West Virginia News

Glenville State College picks new president

GLENVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Glenville State College's Board of Governors has selected Tracy L. Pellett to be the school's 24th president. Glenville State announced Pellett's appointment in a news release Wednesday. Pellett (pah-LAY) currently serves as provost and vice president for academic ...

West Virginia Strawberry Festival seeks berries for market

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) — Organizers of the West Virginia Strawberry Festival are looking for local growers to stock a market with berries at this year's event. The festival board, the city of Buckhannon and the state Department of Agriculture are working with private farmers to have fresh ...

Morrisey, nursing school begin drug abuse prevention program

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University School of Nursing and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey are embarking on a drug abuse prevention program with eighth-graders. The students and attorney general are trying to raise awareness about opioid abuse prevention. They will share ...

Sen. Joe Manchin to participate in 4 town halls this week

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin plans to participate in four town hall meetings being organized by constituents this week. The West Virginia Democrat says in a news release that first two meetings will be held Thursday morning at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center in ...

Boone school employees: System skipped retirement payments

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — Two Boone County public school employees are suing because they say their paycheck deductions didn't properly go toward paying for requested supplemental retirement and supplemental insurance coverage. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2nlI7g7 ) reports that a ...

West Virginia lawmakers weigh tank registration repeal

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are weighing whether to stop requiring state registration of about 29,000 storage tanks that can hold up to 210 barrels of brine water and crude oil produced in drilling for oil and natural gas. At a House hearing on ...

West Virginia legislative leaders outline budget with cuts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Republican legislative leaders have unveiled the framework for their budget proposal for the coming fiscal year that would cut spending from general revenues to a little over $4 billion. House Speaker Tim Armstead and Senate President Mitch ...

West Virginia education official testifying in Washington

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Community and Technical College System chancellor, Sarah Tucker, is testifying this week before a congressional subcommittee. Tucker will appear before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and ...

Sanders rallies against GOP health care plan at Town Hall

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Following a Town Hall meeting in one of West Virginia's poorest counties U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday that the Senate can defeat the House Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act with a version he said would ...

Nor’easter to bring heavy snow, strong winds to Northeast

NEW YORK (AP) — A powerful nor'easter could bring blizzard conditions and more than a foot of snow to some parts of the Northeast, proving that winter is not done yet. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch from late Monday night through Tuesday evening for New York City and ...

Survey: Elkins residents, local producers want food market

By LYDIA RHODES, The Inter-Mountain ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A recent Elkins Main Street study concludes that Elkins residents want a local food market. Downstream Strategies conducted a survey among Elkins consumers finding there is a large amount of desire and support for a food market in ...

Marshall handling of sex assault complaint under fed review

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education is looking into Marshall University's handling of a student's report that she was sexually assaulted on campus last year. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2niIRT2 ) reports a female student complained to the department's ...

West Virginia State inaugurating Jenkins as president

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University is inaugurating Anthony L. Jenkins as its 11th president this week. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Friday in Ferrell Hall. A ceremonial tree planting will be held at about 3:30 p.m., and a reception in honor of Jenkins and celebrating ...

Bernie Sanders event Sunday in West Virginia

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Former presidential candidate and Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is coming to the coal country of southern West Virginia for a Town Hall meeting about the needs of rural Americans. Sanders will speak Sunday afternoon at Mount ...

Gas pipeline draws support, opposition, in West Virginia

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia residents were divided during the final state public hearing on the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would carry natural gas down the center of West Virginia for 195 miles. Several urged state permit ...

West Virginia legislators OK bills on motorcycles, antlers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Senate has passed legislation to make annual motorcycle registration fees due based on the month they were initially registered instead of February. Senators have also approved a bill to permit the trade and barter of naturally shed deer antlers. ...

US rig count increases 12 this week to 768; Louisiana up 5

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 12 this week to 768. A year ago, 480 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 617 rigs sought oil and 151 explored for natural gas this week. Louisiana ...

State lifts ban on bringing ‘celebration’ food into schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials have lifted the statewide ban on bringing foods like cupcakes into public school classrooms for celebrations. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2nb2cZF ) that the decision to allow people to bring outside non-nutritional food into ...

Cabell, Kanawha counties sue drug distributors

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two of the state's most populous counties have become the latest to file lawsuits accusing prescription drug distributors of fueling the local opioid epidemic by shipping too many pain pills. Media outlets report the commissions for Cabell and Kanawha counties filed ...

West Virginia lawmakers draft budget with more cuts

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Although some West Virginia lawmakers drafted a budget proposal for the coming year emphasizing government cuts, Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday that the Legislature's Republican leadership has failed so far to produce its spending plan halfway ...