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West Virginia News

New Year’s Day hikes offered at 10 West Virginia state parks

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Several West Virginia state parks and forests are offering free New Year's Day hikes next week. Hiking is one of the main reasons visitors from inside and outside the state travel to parks, West Virginia State Parks Chief Sam England said. "People enjoy the solitude ...

Retired city workers won’t have to return overpaid pensions

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city isn't going to force retired police officers and firefighters to return miscalculated and overpaid pension payments. The Huntington City Council decided Monday to keep the overpaid pensions where they are and correct any underfunded pensions, The ...

‘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 ...