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West Virginia News

WVa intermodal facility transferred to local government

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ownership of the Heartland Intermodal Gateway in West Virginia has been transferred to local government. The West Virginia Department of Transportation's Division of Multimodal Transportation Facilities transferred ownership to the Wayne County Commission, Gov. Jim ...

3 killed when small plane crashes in West Virginia

METZ, W.Va. (AP) — Three people were killed when a small plane crashed in northern West Virginia, authorities said. Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Riffle told WV News that the pilot and two passengers were found dead at the scene. The aircraft was found "on a steep incline in a heavily wooded ...

Senate climate bill has West Virginia written all over it

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The sprawling economic package passed by the U.S. Senate this week has a certain West Virginia flavor. The package, passed with no Republican votes, could be read largely as an effort to help West Virginia look to the future without turning away entirely from its ...

Dems: Abortion access question should be put to W.Va. voters

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Democrats want voters to be able to decide whether abortion should continue to be allowed in the state. The call comes after residents in Kansas, another state with a GOP-controlled Legislature, rejected a ballot measure earlier this month that would ...

Roach succeeds Burch as WVa superintendent of schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — David Roach, who has led the School Building Authority of West Virginia, will be the next state superintendent of schools. The state Board of Education selected Roach as superintendent on Wednesday. Roach has been executive director of the School Building Authority ...

Man enters plea in fatal shooting of high school athlete

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man charged with fatally shooting a West Virginia high school athlete a month before he graduated has agreed to a plea deal in the case. Dekotis Elijah Thomas, 20, entered a Kennedy plea Wednesday, which means he did not admit guilt but agreed that the state has ...

WVa AG reaches settlement with Rite Aid over opioid supply

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office has reached a settlement with Rite Aid that may total up to $30 million in a lawsuit alleging oversupply of opioids at pharmacies in the state, he said Thursday. "Money will not bring back the lives lost from ...

WVa gov issues state of emergency over corrections staffing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — With staffing vacancies over 60% at two correctional facilities in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice issued a state of emergency Thursday that would allow the National Guard to help with the shortages. "These are critical positions and if numbers continue to dip, ...

Small plane carrying at least 3 crashes in West Virginia

METZ, W.Va. (AP) — A small plane with at least three people on board crashed in northern West Virginia, authorities said. The single-engine plane was flying from Bloomfield, Indiana, to Myerstown, Pennsylvania, when it went down in a wooded area Thursday in the Marion County community of ...

Woman charged with embezzling from WVa clerk’s office

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A woman who worked in a county clerk's office in West Virginia has been charged with taking funds paid to the office for back taxes. Elizabeth Marie Sampson, 44, of Elkview, worked in the Kanawha County Clerk's Office, where she is accused of taking more than $21,000 ...

Federal horserace authority rules again blocked in 2 states

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A national horse racing authority has again been blocked by a federal court from enforcing some of its rules in the states of Louisiana and West Virginia. A north Louisiana federal judge last month had blocked the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority from enforcing ...

WVU researchers collecting data on gender-diverse identities

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The number of teenagers living in Appalachia who identify as transgender, nonbinary or other diverse gender identities may be higher than previously thought, according to a survey conducted by West Virginia University researchers. More than 7% of young people who ...

West Virginia lawmaker to become adviser to governor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Charleston-area lawmaker is stepping down from the West Virginia House of Delegates to become a senior adviser to Gov. Jim Justice. Del. Larry Pack, a Republican from Kanawha County, announced Monday that he will withdraw his name from the November general ...

Man accused of secretly recording foreign exchange student

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man accused of secretly recording a foreign exchange student has been charged with possessing child porn, police said Tuesday. State troopers received a complaint in April from the 17-year-old student, who reported finding a hidden camera in the ...

Dolly Parton set to visit WVa as part of Imagination Library

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dolly Parton is keeping a promise to visit West Virginia. Parton is scheduled to appear at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston on Tuesday to celebrate the state's full participation in her Imagination Library. Parton indicated she would visit the ...

Police: 14-year-old kills adult following domestic violence

FORT GAY, W.Va. (AP) — A 14-year-old is accused of fatally shooting an adult following an ongoing domestic incident, West Virginia State Police said. The shooting was reported Sunday afternoon at a residence near Fort Gay, police said in a statement. Officers arrived to find the adult dead ...

Jet boat operator encounters obstacles but continues forward

NSTED, W.Va. (AP) — Bobby Bower bought New River Jet Boats at a time that would turn out to be what he termed "the perfect storm of a bad time to start a business." "It was early 2020, just before COVID hit," he recalled as he sat in the shade at the shoreline passenger check-in station at ...

Artist Santer painting new section of floodwall mural

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The next phase of the floodwall mural in Parkersburg is underway. Artist Christopher Santer, who is originally from Parkersburg and now lives in St. Paul, Minn., has been working for the last couple of weeks on the next part of the project which is underway on the ...

More storms bring renewed flood threat in hard-hit Kentucky

Thunderstorms on Friday brought a renewed threat of flooding to parts of Kentucky ravaged by high water a week ago. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch through Saturday morning for nearly the entire state. As residents continued cleaning up from the late July floods that killed ...

Water becomes needed commodity in flood-ravaged Kentucky

HINDMAN, Ky. (AP) — National Guard soldiers rushed to distribute bottled water to flood-ravaged eastern Kentucky as forecasters warned of more rain coming to the region. In the days since historic flooding swamped the Appalachian region, the availability of water surfaced as a big concern ...