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West Virginia News

‘Shop early’: US Christmas trees supplies tight, prices up

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Customers searching for the perfect Christmas tree typically glance at Sandy Parsons' limited offerings, then keep walking. Parsons never got her order for 350 trees from a North Carolina farm. Supplies were short, she was told. ...

Ex-West Virginia correctional officer sentenced in drug plot

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia correctional officer has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison in a scheme to smuggle methamphetamine into jail. WCHS-TV reports John Edward Roach II was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Charleston for possession with intent to ...

Stolen pit bull to make cross-country trip back home

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) — A pit bull that was stolen from its owner in Montana and taken across the country to West Virginia is on its way back home, thanks to a microchip and a group of volunteers who love animals. Cassandra Rasmussen of Butte, Montana, said a person she considered a friend ...

Federal funds target West Virginia wastewater plant repairs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A wastewater treatment plant in West Virginia is receiving more than $1.4 million to repair damage caused by severe flooding in 2017. The grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is going to the city of McMechen's sewer treatment plant in Marshall ...

West Virginia agency wants to trim graduation requirements

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education is once again trying to reduce high school graduation requirements. News outlets report the board voted Wednesday to open two proposals to public comment until Jan. 24. One such proposal involves lessening the number of social ...

West Virginia gets $1M for flood control project

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has received a $1 million federal grant for a flood control project in Wellsburg. The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency grant on Tuesday. Officials say the project ...

Trial delayed after suspect asks for test of accusers’ DNA

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The murder trial of a West Virginia man has been delayed after he requested his accusers' DNA be compared to DNA found at the scene of the crime. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports 42-year-old Ronald Amory Witherel's trial set to start Tuesday has been ...

Lawmaker in racist signs outburst running for WV Senate

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Veteran West Virginia Del. Mike Caputo, who was criminally charged after a recent controversy involving racist signs at the state Capitol, announced Tuesday he will seek a state Senate seat next year. The Democrat announced his ...

WV man says he lit mom’s house on fire before Thanksgiving

HEPZIBAH, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia man has admitted to setting his mom's house on fire two days before Thanksgiving. The state fire marshal's office on Monday said 33-year-old Christopher M. Curia has been charged with first-degree arson for setting the blaze. Officials ...

Man accused of having 2 guns at West Virginia airport

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia man was caught trying to bring two handguns onto a plane at Yeager Airport. The Transportation Security Administration on Monday said the firearms were found in the man's backpack at a security checkpoint on Thanksgiving. Officials ...

W Virginia State University president gets job in Maryland

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — The president of West Virginia State University is leaving the school next year. A news release from the college on Monday said President Anthony L. Jenkins has been chosen to lead Coppin State University in Maryland. Jenkins has been president of WVSU since July ...

Prescription drug reaction sends 5 students to hospital

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say an adverse reaction to a prescription drug sent five West Virginia high school students to the hospital. Lewis County High School Central Office Administrator Chris Derico told news outlets that officials think one student brought in the medication on ...

Caputo running for West Virginia Senate in 2020

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Longtime West Virginia Del. Mike Caputo is running for state Senate in 2020. The Democrat announced his candidacy for the 13th District Tuesday at an event in Fairmont. Caputo has served in the House of Delegates for 23 years and was previously the vice president of ...

Police identify woman killed in WV capital

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia's capital city have released the name of a woman who was shot to death over the weekend. The Charleston Police Department on Monday identified the victim as 18-year-old Laurina Blake. Authorities say they found Blake lying on Lovell Drive in ...

Bluefield’s holiday festival opens with over 1.2M lights

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Bluefield's Holiday of Lights festival has officially opened. The West Virginia city's annual holiday display in Bluefield City Park went up last week and will run until the end of December. The decorations include more than 1.2 million lights throughout the park's ...

West Virginia schools closing ahead of winter storm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Multiple West Virginia counties have shut down their schools ahead of a winter storm expected to bring heavy snow and strong winds to the state. The Department of Education says schools in Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh and Webster counties will be closed Monday. The ...

WVa police chief, officers to lead city Christmas parade

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Huntington, West Virginia, Police Chief Hank Dial and his fellow officers have been chosen as the grand marshals of the city's Christmas parade. The city's chamber of commerce says the Christmas Parade of Lights in downtown Huntington will take place on Dec. 7 at ...

Trial set for West Virginia man accused of killing wife

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial date has been set for a West Virginia man who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his wife. News outlets report 40-year-old James Michael Kiser entered the plea Wednesday. His trial has been set for April. Prosecutors say he has ...

West Virginia animal shelter says it needs $80K to stay open

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county's only animal shelter has launched a fundraising effort to save it from closing at the end of the year. The Register-Herald on Thursday reports the leaders of the nonprofit Humane Society of Raleigh County say they need $80,000 to keep from ...

2 decades, over 700 miles: Trail system to mark milestone

By GREG JORDAN, Bluefield Daily Telegraph undefined BRAMWELL, W.Va. (AP) — Almost 20 years ago, a new ATV trail was opened as an economic development project for southern West Virginia. Nobody was sure if any riders were interested in trying the new trails, but they came, they rode, and ...