West Virginia News

West Virginia governor visits site of warehouse fire

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State funding is sustaining the emergency response to a 4-day-old fire at a warehouse in Parkersburg, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said. Justice on Tuesday toured the 420,000-foot warehouse property owned by Intercontinental Export ...

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition founder Dianne Bady dies

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition says its founder, Dianne Bady, has died of cancer. The environmental and social justice group started by Bady in 1987 announced her death in a statement Tuesday. She was 67. The statement says Bady died Monday at a hospice ...

WVU Research Corp. gets $1.3M to develop sensors

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. Senators say a $1.3 million grant from the federal Office of Fossil Energy will go to the West Virginia University Research Corp. to support efforts to develop sensors that monitor corrosion in coal-fired power generation boilers. The project is ...

Man who admitted to dismembering his wife has been sentenced

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to shooting his wife and dismembering her body last year has been sentenced to up to 40 years in prison. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports 36-year-old Woody Alfred Wood Jr. pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Rebecca Wood in ...

West Virginia portal to test residents’ internet speed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council is asking state residents to use its new test portal to accurately measure the speed of their internet service. The council's mission is to provide affordable and accessible broadband service throughout West ...

Gov issues emergency call in West Virginia fire

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on a fire at a former warehouse in Parkersburg, West Virginia (all times local): 4:30 p.m. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency in a county where a fire at an old warehouse continues to smolder. The governor says in a news ...

Miner found dead at coal processing plant in West Virginia

PETTUS, W.Va. (AP) — State and federal investigators are trying to determine what killed a 48-year-old miner found Monday at a coal mining operation in Raleigh County. James Ray Adkins of Colcord, West Virginia, was discovered missing at approximately 7:10 a.m. at Marfork Coal Co.'s Horse ...

Military building dedicated to fallen West Virginia soldier

SANFORD, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina National Guard has dedicated a building to a fallen West Virginia National Guard soldier. A news release says a ceremony Friday dedicated the Sanford Readiness Center to Sgt. DeForest Talbert. Sgt. DeForest Talbert was an armor crewman assigned to the ...

WVU students win national management competition

By CONOR GRIFFITH, The State Journal MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The Mountaineers that won this year's Race to the Case Supply Chain Management Competition credited their victory to teamwork and trust in one another's specialties. On Oct. 8 industrial engineering majors James Carnes and Ashley ...

FAA: Wind blows hot air balloon onto Pennsylvania steeple

BOBTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says it appears wind blew a hot air balloon onto a Pennsylvania church steeple after the balloon had safely landed nearby. The balloon had been participating in a Balloons Over Morgantown event in West Virginia, about 14 miles away, ...

WVU researcher applying Iceland’s lessons about teens here

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University researcher is working in two counties to apply lessons about peer groups from Iceland where he says teenage use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco has been "virtually eradicated." Alfgeir Kristjansson, assistant professor in WVU's School of ...

Fire continues to smolder in former West Virginia tool plant

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Public schools are closed in a West Virginia county where a fire in an old warehouse continues to smolder. Rain was forecast Monday in Parkersburg, where the former Ames tool plant caught fire on Saturday. The weather forecast and concerns over smoke prompted ...

Fire at West Virginia home kills man, dog

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a man and a dog died in a weekend fire in West Virginia. WSAZ-TV reports that Logan Fire Department crews responded to the fire early Sunday morning and were able to quickly put it out. They tried to revive the man found inside. Logan Fire Chief Scott ...

Mine safety nomination follows history as coal executive

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The retired coal company executive from West Virginia chosen by Republican President Trump to oversee U.S. mining safety says his first priority is preventing people from getting hurt and that he replaced the managers of a mine ...

Jury finds man guilty in longtime coal exec’s killing

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — A jury on Friday convicted the accused trigger man in the 2016 fatal shooting of a longtime coal executive in West Virginia. According to news outlets, 22-year-old Anthony Raheem Arriaga of Ohio was found guilty of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two ...

Pharmacy students reach out to elementary schools

By BEN CALWELL, The Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of white-coated pharmacy students from the University of Charleston visited Richmond Elementary School in South Charleston on Oct. 9. Their mission? To inspire a new generation of "Pharmacy Heroes." The first-year ...

West Virginia man creates lifestyle fitness brand

By MATT WELCH, The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — When Michael Seal lays down on a weight bench, stretches his muscles and prepares to rep whatever weight he's thrown on the bar that day, he closes his eyes and remembers a time when working out and eating right wasn't an integral part of ...

Bridge Day this year marks New River Gorge Bridge’s 40th anniversary

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In 1977, Eddie Miller was among the first people to walk on the New River Gorge Bridge. On Saturday, he’ll do it again, for the first time in 40 years. As it does every year, the bridge will close to vehicular ...

Morgantown council votes unanimously to add LGBT protections

By ERIN BECK Charleston Gazette-Mail MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Morgantown has added protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents to a human rights ordinance. “The only thing I’d say is this simply verbalized the kind of community I really hope that we are,” ...

West Virginia Home Rule Board meets at Elkins City Hall

By TIM MacVEAN The Inter-Mountain ELKINS, W.Va.  — Members of the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board hosted their quarterly meeting Thursday morning in the Elkins City Hall Council Chamber. The goal of the meeting was to take action on six plans submitted by the city of ...