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Ex-coal lobbying group chief named to WVa utility regulator

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The retired longtime president of the West Virginia Coal Association has been appointed by the governor to a three-member commission that regulates state utilities. Bill Raney was named by Republican Gov. Jim Justice to a six-year term on the Public Service ...

Unclaimed property auction set at West Virginia State Fair

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia treasurer's office will hold two auctions for unclaimed property at the State Fair this month. The auctions will take place at 5 p.m. on Aug. 14 and Aug. 21 in Fairlea, the office said in a news release. Among the items up for bid are rare coins, ...

Public hearings set for West Virginia Suddenlink customers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three public comment hearings are scheduled for West Virginia customers of internet and cable company Suddenlink Communications, the Public Service Commission said. The commission is investigating customer service complaints about Suddenlink. The hearings will be at ...

Senate Dems rallying behind Biden’s $3.5T budget vision

By ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats across the political spectrum seem near the unanimity they'll need for the crucial first step toward their $3.5 trillion vision of bolstering health care, education, family services and environment programs From Democratic ...

Manchin urges Fed to begin trimming bond buys

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent Democratic senator, saying he is concerned about inflation, is urging the Federal Reserve to start trimming its monthly bond purchases. In a letter to Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said ...

University pays account balances for nearly 3,000 students

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — A university in West Virginia used federal relief funds to pay off account balances for nearly 3,000 students who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. West Virginia State University paid off balances for all degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate ...

Sherriff: Two arrested in Mountain Valley Pipeline protest

LAWN, W.Va. (AP) — Law enforcement officials say two people have been arrested after they were found chained to pipeline construction equipment in Greenbrier County. Local news outlets report that the two were found Friday morning in the Dawson area secured to pipeline equipment with chains ...

Family recalls life and times at demolished W.Va. motel

By CANDICE BLACK, News and Sentinel undefined RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — Last week, the Washington Motel in Ravenswood was demolished, causing a family to reflect on their fond memories and experiences in the building. Built in the 1950s, the Washington Motel was built to meet travelers' ...

Decision on school masks in WVa will be made at county level

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's public schools superintendent pushed back Wednesday against new recent federal guidelines that masks should be worn in schools, saying that any decision as the coronavirus pandemic drags into another school year will be ...

WVU aims to reach 80% COVID-19 vaccination rate by Sept. 1

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University is asking its students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated for the coronavirus as it tries to keep pace with the rest of the state. The university will develop additional enforcement and safety protocols for unvaccinated individuals if WVU ...