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West Virginia law allows schools to administer opioid antidotes

Under a new West Virginia law, schools, both public and private are now authorized to administer drugs to counteract opioid overdoses in students without first receiving parental consent.

West Virginia flooding death toll rises to 26 people

The bodies of three more people were found overnight Saturday in West Virginia, bringing the death toll to 26 people in the worst flash flooding to hit the United States since 2010.

West Virginia floods leave 14 people dead, says governor

White Sulphur Springs - At least 14 people have lost their lives and 100 homes have been damaged or destroyed after powerful storms swamped West Virginia Thursday night, prompting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to declare a state of emergency in 44 counties.

Was it the raw milk? Several lawmakers sick after tasting a cup

Charleston - Lawmakers in West Virginia were celebrating the signing of a bill allowing for the sale of raw milk last week by drinking a cup of the milk from a local dairy. Within hours and days of consumption of the milk, many got sick.

'Coats on a pole' project that started in Canada goes viral

"Coats on a pole" is a simple gesture of assistance that began in London, Ontario in 2014. The project eventually hit social media and has now gone viral, spreading from Canada to the U.S. and across the pond to The U.K.

Police investigate suspicious candy found in South Charleston, WV

Charles Town - Several middle school teens who were out trick-or-treating in an area of South Charleston, West Virginia on Thursday came home with an unwelcome surprise: candy laced with broken glass and hair.

Onwards and upwards: Christian Lopez of the Christian Lopez Band Special

Responsible for "Leaving It Out," a current staple on CMT Pure, Christian Lopez, who describes his music as "folk-rock," is undoubtedly a name to watch out for. He talked to Digital Journal while on a well-earned break from touring.

Atheists will sue school unless angels are removed from memorial

Ravenswood - A West Virginia middle school is standing firm on not removing some angels etched into a memorial to a beloved teacher, despite the threats of an Atheist group to hit the school with a lawsuit on constitutional grounds.

Wrecked oil train in West Virginia burns for second day

A 109-car CXS oil train carrying crude oil from North Dakota to Yorktown, Virginia derailed in a small West Virginia river valley town on Monday, causing 20 cars to erupt in flames. As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, the fire was still burning.

Op-Ed: W.Va. still has chemical spills: Same company — different name

Charleston - Call it what you will, but a chemical company has succeeded in pulling a fast one on West Virginians. After Freedom Industries poisoned 300,000 peoples drinking water last year, the company changed names and is still up to its old tricks.

Oil and gas operations dumping hazardous waste into rivers

Scientists have documented two new potentially hazardous contaminants, ammonium and iodide, in oil and gas production wastewater being discharged into rivers and streams in Pennysylvania, from both convential drilling operations and fracking.

Girl uses Facebook to save her father's life (VIDEO)

Henlawson - A frightened 10-year-old girl turns to social media for help when a tree crashes on top of her father during a thunderstorm.

Activists compare leaks in India and West Virginia Special

The chemical spill in West Virginia is beginning to receive international attention due to the similarities between that incident and an incident in Bhopal, India thirty years ago.

Freedom Industries didn't disclose 2nd chemical in W. Va. spill

Charleston - West Virginia officials say a second, previously undisclosed, chemical was part of the disastrous spill that polluted the state's water supply earlier this month.

Woman loses everything after company forecloses on wrong house

Logan - A woman's house was recently wrongfully foreclosed on, and because of a mistake, she lost almost everything she owned. A repossession company deemed many of her personal property as "junk" and said the items were sent to a dump.

Photo Essay: A walk through history at Harper's Ferry, W.V. Special

Harpers Ferry - A visit to Harper's Ferry is a step into the past. Over the centuries the town has been a booming industrial community and one destroyed by war, with much happening in between.

Owners say upside down flag at McDonald's restaurant a mistake

Follansbee - An upside down American flag flying at a McDonald's restaurant the day after the election had generated a lot of attention. The owners of the West Virginia-based establishment say the upside down flag was a mistake.

West Virginia buried by snow from Hurricane Sandy

The rain has stopped and the flood waters have begun to recede in New York and New Jersey, but for those living in West Virginia, Hurricane Sandy is still wreaking havoc.

Mini-series: The 'Hatfields & McCoys'

The History Channel has put together a star-studded, six hour mini-series chronicling the life and times of the legendary feud between the "Hatfields & McCoys."

