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West Virginia News

Police identify woman killed in WV capital

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia's capital city have released the name of a woman who was shot to death over the weekend. The Charleston Police Department on Monday identified the victim as 18-year-old Laurina Blake. Authorities say they found Blake lying on Lovell Drive in ...

Bluefield’s holiday festival opens with over 1.2M lights

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Bluefield's Holiday of Lights festival has officially opened. The West Virginia city's annual holiday display in Bluefield City Park went up last week and will run until the end of December. The decorations include more than 1.2 million lights throughout the park's ...

West Virginia schools closing ahead of winter storm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Multiple West Virginia counties have shut down their schools ahead of a winter storm expected to bring heavy snow and strong winds to the state. The Department of Education says schools in Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh and Webster counties will be closed Monday. The ...

WVa police chief, officers to lead city Christmas parade

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Huntington, West Virginia, Police Chief Hank Dial and his fellow officers have been chosen as the grand marshals of the city's Christmas parade. The city's chamber of commerce says the Christmas Parade of Lights in downtown Huntington will take place on Dec. 7 at ...

Trial set for West Virginia man accused of killing wife

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial date has been set for a West Virginia man who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his wife. News outlets report 40-year-old James Michael Kiser entered the plea Wednesday. His trial has been set for April. Prosecutors say he has ...

West Virginia animal shelter says it needs $80K to stay open

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county's only animal shelter has launched a fundraising effort to save it from closing at the end of the year. The Register-Herald on Thursday reports the leaders of the nonprofit Humane Society of Raleigh County say they need $80,000 to keep from ...

2 decades, over 700 miles: Trail system to mark milestone

By GREG JORDAN, Bluefield Daily Telegraph undefined BRAMWELL, W.Va. (AP) — Almost 20 years ago, a new ATV trail was opened as an economic development project for southern West Virginia. Nobody was sure if any riders were interested in trying the new trails, but they came, they rode, and ...

Police: 2 dead following fight over hunting lease

WILLIAMSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Law enforcement officials say a hunting dispute resulted in two people being shot and killed. According to the West Virginia State Police, 33-year-old Jeremiah Thomas and 34-year-old Jennifer Thomas allegedly got into an argument on Friday afternoon over a hunting ...

Marshall, Mountwest agree to offer joint aviation degree

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Marshall University and Mountwest Community and Technical College have agreed to offer a joint degree program for aviation maintenance technicians. Marshall President Jerome Gilbert and Mountwest President Keith Cotroneo announced the creation of the ...

Sheriff: Deputy’s body cam not working when he shot man

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The body camera for a West Virginia deputy wasn't working the day he shot and killed a man brandishing a knife, a sheriff says. Monongalia County Sheriff Perry Palmer issued that statement in response to a request by The Dominion Post for body camera footage from the ...

WVa trooper who sexually assaulted women was never charged

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police determined that one of its own troopers sexually assaulted two women, yet was never charged. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Friday that the case is just one example of how the state spends millions in taxpayer money to settle ...

Buck firearms season begins in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — It's officially buck hunting season in West Virginia. The annual buck firearms season kicks off Monday and is expected to bring thousands of hunters to the state's vast woodlands. Officials say starting the season toward the end of November increases the chances of ...

West Virginia sportsmen groups oppose national park

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia sportsmen's groups say they are not happy they could lose about 4,800 acres of hunting land if the New River Gorge National River is designated a national park and preserve. The Register-Herald reports the proposal by Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley ...

Group keeps Appalachian square dancing tradition alive

By TRAVIS CRUM, The Herald-Dispatch undefined HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Couples were promenading, swinging and do-si-doing at Heritage Farm Museum & Village in Huntington. It was the last gathering of the year Nov. 16 for participants with the Huntington Old Time Dance and Music (HOTDAM) ...

W. Virginia city reviews policies on removing homeless camps

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Leaders in a West Virginia city say they are reviewing their policies involving the removal of homeless camps. The Dominion Post reports Morgantown City Council made the announcement Tuesday, after photos were posted on Facebook showing a homeless camp being cleared ...

West Virginia reports record voter registration tally

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia election officials say a record 8,020 people registered to vote in September. Secretary of State Mac Warner on Thursday said the figure set a new state record for voter registration transactions in a single month. The tally was boosted by the ...

West Virginia teenager charged with stabbing 2 girls

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a West Virginia teenager stabbed two girls in their stomachs after an early morning argument in Huntington. A criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Cabell County says 18-year-old Zendal Tatum has been charged with assault. The filing says a witness told ...

West Virginia getting millions to rebuild school, post flood

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving West Virginia $52 million to rebuild a school destroyed during deadly flooding in 2016. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the sum for Herbert Hoover High School in Elkview on Friday. The ...

West Virginia University raises $11M in Day or Giving

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University raised more than $11 million on its third annual Day of Giving. The Dominion Post reports that’s about $5 million more than last year. Mary Esposito is director of Annual Giving for the West Virginia University Foundation. She told the ...

WV library cancels drag queen event after violent threats

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia library says violent threats prompted it to cancel an event where drag queens were going to read to children. The Morgantown Public Library System announced it was canceling its Drag Queen Story Time event in a Facebook post Friday. The statement ...