West Virginia

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Cop Fired for Not Killing Man

Stephen Mader hoped to 'deescalate' the suicide-by-cop situation

(Newser) - In an odd case out of West Virginia, a police officer has been fired for not shooting a man. Authorities in Weirton say police officer Stephen Mader risked the lives of other officers when he failed to shoot a man holding a gun on May 6. Ronald D. Williams Jr.... More »

Graffiti Defaces National Park Trail

It's at New River Gorge in West Virginia

(Newser) - Long Point Trail in West Virginia's New River Gorge offers spectacular vistas of the mountains, the namesake river, and now, the affection of "AW" and "TK." National Park Service officials are looking for the person responsible for spray-painting "AW (heart) TK" on a rock located... More »

City Struggles to Respond to 27 Overdoses in Just 5 Hours

'It was basically like a mass casualty event'

(Newser) - Twenty-seven people overdosed in less than five hours Monday in one West Virginia city, USA Today reports. "It was basically like a mass casualty event," Cabell County EMS director Gordon Merry tells CNN . The first reported overdose in Huntington came in around 3:30pm, and ambulances and other... More »

Best, Worst States for Student Debt

Utah is best; DC is worst

(Newser) - Congratulations to anyone heading off to college in Utah this fall. A WalletHub ranking finds the state is the friendliest in the country when it comes to student debt, based on average debt, loans overdue or in default, unemployment, the availability of student jobs and grants, and other factors. Other... More »

Here's Why You Don't Leave Dogs in a Running Car

One somehow crashed their owner's car into a W. Va Walmart

(Newser) - One drove the getaway car and one operated the vehicle's windows in a West Virginia Walmart's parking lot on Friday. But the car didn't get far (it actually crashed into the store), and cops didn't even have to collar the perps, because they were already collared.... More »

2 Presumed Drowned in West Virginia Found Alive

Men's camper was swept away

(Newser) - Two men who were presumed dead when their camper was swept away in rushing waters during the West Virginia floods have been found alive, officials said Monday as the rain-soaked state braced for another round of heavy rains. The discovery lowers the death toll to 23, state Division of Homeland... More »

Toll Hits 23 in W. Va Flooding

Survivors describe terror, chaos

(Newser) - All Karol Dunford has left is a dirty nightgown, caked in mud from the floodwaters that ravaged her West Virginia town and killed at least 23. She lost the trailer where she lived for 30 years. As the deluge swamped southeast West Virginia on Thursday evening, Dunford, a 71-year-old Air... More »

Flooding Kills 18 in West Virginia

More than 100 homes destroyed

(Newser) - As a deluge swamped southeast West Virginia—a disaster that killed at least 18 people—Ronnie Scott's wife called him and told him their house was filling up with water. She fled to the attic with two dogs and a cat and waited. She smelled natural gas. Then, the... More »

WV Mom Dies While Getting 'Brazilian Butt Lift'

Heather Meadows, 29, traveled to Miami area for the procedure

(Newser) - A West Virginia mom who traveled to Florida to undergo cosmetic surgery died Thursday after police say she suffered medical complications during the procedure, WSVN reports. Heather Meadows, 29, who has a 6-year-old and a newborn, was rushed to a Hialeah ER from Encore Plastic Surgery and pronounced dead after... More »

Sanders Takes West Virginia; Trump Gets 2 More Wins

Bernie is already looking beyond to California

(Newser) - Donald Trump racked up two more victories Tuesday night on his unimpeded path to the GOP convention, but the bigger suspense was on the Democratic side, where Bernie Sanders notched a win in West Virginia. The AP , CNN , and other outlets called the race for Sanders about two hours after... More »

Bernie Could Nab 'Yuge' Win in W. Virginia

Polls point to 'yes'—but FiveThirtyEight says it still won't significantly help his delegate count

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders has doggedly remained in the race for the Democratic nomination, and Tuesday's primary in West Virginia seems likely to offer him some validation. Writing at FiveThirtyEight, Harry Enten argues that the Vermont senator is "likely to win" against Hillary Clinton in the Mountain State, citing two... More »

WVa Senate Candidate: I Was Beaten in Political Attack

Suspect arrested in assault on Democrat Richard Ojeda

(Newser) - Politics can be rough stuff, but for one West Virginia Senate candidate it got downright violent. Authorities say retired Army officer Richard Ojeda, a Democrat running in Tuesday's primary, was brutally beaten by a man wearing brass knuckles at a political cookout on Sunday, the AP reports. Per the... More »

Don't Even Think of Taking a Selfie in a WVa Voting Booth

It's technically illegal, and they'll (somehow) be watching

(Newser) - If you want to share your voting experience on social media, you'll have to find some way other than taking a photo in the voting booth in West Virginia: Natalie Tennant, the secretary of state there, says such selfies are forbidden, the AP reports. The Charleston Gazette-Mail points out... More »

Officials: 12 Hepatitis Cases Linked to Heart Clinic

2,300 patients urged to get tested for hepatitis and HIV

(Newser) - Officials have investigated at least 12 cases of hepatitis linked to a heart clinic in West Virginia, the AP reports. The viruses have been linked to injectable medications given during cardiac stress tests at the Raleigh Heart Clinic. Eight patients receiving cardiac stress tests have tested positive for hepatitis C... More »

Cops: Teen Killed Playing 'Dodging Arrows'

'Goofing around' turned deadly, West Virginia cops say

(Newser) - A 15-year-old West Virginia boy was killed when he was struck in the head while playing a game of "dodging arrows," authorities said Monday. West Virginia State Police spokesman Michael Baylous says Caleb Fairchild was playing the bow-and-arrow game Saturday evening in Chapmanville when he was hit by... More »

Lawmaker Insists His Raw Milk Isn't What Made Colleagues Sick

West Virginia officials are investigating

(Newser) - Some West Virginia lawmakers are dealing with a tough double-whammy: Not only are they recovering from a nasty flu-like illness, they're bearing the brunt of some serious Internet ridicule. A headline at Consumerist sums up why: "WV Lawmakers Legalize Raw Milk, Drink Raw Milk, Get Mysterious Stomach Bug.... More »

5 Most and Least Blissed-Out States

West Virginia needs to spend a little more time in Hawaii

(Newser) - Gallup is out with its annual poll trying to rank that most intangible of factors—a sense of "well-being"—in the US states. To do so, it questioned more than 177,000 people on topics ranging from having a sense of purpose to community to physical and... More »

Coal Baron Convicted in Blast That Killed 29

'Landmark' conviction could send him to jail for one year

(Newser) - Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was convicted Thursday of a misdemeanor count connected to a deadly coal mine explosion and acquitted of more serious charges. A federal jury in West Virginia convicted Blankenship of conspiring to willfully violate mine safety standards. The misdemeanor charge carries up to one year... More »

Hunter's Fire Breaks Boulder, Which Falls and Crushes Him

Another hunter was injured but escaped alive

(Newser) - West Virginia State Police say a hunter was killed after he and a fellow hunter built a fire and the heat broke apart an overhanging boulder, which tumbled onto him. According to a police statement, the hunter's death occurred Monday afternoon, the start of the buck firearms season in... More »

Obama Inspires Addict to Hand Over His Drugs

After hearing president's speech, man decides to get drug-free for his mom

(Newser) - Drug overdoses, particularly due to opioids, are one of the few public health issues that has "substantially worsened" during Obama's time in office, the New York Times reports. But the president may have helped at least one person turn his life around following a speech Oct. 21 in... More »

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