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West Virginia News

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 ...

GOP gains registered voters in WVa, still lags behind Dems

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Registered Republican voters in West Virginia have increased since Donald Trump won office but still lags behind Democrats entering a presidential election year, according to voter registration figures from the secretary of state's office. Overall registration numbers ...

Size of trout stocked in W Virginia lakes smaller than usual

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Department of Natural Resources says anglers should expect trout stocked in state waterways during the winter months to be smaller than usual. A long dry spell across the state from late summer through the fall is thought to have impacted the average ...

West Virginia unveils women’s suffrage commemoration events

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has announced its initial slate of events for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The yearlong commemoration will start Wednesday with a reception ahead of the governor's ...

West Virginia school wins video contest on opioid awareness

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia high school has won a video contest aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of prescription painkiller abuse. Wheeling Central Catholic High School was selected as the winner of the public service announcement contest sponsored by Bill Powell, the ...

Police: Detroit man sought in West Virginia bar shooting

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police said Thursday that they are seeking a 30-year-old Michigan man in connection with a New Year's day shooting at a West Virginia bar in which seven people were shot and wounded. The bar was ordered shut by authorities Thursday, a day after the violence. ...