West Virginia News

W.Va. left with 1 abortion clinic after facility closes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia women are down to one in-state choice if they want an abortion. Kanawha Surgicenter, which was one of the state's two abortion providers, closed its doors Tuesday, according to a note posted on the door of the Kanawha City clinic, The Charleston ...

Kanawha County considering lawsuit against drug wholesalers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Kanawha County Commission is considering seeking damages from opioid wholesalers, who they say helped to fuel the area's drug epidemic by shipping millions of painkillers to the county. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2iU5tGg) that ...

Mother sues to stop Bible classes in West Virginia schools

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A kindergartner's mother sued her public school system in West Virginia, saying a 75-year practice of putting kids in Bible classes violates the U.S. and state constitutions. The woman, identified as "Jane Doe" in the federal ...

Bluefield man pleads guilty to murder in 2014 shooting

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A Bluefield man has pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree murder with a recommendation of mercy in the 2014 shooting death of his estranged wife. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/2jy3ucD) 27-year-old Michael Eugene Neel entered his guilty plea ...

US rig count jumps 35 this week to 694; Texas up 17

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. leaped by 35 this week to 694. A year ago, 637 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 551 rigs sought oil and 142 explored for natural gas this week. One was ...

Despite West Virginia economic woes, WVU Medicine is booming

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — In a state with above-average unemployment, West Virginia's premier hospital system is booming. WVU Medicine hired 2,228 staff last year, has openings for 699 more and expects further expansion in its high-level ...

Funds to train workers in Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is receiving a $1.3 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to train community health workers in coal counties in eastern Kentucky, southern Ohio and parts of West Virginia. U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins of West Virginia announced the ...

Raleigh County schools to cut nearly 100 positions

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — The Raleigh County school board is set to cut nearly 100 positions within the school system. WVVA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2jDFA1m) that at a special meeting of the Board of Education Wednesday, officials said Raleigh County is facing an $8.9 million budget deficit ...

Bishop Donahue High School closing in West Virginia

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston says it is closing Bishop Donahue High School in McMechen. The Diocese says in a news release that Bishop Donahue's student population will be combined next fall with Wheeling Catholic High School, about 6 miles to the ...

Grant to help Kentucky, West Virginia students study drones

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — College students in Kentucky and West Virginia who train for the rapidly growing drone industry are getting some financial backing from the Appalachian Regional Commission. U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins of West Virginia says in a news release that students from Maysville ...

Appeals court affirms conviction of coal CEO in deadly blast

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court affirmed the criminal conviction of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship on Thursday in connection with the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

Sheriff accused of meth theft pleads to felony, resigns

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A newly elected West Virginia sheriff who admitted he was a meth addict and was charged with stealing the drug from a police locker pleaded guilty to a felony and resigned from office Wednesday, a prosecutor said. Bo Williams entered ...

Missouri, New Hampshire could become right-to-work states

By DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Newly bolstered Republican majorities are moving quickly in several states to diminish the power of organized labor with new laws prohibiting mandatory union fees in workplaces. So-called right-to-work laws could get votes ...

Man sentenced to prison for transporting minor for sex

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a New York man has been sentenced to 17 ½ years in prison for transporting a minor from West Virginia to Virginia for sex. In a statement, U.S. Attorney Carol Casto said 27-year-old Ian Michael Cramer, of Amherst, New York, was sentenced ...

Justice cuts back vehicles used by the governor’s staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he's cutting five vehicles that were previously used by the governor's staff. According to the governor's office, that's intended to set an example for every department in the state government now facing a budget crisis. Spokesman ...

Former water lab worker sentenced in false sampling scheme

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former water testing lab employee was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday for participating in a false sampling scheme for southern West Virginia coal mines. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2jozkIH) that U.S. District Judge Irene Berger ...

Residents demand thorough investigation of 2014 water crisis

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of Kanawha Valley residents is demanding a full investigation of West Virginia American Water's role in a 2014 chemical spill and a resulting water crisis. Thousands of gallons of a coal-cleaning agent leaked from a Freedom Industries storage tank into the ...

West Virginia Secretary of State’s son receives Purple Heart

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The son of new West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner has received a Purple Heart, more than six years after he was injured in Afghanistan. The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register (http://bit.ly/2iDaKl4 ) report that retired Army captain Steven Warner ...

West Virginia attorney general joins federal rule challenges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has joined 17 Republican counterparts from other states urging Congress adopt stop federal regulation overreach. In a letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence and congressional leaders, they are calling for job-impact ...

West Virginia senator backs Justice on education overhaul

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael says he supports new Gov. Jim Justice's proposal to cut the state government's education bureaucracy. Carmichael, leader of the Republican-controlled Senate, says it's "encouraging" to see a governor ready to make ...