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A new justice joins West Virginia’s Supreme Court in an investiture ceremony

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court’s newest member has joined the court in an investiture ceremony. The court said Justice C. Haley Bunn of Oceana in Wyoming County is the youngest woman to serve in the post. The ceremony was held Thursday. Bunn succeeds Evan Jenkins, who resigned in February. The term… Read More

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US Rep. Alex Mooney beats Rep. David McKinley in West Virginia GOP primary

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Congressman Alex Mooney has won the Republican nomination for one of West Virginia’s two seats in the U.S. House. Former President Donald Trump had endorsed Mooney instead of another Republican incumbent, congressman David McKinley, who has represented West Virginia in the House since 2011. Trump and Mooney sharply criticized McKinley for… Read More

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A guide to Tuesday’s primary election in West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Candidates in West Virginia’s primary are hoping for the chance to earn their party’s nominations for the U.S. House or the Legislature. The voting landscape changed after the state’s once-a-decade redistricting was completed last fall. Due to population losses, West Virginia lost one of its three U.S. House seats based on… Read More

Ruhullah Rezai and his son Farhan shop for clothes after moving to Lexington from Afghanistan.

Refugees, evacuees find homes and support in the Ohio Valley

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Ohio Valley ReSource · Refugees, evacuees find homes and support in the Ohio Valley LEXINGTON, Ky. (OVR) — On a warm April afternoon, Ruhullah Rezai, his wife Mahriya and son Farhan shop for clothes with a Kentucky Refugee Ministries case worker. The family moved into their first home in Lexington last month after a long… Read More

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Ex-finance director at Huntington Tri-State Airport pleads guilty to theft

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio woman who was finance director for a West Virginia airport has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $49,500 in federal funds from the facility. U.S. Attorney Will Thompson’s office says 46-year-old Melissa Sue Hall of South Point, Ohio, pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft from programs receiving federal funds. Thompson’s office… Read More

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As the Supreme Court deliberates abortion rights, access is already limited in the Ohio Valley

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Ohio Valley ReSource · Reproductive Health in the Ohio Valley 02/18/22 KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (OVR) – On a cold Wednesday morning in February, cars arrive at an abortion provider in Knoxville, Tennessee. The women inside their cars are met with a line of people, mostly men, on either side of the parking lot entrance. “Don’t turn… Read More

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Steelmaker Nucor to build $2.7B plant in Mason County, W. Va.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A North Carolina steelmaker will build a $2.7 billion mill in Mason County, West Virginia, creating an estimated 800 manufacturing jobs. Gov. Jim Justice calls the location of Nucor Corp.’s plant in Mason County the largest investment in the state’s history. Lawmakers completed legislation at Justice’s request Tuesday to offer the… Read More

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Former Parkersburg councilman enters a plea in Capitol riot case

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former councilman for the city of Parkersburg, West Virginia, who is charged with breaching the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reported that 43-year-old Eric Barber admitted Thursday to entering the Capitol and stealing a portable charger… Read More

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A Kentucky court orders West Virginia’s governor to pay penalty over mine reclamation

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (OVR) — A Kentucky court has found coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice in default of a 2019 mine reclamation agreement. A judge in Frankfort on Tuesday ordered Justice to pay a nearly $3 million penalty, plus interest, over mine reclamation work at three sites in eastern Kentucky that was… Read More

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Groups ask regulators to reconsider decision on West Virginia power plants

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three groups are asking the West Virginia Public Service Commission to reconsider a decision allowing Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power to keep three plants operational through at least 2040. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports that West Virginia Citizen Action Group, Solar United Neighbors, and Energy Efficient West Virginia filed a… Read More

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Eviction protections are the latest safety net to erode as COVID-19 rages on

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Ohio Valley ReSource · No Shelter: Eviction Protections are Latest Safety Net to Erode, as COVID-19 Rages On RICHMOND, Ky. (OVR) — In room 226 of the Relax Inn in Richmond, Kentucky, Melanie and Cody Poore do their best to make themselves at home. Melanie has draped some of her old comforters over the motel’s… Read More

The National Guard and the Athens City-County Health Department administered free pop-up COVID-19 tests at the Athens High School parking lot in August.

