West Virginia News

W.Va. gov makes public employee insurance recommendations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A task force subcommittee studying fixes to a health insurance program for West Virginia public employees has forwarded recommendations made by Gov. Jim Justice to the full committee. The recommendations made by Justice on Tuesday would give employees in counties ...

Site of 2014 West Virginia chemical spill to be auctioned

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The former site of a company that spilled chemicals into a West Virginia river is going up for auction. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Monday the former Freedom Industries site will be available at an auction next week. A chemical known as Crude MCHM spilled ...

Ex-WVU interim president to leave nearly $1M to school

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A former interim president of West Virginia University is leaving nearly $1 million to the school in his will. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that C. Peter Magrath announced the gift Nov. 14 during the university's second annual Day of Giving. Magrath served as ...

17 apply for Loughry’s seat on West Virginia Supreme Court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Seventeen people have applied for a vacancy on the West Virginia Supreme Court following the resignation of Justice Allen Loughry. Gov. Jim Justice's office released the list Tuesday. Interviews are scheduled for Dec. 11. Among the applicants are Kanawha County ...

Police: Woman’s remains recovered 35 years after slaying

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say they have recovered the remains of a slain woman last seen in 1983. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin announced Monday that authorities located the remains of 21-year-old Leslie Diane Marty last ...

Police: Man flees from officer, arrested in chest-deep creek

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A court filing says a West Virginia man ran from the back seat of a police officer's cruiser and jumped into a creek before he was apprehended in the chest-deep water. The Exponent Telegram quotes the criminal complaint as saying 22-year-old Daniel Matthew Brown was ...

‘hillbilly:’ Documentary draws discussion of regional portrayal

By MATT COMBS The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — Interweaving historical footage, modern-day interviews and familial interactions in eastern Kentucky, the recently released documentary “hillbilly” shows the complexity of the people of Appalachia against the single-minded, often ...

WVU showcase focuses on sustainable economic development from natural gas

WVU Today MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — As an energy-producing state that has experienced its share of boom-bust cycles, West Virginia has struggled to create an energy economy with stable, good paying jobs for its residents. The Center for Innovation for Gas Research and Utilization at West ...

Mountain State to begin collecting internet sales taxes

By CONOR GRIFFITH NCWV Media CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As a result of a U.S. Supreme Court case, the 2018 holiday season will be the last in which shoppers in the Mountain State can take advantage of tax-free shopping for online retail giants such as Amazon or eBay. Beginning in January, ...

Bomb dogs sweep stands for explosives before every WVU game

By WILLIAM DEAN, The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Before 60,000 or more screaming fans fill the seats at Mountaineer Field to cheer the football team, to a trio of noses works hard to make sure Milan Puskar Stadium is safe for all. Ginger, a 7-year-old field golden retriever; ...

Quilt mural adds color to West Virginia town

By TIM MACVEAN, The Inter-Mountain ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — Kiana Hartman, 21, spent the better part of a year — using more than a dozen different colors — to create a quilt mural at Space-ial Places Storage Units on Randolph Avenue in Elkins. "I kind of went by a design that I found online ...

GOP majority renominates Hanshaw as W.Va. House speaker

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Majority Republicans in the West Virginia House of Delegates have renominated Roger Hanshaw as speaker. The House says in a news release the move occurred Sunday during a private caucus meeting at the state Capitol. The full House will vote on a speaker on the first ...

West Virginia Christmas tree lighting set for Tuesday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's annual Joyful Night celebration and tree lighting ceremony will be held this week at the state Capitol Complex in Charleston. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the south plaza with performances from West Virginia high school bands. Gov. Jim ...

Justice family companies agree to settlement with regulators

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's family companies have paid their bills after agreeing to a discounted settlement over payment of coal transportation fees. Justice's companies paid $175,282 to the West Virginia Public Service Commission. According to PSC ...

2 West Virginia troopers suspended after suspect beaten

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia state troopers have been suspended and the governor has ordered an investigation into a traffic stop in which he says the troopers were seen on a dashcam video beating a 16-year-old male suspect. The troopers in ...

West Virginia man arrested in fatal shooting days later

JEFFERSON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia man charged with first-degree murder in a shooting has been arrested. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office tells news outlets in a statement 33-year-old Douglas "Fatty" Kidd III was apprehended Thursday evening. The Nitro resident was ...

Hepatitis A cases rising in southern West Virginia

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials say a West Virginia county reported a five-fold increase in hepatitis A cases within two months. The Register-Herald (https://bit.ly/2DUzT9l ) reports hepatitis A cases in Raleigh County rose from 19 at the end of September to 100 at the end of ...

West Virginia Senate mulls next steps in impeachment drama

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The leader of West Virginia's Senate said he's mulling his options after the state Supreme Court refused to revisit a ruling that halted the impeachment process of several justices. "At this point, one branch of government has to be ...