Jessica Patterson, WBOY 12News

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Charleston, WV, United States

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Hope Scholarship declared constitutional by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has ruled in a three-to-two vote that the is constitutional, according to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. Morrisey announced this afternoon, Oct. 6, 2022, that the court reversed the decision handed down by a Kanawha County Circuit Court judge that blocked the […] → Read More

3 inmate overdoses under investigation at West Virginia jail

Multiple overdoses at the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston, West Virginia are under investigation, first responders confirmed to 12 News affiliate WOWK on Monday night. → Read More

Mountain Valley Pipeline bill fails to proceed in US Senate

The vote on a bill that could end the Mountain Valley Pipeline in West Virginia and Virginia was halted after U.S. Senator Manchin (D-WV) asked for his own pipeline language to be removed from the Continuing Resolution bill. → Read More

New River Gorge makes best fall fishing destinations list

The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve ranks at second place on the list of fall fishing destinations in the United States by FishingBooker, an online platform that helps anglers find and book fishing trips across the United States. → Read More

West Virginia ambulance company owner indicted for IRS fraud

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) — A Wyoming County man has been indicted for allegedly failing to pay over employment taxes, according to the United States Department of Justice. According to the DOJ, a federal grand jury indicted Christopher J. Smyth, of Pineville, on charges of four counts of “willful failure to pay over employment taxes” and […] → Read More

West Virginia LIEAP recipients to get extra one-time payment

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – West Virginians who receive Low Income Energy Assistance Program benefits in the 2022 year will receive support from an extra supplemental payment, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The DHHR said the payments will be based on the amount of LIEAP assistance paid to the client […] → Read More

West Virginia’s only abortion clinic pauses abortions, continues other services

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – After the West Virginia State Legislature passed House Bill 302, the only clinic that provides abortions in the state says they are forced to put abortions on pause, but their other services will not be affected. Women’s Health Center of West Virginia, which is in Charleston, said while it is pausing […] → Read More

Raccoon gang sets off Charleston business’s Ring alarm, waking owners

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) — One Charleston business owner got quite a surprise in the middle of the night on their security camera. Jeanne Stevenson, co-owner of Echo-Lit Art and Design on Washington Street West in Charleston, said she and her partner were woken up around 3 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, when the store’s Ring Alarm […] → Read More

West Virginia coal miner dies at Kanawha Eagle Coalburg Tunnel mine

A West Virginia coal miner has died, according to West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin’s Office. → Read More

PHOTOS: Sinkhole shows drivers why to avoid high water

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) — “Turn around, don’t drown” is the common phrase to remind drivers to avoid high water, but the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) Tuesday shared some photos to show another reason why driving into high water can be so dangerous—hidden sinkholes. After heavy rains created flooding and high water in the […] → Read More

Police: Man breaks into officer’s home in St. Albans, cooks himself a meal

A man is facing charges after breaking into a police officer’s home and making himself at home. → Read More

Health officials: 13-year-old among West Virginia COVID-19 deaths

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources says a 13-year-old is among the recent deaths related to COVID-19. → Read More

Therapy ‘Friends with Paws’ coming to more West Virginia schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – Some schools in the Mountain State will be getting four-legged students walking around. Seven more “Friends with Paws” therapy dogs will be added to schools across the state, according to the governor’s office. West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, First Lady Cathy Justice and their English bulldog Babydog made the announcement Thursday, […] → Read More

It’s time to vote for 2022’s Best Looking Cruiser

The American Association of State Troopers have just started their 2022 Best Looking Cruiser Contest. → Read More

West Virginia reaches $400M settlement in ‘Big Three’ opioid lawsuit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) — Three major drug companies and several West Virginia counties and cities have reached a historic settlement in an opioid lawsuit. Officials say the state has reached a $400 million settlement against Cardinal Health, Amerisource Bergen, and McKesson, the “Big Three” of opioid distributors. Attorneys say this is the largest settlement in […] → Read More

Man charged in Jackson County attack that left sister in a 2-year coma dies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – A man accused in an attack that left his sister in a two-year coma has died in the hospital, according to Jackson County Sheriff Ross Mellinger. According to Sheriff Mellinger, Daniel J. Palmer III, 55, of Cottageville died around 9 p.m. Thursday, July 21 at CAMC General Hospital. The sheriff says […] → Read More

West Virginia DMV services temporarily shut down due to system outage

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) — West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles services are currently offline. According to the DMV, the issue is caused by a system-wide mainframe outage that officials are projecting will be resolved sometime today, Tuesday, July 19, 2022. Once the issue is fixed, the DMV said it will resume its normal business services. […] → Read More

West Virginia’s only abortion clinic to begin offering abortions again

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) — The only abortion clinic in the Mountain State will begin scheduling abortions again after a judge blocked an abortion ban law older than the state from being enforced. The Women’s Health Center of West Virginia was one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in Kanawha County Court seeking an injunction […] → Read More

1800s WV abortion law blocked in court

UPDATE (2:43 p.m. July 18, 2022) – A Kanawha County Circuit judge has granted an injunction to block a West Virginia abortion law that is even older than the state from taking effect, according to the ACLU-WV. Judge Tera Salango ruled the injunction was “appropriate,” stating that the state code has a lot of conflicts […] → Read More

How many Americans have lain in honor at the US Capitol Rotunda?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WOWK) — On Thursday, July 14, 2022, World War II Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel Woodrow Williams, affectionately known as “Woody,” became the seventh person to lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. He is the first-ever West Virginian to receive this sign of respect. Williams died on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, […] → Read More