West Virginia News

Flood restoration company sues W.Va.’s governor-elect

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice's businesses are being sued by a flood restoration company for unpaid bills, after cleanup crews restored parts of the Greenbrier following flooding that hit parts of the state in late June. Attorneys for BMS CAT, a company ...

As 114th Congress limped to a close, uncertainty is ahead

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — The 114th Congress has limped to a close, two years of partisan acrimony punctuated by the occasional burst of bipartisan deal-making in the waning days of Barack Obama's presidency. Ahead is uncertainty, as the GOP ...

US rig count up 27 this week to 624; Texas adds 17

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 27 this week to 624. A year ago, 709 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have curtailed exploration, although the rig count has been rising in recent weeks. Houston oilfield services ...

Parkways authority supports keeping tolls past 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State Parkways Authority members have approved a resolution calling for tolls to remain on the West Virginia Turnpike after current bonds are paid off in 2019. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2hnRj3A ) reports authority members contend removing the tolls ...

Former Sugar Grove naval base to become health care campus

SUGAR GROVE, W.Va. (AP) — A former Navy base in Pendleton County has been sold and is going to be repurposed as a health care campus for active-duty military personnel and West Virginia residents. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2hf4st0 ) the General Services ...

Beckley jobs to be available ahead of 2018 Census test

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Jobs will soon be available in southern West Virginia involving a 2018 Census Test that will be performed in preparation for the 2020 Census. The Register-Herald of Beckley (http://bit.ly/2gJt6B1 ) reports that a nine-county area that includes Bluefield, Beckley and ...

McConnell to coal-state Dems: Accept 4-month deal for miners

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Coal-state Democrats who are threatening a government shutdown over health benefits for retired miners should "take yes for answer" and stop stalling a short-term spending bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday. One ...

South Charleston man charged with killing, injuring cats

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A South Charleston man has been arrested after officials say he killed and injured cats. Media outlets report that 37-year-old Wayne Nelson Mallory is charged with three misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. A criminal complaint says neighbors of Mallory ...

West Virginia AFL-CIO president announces retirement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Longtime president of the West Virginia AFL-CIO Kenny Perdue has announced plans to retire at the end of the year. Perdue has been the organization's president since 2004 and previously was its secretary-treasurer and vice president. It has more than 575 ...

West Virginia reports tax collections below estimates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia tax authorities say the state collected $295.6 million in November and $1.53 billion for the first five months of the state's current fiscal year, both lower than budget estimates. The Department of Revenue reports the shortfalls are $4.1 million for ...

Paving companies want lawsuit over asphalt costs dismissed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than a half-dozen paving companies accused of developing a statewide monopoly to inflate the cost of asphalt have called for the case to be thrown out. Booth Goodwin, an attorney for the defendants, said in a court filing Monday that the case should be ...

Kanawha County teachers revive heating, AC grievance

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of teachers is moving forward with a grievance filed in August against the Kanawha County school system over cooling and heating issues that the teachers say are still ongoing. Ben Franklin Career Center teacher Julie Wiles tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail ...

Trump a winner in spending bill; retired miners out of luck

By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump emerges as a winner in the final version of the must-pass spending bill as congressional Republicans tacked on an expedited process for ensuring his nominee for defense secretary can serve. Michigan's ...

Morgantown man pleads guilty to manslaughter in beating

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A Morgantown man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the beating death of another man in December. WBOY-TV reports that 46-year-old Darrell Burford, originally indicted on a murder charge, could face three to 15 years in prison following his guilty plea to the ...

Court documents: Murder suspect violated federal probation

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Court documents show a Nettie man charged with murder recently used methamphetamine while on probation. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2gdVsCd ) that according to a criminal complaint, 44-year-old Terry Lee Hughes shot and killed 45-year-old ...

West Virginia attorney general sues pharmacy for pill volume

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general has sued a pharmacy in Boone County, alleging it provided too many highly addictive painkillers over more than a decade. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says Larry's Drive-In Pharmacy helped fuel the state's opioid prescription ...

West Virginia 3-year-old found along street; parents charged

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in Madison said they've arrested the parents of a 3-year-old girl who was found only in diapers overnight in a street a half mile from her home. Madison Police Chief Chet Burgess tells media outlets that Stephen Brian Ball and Norrieca Ann Bryant were arraigned ...

Amid corruption probe, highway engineers’ second jobs eyed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Amid a federal corruption probe, the West Virginia Department of Transportation is cracking down on highway engineers who have second jobs with private firms that pose a conflict of interest. The department has ordered employees to disclose by Dec. 16 if they've ...

Justice team taps advisers on economy, energy, environment

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The incoming Justice administration has selected chairmen of committees to recommend economic, energy and environmental policies. Governor-elect Jim Justice's transition team says four people have been named co-chairs of the committee on economic ...

Martinsburg officials grant exception for detox facility

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Martinsburg officials have voted to allow the establishment of a proposed detox and crisis center after hours of heated debate. The Journal (http://bit.ly/2h36XhG ) reports that the Martinsburg Board of Zoning Appeals voted unanimously Tuesday to grant a special ...