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West Virginia News

Hearing set on water, electricity rate proposals in WVa

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A hearing is set this week on proposed water and electricity rate increases in West Virginia. The public hearing on the increases proposed by Appalachian Power and West Virginia American Water is scheduled for Wednesday night at the LaBelle Theatre in South ...

West Virginia audit: Mine reclamation fund needs oversight

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's coal mine cleanup fund has no known backup plan if it goes insolvent, according to a new state audit. The legislative audit report released Monday said that mine reclamation program within the state's Department of Environmental Protection is at risk ...

Last stretch of upgraded West Virginia highway to reopen

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — The last stretch of U.S. 35 to be widened to four lanes is expected to open to traffic by the end of August after years of planning, West Virginia officials said. The 15-mile segment is the last part of U.S. 35 from Interstate 64 to the West Virginia-Ohio state line to ...

Civil rights leaders don’t budge key senator on voting bill

By BRIAN SLODYSKO and NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin was unswayed Tuesday by civil rights leaders who implored him to rethink his opposition to a sprawling election bill that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said is crucial to countering a ...

Agency identifies remains of Army soldier killed in WWII

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The remains of a West Virginia soldier killed during World War II have been identified, officials said. Army Pfc. John J. Sitarz, 19, of Weirton was accounted for by using DNA, dental and anthropological analysis as well as circumstantial evidence, the Defense ...

W.Va. lawmakers approve using federal aid, spending on roads

By CUNEYT DIL Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers Monday poured federal funds and extra state cash into road repairs, health care, and education programs such as school lunches. It was the Republican-led legislature's first special session of the year, called ...

West Virginia records revenue $152M over estimates in May

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tax collections in West Virginia during the month of May flew past projections by $152.2 million. The higher-than-expected revenue is considered to be a result of Tax Day moving from April to May and the infusion of $1,400 federal stimulus checks into the economy, ...

Police probe clears officer in shooting of man with cleaver

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police officer who fatally shot a man who charged at him with a meat cleaver has been cleared in an internal investigation and returned to regular duty, his chief said. Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin identified the officer Monday as Patrolman ...

W.Va. couple burns midnight oil to catch trophy catfish

By JOHN McCOY, Charleston Gazette-Mail ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — Something you're not likely to hear from Morgan and Tyler Jeffrey: "What do you wanna do tonight?" "I dunno. What do you wanna do?" No, the Jeffreys know what they want to do every evening. They want to go fishing. They've been ...

NTSB: Pilot error caused fatal helicopter crash in Bahamas

MIAMI (AP) — Pilot error caused the helicopter crash that killed coal billionaire Chris Cline and six others in the Bahamas in 2019, federal officials said. The two pilots' decision to take off in the AgustaWestland AW139 over water in dark night conditions with no external visual reference ...