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West Virginia News

Mom pleads guilty to killing 1 child, trying to kill another

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mother has admitted to killing one of her children and trying to kill another. Julie Ann Orellana, 46, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of murder and one count of attempted murder, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Catie Wilkes-Delligatti told ...

West Virginia Education Dept. won’t require bus seat belts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Board of Education members have chosen not to require seat belts be added to state school buses. The board made the decision Wednesday while reviewing its bus policy, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. The National Highway Traffic Safety ...

W Virginia nursing school gets $100K for pediatric simulator

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Fairmont State University School of Nursing can buy a new pediatric patient simulator after receiving $100,000 in donations. The new simulator manikin will give nursing students essential hands-on experience that isn't always guaranteed in clinical ...

Elk River set to get 1,000 pounds of trout

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Elk River is getting another helping of trout. The Kanawha County Commission on Friday said it plans to stock the river with a thousand pounds of rainbow trout to attract fishermen and boost the local economy. The stocking is scheduled to take place in a ...

Justice celebrates, details 2020 agenda in State of State

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice wants to let West Virginians know something: Everything's great. The Republican governor painted an upbeat picture of the state's finances and outlined his legislative agenda Wednesday night in a State of the ...

WV Dems to focus on small businesses, infrastructure in 2020

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Democrats on Thursday said their 2020 legislative platform will focus on education, infrastructure, small businesses and social services. Democrats in the GOP-led statehouse detailed their "West Virginians First" ...

WVa Senate forms committee dedicated to child welfare issues

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A committee has been formed in the West Virginia Senate to focus on upcoming legislation related to child welfare. The Senate Select Committee on Children and Families, whose formation was announced Wednesday, will be led by Kanawha ...

West Virginia receiving $866K grant for flood recovery

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Labor Department awarded $866,675 for flood recovery in West Virginia, the state's U.S. senators announced. The funding is through the Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant Program. Flooding in February 2018 destroyed homes, displaced residents ...

West Virginia man convicted of filming infant sexual abuse

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man convicted of filming an infant being sexually abused will likely spend life in prison when he is sentenced next month. Richard Smith was convicted on all counts against him in Kanawha County Circuit court Wednesday, including 11 counts of ...

Soldiers return home to West Virginia from Middle East

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than 140 West Virginia National Guard soldiers are returning home after a nine-month deployment to the Middle East. Gov. Jim Justice's office said in a news release that he greeted dozens of soldiers and their family members during a welcoming home ceremony at ...