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Marshall University marks 50 years since fatal plane crash

Sep. 18, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is putting up new memorial banners to mark the 50 years since a plane crash killed all 75 football players, coaches and others aboard a flight home from a college matchup. The Herald-Dispatch reports the banners were the product of campus discussions over how to...

Anti-mask protest at West Virginia Capitol shut down

Sep. 18, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Capitol police shut down an anti-mask protest inside the state Capitol on Thursday, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. About a dozen people entered the Capitol building without wearing face masks, going against an executive order that requires masks inside the...

Lawsuit: Catholic school principal fired for reporting abuse

Sep. 18, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former principal at a West Virginia Catholic high school has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against a diocese, alleging he was let go for reporting complaints of inappropriate contact involving a priest and for firing a football coach. Former Parkersburg Catholic High...

West Virginia State taking applications for scholar program

Sep. 18, 2020 4:14 AM EDT

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University is accepting applicants for a virtual program that matches high school students with college mentors. The university's Center for the Advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics' STEM Scholars Academy is open to all high school...

Former VA doctor pleads guilty to molesting patients

Sep. 17, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

A former doctor at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges that he molested three male patients and violated their civil rights. Jonathan Yates pleaded guilty in court filings to three counts of depriving veterans of their civil rights under color of law, which...

Marshall quarterback Grant Wells (8) throws against Eastern Kentucky during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Huntington, W.Va. (Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch via AP)

No. 23 Appalachian State faces sharp young QB at Marshall

Sep. 17, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

Quarterback Grant Wells had one of the finest debuts in Marshall football history. Now the redshirt freshman gets the task of facing a much-tougher opponent when the Thundering Herd (1-0) host No. 23 Appalachian State (1-0) on Saturday. "I think everybody’s ready for them to come in and allow us to prove...

WVa National Guard hosting regional disaster training in '21

Sep. 17, 2020 7:12 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia National Guard will host a regional disaster training exercise next year, and the event is expected to draw more than 1,000 participants. Gov. Jim Justice announced Vigilant Guard 2021 on Wednesday, to be held in August at the Hobet All Hazards Training Center,...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, file photo, Robert Murray, then-chief executive of Murray Energy Corp., speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office at the Crandall Canyon Mine, northwest of Huntington, Utah. Murray Energy Holdings’ approved Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan became effective Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The company completed the sale of its assets to an entity formed by former creditors. Murray was replaced as CEO in 2019 by Robert Moore, who will head the new company, Ohio-based American Consolidated Natural Resources Inc. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Coal giant Murray Energy out of bankruptcy under new name

Sep. 17, 2020 1:06 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A major U.S. coal mining company has emerged from federal bankruptcy protection under a new name and ownership group. Murray Energy Holdings said its Chapter 11 plan was approved last month in U.S. bankruptcy court in Ohio and became effective Wednesday. The company said in a...

West Virginia to fund childcare program as federal funds end

Sep. 16, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday the state will kick in $6 million to continue a program that funds day care for the children of essential workers, after federal funding ran out. The announcement comes as states deal with the repercussions of Congress failing to pass a second...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Sep. 16, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ Sept. 16 The Journal on the need for more election staffers and poll workers: A report on problems handling absentee ballots during Berkeley County’s primary election is interesting — and somewhat distressing — reading. We hope area...