and inappropriately touched young men. The Washington Post reports law enforcement does not ...

WV man arrested after Christmas Day chase with baby in car

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who led police on a Christmas Day chase with a baby in his car has been arrested, authorities said Wednesday. Harrison County Sheriff Robert Matheny told The Exponent Telegram the pursuit started in Upshur County after the suspect "fired a shotgun ...

Mon Health to offer paid parental leave in 2020

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (AP) — Eligible employees at Mon Health System will soon be offered 14 consecutive days of paid parental leave. Mon Health System President and CEO David Goldberg announced in a news release that the new policy will take effect at the start of the new year. "We recognize ...