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West Virginia Univ. President Responds after 2 Shootings

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University’s president is emphasizing a commitment to safety after two recent shootings near the Morgantown campus, one of them involving a fatality. Gordon Gee released a letter to the community on Sunday. Two people were charged with first-degree murder after Friday’s shooting at a student housing apartment complex. Neither… Read More

The waiting room at Jefferson Day Report Center in West Virginia.

W. Va. Plan for Free Transport to Opioid Treatment Starts in March

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – People with opioid use disorder will soon be able to get free public transit to West Virginia treatment centers under a new health department initiative. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said Wednesday the program with the West Virginia Public Transit Association will begin on March 2. The… Read More

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West Virginia Republicans Move Forward on Tax Overhaul

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Republicans are moving forward on a sweeping tax overhaul that could slash county government budgets, though it appears likely Democrats may derail the plan. The Senate voted 17-16 Monday to to pass a GOP proposal to cut taxes on manufacturers and personal vehicles while raising sales taxes and taxes… Read More

FILE - In a Nov. 24, 2015 file photo, Willie Mays, right, applauds NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, after she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

‘Hidden Figures’ NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson has Died

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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — NASA says pioneering black mathematician Katherine Johnson has died. The West Virginia native worked on NASA’s early space missions and was portrayed in the film “Hidden Figures,” about black female aerospace workers. In a Monday morning tweet, the space agency said it celebrates her 101 years of life and her legacy… Read More

The coal power station on the border between WV and PA

Amid Climate Debate and Coal’s Decline, West Virginia Considers its Future

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On a recent soggy Wednesday evening, dozens of West Virginians packed a conference room inside the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center to discuss the need for a “just transition” for coal-impacted communities. As the nation grapples with climate change, the need for a fair transition for workers and communities that depend upon coal jobs and… Read More

Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Another West Virginia Hospital Announces Cutbacks

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Gov. Jim Justice says he’s starting to form a rural medicine task force after cutbacks were announced at yet another West Virginia hospital. The governor on Wednesday said Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant is cutting 53 full-time jobs and shuttering obstetric services. He said he met with key health care… Read More

The Ohio River

Ohio River Regulators Planning Riverwide PFAS Study

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Scientists are designing a new study to test for PFAS, so-called “forever chemicals”, along the entire length of the Ohio River. Concerns are mounting about PFAS contamination in drinking water systems along the Ohio Valley. Studies have shown the contaminants in the drinking water of dozens of cities. The scientists work with a multi-state commission… 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

Clendenin, WV faced intense rainfall that led to deadly flooding in June 2016.

After Deadly Floods, West Virginia Created A Resiliency Office. It’s Barely Functioning.

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The rain came hard and fast early on the morning of June 23, 2016. By 2 p.m., water was knee deep in Bill Bell’s appliance store on Main Street in Rainelle, a small town on the western edge of Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Bell began elevating the washing machines and dishwashers, thinking that would be… Read More

A statue of John Marshall on the campus of Marshall University

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

Huntington, West Virginia skyline

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

A statue of John Marshall on the campus of Marshall University

Marshall University’s Marching Band to Perform in London Parade

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — London’s New Year’s Day Parade is set to feature a little touch of West Virginia. Marshall University’s marching band is heading to perform in London’s parade ringing in 2020. The college announced the performance on Friday and says more than 100 band members are scheduled to take part in the parade…. Read More

A patient holds a vial of insulin during a news conference outside the Olde Walkersville Pharmacy, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Windsor, Ont.

West Virginians Head to Canada to Find Affordable Insulin

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A group of West Virginians have gone to Canada to find affordable insulin. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the caravan left Morgantown Sunday morning for Niagara Falls, where riders hoped to find insulin at about a tenth of the price found in the states. The newspaper says insulin prices have been rising… Read More

West Virginia on a map

W.Va. Officials Announce Discipline Over Photograph of Corrections Trainees Giving Nazi Salute

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Updated: Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 11:18 p.m.  The West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety is opening an investigation into an offensive photo depicting state corrections trainees giving a well-recognized Nazi hand signal. State officials announced that suspsensions related to the photo have taken place. In a photo released Thursday, 31 members… Read More

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Coal Bankruptcy Judge Asks Company to Explain Attorney Costs

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A judge is telling a bankrupt coal company to provide more information about over $73,000 in expenses accrued by its attorneys while miners awaited back pay. Attorneys for Blackjewel want U.S. District Judge Frank Volk in West Virginia to approve reimbursement for a range of expenses including meals, transportation and hotel… 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

Huntington, West Virginia skyline

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