American soldier witnesses birth of baby on Skype

Charleston - Capt Paul Santana and his wife Lindsey didn't let 6000 miles deter them from sharing in the birth of their child. With the help of the staff at a WV hospital and Skype Paul was able to watch the birth while stationed in Iraq with the Army National Guard.

Upper Big Branch Mine coal disaster rescuers were ‘expendable’

Charleston - Last year's Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster, claiming the lives of 29 workers, also put at risk federal rescue teams who began their search for potential survivors hours after the blast without backup rescue teams in place, pressured by Massey Energy.

Peter Cottontail songwriter honored by WV Music Hall of Fame

Charleston - West Virginia musician and songwriter Jack Rollins, who penned the well-known Easter holiday song, Here Comes Peter Cottontail, along with other favorites including, Frosty the Snowman and Smokey the Bear, will be inducted into the WV Music Hall of Fame.

Man who spit on Westboro Church spokeswoman acquitted of battery Special

Charleston - Billy Spade of Hico, West Virginia was acquitted of the battery charges levied against him after he admittedly spit tobacco juice on Westboro Baptist Church member and spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper at a 2010 protest in the capital city of Charleston.

NCAAB: West Virginia wins 84-76 win over Clemson

March Madness is the best time of the year for college basketball, with you now being able to watch the games on four different channels you will not miss a beat. There have been so many upsets predicted, all we can do now is sit and wait.

Publishers Clearing House settles deceptive advertisment claim

Charleston - West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw, along with the legal officers of 33 other states and the District of Columbia, has reached an agreement with Publishers Clearing House, which runs a well-known national sweepstakes contest.

11-year-old pregnant, man charged with sexual assault Special

Saint Albans - Michael Duane Lacy, 36, of Saint Albans West Virginia has been arrested and charged with first degree sexual assault after allegedly having sex with a child and impregnating her while she spent the night with his young daughter according to local police.

Protesters arrested chained to coal mining equipment Special

Beckley - State Police arrested four members of Climate Ground Zero after the protesters made their way onto the Marfork Coal Co. property and chained themselves to a highwall miner in yet another non-violent protest against mining in the mountains of West Virginia

Snakes taking over gardens in West Virginia town Special

Charleston - Are they black snakes, black racers or black rat snakes? While no one seems to know what they are, one thing they all agree on - they need to go back to where they came from. See the videos of snakes in the gardens and backyard in this small town.

Atlanta prison fire blamed on homemade hooch Special

Atlanta - Alcohol has been with us since those first pieces of fruit were picked from the trees in the Garden of Eden. And although this is not the "Nectar of the Gods" the ingenuity to brew a batch of homemade hooch has prevailed even behind bars.

Criminal probe being conducted over W.Va. coal-mine disaster

The US Justice Department has begun conducting a criminal investigation of last month’s explosion that killed 29 miners at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia.
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Tia Mitchell at the candlelight vigil held last night at the Glenwood Elementary School for her son Damion Blaney.
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Westboro Baptist Church picket at a synagogue in Charleston, WV
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Coal miners have worked under harsh conditions, as shown here in a picture of miners of the last century; but in some places safety remains a problem.
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Sago Coal Mine disaster memorial in Philippi West Virginia
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West Virginia hit by "Once in a thousand years" rainfall event.
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Tree limbs litter a road in West Virginia after weight of the snow from Hurricane Sandy became too h...
Tree limbs litter a road in West Virginia after weight of the snow from Hurricane Sandy became too heavy.
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The widows waiting at the Fairmont Mine Disaster in 1907
The widows waiting at the Fairmont Mine Disaster in 1907
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Westboro Baptist Church members at a protest in Charleston WV, where they waved signs reading God Hates Dead Miners, after the 2010 mining disaster that rocked the coal state.
Base of the Coal Miner Statue at the Capitol of West Virginia
Base of the Coal Miner Statue at the Capitol of West Virginia
A picture from the lockdown by Climate Ground Zero at a Massey owned mine in West Virginia.
A picture from the lockdown by Climate Ground Zero at a Massey owned mine in West Virginia.
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Flag waving counter-protesters were small in number but large in smiles and laughter when Westboro Baptist Church showed up to picket in Charleston, WV
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