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Mine owned by Justice cited for safety violations in death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities have cited a West Virginia mining operation owned by Gov. Jim Justice for six safety violations following a workers' fatal fall in February. The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says 43-year-old Jason Kenneth Matthews of ...

Charleston residents working to deal with homelessness issue

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The issue of homelessness in Charleston has become evident to residents and the city's leaders say they are struggling to solve it. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2oFf4UU ) Mayor Danny Jones said Charleston is a mecca for people who have "taken ...

Greenbrier Classic to salute first responders

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — The PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic will honor first responders for rescue and recovery efforts during last June's devastating floods in West Virginia. Officials say on the tournament's website that police officers, EMS, firefighters, National Guard members ...

Bridge work expected to cause traffic delays

KENOVA, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say a $700,000 project to renovate a bridge connecting West Virginia and Kentucky will slow traffic for at least a month. The Kentucky Department of Highways says they plan to restrict traffic to one lane beginning on Tuesday for the Catlettsburg-Kenova Bridge ...

West Virginia raises penalty for punishing whistleblowers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A revised West Virginia law will increase the possible civil fine from $500 to $5,000 for government employers who threaten or retaliate against whistleblowers. The measure passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jim Justice also authorizes firing them instead ...

Secretary of state’s office removing outdated voter files

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia secretary of state's office says more than 47,000 outdated or ineligible voter files have been removed from the state's voter registration system. Secretary of State Mac Warner said in a news release his office worked with county clerks in every ...

New mural in downtown Charleston inspired by city’s history

By ALI SCHMITZ, The Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The artist behind a new mural in downtown Charleston said the work reflects the history of the city. Jesse Corlis is finishing a large mural of a streetcar stop in an alley off Quarrier Street, in between Capitol and Hale ...

Appalachian Power chief looks toward renewable energy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — New Appalachian Power Co. President Chris Beam says the utility doesn't plan to build coal plants anytime soon and that electricity from renewable energy sources is what potential business customers want. Beam is a Wheeling native who understands the role of coal in ...

Conference on college alcohol, drug abuse set at WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A conference on the risks of alcohol and drug abuse on college campuses is set at West Virginia University. WVU says in a news release that the meeting will be Monday at the Erickson Alumni Center on the Morgantown campus. The statement says among those in ...

Hancock County businesses eligible for disaster loans

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. (AP) — Small businesses in Hancock County are eligible for disaster loans as a result of drought conditions last year. The U.S. Small Business Administration said Hancock County is eligible because it's contiguous to one or more primary counties in Pennsylvania. The ...

Coal-state lawmakers push to extend retired miners’ benefits

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers from coal-mining states are pushing to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire at the end of April. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and other coal-state ...

Family of teen killed by West Virginia trooper gets $700K

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys say West Virginia State Police reached a $700,000 settlement with the parents of a teen shot to death by a trooper. Attorneys Robert Berthold and Gary Pullin told the Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2pm2uhr) on Thursday about details of the ...

West Virginia Business College loses permit to operate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Business College has had its permit to operate in the state revoked. Media outlets report the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education said Thursday the decision was made over the college's failure to gain accreditation for ...

West Virginia woman charged with murder in overdose case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested a West Virginia woman on a murder charge in the death of a man who overdosed on heroin. Media reports say the Putnam County Sheriff's Department arrested 35-year-old Joney Farley of Hurricane on a first-degree murder charge on ...

Oak Hill coffee shop serves up ‘alpaca-ccinos’

By SARAH PLUMMER, The Register-Herald OAK HILL, W.Va. (AP) — Fayette County's first coffee micro-roaster — and one of only a handful in the state — is keeping it craft, local and all in the family. Top Knot Coffee and Artisan Shop in downtown Oak Hill is an alpaca-themed coffee shop and ...

Ohio Valley groups team together for chemo bag project

By DREW PARKER, The Intelligencer MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Chemotherapy patients of all ages in the Ohio Valley soon will be able to use toiletries, puzzle books, hats and more following a collaboration between local organizations. The Marshall County Family Resource Network partnered with ...

Bus driver cited for driving too fast in West Virginia crash

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say the driver of a bus that slammed into a tree, injuring 26 students and one adult from Ohio, has been cited for driving too fast. West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper K.M. Parker says speed was a factor in the Thursday evening ...

New mural in downtown Charleston inspired by city’s history

By ALI SCHMITZ, The Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The artist behind a new mural in downtown Charleston said the work reflects the history of the city. Jesse Corlis is finishing a large mural of a streetcar stop in an alley off Quarrier Street, in between Capitol and Hale ...

Elkins therapy dog retires

By BROOKE BINNS, The Inter-Mountain ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — After many years of bringing delight to residents at the Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center, a well-loved pair has decided to retire. After working with patients for eight years, Linda Zimmer, expressive arts therapist at ERCC, and ...

Work begins on 2nd Tesla charging station in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Construction has begun for a Tesla Supercharger station in Charleston, making it the second in West Virginia. News outlets report the station, which will be exclusively for Model S and X cars, will occupy eight parking spaces of the Courtyard by Marriot ...