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Vitrolite specialist Tim Dunn talks about working with vitrolite, a form of pigmented structural glass made only in West Virginia, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in the West Virginia Capitol in Charleston, WVa. Dunn is redoing the walls of two restrooms with the material. (Kenny Kemp/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

World's sole Vitrolite installer at work in WV's Statehouse

Aug. 9, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Vitrolite, a form of pigmented structural glass made only in West Virginia, had a sensational run while it lasted. Its production began in 1908 in Vienna, Wood County, in a factory operated by the Meyercord-Carter Co. Six years later, the company reorganized as the Vitrolite Co....

West Virginia city to close road to cars Sunday

Aug. 7, 2020 4:48 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin has announced that Kanawha Avenue will close Sunday for foot traffic and socially distant exercise. The avenue will close from 37th Street to 57th Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, according to a Thursday news release. The closure comes...

Cochran named head of West Virginia Schools for Deaf, Blind

Aug. 3, 2020 4:20 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Scott Cochran has been selected as superintendent of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. The state Board of Education chose Cochran at a meeting Friday in Charleston. The school in Romney serves more than 100 children. “I am humbled and honored to be...

West Virginia city taking applications for urban deer hunt

Aug. 3, 2020 4:15 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Applications are being accepted for a deer hunt in Charleston, West Virginia. The city's urban deer hunt season will be open from Sept. 5 through Dec. 31, and from Jan. 11 through Jan. 31. The hunt is aimed at controlling the deer population in West Virginia’s largest city....

FILE - In this June 9, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Democratic candidate for governor Ben Salango, second from left, greets his supporters with his wife, Tara, by his side in his Charleston, W.Va., campaign headquarters. The Democratic candidate for West Virginia governor on Friday, July 31, 2020, said he has agreed to debate Gov. Jim Justice five times before the November election and called on the Republican incumbent to sign on as well. (Kenny Kemp/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP, File)

Salango pushes for 5 debates with Justice before election

Jul. 31, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ben Salango wants to debate. The Democratic candidate for West Virginia governor on Friday said he has agreed to debate Gov. Jim Justice five times before the November election and called on the Republican incumbent to sign on as well. Salango, an attorney and Kanawha County...

Deliberations begin in civil trial alleging excessive force

Jul. 31, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia jury is deliberating in a federal civil trial in which a man accused two Logan County police officers of using excessive force during a 2018 encounter. Jurors began deliberating Thursday at the U.S. Courthouse in Charleston in the case brought by Frank Morgan Jr....

Attorneys seek names of babies born exposed to drugs

Jul. 29, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of West Virginia attorneys are asking a judge to force the state to release the names of babies born exposed to drugs as part of the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy case. The lawyers want the names so they can send families a notice of pending litigation and seek compensation for...

W. Virginia man accused of trying to fling feces at police

Jul. 28, 2020 2:40 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man is accused of spitting at and trying to throw his own feces at police following a traffic stop. A criminal complaint in Cabell County Magistrate Court said Thomas Edward Oxley Jr., 41, of Charleston was charged with possession of a controlled substance,...

Tennessee man pleads guilty to gun charge in police shooting

Jul. 28, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A fugitive from Tennessee sentenced for shooting a police officer while trying to escape from a West Virginia hospital has pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge. Bryan Lee Ogle II made the plea Monday, nearly five months after pleading guilty to attempted murder and other charges...

FILE - This April, 24, 2015 file photo shows Mountainlair Student Union on West Virginia University downtown campus in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia University students will face penalties and discipline if they fail to get tested for the coronavirus and complete a COVID-19 education course before returning to campus next month, the university said Tuesday, July 21, 2020.  (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson, File)

West Virginia Univ. pushes back start date due to pandemic

Jul. 27, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University on Monday pushed back the start of its fall semester by a week and is switching some courses to online instruction due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter to the campus community, university President Gordon Gee said the move is aimed at...