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West Virginia News

Attorney donates $1.5M to WVa college for research program

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia Wesleyan College alumnus has donated $1.5 million to the school for a new paid research program in science. Charleston attorney John F. McCuskey made the largest one-time gift in the private liberal arts college's 130-year history, The Parkersburg ...

COVID-19 vaccine available at WVa basketball tournaments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Fans attending the West Virginia girls and boys state basketball tournaments will have the chance to get their COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccines will be administered starting Tuesday at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center, the Kanawha-Charleston Health ...

Growing number of women drawn to WV craft beer careers

By MARIA YOUNG, Charleston Gazette-Mail undefined MAXWELTON, W.Va. (AP) — At the height of COVID-19, when much of the world was stir crazy for something — anything — to do, Samantha Fox's imagination latched onto an idea that wouldn't let go. "I was losing my mind ... and so I started ...

West Virginia vaccinations slow down as fewer step forward

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's coronavirus vaccination drive is slowing down as fewer people come forward to get shots, the governor said Friday. The administration rate of vaccine supply in the state is about 85%, down from higher figures early in ...

8 WVa schools targeted for closing, contingent on funding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Eight public schools in four West Virginia counties have been targeted for closing, contingent on those counties receiving state funding to consolidate schools. The state Board of Education on Thursday approved the closing of Fall River, Kimball and Welch elementary ...

West Virginia gov signs needle exchange program regulations

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday signed a bill to introduce more stringent requirements to needle exchange programs that critics say will make it harder to get clean needles amid a spike in HIV cases in the state. The bill won ...

First concert in over a year to be held in Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Live music will return to Huntington for the first time in over a year on Friday for a concert that will mark the city's 150th anniversary. The Herald-Dispatch reports that doors will open at John C. Edwards Stadium an hour before the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. ...

Deaf, vision services hope to grow with Unity Campaign help

By COLIN MCGUIRE, The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — When Mary Ann Jividen moved to West Virginia, she fully expected that there would be services available for deaf people to utilize throughout the area. With only two hours separating her and Washington D.C., it felt like a foregone ...

Biden plan would spend $16B to clean up old mines, oil wells

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's $2.3 trillion plan to transform America's infrastructure includes $16 billion to plug old oil and gas wells and clean up abandoned mines, a longtime priority for Western and rural lawmakers from both parties. Hundreds ...

Intermediate court system wins approval in WVa legislature

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill that would establish an intermediate court system in West Virginia won approval in the Senate on Thursday and awaits the signature of Republican Gov. Jim Justice. The proposal cleared a key hurdle Tuesday when it passed the House of Delegates, where it has ...

West Virginia University gets grant for high school students

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University will get $800,000 from the National Science Foundation to recruit underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The state's U.S. senators, Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito ...

West Virginia Archery in the Schools state tournament held

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three West Virginia schools have taken top honors in the Archery in the Schools state tournament. The tournament was held in a virtual format last week due to the coronavirus pandemic. About 770 students from 51 schools participated. Each participant shot 30 ...

3rd family member sentenced in man’s ‘trust game’ murder

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has been sentenced to the maximum 40 years in prison in a West Virginia "trust game" murder that involved her father and sister. Anna Marie Choudhary, 33, of Boone, North Carolina, was sentenced Wednesday in McDowell County Circuit Court for her ...

WVa contest deadline April 16 for painkiller abuse awareness

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A contest deadline is approaching for West Virginia schoolchildren to raise awareness of prescription painkiller abuse. The Kids Kick Opioids contest is open to elementary and middle school students. It can include poems, drawings, letters or anything that promotes ...

Intermediate court system wins House approval in WVa

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill that would establish an intermediate court system in West Virginia cleared a key hurdle Tuesday when it won approval in the House of Delegates. The House passed the bill on a 56-44 vote. It now goes back to the Senate to go over ...

WVa Supreme Court sides with State Police in teen’s lawsuit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A circuit judge should have dismissed civil claims against West Virginia State Police by a teenager who alleged excessive force when he was beaten during a traffic stop while handcuffed, the state Supreme Court ruled. The high court ruled 3-2 in sending the lawsuit ...

Eric Powell named police chief of WVa’s third-largest city

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The interim police chief of Morgantown, West Virginia, has been named to take the job permanently. Eric Powell was named the new police chief Tuesday, news outlets reported. Powell had served in the interim role since Ed Preston resigned last June. Powell, 52, is a ...

West Virginia mother, boyfriend charged in boy’s death

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman and her boyfriend have been charged in the death of her 4-year-old son, police said. Ashlee Starlene Renee Allen, 27, of Fairmont, was charged Saturday with one count of child abuse causing death, news outlets reported. The boy was found ...

Biden taps Sen. Manchin’s wife to co-chair Appalachian board

By JOSH BOAK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is nominating Gayle Manchin, the wife of West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, to be the co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development partnership involving the federal government and 13 states. Gayle ...

Pharmacy vaccine program to include Walmart in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Walmart will begin offering vaccinations in West Virginia this week through a federal pharmacy partnership, according to a state pandemic response leader. James Hoyer, a retired major general leading the state's coronavirus task force, said last Friday more details ...