West Virginia News

Sen. Joe Manchin assembles campaign team for 2018 election

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has assembled his campaign team for the 2018 election. The West Virginia Democrat announced Wednesday that longtime friend Larry Puccio will serve as his re-election campaign's senior adviser. Puccio served as chief of staff when Manchin was ...

Mayor of West Virginia city resigns after DUI arrest

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — The mayor of a West Virginia city has resigned following his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving. Media outlets report that Princeton Mayor Dewey Russell resigned Wednesday but will remain on the city council. Mercer County Sheriff's Deputy T.A. Lacy says Russell ...

Ex-West Virginia school employees sentenced for embezzlement

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — Two former West Virginia school system employees have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison apiece for embezzlement. Media outlets report David Bryan Jarrell and Tracy L. Harvey were sentenced Wednesday in Boone County Circuit Court. Jarrell was the transportation ...

WVU facility helps research on impact of inhaling particles

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University has established a new Inhalation Facility for researchers to identify particles people breathe and how they affect their health. Timothy Nurkiewicz, a microvascular physiologist in the School of Medicine's Department of Physiology, ...

Parachutists to gather in West Virginia for Bridge Day

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Thrillseekers from across the globe are converging on West Virginia for an annual bridge-jumping event. Saturday's Bridge Day festival in Fayetteville is being held for the 38th year. It is the one day a year that it's legal to jump off the 876-foot high span ...

Doctor at West Virginia hospital admits to drug charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say a 60-year-old physician has pleaded guilty to a drug charge, admitting he obtained the powerful painkiller fentanyl by fraudulently entering the name of a patient on whom he didn't intend to use it at a veterans' hospital in West ...

3,000 pumpkins need carvers for West Virginia display

KENOVA, W.Va. (AP) — With more than 3,000 pumpkins to carve for his West Virginia home's annual Halloween display, Ric Griffith is looking for some volunteers to tackle the task. The Herald-Dispatch reports Griffith has the pumpkins set up in rows ready to be turned into jack-o'-lanterns and ...

West Virginia city passes gay rights ordinance

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The city of Morgantown has added protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents to a human rights ordinance. Media report the City Council voted unanimously to expand the city's anti-discrimination language as part of a complete overhaul of its ...

Report: West Virginia childhood adversity tops US average

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A foundation studying health issues says 52 percent of West Virginia children have had at least one adverse experience that could impair their long-term welfare. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says that's higher than the 46 percent national average, representing ...

WV lawmakers hear proposals for elected state school board

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia lawmakers heard Tuesday about general proposals to allow voters to elect state Board of Education members and allow lawmakers themselves to reject and amend policies that the state school board passes. The ...

Harvest Time at the Mill is all about celebration of the farmstead, fall

By VICTORIA L. CANN The Weston News WESTON, W.Va. — Harvest Time at the Mill will be back for the second year at WVU Jackson’s Mill farmstead to bring the community together and celebrate the end of the year. “It’s just a great community event that’s free,” he said. ...

WV struggles with increase in foster children

By TAYLOR STUCK The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 6,100 children are in the West Virginia foster care system as of October and the number keeps growing, according to the acting Bureau for Children and Families commissioner Linda Watts. Watts spoke Tuesday ...

Tamarack to host pumpkin painting contest

The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — As part of its Spooktacular festival, Tamarack is hosting a pumpkin painting contest. Members of the public are invited to enter the contest, and the first 100 people to register will receive a free t-shirt. Pumpkins are now available for ...

Official: Decision on hydroelectric pump storage facility expected in 2018

By CHARLIE BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph HOT SPRINGS, VA. — If Tazewell County gets a $2 billion hydroelectric pump storage facility, it will be very much like the one in Bath County, Va. Dominion Energy, which owns the Bath County facility, is proposing a similar pump station in ...

W.Va. leads nation in new spectator sport: ‘binge racing’

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — For a special breed of TV superfans, this isn't streaming. This is a gusher. Behold the spectator sport known as "binge racing," defined as plowing through a streaming-network series' full season in less than 24 hours after the release ...

Guilty plea but no jail for jewel thief and W.Va. native Doris Payne, 87

CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) — A notorious jewel thief recently arrested at a Georgia Walmart store got no jail time during her latest court appearance. Doris Payne, at 87, has stolen about $2 million in jewels over the last six decades. She was arrested July 17 for a misdemeanor shoplifting charge ...

12 specialty crop block grants awarded in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Twelve agriculture projects in West Virginia will receive federal specialty crop block grants. State agricultural officials say in a news release that the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $230,000 in grants for projects aimed at enhancing the competiveness of ...

Trial begins for man charged in coal executive’s killing

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial began this week for the man accused of pulling the trigger in the 2016 fatal shooting of a longtime coal executive in West Virginia. Mingo County Prosecutor Duke Jewell said in opening statements Monday that 22-year-old Anthony Raheem Arriaga of Ohio told ...

Agency urges committee to properly fund stream gauges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Members of the Joint Legislative Committee on Flooding have heard warnings that West Virginia needs more comprehensive funding for the stream gauges that help warn residents of impending high waters. West Virginia Conservation Agency Executive Director Brian Farkas ...