West Virginia News

After 46 years, bluegrass Mountaineer Opry House to close

MILTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Mountaineer Opry House in Milton is set to close its doors permanently next month. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the new owner, medical provider Valley Health, will then take over the property. Eighty-three-year-old Larry Stephens has managed the bluegrass ...

Federal inmate has 3 ½ years added to sentence for assault

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A federal inmate in West Virginia has had 3 ½ years added to his sentence for assaulting an inmate last year. The U.S. attorney's office in Clarksburg said 39-year-old Norman Hinton was sentenced Thursday to 42 months to be served consecutively to his current ...

West Virginia drug court participants learn about nutrition

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University says its Extension Service has been working with drug court programs to help recovering drug users with support and education. Health educator Kandi Messinger of Cabell County Extension Service teaches nutrition and cooking basics. Her ...

Poll: Half of Americans approve of legal sports betting

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new poll finds that half of Americans approve of legal sports betting. The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll conducted shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting found that 50 ...

Mountain Valley Pipeline cited for environmental violations

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The Mountain Valley Pipeline project has been cited for failing to control erosion at two work sites just two months after construction started on the more than 300-mile (483-kilometer) pipeline through Virginia and West Virginia. The Roanoke Times reported Wednesday that ...

Official: Most pipeline work can go on despite tossed permit

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators declined to stop work Wednesday on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline after an appeals court invalidated a key permit for the multistate project. The decision came over the objections of environmental groups that insist the ...

Man sentenced for fraudulent stolen art sale scheme

BOSTON (AP) — A West Virginia man who pleaded guilty to trying to sell paintings he didn't have access to and falsely claimed were stolen in the largest art heist in U.S. history has been sentenced. Todd Andrew Desper was sentenced Tuesday to three years of supervised release, three months ...

Employee at restaurant diagnosed with hepatitis A

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A health department says an employee at a restaurant in West Virginia has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. A Kanawha-Charleston Health Department news release says an O'Charley's employee was diagnosed with hepatitis A. The health department says this is the third ...

Plea deal rejected in double slaying; case set for trial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge in West Virginia has rejected a plea deal in a double murder case, prompting the defendant to withdraw his guilty plea. The case will now go to trial. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Judge Jennifer Bailey sentenced 43-year-old Bobby Gene Hall on ...

WVU Parkersburg board recommends Gilmer as new president

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University at Parkersburg has recommended Christopher Gilmer to become its new president. A university news release says the campus board of governors voted this week to recommend Gilmer. The West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College ...

Legal sports betting coming soon to several US states

By BEN NUCKOLS, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A decision by the Supreme Court means American sports fans will soon have many more places to place legal bets on the results of football, baseball, basketball, hockey and other games. Five states have the edge in the race to legalize ...

West Virginia officials to show off 50 elk caught in Arizona

HOLDEN, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in West Virginia are set to introduce 50 elk that were captured in Arizona. Gov. Jim Justice and the state Division of Natural Resources are scheduled to hold a ceremony Tuesday at the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area near Logan. The governor's office says in ...

Report: Needle exchange program should lose certification

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An audit requested by a West Virginia mayor who said a needle exchange program had caused an increase of dirty needles in public places has recommended the suspension of the program's certification. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that a team commissioned by the ...

Thousands without power as storms move through West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands of homes and businesses in West Virginia have lost power as severe thunderstorms moved through the state. FirstEnergy says on its website more than 21,000 customers were without electricity Monday evening. The hardest hit areas include about 3,700 in ...

Flags lowered in West Virginia to honor peace officers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Flags are being lowered throughout West Virginia in honor of peace officers. Gov. Jim Justice issued a proclamation Monday ordering U.S. and West Virginia state flags on state-owned facilities be lowered to half-staff Tuesday. The flags are to be lowered from dawn ...

West Virginia interim chief endorsed for permanent job

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Huntington interim police chief Hank Dial has been recommended for the job on a permanent basis. Huntington Mayor Steve William announced the move Monday. The City Council must vote on the appointment May 28. The 50-year-old Dial has served as interim police chief ...

Victim name released in bingo hall crash in West Virginia

SOPHIA, W.Va. (AP) — Police have released the name of a woman who was killed after a car crashed into a bingo hall in West Virginia. Media outlets report Linda Keens was inside the Sophia Bingo Hall when a car driven by 51-year-old Peggy Griffin went through the building Thursday ...

West Virginia woman sentenced in fatal heroin overdose

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in the death of a man who overdosed on heroin. Media reports say 36-year-old Joney Shannon Farley of Hurricane was sentenced in Putnam County Circuit Court on Friday for drug delivery resulting in ...

West Virginia construction worker killed in I-64 accident

BEAVER, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police say a worker has died in a construction zone accident along Interstate 64 after another worker backed over him with a service truck. Media outlets report the accident occurred Friday in the eastbound lanes of I-64 east of Beckley. State Police ...

City attorney allowed to file claim in plant’s contamination

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city attorney has been authorized to file a claim against the federal government for the alleged chemical contamination of a plant by the Air National Guard. The Journal reports the Martinsburg Council authorized Kin Sayre to file the claim ...