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Attorney: Lawsuit planned over VA hospital death in WVa

Oct. 16, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An attorney representing the family of a patient who died at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia says he plans to sue over what he believes is the man's suspicious death from a wrongful insulin injection. Charleston attorney Tony O'Dell said a notice of a pending lawsuit...

West Virginia mayor won't rename Christmas parade

Oct. 10, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The mayor of West Virginia's capital city on Thursday reversed a decision to change the name of the annual holiday parade after intense backlash from church leaders and conservatives. Mayor Amy Goodwin announced on Monday that she planned to rename the "Charleston Christmas Parade"...

'Dumbest' judge Neely seeks WVa Supreme Court seat again

Oct. 9, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice who once joked that he was "America's laziest and dumbest judge" announced Wednesday that he'll seek a seat on the court again next year. Richard Neely was elected to the court at age 31 in 1972. He served until stepping down in 1995 to...

Federal lawsuit targets West Virginia foster care system

Oct. 1, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The overwhelmed foster care system in opioid-ravaged West Virginia has failed to protect children, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The lawsuit seeking class-action status was filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of a dozen children against Gov. Jim Justice, the state...

Lawsuit accuses ex-bishop of sexually harassing seminarian

Oct. 1, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The former bishop of West Virginia's Roman Catholic diocese is facing another lawsuit accusing him of sexual harassment. The complaint against Michael J. Bransfield, who resigned last year, was filed in mid-September in Ohio County Circuit Court, The Intelligencer and Wheeling...

West Virginia health data reveals surge in hepatitis C cases

Oct. 1, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Health Department data reveals hepatitis C cases in the state's largest county have soared to the highest numbers in years, months after a program offering clean needles was suspended. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Monday that more than 1,100 new chronic cases...

Police: WVa man tried to stab, chase ambulance medics

Sep. 29, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — A man has been charged with assaulting two West Virginia ambulance medics who were transporting him to a hospital. Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford says deputies had found 27-year-old Richard William Thornton of Parkersburg along a road in Elkview on Saturday. While being...

Division II Charleston (WV) rallies past Valparaiso 19-13

Sep. 28, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Tim McCutchen kicked four field goals, and his 20-yarder late in the third quarter gave Division II Charleston (West Virginia) the lead for the first time as the Golden Eagles held off winless Valparaiso Saturday. Valparaiso (0-4) took a 13-10 lead into intermission but was shut out...

Pilot error cited in fatal plane crash in West Virginia

Sep. 25, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal investigators say pilot error likely caused the 2017 crash of a small cargo plane in West Virginia that killed both crew members. The National Transportation Safety Board issued a final report Wednesday on the May 2017 crash at Yeager Airport in Charleston. The Air Cargo...

Bishop: $1.2M from sale will go to help sex abuse victims

Sep. 15, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say $1.2 million from the sale of the diocesan home of former West Virginia Catholic Bishop Michael J. Bransfield will go to assist victims of sexual abuse in West Virginia. The Intelligencer reports Bishop Mark E. Brennan released the information in a letter Friday to...