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Lawsuit: W.Va. department put child in sexually abusive home

Dec. 6, 2019 1:18 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A woman says in a lawsuit that the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resource knowingly placed her in an abusive and unsafe home where her father impregnated her when she was 11 years old. The woman, who is now 21, says in her lawsuit that the agency was negligent and...

WV pol claims legislative immunity in racist sign outburst

Dec. 5, 2019 1:34 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia politician claimed Thursday that an obscure state law shields him from criminal charges after his violent outburst over a racist display at the Capitol. Del. Mike Caputo's pretrial court hearing took an unexpected turn when his attorney asked that the misdemeanor...

Lawmaker in racist signs outburst running for WV Senate

Dec. 3, 2019 4:31 PM EST

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 candidacy for the state Senate’s 13th District...

Man accused of having 2 guns at West Virginia airport

Dec. 3, 2019 4:28 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia man was caught trying to bring two handguns onto a plane at Yeager Airport. The Transportation Security Administration on Monday said the firearms were found in the man’s backpack at a security checkpoint on Thanksgiving. Officials say he had...

Police identify woman killed in WV capital

Dec. 2, 2019 11:00 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia’s capital city have released the name of a woman who was shot to death over the weekend. The Charleston Police Department on Monday identified the victim as 18-year-old Laurina Blake. Authorities say they found Blake lying on Lovell Drive in...

Kanawha library looking for new director

Dec. 2, 2019 4:39 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Kanawha County Public Library is looking for a new leader. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the library system’s board is accepting applications for a new director. The county’s current top administrator, Riti Grover, is leaving the post on Dec. 13. Library...

Sewer line repairs to close streets in Charleston

Nov. 29, 2019 4:34 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sewer line repairs in parts of Charleston will result in street closures in December. A city news release says the work will begin on Dec. 2. One project will temporarily close the south side sidewalk and vehicle land of the 1600 block of Quarrier Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m....

Power outages reported as strong winds pound WV

Nov. 27, 2019 3:56 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Appalachian Power is reporting thousands of power outages in West Virginia as hard winds batter the state. The utility company says nearly 22,000 customers in West Virginia are experiencing outages Wednesday afternoon. The outages come as the National Weather Service is issuing...

Sheriff: High speed chase ends when man runs out of gas

Nov. 27, 2019 5:28 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a man who led officers on a long, high-speed chase through West Virginia was caught after he ran out of gas. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office says 28-year-old Joshua Allen Harris is facing fleeing and stolen vehicle charges after the pursuit early Tuesday....

West Virginia diocese seeks $792K from disgraced bishop

Nov. 26, 2019 4:15 PM EST

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Roman Catholic diocese said Tuesday that it wants a former bishop to pay it more than three-quarters of a million dollars after a series of alleged sexual and financial scandals. Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Bishop Mark E. Brennan released a “plan of...