West Virginia News

Opening delayed for methanol plant in West Virginia

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — A company official says a methanol plant in West Virginia will open more than a year later than expected. US Methanol CEO Frank Bakker tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the company's facility in Institute is expected to start production in late 2019. When ground ...

Flood emergency declared in 8 West Virginia counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency in eight counties for flooding from heavy rains. The governor's office says in a news release that some emergency evacuations were underway Sunday following severe storms. The declaration is for ...

Man dies after oil tank explosion in West Virginia

WEST UNION, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say one of four people who were hospitalized after oil tanks exploded in West Virginia has died. News outlets report 51-year-old Barry Lattea of Weston died Saturday at a Pittsburgh hospital. A medical examiner determined Lattea died of thermal and ...

Group requests stay of Mountain Valley Pipeline construction

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A citizen group says an environmental project manager for the government has been wrongly signing off on the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Saturday that Bold Alliance says the project manager at the Federal Energy ...

Campus police officer attacked in West Virginia; 6 jailed

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Six people have been arrested after a Marshall University police officer was attacked during a traffic stop. News outlets report the incident happened early Monday after the officer pulled over a speeding vehicle on the Marshall campus in Huntington. Police say the ...

Groups seek more protections for prehistoric-looking fish

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Conservation and environmental groups are seeking more federal protections for a rare fish that's known to exist in only one area of Indiana within the entire Ohio River basin. The lake sturgeons found in Indiana's East Fork of the White River are the species' last known ...

West Virginia man admits role in illegal firearms operation

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has admitted to his role in an illegal firearms operation. Prosecutors say in a news release 52-year-old Tommy Calhoun of Morgantown pleaded guilty in federal court in Clarksburg to one count of conspiracy to violate federal firearms laws. The ...

West Virginia fallen law enforcement officers to be honored

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A memorial ceremony at West Virginia's capitol complex this week will honor the state's 210 fallen law enforcement officers. The ceremony is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Culture Center in Charleston. The public is invited. The ceremony will include a wreath ...

West Virginia gov’s car involved in collision; man arrested

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a vehicle carrying West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and first lady Cathy Justice was struck from behind at an intersection by a man suspected of being under the influence of marijuana. The governor's office says in a statement that the governor and first lady ...

Memorial dedicated at site of West Virginia tank explosion

GHENT, W.Va. (AP) — A memorial to four victims of a deadly propane tank explosion in West Virginia has been dedicated at the site. News outlets report the memorial was dedicated Saturday to four men who died in the January 2007 explosion at the Little General Store in Ghent. Two volunteer ...

Volcanologist at CU offers expertise on eruptions

By CHARLES BOOTHE, Bluefield Daily Telegraph ATHENS, W.Va. (AP) — When Dr. Janine Krippner was 13 years old she watched the film "Dante's Peak" about a fictional volcanic eruption set in Idaho, and it changed her life. "That was when I decided I was going to be volcanologist," she said ...

Wayne County teacher among those paying for program mistakes

By CAITY COYNE, Charleston Gazette-Mail KENOVA, W.Va. (AP) — When Taylor Justice graduated from Marshall University in 2014, she felt relieved to start her teaching career almost debt-free. Scholarships covered most of the tuition for her undergraduate degree. Money was tight, but ...

Students: Progress on diversity efforts lacking since arrest

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — Students at a West Virginia school say they're frustrated with the lack of change on their campus since a black student was taken to the floor by a city police officer and arrested. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Logan High School student, Romeo Johnson, was ...

W.Va. parks to host farm-to-table dinners this summer

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Eight farm-to-table dinners will take place this summer at West Virginia state parks to promote locally produced food. The Register-Herald reports the first event will be June 14 at Pipestem Resort State Park. The dinners are a co-venture among state parks, the West ...

Mountain Valley pipeline protester comes down after 57 days

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — After 57 days and a food blockade orchestrated by law enforcement, the Mountain Valley Pipeline protester known as Nutty has descended from her perch atop a pole in Virginia. The Roanoke Times reports Nutty left the platform suspended from a 50-foot pole blocking a ...

Juvenile dies in ATV crash on Hatfield McCoy Trail

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say a juvenile has died in an all-terrain vehicle accident on the Hatfield McCoy Trail in southern West Virginia. WVVA-TV reports the crash occurred Tuesday on Indian Ridge Trail 14. Katie Willard with the West Virginia Department of Commerce told the station ...

$800M in bonds sold to finance West Virginia road projects

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says $800 million in bonds to finance state road repairs and construction have been sold on Wall Street. Justice says in a news release the bonds were sold this week at a 3.575 percent interest rate, meaning that with interest the state ...

Death reported from West Virginia hepatitis A outbreak

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The first death in West Virginia related to an outbreak of hepatitis A has occurred in Kanawha County, health officials said Thursday. The state Bureau for Public Health said in a news release that a 33-year-old Kanawha County resident died Wednesday. The statement ...

Cross-country bikers honoring veterans stop in West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Bikers from 15 states and Norway in this year's cross-country National Veterans Awareness Ride have stopped in a West Virginia city to honor former service members. The Exponent Telegram reports the bikers rode through Clarksburg on Thursday to recognize local ...

Mine issued violation notices in bulldozer driver’s death

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A mine in West Virginia has been issued three violation notices over the death of a man in a bulldozer that plunged 100 feet (30 meters) when the ground underneath gave way. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the state's Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety ...