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West Virginia helicopter crash victims remembered at service

Jul. 12, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands gathered in West Virginia Friday to say goodbye to billionaire coal executive Chris Cline and his daughter, Kameron Cline, who were killed last week in a helicopter crash . Brian Glasser, Cline's attorney and longtime friend, said in his eulogy at the memorial service in...

WV teachers union says it will sue over charter school bill

Jul. 10, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A sweeping West Virginia GOP education bill that allows the creation of charter schools violates the state Constitution, according to a teachers union that plans to sue over the legislation. The West Virginia Education Association released a statement Wednesday saying it has sent a...

Flash flooding in parts of West Virginia from severe storms

Jun. 30, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — Severe weekend thunderstorms caused flash flooding that knocked homes off their foundations and washed out roads in several mountainous counties of West Virginia, prompting Gov. Jim Justice to announce plans Sunday to declare a state of emergency in the region. The National Weather...

West Virginia governor signs sweeping education bill

Jun. 28, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has signed an education bill that was passed this week and will allow the state's first charter schools. The bill drew heavy protests from teachers. Justice had expressed support for the measure. The measure allows for a staggered implementation of...

West Virginia Senate passes GOP charter school bill

Jun. 24, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate passed a sweeping GOP education bill Monday that would allow the state's first charter schools, a move that has drawn heavy protests from teachers. Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled chamber approved the bill 18-16. It now moves to the office of Gov....

West Virginia GOP chairwoman endorses anti-LGBTQ op-ed

Jun. 24, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The leader of West Virginia's Republican party applauded a state senator's call for intolerance against members of the LGBTQ community. Republican state Sen. Mike Azinger wrote an opinion article Sunday titled "The Shame of LGBTQ Pride" in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel after...

US appeals court says judge went too far on drug data order

Jun. 20, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that a judge went too far in blocking release of federal data about how prescription opioids were distributed. A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel on Thursday vacated an order by Cleveland-based U.S. District Judge Dan Polster to...

West Virginia education bill advances as teachers protest

Jun. 17, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republicans in the West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday advanced a sweeping education proposal to allow the state's first charter schools after a similar Senate bill sparked massive teacher protests at the state Capitol. The measure cleared an early hurdle as lawmakers in the...

Trump looms large as West Virginia GOP leaders squabble

Jun. 14, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In a state where President Donald Trump's name is still gold, Republican leaders are fighting in a public and caustic way over who's his best friend. On one side, Gov. Jim Justice says he and Trump are "bound at the hip." On the other, Senate Republican leaders argue the governor...

West Virginia governor slams Bloomberg's clean energy plan

Jun. 10, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's $500 million effort to close the nation's coal plants isn't sitting well in West Virginia. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice criticized the clean energy plan at a news conference Monday, saying it will destroy the economy of his...