West Virginia News

West Virginia Senate OKs new appeals court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has voted 23-11 to create a new intermediate court with six judges that would hear appeals of civil judgments from circuit courts, as well as decisions from family courts and final rulings from state agencies. The judges would be chosen by ...

Man pleads guilty in scheme to sell paintings from art heist

BOSTON (AP) — A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to pretending he had access to paintings stolen in the largest art heist in U.S. history and fraudulently trying to sell them on the internet for millions of dollars. Todd Andrew Desper pleaded guilty in Boston's federal court Thursday to ...

West Virginia Senate OKs outside DNA testing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Senate has unanimously approved legislation intended to speed processing of DNA lab testing by authorizing the State Police to use outside contractors for criminal identification including rape kits. The bill would give the Marshall University ...

West Virginia gets Medicaid OK to treat babies in drug rehab

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia, which has the nation's highest rate of babies born dependent on drugs, will now offer Medicaid coverage to treat those babies. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved treatment services in the ...

Manchin leads challengers with funds for Senate race

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Campaign finance records show Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin with $4.7 million in campaign funds, well ahead of Republican rivals at the start of this election year. Federal Election Commission filings show $1.4 million for Rep. Evan Jenkins, $1.1 million for state ...

Forecasters: More flooding possible in Appalachia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Forecasters are warning that heavy rains could cause more flooding in some areas of Appalachia already hit by rising waters in recent days. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from Wednesday evening through Friday evening for portions of northeast ...

West Virginia bill to protect historic displays advances

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia bill that aims to protect historic displays is advancing. The Register-Herald reports the "West Virginia Monument and Memorial Protection Act of 2018" passed out of the Senate Committee on Government Organization Tuesday. The bill prohibits the ...

Atlantic Coast Pipeline sues for eminent domain in Virginia

ROSELAND, Va. (AP) — The company behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is pursuing two eminent domain cases in one Virginia county. The News & Advance of Lynchburg reports ACP LLC officials filed the lawsuit Friday against Nelson County's Wintergreen Property Owners Association following an ...

NBA, MLB criticize West Virginia sports betting bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill moving through the West Virginia Legislature has drawn criticism from the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball. The Intelligencer of Wheeling reports the organizations issued separate statements Monday pointing out the bill's weaknesses ...

West Virginia Senate votes for wider overdose reporting

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Senate has voted to require hospital emergency departments as well as emergency responders to report all suspected or confirmed drug overdoses. The bill passed unanimously Monday also would require all emergency responders to carry the antidote for ...

West Virginia House backs some pay increases

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The pay of West Virginia jail and prison guards would increase by $6,000 over three years, raises intended to help fill hundreds of vacancies and reduce turnover, under legislation approved unanimously Monday by the House of Delegates. The $2,000 annual raises for ...

5 plead guilty in Parkersburg drug probe

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say five people implicated in heroin trafficking have pleaded guilty to charges in West Virginia. According to prosecutors, Ralph White, Jennifer Benson, Rachel Kuhn, all 36 years old from Parkersburg, and 28-year-old Dennis Carter, of Detroit, ...

West Virginia to celebrate maple season

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is celebrating the 2018 maple season with two Maple Days on which sugar shacks and maple operations will open to the public. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture said in a news release that 16 operations will participate this year, and several ...

Trial of mother charged in sons’ death rescheduled again

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The trial of a West Virginia woman accused of setting fires that killed her two sons has been rescheduled again. The Journal of Martinsburg reports 30-year-old Molly Jo Delgado was indicted last May on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first degree ...

22nd West Virginia History Day taking shape at state Capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Organizers expect dozens of history groups to present displays at the state Capitol during the 22nd West Virginia History Day later this month. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22. Exhibits will include photographs, historical documents and artifacts, ...

Marshall University receives $2.1M grant for obesity study

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University has received a $2.1 million federal grant to study obesity-related disorders. U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins announced the U.S. Health and Human Services grant. He said in a news release it will be used to help fund research at the university's ...

West Virginia county to unveil school bus arrival mobile app

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in one West Virginia county will unveil a new tool to keep parents informed about when school buses arrive to pick up their children. The Journal reports Jefferson County's school system will debut a mobile app on March 1. It is aimed at giving parents an ...

Reports: Inmate arraigned in West Virginia hospital escape

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia inmate accused of shooting at a police officer during a hospital escape is facing multiple felony counts. Media outlets report 31-year-old Bryan Lee Ogle II of Sevierville, Tennessee, was arraigned Sunday in Kanawha County. Among the charges are ...

West Virginia police seeking suspect in fatal bar shooting

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia are looking for a suspect in a fatal bar shooting. According to The Herald-Dispatch , Huntington police identified the victim as 31-year-old Brent Anthony Jackson of Huntington. Interim Police Chief Hank Dial says police received reports of a ...

Court: Ex-West Virginia judge ineligible for benefits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has ruled a former judge serving a corruption sentence and his ex-wife are not eligible for public retirement benefits. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the court Friday affirmed a 2017 ruling from Kanawha County circuit court to ...