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West Virginia News

West Virginia cash-for-worker program adds 4th destination

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A program offering cash and free outdoor adventures to remote workers to move to West Virginia with the hope of offsetting population losses has welcomed 143 new residents in the year since it launched, officials announced Tuesday. The public-private program Ascend ...

W.Va. appoints new DHHR deputy secretary following review

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has appointed a new deputy secretary of child and adult services following recommendations in a $1 million report completed earlier this month by a consulting firm hired to study restructuring the agency responsible for running the state's foster care ...

West Virginia bridge being rebuilt along tourism train route

CASS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia railroad bridge destroyed by floodwaters 37 years ago is being replaced to enable a tourism train to resume trips through the area, officials said. Braving harsh conditions and long commutes, Department of Transportation workers are rebuilding the Trout Run ...

First glass worker apprenticeship starts at Blenko

MILTON, W.Va. (AP) — As many industries across West Virginia are still dealing with worker shortages, Blenko Glass in Milton has been working for the past year with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship and the West Virginia Department of Economic Development to build and ...

Symphony Orchestra to perform Sounds of the Season

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform a holiday favorite, Sounds of the Season, at select venues around the state. Michelle Merrill will return as a guest conductor to lead the orchestra on Dec. 2-4 for the show that will feature selections including "The ...

Teen Court helps young offenders take responsibility

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The teenagers involved in Berkeley County Teen Court have recently been fine-tuning their skills and recently held a mock trial with several special guests in attendance. Judge Bridget Cohee of the West Virginia 23rd Judicial Circuit was there to watch the trial in ...

W.Va. woman dies after stealing ambulance from hospital

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman died Thanksgiving Day after she stole an ambulance from a capital city hospital emergency room and crashed it into the Kanawha River, authorities said. Elizabeth Reed of Hinton was a patient at Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital ...

3 killed in Thanksgiving accident on I-79 in West Virginia

ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — Three people were killed and two others were injured in a Thanksgiving Day crash along Interstate 79 in West Virginia, authorities said. The vehicle carrying two adults and three children was traveling from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania to Kentucky when the crash occurred ...

Ski operations at 2 West Virginia resorts start this week

SNOWSHOE, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia ski resorts are opening some of their trails to the public this week. Snowshoe Mountain said it will start the ski season for the general public on Wednesday with a limited number of trails. The Pocahontas County resort also will be open Tuesday to ...

Charities hoping to fill pantries, gather gifts and funds

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — With November's arrival, charities everywhere will begin an end-of-the-year push to fill up food pantries for Thanksgiving, collect Christmas gifts and gather monetary donations in time for the holiday season. In Clarksburg, West Virginia, the Mustard Seed provides ...

Supplemental propane assistance going to some WVa families

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Several thousand West Virginia families will receive a supplemental payment to help with propane heating expenses this winter. An automatic payment of $72 will go to residents who used propane for heating and who received a regular Low Income Energy Assistance ...

Appeals court strikes down federal horseracing rules act

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Congress unconstitutionally gave too much power to a nonprofit authority it created in 2020 to develop and enforce horseracing rules, a federal appeals court in New Orleans ruled Friday. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, ...

Rare earth metals to be extracted from WVa coal impoundments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A company will hire 100 people and invest $60 million in southern West Virginia to extract rare earth metals from coal waste impoundments, Gov. Jim Justice said. Omnis Sublimation Recovery Technologies is expected to build its Wyoming County facility and install ...

Temporary bridge planned over giant sinkhole on WVa road

HINTON, W.Va. (AP) — Highway crews plan to build a temporary bridge over a giant sinkhole in southern West Virginia that has overtaken a road and threatened a nearby police department's building. The 125-foot (38-meter) temporary bridge will be built starting Friday along state Route 20 in ...

Cumberland Gap park superintendent heads to New River Gorge

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — The superintendent of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park has been named to the same post at New River Gorge National Park and Preserve in West Virginia. Charles Sellars will also manage Gauley River National Recreation Area and Bluestone National Scenic River in ...

WVa Supreme Court issues opinion in scholarship ruling

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Supreme Court released a full opinion Thursday in an order it issued last month that allowed a non-public school scholarship program to continue. The five-member court on Oct. 6 reversed a lower court's ruling that had blocked the Hope Scholarship ...

Son of WVa helicopter crash victim files wrongful death suit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The son of a man who died in a June helicopter crash in West Virginia that killed six people has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that owned the Vietnam-era aircraft and others, claiming negligence contributed to their deaths. Brian Bledsoe's ...

Little Bluestone River tract protected, made accessible

JUMPING BRANCH, W.Va. (AP) — A section of the Little Bluestone River and the steep, forested hills that rise from its rocky shores near its confluence with the Bluestone National Scenic River are being protected and made accessible to the public. Little Bluestone Community Forest in Summers ...

Professor takes a turn with West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — On a Thursday morning in a booth at First Watch on Summers Street in Charleston, conductor Scott Woodard remarked that he'd been around the Kanawha Valley so long he could barely go anywhere without running into somebody he knew. "There's always a waiter," he said ...

Consulting firm doesn’t favor splitting WVa health agency

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A consulting firm hired to review West Virginia's health agency has concluded the department should not be split as lawmakers wanted. The McChrystal Group of Alexandria, Virginia, was hired to review the Department of Health and Human Resources. The report said the ...