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W. Va. City to Give Employees Bonus for Work Amid Virus

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — City officials in West Virginia say city employees will get a one-time extra payment for continuing to work with the public during the coronavirus pandemic. Huntington City Mayor Steve Williams said Monday that $900 will be awarded members of unions representing city police, firefighters, and administrative employees who did not work… Read More

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West Virginia Judge Dismisses Murder Charge Against Teenager

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A murder charge against an 18-year-old West Virginia woman has been dismissed after prosecutors failed to find a key witness in the case. News outlets report that Andrea Glenda Moore was charged as an adult with murder in the 2018 shooting that killed Joann Dawn Saunders Childers, a 32-year-old mother of… Read More

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Marshall Investigating After ‘Hate Graffiti’ Tags on Campus

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Marshall University says it is investigating three separate incidents of “hate graffiti” on its campus. A statement from the school Thursday said its police department is trying to identify who wrote the graffiti. Disciplinary action up to expulsion or dismissal could be taken if the incidents are linked back to a… Read More

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Retired Huntington Workers Won’t Have to Return Overpaid Pensions

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city isn’t going to force retired police officers and firefighters to return miscalculated and overpaid pension payments. The Herald-Dispatch reports the Huntington City Council decided Monday to keep the overpaid pensions where they are and correct any underfunded pensions. Those whose pensions were underpaid will also receive back pay…. Read More

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Men Sentenced for Shipping Marijuana Through Postal Service

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Department of Justice says two West Virginia men have been sentenced for participating in a distribution scheme that involved shipping about 400 kilograms of marijuana through the U.S. Postal Service from 2013 to 2018. A news release says 44-year-old James Waylon Molinaro was sentenced to 78 months in prison for possession with… Read More

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Community Feedback Sought on Proposed Ohio River Bridge

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials are asking for community feedback on a proposed Ohio River bridge connecting West Virginia and Ohio. News outlets report the bridge would be the final step in the long-anticipated Tri-State Outer Belt linking the two states and parts of Interstate 64. The KYOVA Interstate Planning Commission is asking for feedback… Read More

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Officers Exposed to Suspected Fentanyl During W. Va. Drug Bust

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say several police officers were exposed to a substance believed to be the powerful opioid fentanyl during a drug bust. Huntington police Chief Hank Dial says in a news release that members of the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force entered a home on Wednesday and… Read More

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Trial for Mom in False Abduction Case Pushed to 2020

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial has been delayed for a West Virginia woman charged with making up a story about foiling the attempted kidnapping of her daughter. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports 24-year-old Santana Renee Adams’ trial on a charge of falsely reporting an emergency incident has been moved to January. It had been set to start… Read More

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Nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital Vote to Unionize

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Officials say registered nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital have voted to unionize. Service Employees International Union spokeswoman Sherri McKinney told The Herald-Dispatch that voting ended Wednesday night with an “overwhelming majority” in favor of being represented. The vote means 900 registered nurses will join about 870 other employees represented by SEIU…. Read More

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W. Va. Officers Seize Exotic Pets from Shop Accused of Cruelty

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia animal control officers have seized multiple animals, including venomous snakes, from an exotic pet store they say was in poor condition. The Herald-Dispatch reports S&S Reptiles and Exotics in Huntington closed its doors Thursday after the Cabell Wayne Animal Shelter seized control of its animals. Animal control officer Jon… Read More

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Cabell County EMS Workers in Seek to Unionize

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county’s emergency responders have announced plans to unionize. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports dozens of Cabell County EMS employees showed their support for the initiative at a county commission meeting on Thursday. A United Mine Workers of America representative, Floyd Conley, asked commissioners to recognize his organization as their bargaining unit…. Read More

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W.Va. School Suspends Sorority Over Drug, Hazing Claims

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A Marshall University has suspended a sorority over allegations of illegal drug use and hazing. The university on Thursday announced a cease-and-desist order against the Delta Upsilon chapter of Delta Zeta, suspending all chapter actives, meetings and social events. University President Jerome Gilbert says the university is now investigating the allegations…. Read More

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Ohio Woman Caught With Gun at West Virginia Airport Checkpoint

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say they stopped a woman from getting on a plane with a loaded gun in West Virginia. The Transportation Security Administration on Thursday says officers found the handgun in the woman’s carry-on bag at a Huntington Tri-State Airport x-ray checkpoint. The woman’s named was not released but officials said she… Read More

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W.Va. Man Gets 30 Years in Machine Gun, Carjacking Case

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man convicted of threatening two county workers with a machine gun before stealing their truck and leading authorities on a chase has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. A news release from U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart says 20-year-old Justin Michael Wilson received his sentence Wednesday. Wilson was… Read More

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W. Va. Police Responding to Hostage Situation Fatally Shoot Suspect

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police chief says officers responding to a report of a hostage situation have fatally shot a man who fired at them. Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial told news outlets officers responded Tuesday morning to an address near a gas station. Dial says a suspect fired at officers and… Read More

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Marshall University Sets Benefit for Food Bank

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two authors with West Virginia ties will deliver readings at Marshall University this week to benefit the Facing Hunger Foodbank. The event is at 7 p.m. Thursday in Smith Hall. The university said in a news release that a donation of two or three nonperishable food items is suggested for admission…. Read More

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West Virginia’s First Female Fire Chief Wins National Award

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The chief of the Huntington, West Virginia, Fire Department has been named as the American Legion’s national firefighter of the year. Chief Jan K. Rader received the award at the American Legion’s 101st National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Wednesday night. Rader is the state’s first female fire chief after having… Read More

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Loaded Handgun Detected in Man’s Belongings at W.Va. Airport

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man from Washington state has been caught with a loaded handgun at a West Virginia airport. The Transportation Security Administration says in a news release TSA officers spotted the handgun Saturday at Tri-State Airport near Huntington. The statement says the 9 mm handgun loaded with 15 bullets was with the… Read More

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Former WV Deputy, Son Charged in Large Fentanyl Bust

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a retired West Virginia sheriff’s deputy and his son have been indicted on federal drug charges. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart on Thursday announced the superseding indictment against 76-year-old Larry McCallister and 45-year-old Steven Dale McCallister. Stuart says 2.6 pounds of fentanyl were found during a raid at their home… Read More