West Virginia News

Suddenly, cost-cutting states turn friendly to teachers

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Schoolteacher raises of $5,000 are on the table in Texas — a proposed pay hike that ranks among the biggest in the U.S. since a wave of teacher unrest began last year. But protests aren't why the money is suddenly available. Texas ...

Reimbursement for W.Va. temporary classrooms announced

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia school district is in line to receive more than $1 million through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance program for temporary classrooms purchased after 2016 flooding. Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and Democratic ...

West Virginia crime lab reduces pending cases

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say the West Virginia State Police Forensic Lab has reduced pending cases by more than half. News outlets report a statement from police says the backlog at the end of 2016 was nearly 5,000 cases but that has been reduced to 2,300 cases. West ...

W.Va. to receive $14.6M from feds to fight opioid addiction

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will receive $14.6 million in federal funds to fight opioid addiction. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding in a news release Thursday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant funding is used by ...

Hoops fans line up to bet (legally) on March Madness tourney

By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — College basketball fans lined up at casinos and racetracks or furiously tapped smartphone screens Thursday to get down bets on March Madness, many in states where it is legal for the first time. Joe Palumbo of West Babylon, New ...

Video shows teen’s beating during West Virginia traffic stop

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A police dashcam video released Thursday shows a West Virginia police officer kicking and punching a handcuffed teenage boy on the ground and kneeling on his shoulder during a November traffic stop. Berkeley County Prosecutor Catie ...

Free job fair planned in West Virginia city

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is hosting a job fair with more than 270 employers at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. The fair will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Toyota, Amazon, Northrop Grumman, Gestamp, N3 and other companies will be on hand for the free ...

West Virginia Ethics Commission offering training session

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Anyone wanting to learn more about the West Virginia Ethics Act and Open Meetings Act can attend a training session next month in Charles Town. The West Virginia Ethics Commission says the event will be at the Charles Washington Hall at 7 p.m. April 10. Registration ...

With black lung fund in jeopardy, taxpayers could foot bill

By DYLAN LOVAN Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Trump administration and coal industry allies are insisting that a federal black lung trust fund will continue to pay benefits to sick miners despite a drastic cut in funding. But the expected shortfalls will be covered by taxpayers ...

Police: Appalachian Power worker killed in W.Va. accident

HARTS, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say an electric company employee has died in an accident at a customer's home. News outlets report the accident happened Wednesday morning in the Harts community of Lincoln County. State police say an Appalachian Power truck with the driver inside ...

Fired West Virginia trooper indicted in excessive force case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia state trooper who was fired after an investigation into a traffic stop beating was indicted in federal court Wednesday. A grand jury indicted 29-year-old Michael Kennedy of Morgantown on one count of deprivation of rights under color of law ...

Gov. Justice appoints doctor to state education board

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a doctor to the state board of education. The Republican governor announced Wednesday that Daniel Snavely will fill a vacant seat on the nine-member board. He says Snavely works as the medical director at St. Mary's Regional Wound ...

Alleged gun theft by federal guard prompts call for probe

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former federal guard accused of stealing firearms from a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' disposal facility has prompted a U.S. senator to call for an investigation. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Wednesday that Republican Wisconsin Sen. ...

W.Va. suit accuses diocese of knowingly employing pedophiles

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Catholic diocese and its former bishop in West Virginia knowingly employed pedophiles and failed to conduct adequate background checks on camp and school workers, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the state attorney ...

Assistant principal accused of harassing trans boy loses job

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — An assistant principal accused of harassing a transgender student will be out of his job after this school year. The board of education in Harrison County, West Virginia, voted to not renew a probationary contract for Lee Livengood, who allegedly followed a teenager ...

Poling named circuit judge in West Virginia’s Raleigh County

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A new judge has been appointed to West Virginia's 10th Judicial Circuit Court. Gov. Jim Justice named Darl W. Poling of Beckley to the seat, which was vacated by Judge John Hutchison. Hutchison was appointed justice of the state Supreme Court. The 10th Circuit serves ...

Ex-W.Va. security guard accused of firearms theft

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former security guard at a federal facility in West Virginia has been indicted on charges that he stole and sold firearms and ammunition. Prosecutors say a federal grand jury indicted 52-year-old Christopher Lee Yates of Martinsburg related to the thefts from a ...

Court upholds $1.6M judgment against W.Va. consulting firm

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that a West Virginia consulting firm must pay more than $1.6 million in back wages and damages to 70 employees. The U.S. Labor Department says in a news release the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower ...

W.Va. suit accuses diocese of knowingly employing pedophiles

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general has sued a local Catholic diocese and its former bishop, claiming they knowingly employed pedophiles. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the suit against the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and Bishop Michael Bransfield on ...

Judge tosses Ohio’s lawsuit against gas pipeline developer

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A judge has tossed out a lawsuit Ohio filed against the developers of a $4.2 billion natural gas pipeline that stretches from West Virginia to Michigan. The lawsuit sought to force the builders of the Rover Pipeline to pay fines for what Ohio regulators said were numerous ...