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West Virginia News

WVa lawyer sentenced to probation in wire fraud case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia lawyer has been ordered to serve three years of probation and pay almost $35,000 in restitution for fraud, a prosecutor said. Timothy Mark Sirk, 63, of Keyser, pleaded guilty to wire fraud in April. The court-appointed attorney in Mineral County ...

Ida’s still risky, Kate no threat, Africa could spawn Larry

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Ida's remnants dumped rain from Gulf Coast states into New England on Tuesday, while Tropical Storm Kate swirled far from Atlantic shores and another tropical depression was brewing off the coast of Africa. Ida, which weakened to a tropical depression with top ...

Historic West Virginia suspension bridge to undergo repairs

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A historic West Virginia suspension bridge will be undergoing major repairs, but it's not clear whether the span will reopen to traffic. The West Virginia Division of Highways and Gov. Jim Justice announced on Monday that a $17.9 million contract had been awarded to ...

Owner: Purdue hoped new Oxy would help in crisis; no apology

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press The family that owns Purdue Pharma had hoped a reformulated version of Oxycontin would help rein in the burgeoning opioid crisis a decade ago, a member of the Sackler family said Thursday in court testimony that once again stopped short of an apology or ...

Pandemic topples Mothman Festival for second straight year

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) — An annual festival that celebrates a local legend about a "Mothman" in West Virginia has been called off for the second straight year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers of the Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant announced the festival's cancellation ...

Nuckles named WVa Equal Employment Opportunity Office chief

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Kim Nuckles has been appointed director of West Virginia's Equal Employment Opportunity Office. Gov. Jim Justice announced Nuckles' appointment Wednesday. Nuckles will remain state coordinator of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a role she has served since 2012, ...

West Virginia courts unveil safety, access project

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Supreme Court has launched a new program that uses technology to promote safety and access in cases involving sexual assault and domestic violence. Chief Justice Evan Jenkins announced the initiative Wednesday in Cabell County Family Court in ...

Jordan Maynor appointed to West Virginia House of Delegates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Jordan Maynor was appointed Thursday to a House of Delegates seat in southern West Virginia. Gov. Jim Justice appointed Maynor to the seat representing the 28th District, which covers parts of Monroe, Raleigh and Summers counties. Maynor will serve the remainder of ...

WVa lawsuit against opioid makers set for April 2022 trial

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by the state of West Virginia accusing several drug manufacturers of misrepresenting the risks of their painkilling drugs will go to trial next April, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Thursday. The Mass Litigation ...

3 WVa higher ed institutions share $516K for COVID response

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education is providing more than $516,000 to three higher education institutions in West Virginia to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state's U.S. senators said. The funding is allocated through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund ...

Ex-coal lobbying group chief named to WVa utility regulator

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The retired longtime president of the West Virginia Coal Association has been appointed by the governor to a three-member commission that regulates state utilities. Bill Raney was named by Republican Gov. Jim Justice to a six-year term on the Public Service ...

Unclaimed property auction set at West Virginia State Fair

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia treasurer's office will hold two auctions for unclaimed property at the State Fair this month. The auctions will take place at 5 p.m. on Aug. 14 and Aug. 21 in Fairlea, the office said in a news release. Among the items up for bid are rare coins, ...

Public hearings set for West Virginia Suddenlink customers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three public comment hearings are scheduled for West Virginia customers of internet and cable company Suddenlink Communications, the Public Service Commission said. The commission is investigating customer service complaints about Suddenlink. The hearings will be at ...

Senate Dems rallying behind Biden’s $3.5T budget vision

By ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats across the political spectrum seem near the unanimity they'll need for the crucial first step toward their $3.5 trillion vision of bolstering health care, education, family services and environment programs From Democratic ...

Manchin urges Fed to begin trimming bond buys

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent Democratic senator, saying he is concerned about inflation, is urging the Federal Reserve to start trimming its monthly bond purchases. In a letter to Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said ...

University pays account balances for nearly 3,000 students

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — A university in West Virginia used federal relief funds to pay off account balances for nearly 3,000 students who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. West Virginia State University paid off balances for all degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate ...

Sherriff: Two arrested in Mountain Valley Pipeline protest

LAWN, W.Va. (AP) — Law enforcement officials say two people have been arrested after they were found chained to pipeline construction equipment in Greenbrier County. Local news outlets report that the two were found Friday morning in the Dawson area secured to pipeline equipment with chains ...

Family recalls life and times at demolished W.Va. motel

By CANDICE BLACK, News and Sentinel undefined RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — Last week, the Washington Motel in Ravenswood was demolished, causing a family to reflect on their fond memories and experiences in the building. Built in the 1950s, the Washington Motel was built to meet travelers' ...

Decision on school masks in WVa will be made at county level

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's public schools superintendent pushed back Wednesday against new recent federal guidelines that masks should be worn in schools, saying that any decision as the coronavirus pandemic drags into another school year will be ...

WVU aims to reach 80% COVID-19 vaccination rate by Sept. 1

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University is asking its students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated for the coronavirus as it tries to keep pace with the rest of the state. The university will develop additional enforcement and safety protocols for unvaccinated individuals if WVU ...