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West Virginia News

Ohio River Sweep being held in smaller groups due to COVID

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Ohio River Sweep annual volunteer cleanup is changing this year as a result of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Large numbers of volunteers usually participate in the event, so organizers have introduced "Mini-Sweeps." Participants in West Virginia choose the ...

WVa man convicted of using shoplifters for resale scheme

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been convicted of organizing a network of shoplifters, many of them addicted to drugs, to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in store merchandise that he then resold on the internet. A federal jury convicted Nedeltcho Vladimirov of Cross ...

Pack appointed to lead WVa Bureau for Social Services

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Del. Jeffrey Pack, who has been chair of the Health and Human Resources Committee, has been appointed to be commissioner of the new Bureau for Social Services, officials said. Pack's appointment is effective Aug. 2. He will resign his position in the ...

US opioid lawsuits on verge of settlements with 4 companies

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press The yearslong effort by state and local governments in the U.S. to force the pharmaceutical industry to help pay to fix a nationwide opioid addiction and overdose crisis took a major step forward Tuesday when lawyers for local governments announced they were ...

FBI releases trove of records on gangster ‘Whitey’ Bulger

BOSTON (AP) — The FBI has released hundreds of pages of records from notorious Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's file. The Boston Herald reports the 300 pages of heavily redacted records show the agency was aware that Bulger was involved in loan-sharking, horse-fixing and other crimes ...

Bill would ban conversion therapy in Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in West Virginia's capital city have introduced a proposal to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Councilwoman Caitlin Cook, a council liaison to the city's LGBTQ Working Group, ...

Public event set in WVa for medical cannabis registration

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia residents with serious medical conditions can register with the state at an upcoming public event for medical cannabis products. The state Office of Medical Cannabis will conduct the event next Monday at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. The ...

Biden urged to act on outsourcing of West Virginia jobs

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dozens of labor and advocacy groups on Wednesday called on President Joe Biden to save nearly 1,500 jobs at a pharmaceutical plant in West Virginia slated to close at the end of July. Drugmaker Viatris Inc. announced in December it ...

WVa gov hands out second $1M prize in vaccine giveaway

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice handed out the second $1 million prize for residents who have received coronavirus vaccines. The Republican governor presented Sharon Turner of Morgantown with a ceremonial check on Wednesday. Two younger vaccinated residents, Jenna ...

West Virginia early childhood programs to get $16.6M

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Several early childhood education programs in West Virginia will get $16.6 million in federal funding. The state's U.S. senators announced the new funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs on Wednesday. The largest amount, nearly $6.9 million, will go ...