West Virginia News

Coal severance money allows county sheriff to hire deputies

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say a West Virginia county sheriff's office has hired four deputies after it had $240,000 in budget cuts during the last few years. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday that the McDowell County Sheriff's Office now has 13 deputies. County budget cuts ...

K-9 dies after air conditioner stops working in cruiser

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia authorities say a police K-9 has died after being pulled from a cruiser with a malfunctioning air conditioner. The Hancock County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post Monday that 4-year-old Midas was in his vehicle kennel when the cruiser's air ...

West Virginia official sues home improvement contractor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general is suing a contractor who allegedly accepted down payments for home improvements that were never completed. Patrick Morrisey filed a lawsuit in Harrison County Circuit Court accusing Clarksburg-based Vision Home Improvements, its ...

Democrat Manchin undecided on Kavanaugh after 2-hour meeting

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The first Democratic senator to sit down with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Monday he's not ready to say how he'll vote, but Kavanaugh did pick up the backing of Kentucky's Rand Paul, the only Republican in the narrowly ...

Filing opens next month for West Virginia Supreme Court seat

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Candidates interested in seeking an unexpired term on the West Virginia Supreme Court can file next month for a special election. Secretary of State Mac Warner says the filing dates for the seat of former Justice Menis Ketchum will run from Aug. 6 through Aug. 21. ...

Pharmacist charged with supplying pill mills in 2 states

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Kentucky pharmacist is accused of making custom pills to supply to two pill mills in West Virginia and one in Virginia. The Charleston Gazette-Mail cites court documents that say Karl O'Dell met with the managers of an unnamed pain clinic with locations is ...

Sheriff’s car strikes, kills man, 88, who ran stop sign

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — An 88-year-old man who authorities say ran a stop sign was struck and killed by a car driven by a West Virginia sheriff. West Virginia State Trooper S.D. Brody tells The Herald-Dispatch that Mike Carter Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene in Cabell County on Sunday ...

West Virginia worker who rescued 2 from burning car honored

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has honored a West Virginia state employee who rescued a woman and her child from their disabled vehicle on Interstate 68 in Monongalia County. Justice recognized Department of Transportation worker Tina Bragg as a hero at a news conference ...

Ex-youth choir director sentenced to prison for embezzlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A woman who stole nearly $100,000 from a youth choir organization in West Virginia has been sentenced to prison. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports 51-year-old Jacqueline Holly Portillo was sentenced Monday by a Kanawha County Circuit Court judge to four concurrent ...

West Virginia governor says state hotel occupancy is growing

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say hotel occupancy has climbed from last year. Gov. Jim Justice and other officials announced last week that statewide hotel occupancy grew around 16 percent in June from the same month in 2017. Officials say the growth produced a 20 percent ...

Wife accuses Maryland county official of domestic violence

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A Maryland county official's wife has accused him of domestic violence. The Herald-Mail reports Katrina Baker wrote in a Washington County District Court filing that county Board of Commissioners President Terry Baker slapped, shoved and verbally abused her over two ...

Case against man in woman’s 1972 killing dismissed

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — Prosecutors say a case against a man indicted in the December 1972 slaying of a woman in West Virginia has been dismissed based on missing evidence. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports the case against 76-year-old Tommie Lee Mollohan was dismissed without prejudice ...

West Virginia jail to launch addiction recovery program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia jail is set to launch a new pilot program aimed at helping inmates overcome drug addiction. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports the program was announced Wednesday by the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety secretary, Jeff Sandy. ...

West Virginia museum officials want to rebuild after fire

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say they will likely rebuild after a fire heavily damaged the Point Pleasant River Museum in West Virginia. Museum Director Jack Fowler told The Gazette-Mail that he's "very confident" that the museum will be back, though he said the building still need ...

West Virginia State Fair gearing up for start next week

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The 10-day West Virginia State Fair kicks off next week, and thousand are expected to visit the showcase in Lewisburg. Organizers say one new event this year offers a Best of Fair Food contest, with 10 new items from food vendors that fairgoers can try and vote ...

Judge: Opioid distribution data not for public consumption

By GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press A federal judge has ruled that state and local governments cannot publicize federal government data about where prescription opioids were distributed, a blow to news organizations seeking to report more deeply on the nation's overdose and addiction ...

West Virginia delegate traveling to Taiwan this week

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Delegate Joshua Higginbotham is traveling to Taiwan on a trade promotion trip this week. The House said in a news release that the Putnam County Republican and some other lawmakers were leaving Friday and returning Aug. 4. The Taiwan Economic Cultural ...

University president calls proposed funding model ‘flawed’

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A co-chair on a state education panel has accused the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission of being an agency of regulations rather than oversight. West Virginia University President Gordon Gee, who co-chairs the Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher ...

Appeals court sides with environmentalists in pipeline case

By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press McLEAN, Va. (AP) — An appeals court on Friday sided with environmentalists who challenged the decision by federal agencies to allow construction of a 300-mile natural gas pipeline on a swath of national forest. The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel ...

Ohio River commission debates dropping pollution standards

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An interstate commission that monitors the Ohio River's health is considering eliminating its pollution control standards, raising concerns among representatives from states including Indiana. A majority of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission voted last ...