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West Virginia News

Chicago teachers may test unions’ ‘social justice’ strategy

By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A threatened strike by Chicago teachers would test a strategy employed by a growing number of urban teachers unions convinced that transforming contentious contract talks into discussions about class sizes and student services wins public ...

West Virginia tourism officials began fall foliage updates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's fall colors are starting to show, and the state Tourism Office has started providing weekly updates and a live tracker map online. The agency says foliage in the state's higher elevations is about a week away from peak, with maples showing the most ...

Court upholds firing of parole officer who dated drug dealer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has upheld the firing of a parole officer who dated a man who ran a drug distribution operation out of their home. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the justices ruled 4-1 Friday to keep Simona Southall out of the Division of ...

New I Scream Sundae shop offers spooky treats year-round

By BILL LYNCH Charleston Gazette-Mail RIPLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Halloween only comes around once a year, but at I Scream Sundae in Ripley, the spooky fun never ends. The ice cream shop is just off West Main Street, where afternoon traffic rolls by relentlessly. Outside the modest brick-and-glass ...

W Virginia school suspends sorority over drug, hazing claims

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A college in West Virginia has suspended a sorority over allegations of illegal drug use and hazing. Marshall University on Thursday announced a cease-and-desist order against the Delta Upsilon chapter of Delta Zeta, suspending all chapter actives, meetings and ...

West Virginia farmers quadrupled their hemp crop this year

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Farmers more than quadrupled West Virginia's industrial hemp crop this year. Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt's office says about 130 farmers grew 641 acres of industrial hemp in 2019, up from 155 acres in 2018. And more's coming: The department's statement ...

West Va. police: man killed 2, hid bodies, killed himself

LIZEMORE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police are investigating a double murder-suicide in Clay County that began as a missing person case. Media report that troopers investigated a report of a missing person, Alecxandria Auxier, of Indore, on Friday. Officers later discovered the bodies ...

Half of West Va.’s teachers miss 10 days or more of school

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Department of Education data says more than half of the state's teachers missed more than 10 days of school last year. WSAZ-TV reports that 52.75 percent of teachers missed more than 10 days, according to research of data from the education ...

Arizona now has misgivings about Purdue opioid settlement

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press Arizona's attorney general is having misgivings about agreeing to Purdue Pharma's proposal to settle litigation over the opioid crisis. Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican, said in a court filing late Monday that the OxyContin maker has "sought to ...

Meeting set on New River Gorge National River redesignation

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A public meeting is scheduled on a bill to redesignate the New River Gorge National River in West Virginia as the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. The Wednesday morning meeting at the Canyon Rim Visitors Center Auditorium will be hosted by U.S. Sens. Joe ...

WV man faces involuntary manslaughter in teen’s shooting

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been indicted on an involuntary manslaughter charge in a fatal shooting that was earlier reported as a suicide and an accident. News outlets report David Jakob Moore also is charged with wanton endangerment in the recently unsealed Cabell ...

Judge rejects deferment deal in fraud case

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a proposed deal that would have allowed two West Virginia magistrates indicted on charges including fraud and obstruction of justice to avoid conviction if they met certain requirements. News outlets report U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh ...

Blackhawk Mining closes West Virginia facilities

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Blackhawk Mining says it's closing three mines and two preparation plants in West Virginia amid weak global coal markets. The Kentucky-based coal company on Tuesday announced the idling of its facilities in Logan and Mingo counties. The move will impact 342 of its ...

Supreme Court won’t intervene over West Virginia justices

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will leave in place a court decision that derailed the impeachment trials of three West Virginia Supreme Court justices accused of corruption. The case was one of a long list of those the Supreme ...

Family treatment courts debut in drug-ravaged West Virginia

By JOHN RABY Associated Press MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — Drug-ravaged West Virginia has opened its first family treatment court aimed at protecting abused and neglected children while helping parents facing the potential loss of custody to overcome substance use disorders. The court's debut at ...

Student body president accused of strangling man

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — The student body president of a West Virginia university has been charged with felony strangulation. News outlets report 21-year-old Tyler Keller was arrested by Fairmont police on Friday. Keller is the president of the Student Government Association at Fairmont State ...

WVU, state to build facility for acidic mine drainage

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University is teaming up with the state to build a new plant near Mount Storm that will treat acidic water from mines The college on Monday said the facility will simultaneously treat the acidic drainage while also recovering valuable rare earth ...

Trial starts for WVa trooper charged in beating of teen

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A trial has started for a West Virginia trooper federally charged in the beating of a teenager who led authorities on a high-speed chase after rear-ending a deputy. News outlets report prosecutors opened the deprivation of rights trial on Monday by arguing that ...

Final Liftoff: WV town celebrates last Rocket Boys Festival

By JORDAN NELSON, The Register-Herald undefined BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Sept. 28 was a sunny, warm fall day. The air felt crisp as the occasional breeze of wind would blow. It was, in other words, a perfect day to celebrate the end of an era, an event that has taken place in Beckley for the ...

Purdue opioid deal blasted as records show $13B to Sacklers

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press Attorneys general representing nearly half the states and lawyers for more than 500 local governments on Friday blasted the terms of Purdue Pharma's offer to settle thousands of lawsuits over the nation's opioid crisis in court filings that also said the ...