West Virginia News

West Virginia resort to observe longtime greeter’s birthday

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia is honoring longtime hotel greeter Frank Mosley with a birthday celebration. The White Sulphur Springs resort says in a news release that a party is planned Saturday to celebrate Mosley's 85th birthday and his 59th ...

Funeral set for West Virginia firefighter killed in accident

BELLE, W.Va. (AP) — Services are being held for a West Virginia firefighter whose firetruck slammed into a rock wall while responding to a fatal accident. The funeral for Pratt Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Tom Craigo is Tuesday at Riverside High School in Belle. Craigo and assistant fire ...

Justice appoints new head of School Building Authority

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has appointed former schools superintendent David L. Roach as executive director of the West Virginia School Building Authority. Media reports say Roach will replace Frank "Bucky" Blackwell as head of the School Building Authority. Blackwell ...

Funeral held for 1 of 2 West Virginia firefighters

BELLE, W.Va. (AP) — Firefighters from across West Virginia joined a large crowd of mourners Saturday to remember an assistant fire chief who died when his fire truck crashed into a rock wall on a highway. More than 2,500 people made their way to Riverside High School for the funeral of Pratt ...

Police pursuit ends with the death of West Virginia man

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A police pursuit that ended in a hail of gunfire has left a West Virginia man dead. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Kanawha Metro 911 dispatchers said Dunbar police officers began chasing a vehicle driven by 39-year-old Rodney Toler on Thursday. They say ...

Federal prison project in Kentucky wins final approval

By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press Federal officials have approved a long-discussed plan to build another prison in eastern Kentucky, sealing a deal to bring hundreds of jobs to an area hard hit by the loss of coal work. U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers said he was notified Friday by Attorney General ...

Hospitality training program taps West Virginia kindness

By CAITY COYNE, The Charleston Gazette-Mail FOSTER, W.Va. (AP) — Between coal mines, mountains and rivers, there is one resource in Southern West Virginia educators at Boone Career and Technical Center feel is untapped — the kindness of its people. "There is no place that has hospitality ...

West Virginia governor’s coal firm sued over $1M settlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A coal company owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is being sued for not paying $1 million in a settlement agreement. Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings submitted this week by Dennis Ray Johnson II accuse Kentucky Fuel Corp. of paying only a portion of a $2 million ...

West Virginia bill to limit use of settlement funds vetoed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has vetoed a bill that sought to limit fellow Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's use of money from lawsuit settlements. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the governor this week vetoed legislation to put a $7 million cap on ...

2 firefighters in West Virginia accused of starting fires

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — An investigation by West Virginia State Fire Marshals has led to arrests and charges for two firefighters accused of starting fires and reporting false emergencies. Eighteen-year-old Landy Michael Chapman and 19-year-old Allen Black have been removed from the Ona and ...

Worker hospitalized after legs crushed by garbage truck

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A sanitation worker in West Virginia has been hospitalized after he slipped off the back of a reversing garbage truck and was partially crushed. Bluefield Police Department Sgt. Kenny Adams tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the man was crushed from his toes to ...

Justice proposes special session to create arts department

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has proposed calling a special legislative session in May to deal with creating a Department of Arts and Culture and History. According to media reports, Justice says he has been working with legislative leaders to create the new ...

3 states receive federal grants for addiction recovery

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is among three states sharing additional federal funding to help stem the opioid addiction crisis. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker announced the funds during a visit Friday to a recovery center in South Boston. The money will be used to support programs that help ...

West Virginia governor signs food stamp bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's governor has signed a bill to impose the federal 20-hour weekly work requirement for many food stamp recipients statewide. Gov. Jim Justice signed the bill Tuesday, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported . It applies to people ages 18 to 49 who aren't ...

Toll increases mulled along West Virginia Turnpike

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The agency that oversees the West Virginia Turnpike is considering toll increases. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the West Virginia Parkways Authority unveiled a preliminary study during a finance committee meeting Tuesday in Charleston. Passenger vehicles ...

Funeral set for West Virginia firefighter killed in crash

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Funeral services have been set for one of the West Virginia firefighters killed while responding to a fatal highway crash. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state fire marshal's office said Tuesday that funeral services for Lt. Thomas Craigo of the Pratt ...

Needle exchange program to resume in West Virginia city

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia health department will resume its needle exchange program once it can comply with new rules issued by a police chief. Kanawha-Charleston Health Department President Brenda Isaac tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail the needle exchange portion of its harm ...

West Virginia University adding addiction studies minor

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University will begin offering a new minor this fall aimed at preparing students to assist in substance use treatment and related areas. The university's College of Education and Human Services' minor in addiction studies will be open to undergraduate ...

Needle exchange suspended in West Virginia city

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia health department has suspended its needle exchange program after a police chief issued new rules for the program. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department suspended the needle exchange portion of its harm reduction ...

Vatican grants official blessing to proposed hospital merger

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Vatican has granted its official blessing to a proposed West Virginia hospital merger, the last step needed before the transaction could be finalized. The Pallotine Missionary Sisters announced Monday in a joint statement from the health care facilities that the ...