Long Into The Pandemic, Ohio Valley Health Departments Aren’t Just Fighting COVID-19

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Ohio Valley ReSource · 092421OVR – F The pandemic has swamped health departments. Since August, Ohio Valley health departments  have been dealing with a massive surge in cases and that means more testing, contact tracing and phone calls. Although disease investigation is a core service of health departments, the pandemic has demanded a continual, robust… Read More

Recovery Through Employment: ARC Funding Makes Ohio Valley Programs Possible

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Jessica Stapleton was in the thralls of active addiction when she first heard of the Recovery to Work program. She had lost the trust of her family and custody of her six children. She credits the program with not only changing her life, but saving it as well. “It pretty much saved my life. I… Read More

In this image provided by the West Virginia Governor's Office, Timothy Jackson, the latest million-dollar winner in West Virginia’s vaccination sweepstakes, poses with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice

W. Va. Governor Announces 50 New Winners In Vaccination Sweepstakes

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LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has surprised the most recent winner of the state’s vaccination sweepstakes. Wanda Coleman of Ronceverte got together Wednesday with former coworkers at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg. Justice made some remarks about the importance of being vaccinated against COVID-19, and school officials said… Read More

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Parkersburg Bars New Residential Drug Treatment Centers For A Year

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city has approved a moratorium on residential drug treatment facilities. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports the Parkersburg City Council voted 8-1 Tuesday to approve an ordinance that bars new centers until June 30, 2022. The vote came after multiple people spoke to support and oppose the proposal… Read More

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Meigs Murder Suspect Arraigned

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POMEROY, Ohio (WOUB) –  A West Virginia man was arraigned today in relation to the killing of former Wahama High School football star and Meigs County resident Kane Roush. Jaquan Hall, 21, from Charleston, WV, was extradited to Ohio to face charges for Roush’s death. Hall has been charged with aggravated murder, an unclassified felony,… Read More

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West Virginia Coal Plants Need Upgrades. Three States Will Decide Their Fate.

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They’ve towered over the region’s communities for decades. They generated the electricity for homes around the Ohio Valley. They burned coal, a fossil fuel Appalachia has in abundance. But three West Virginia coal-fired power plants owned by Ohio-based American Electric Power may be on borrowed time. The Mitchell Plant in Moundsville, the Mountaineer Plant in… Read More

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‘Monster’: 7 Life Sentences For Ex-VA Hospital Worker In Deaths

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former nursing assistant has been sentenced to seven consecutive terms of life in prison for injecting seven elderly veterans with fatal doses of insulin. Reta Mays was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Mays didn’t say why she did it before being sentenced on seven counts of… Read More

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Witness Testimony Continues In Landmark W.Va. Opioid Trial

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Witness testimony has begun in a landmark opioid trial in which local governments in West Virginia have sued three large drug distributors that have been accused of fueling the opioid epidemic. Cabell County and the city of Huntington argue that the drug distributors created a “public nuisance” by flooding the area… Read More

Solar panels on Bryce Baumann’s farm.

Power Switch: Solar Is Heating Up In The Ohio Valley

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FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — St. Vincent’s Mission has been doing the work of feeding, clothing and sheltering the people of Floyd County, Kentucky, since 1968. “We believe that all persons have a God-ordained right to the basic needs of life in order to meet their full potential,” the mission states on its website. Recently,… Read More

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Trial Against Opioid Distributors Set To Begin In W.Va.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial is set to start in a lawsuit filed in West Virginia accusing three drug distributors of fueling a local opioid epidemic with excessively large shipments of painkillers over several years. The city of Huntington and Cabell County filed the lawsuit against drug distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson. The… Read More

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin with miners on Capitol Hill.

Power Player: How Manchin Is Key to Biden’s Energy, Climate Goals

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On Earth Day, President Joe Biden convened world leaders for a climate summit, where he laid out an ambitious goal for U.S. policy on climate change. “The United States sets out to cut our global warming emissions in half by the end of the decade,” Biden said. “That’s where we’re heading as a nation.” But… Read More

Huntington, West Virginia skyline

A City Wrestled Down An Addiction Crisis. Then Came COVID-19

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — As the COVID pandemic killed more than a half-million Americans, it also quietly inflamed what was before it the country’s greatest public health crisis: addiction. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 88,000 people died of drug overdoses in the 12 months ending in August 2020 — the highest… Read More