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West Virginia school will remain open for now amid toxic groundwater fears

Jul. 13, 2024 13:11 PM EDT

PADEN CITY, W.Va. (AP) — A small West Virginia school will remain open for now after a court temporarily blocked an effort to relocate classes due to the town’s contaminated groundwater being added to a national cleanup priority list. Last month, Wetzel County Schools...

West Virginia, Idaho asking Supreme Court to review rulings allowing transgender athletes to compete

Jul. 11, 2024 17:25 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia and Idaho are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review rulings that blocked the enforcement of state laws prohibiting transgender athletes from competing in sports. “If the Supreme Court takes this up, it will determine the fate of women’s...

The GOP platform calls for 'universal school choice.' What would that mean for students?

Jul. 11, 2024 16:49 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — National Republicans are poised to support “universal school choice” as part of the policy platform they adopt at next week’s convention in Milwaukee, a goal supporters see as the culmination of decades advocating for parents’ autonomy to pick their children’s...

Demand for rare elements used in clean energy could help clean up abandoned coal mines in Appalachia

Jul. 11, 2024 11:00 AM EDT

MOUNT STORM, W.Va. (AP) — Down a long gravel road, tucked into the hills in West Virginia, is a low-slung building where researchers are extracting essential elements from an old coal mine that they hope will strengthen the nation's energy future. They aren't mining the coal that...

West Virginia police chief responsible for hiring of officer who killed Tamir Rice steps down

Jul. 10, 2024 13:37 PM EDT

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police chief responsible for the hiring of a former Cleveland officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 has stepped down. White Sulphur Springs Police Chief D.S. Teubert returned to his former job as a patrolman,...

Wrongful death lawsuit against West Virginia state troopers settled in Maryland man's death

Jul. 09, 2024 16:45 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge approved a $1 million settlement Tuesday in a wrongful death lawsuit that accused West Virginia state police troopers of using excessive force on a Maryland man who was walking along a highway last year. Kanawha County Circuit Judge Kenneth Ballard...

Overall health of Chesapeake Bay gets best grade in more than 2 decades, annual report shows

Jul. 09, 2024 13:34 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The overall health of the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary, received its highest grade since 2002 in an annual report released by scientists Tuesday: a C-plus. Scientists at the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science made...

Up top: Guardians own No. 1 pick in upcoming MLB draft, a selection that could alter team's future

Jul. 08, 2024 09:59 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Top of the AL Central. Top of the MLB draft. It's been a season of firsts for Cleveland. Along with opening a surprising lead in their division with a strong three-plus months under rookie manager Stephen Vogt, the Guardians have the No. 1 overall...

Judge dismisses federal lawsuit over West Virginia prison and jail conditions

Jul. 03, 2024 10:54 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to force West Virginia to spend $330 million to improve prison and jail conditions statewide and fill worker vacancies. U.S. District Judge Irene Berger ruled Tuesday in Beckley in favor of motions by Gov....

Officer who killed Tamir Rice leaves new job in West Virginia

Jul. 02, 2024 12:21 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The former Cleveland officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 has resigned from a police force in West Virginia, the third time in six years he left a small department amid backlash shortly after he had been hired. White Sulphur Springs City...