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Probation for WVa mail carrier in absentee ballot case

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia postal carrier who pleaded guilty to altering mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots was sentenced to five years' probation Monday. Thomas Cooper was charged in May 2020 after eight mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots had their party ...

West Virginia lawmakers to review $250M in special session

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers will convene Thursday to take up $250 million in spending proposed by Gov. Jim Justice. The spending comes after a "tremendous" budget surplus, the Republican governor said last week. He has proposed moving the millions to a wide variety of ...

Operator of 2 WVa malls files for bankruptcy protection

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio company that operates dozens of U.S. shopping and strip malls, including two in West Virginia, has filed for federal bankruptcy protection, citing a drop in foot traffic at its properties during the coronavirus pandemic, according to court records. Washington ...

Civil rights leaders don’t budge key senator on voting bill

By BRIAN SLODYSKO and NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin was unswayed Tuesday by civil rights leaders who implored him to rethink his opposition to a sprawling election bill that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said is crucial to countering a ...

Democrats push bill aimed at family that owns Purdue Pharma

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press A congressional committee heard grievances Tuesday against the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma as it considered longshot legislation that would keep them from using a corporate bankruptcy as a shield for personal liability. Rep. Carolyn Maloney ...

Hearing set on water, electricity rate proposals in WVa

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A hearing is set this week on proposed water and electricity rate increases in West Virginia. The public hearing on the increases proposed by Appalachian Power and West Virginia American Water is scheduled for Wednesday night at the LaBelle Theatre in South ...

West Virginia audit: Mine reclamation fund needs oversight

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's coal mine cleanup fund has no known backup plan if it goes insolvent, according to a new state audit. The legislative audit report released Monday said that mine reclamation program within the state's Department of Environmental Protection is at risk ...

Last stretch of upgraded West Virginia highway to reopen

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — The last stretch of U.S. 35 to be widened to four lanes is expected to open to traffic by the end of August after years of planning, West Virginia officials said. The 15-mile segment is the last part of U.S. 35 from Interstate 64 to the West Virginia-Ohio state line to ...

Civil rights leaders don’t budge key senator on voting bill

By BRIAN SLODYSKO and NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin was unswayed Tuesday by civil rights leaders who implored him to rethink his opposition to a sprawling election bill that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said is crucial to countering a ...

Agency identifies remains of Army soldier killed in WWII

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The remains of a West Virginia soldier killed during World War II have been identified, officials said. Army Pfc. John J. Sitarz, 19, of Weirton was accounted for by using DNA, dental and anthropological analysis as well as circumstantial evidence, the Defense ...