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Taxpayer service offices reopen before filing deadline

Jul. 10, 2020 4:16 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's tax department offices have reopened ahead of the state's income tax filing and payment deadline, officials said Thursday. The agency said its taxpayer service centers are accepting appointment-only visits at offices in Wheeling, Clarksburg, Charleston, Beckley,...

Man pleads guilty to killing wife, sentenced to 20 years

Jul. 9, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has admitted he killed his estranged wife during an argument last August. James Michael Kiser, 41, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Wednesday as part of a plea deal with Kanawha County prosecutors, news outlets reported. He was sentenced to 20 years in...

West Virginia man pleads guilty to defrauding FEMA

Jul. 8, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man pleaded guilty Wednesday to defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency of 2016 disaster relief funds. Randall Butler, 46, of Charleston, entered the plea in federal court to one count of fraud in connection with major disaster or emergency benefits. ...

Suggestions sought as district moves to rename school

Jul. 8, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia school district that decided to remove Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson's name from a middle school is asking the public for suggestions on a new name. Kanawha County Schools shared a survey on its social media that is open through 9 a.m. on...

Charleston closing streets for outdoor dining

Jul. 8, 2020 4:19 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Charleston officials are closing two downtown streets this week to open up space for outdoor dining at restaurants, the mayor said Tuesday. Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin said Capitol and Hale streets will be closed between Kanawha Boulevard and Lee Street from Friday at 3 p.m. to...

City approves settlement for Black woman punched by officers

Jul. 7, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in West Virginia's capital city have approved a settlement for a special needs Black woman who was punched by officers during an arrest last year. The Charleston City Council voted Monday to approve an $80,000 settlement for Freda Gilmore, the Gazette-Mail reported....

Stonewall Jackson name to come off West Virginia school

Jul. 6, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia middle school that has the state's highest percentage of black students will no longer be named after Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. The Kanawha County Board of Education on Monday unanimously voted to remove the name from Charleston's...

West Virginia State Museum to reopen Tuesday

Jul. 6, 2020 4:10 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia State Museum is set to reopen this week. The museum and its gift shop in the Culture Center at the state Capitol Complex in Charleston will operate under normal business hours starting Tuesday morning. The museum's occupancy will be limited to 52 people. Visitors...

Charleston closing roads for Fourth of July ceremony

Jul. 3, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Charleston officials on Friday said they are shutting down roads on both sides of the Kanawha River for the city's Fourth of July fireworks ceremony. A city spokeswoman said Kanawha Boulevard between California and Court streets will be closed starting at 4 p.m. Saturday and will...

Biafore reelected as chair of West Virginia Democrats

Jul. 3, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Belinda Biafore has been reelected as the chairwoman of the West Virginia Democratic Party, a spokeswoman said Thursday. The party's executive committee has also elected former West Virginia Young Democrats president Rod Snyder as vice chairman and Kanawha County Del. Andrew Byrd...