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West Virginia News

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 ...