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West Virginia News

Disaster loans available for West Virginia storms, flooding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Businesses and residents in areas affected by severe storms and flooding in West Virginia earlier this year can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the agency said. Cabell, Kanawha, Mingo and Wayne counties are eligible ...

Sheriff at WVa opioid trial worried about future generations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia sheriff testified Thursday during a landmark trial against three large opioid distributors that he is worried the scourge of the pain pill epidemic will remain a very real part of life. "It's long from being over," Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle ...

Student wins West Virginia opioid abuse awareness contest

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A middle school student has won a contest aimed at raising awareness of prescription painkiller abuse in West Virginia. Eighth grader Liliona McKenzie Wright of Rivesville Middle School in Marion County was selected as the statewide winner in the Kids Kick Opioids ...

West Virginia to offer cash, pickup trucks as vaccine prize

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will step up its prizes for vaccines, enrolling all residents who have received a coronavirus shot into a lottery for the chance to win a college scholarship, an F-150 pickup truck or cash rewards. Republican Gov. Jim ...

States tap federal aid to shore up empty unemployment funds

By DAVID A. LIEB The Associated Press Businesses could be spared billions of dollars of higher taxes in coming years — potentially freeing up money to spend on employees or invest in their operations — as a result of federal coronavirus aid flowing to the states. Governors and lawmakers ...

Educators accused of mistreating special-needs students

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three West Virginia educators accused of mistreating two special-needs students are facing criminal charges and civil lawsuits, according to published reports. The lawsuits were filed Wednesday, the same day a teacher and two aides at Horace Mann Middle School in ...

West Virginia Vital Registration Office reopens

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Vital Registration Office in Charleston has reopened after being closed for more than a year. Walk-up services now available to the public include certified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates, the West Virginia Department of Health and ...

Concert to mark West Virginia’s annual Vandalia Gathering

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is holding a condensed version of its annual Vandalia Gathering this weekend in Charleston. A two-hour free outdoor concert will be held Saturday at the state Culture Center, the Department of Arts, Culture and History said in a news release. Available ...

West Virginia transgender athlete law challenged in court

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal lawsuit was filed Wednesday challenging West Virginia's new ban on transgender athletes from competing in female sports in middle and high schools and colleges. The American Civil Liberties Union and its West Virginia chapter ...

Mayor requests funding to build New River Gorge gateway

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city that borders New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is asking for federal funding to build a welcome center and city park, officials said. The proposed recreation development would secure Beckley's place as a gateway city to the New River Gorge, ...