West Virginia News

Secessionists push for South to break away from US again

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — As 21st century activists seek to topple monuments to the 19th century Confederate rebellion, some white Southerners are again advocating for what the Confederates tried and failed to do: secede from the Union. It's not an easy ...

Fall trials set for 2 charged in killing of coal executive

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — Two men are headed to trial in the fatal shooting of a former coal executive in southern West Virginia. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that 22-year-old Anthony Raheem Arriaga of Ohio will head to trial Sept. 5 in the May 2016 death of Bennett Hatfield. Brandon ...

West Virginia officials ask 130k voters for address updates

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia secretary of state is asking more than 130,000 voters to update their address. Media outlets report that the request from Secretary of State Mac Warner's office will come in the form of postcards in the next few days. The request aims to help the ...

Contestants and chickens judged on how well they perform

By JOHN MCVEY, The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Dominick Gagum waited patiently with his grandmother, Mary Vanorsdale, Wednesday afternoon, to be called for the Berkeley County Youth Fair Junior Poultry Showmanship competition. Eleven-year-old Dominick has been a member of the Tomahawk ...

Teen Court Program would allow peers to prosecute, defend

By EVAN BEVINS, The News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The chairman of Parkersburg's Youth Advisory Committee on Monday outlined a Teen Court program he and supporters say could provide a positive alternative for students starting down a negative path. Michael Hess, a Parkersburg ...

Year after flood, entire Greenbrier River Trail reopens

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A year after flooding severely damaged the Greenbrier River Trail in West Virginia, all 78 miles of it has reopened. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the last remaining obstacle was removing debris that blocked an 11-mile section in Greenbrier County. Sam England, ...

County Democratic chairman resigns following Justice switch

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Democratic Party executive committee chairman from Greenbrier County has resigned following Gov. Jim Justice's flip from Democrat to Republican. Paul Moya has resigned, telling the Charleston Gazette-Mail that Justice's change back to the Republican Party is ...

Mushroom production workshop offered in Talcott

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University Extension Service is offering a free workshop on culinary mushroom production. The program is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Sprouting Farms Appalachian Croft, Resource and Training Center in Talcott. Indoor and outdoor growing methods ...

Florida mom drove to West Virginia with daughter’s body

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A woman drove for two days with her dead 11-year-old daughter in her truck before hitting a guard rail in West Virginia, where authorities say witnesses saw her dragging the body into the woods. The driver, 37-year-old Erica Newsome, has been jailed on charges of ...

Mine Wars Museum receives grant for anniversary project

MATEWAN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum has received a $30,000 challenge grant for a project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Blair Mountain in 2021. The National Endowment for the Humanities announced the grant last week. The museum is located in ...

Police: Man breaks into estranged wife’s home

MOHAWK, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been arrested after he broke into his estranged wife's home with several weapons. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports 30-year-old Benjamin Hodges was charged with several offenses, including night-time burglary and three counts of attempted ...

Water filtration system in West Virginia among the elite

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A raft of garbage covers a swath of the Monongahela River in northern West Virginia, a dozen miles upstream from the drinking water intake for 100,000 people. Old tires, damaged toys, algae, oil drums, sticks and other refuse ...

Infant mortality disparity grows in Appalachia, study finds

By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Placing much of the blame on smoking, a study chronicling the ongoing health crisis in Appalachia has concluded that the 13-state region suffers from a growing disparity in infant mortality and life expectancy, two key indicators of "a ...

Vaccinations available for West Virginia students

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health and education officials say immunizations for children are available at more than 380 Vaccines for Children provider locations, including local health departments. They say uninsured or underinsured children can get free vaccinations at those ...

Man identified after police find handcuffed body in river

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia man found dead and handcuffed in a river likely drowned after he ran away from authorities. News outlets report the body of 43-year-old Howard Stiltner was found in the Kanawha River on Saturday. An autopsy confirmed his identity ...

Justice companies settling suit for flood cleanup

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three businesses owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his family have agreed to settle for $551,420 a lawsuit that claimed they had not paid for $771,268 of cleanup work after the Greenbrier resort was hit by severe flooding last year. The consent judgment ...

Ex-West Virginia highway gets prison for fraud conspiracy

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Division of Highways employee has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to wire and tax fraud, admitting he used his position to funnel work to a South Carolina business and received secret payments of almost $200,000. Bruce ...

County board of education proposes e-cigarette ban

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia board of education is listening to public comments on a policy revision that would ban e-cigarettes and all substances containing nicotine from property that the school system owns or operates. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Kanawha County ...

Man accused of robbing a 91-year-old woman at gunpoint

DRY CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a West Virginia man accused of robbing a 91-year-old woman and her caregiver at gunpoint. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports authorities are searching for 36-year-old Brandon Cantley after the victims told authorities a man forced his ...

Jeannette Walls’ life is now a major motion picture

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Author Jeannette Walls already scraped away at the dark truths, joy and hardship of her eccentric upbringing to write her memoir "The Glass Castle." Now she's living it all over again, but this time as an audience to her own life as her ...