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West Virginia News

Deadline extended for WVa school clothes benefit application

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The deadline to apply for the West Virginia school clothing allowance has been extended due to a system outage that is affecting multiple state agencies, the Department of Health and Human Resources said. Children who are eligible will receive a $200 benefit apiece ...

Income tax cut passes West Virginia House, heads to Senate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday passed the Republican governor's plan to reduce the state income tax by 10%, setting up a clash in the Senate, whose president is cold to the idea. The GOP-controlled House supported the bill on a 78-7 vote with 15 ...

West Virginia corrections chief Betsy Jividen stepping down

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia corrections commissioner Betsy Jividen is resigning, Gov. Jim Justice said. Jividen's resignation is effective Aug. 5. Justice said Tuesday he will begin the process of filling the vacancy. Jividen was appointed to lead the Division of Corrections and ...

FDA chief’s long-promised opioid review faces skepticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — As U.S. opioid deaths mounted in 2016, the incoming head of the Food and Drug Administration promised a "sweeping review" of prescription painkillers in hopes of reversing the worst overdose epidemic in American history. Dr. Robert Califf even personally commissioned a ...

W.Va. House passes sweeping ban criminalizing abortion

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Republican-dominated House of Delegates passed a sweeping abortion ban Wednesday that makes providing the procedure a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The measure, which now heads to the Senate for consideration, includes exceptions for ...

Man tied to officer’s attack pleads guilty to lesser charges

A West Virginia man initially charged with assaulting a police officer who died after defending the U.S. Capitol from a mob pleaded guilty on Wednesday to misdemeanor offenses that could allow him to avoid more jail time. Another man accused of attacking the officer with bear spray is weighing ...

Judge halts horse racing authority enforcement in La., W.Va.

A federal judge said Tuesday a national horse racing authority cannot enforce its rules in Louisiana and West Virginia while a lawsuit challenging the organization is in court. In granting a preliminary injunction, Western District of Louisiana Judge Terry Doughty said the Horseracing ...

Some WVa Division of Motor Vehicles services available

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles is now able to process some services that have been affected by a system mainframe outage. The agency is using a workaround to process commercial driver's licenses, driver's licenses, instruction permits and driver's ...

West Virginia Teacher of the Year finalists announced

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ten finalists have been chosen for West Virginia's 2023 Teacher of the Year, the state Department of Education said. The finalists were picked from among each school district's Teachers of the Year and represent elementary, middle and high school educators from all ...

Sen. Manchin isolating after positive COVID test

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms, the West Virginia lawmaker tweeted Monday. The 74-year-old Democrat said he's fully vaccinated and boosted. "I will isolate and follow CDC guidelines as I continue to work remotely ...

After ruling, W.Va. lawmakers advance criminal abortion ban

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A week after a Charleston judge barred West Virginia from enforcing an abortion ban law dating to the 19th century, lawmakers in the state's Republican majority hurried to advance similar legislation that would criminalize abortion with few exceptions. The ...

Wheeling aviator recognized with Master Pilot award

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A lifetime of work on the tarmac and in the clouds earned a Wheeling man the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in recognition of decades of smooth flying. Al Depto, an Elm Grove native, was presented with the award at a pilots' picnic at the Wheeling-Ohio County ...

Ham radio enthusiasts connect in West Virginia

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Thirteen-year-old Michael Brickey has vivid memories of descending the stairs to watch his grandfather work his ham radio equipment. "I remember, I was 6 or 7, and I walked downstairs. That's probably one of the first memories I have of that house, is him doing radio. ...

Accused man dies in custody after sister awakened from coma

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Daniel J. Palmer III had long been considered the key suspect in a brutal attack that left his sister comatose two years ago. But the case remained dormant — until she awakened last month. Able to speak only a word at a time after coming out of a coma, Wanda Palmer ...

Vital registration office closing due to staff COVID cases

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Vital Registration Office will be closed for sanitation Monday through Wednesday after staff tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Friday. The Vital Registration Office is the state's official repository of birth, death, marriage, and divorce ...

Active COVID-19 cases hit 5-month high in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Active cases of COVID-19 hit their highest levels in West Virginia in five months Thursday. There were at least 3,221 ongoing cases in the state, the highest since 3,339 on Feb. 24, according to the Department of Health and Human Resources' COVID-19 dashboard. Active ...

Former teacher’s aide sentenced to jail for battery

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia teacher's aide has been sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery charges involving two special-needs students. Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster also ordered Walter Pannell, 72, on Wednesday to complete two ...

Computer outage affecting services at DMV, other agencies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state of West Virginia continued working on resolving a computer systems outage Thursday that is affecting residents' access to services at several state agencies, including the Division of Motor Vehicles. West Virginia Department of Administration officials ...

West Virginia foster care system lawsuit revived by court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An appeals court has revived a federal lawsuit that a lower court dismissed accusing the state of West Virginia of failing to protect children and fix its overwhelmed foster care system. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday sent the lawsuit back to U.S. ...

3 WVa colleges receiving $650,000 in pandemic relief funds

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three higher education institutions in West Virginia are receiving a total of more than $650,000 from federal funds to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding goes to the New River Community and Technical College, Alderson Broaddus University ...