West Virginia News

$4.8M for West Virginia health and social service agencies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators say social service and health care agencies will share $4.8 million in federal funding to support Head Start programs in Raleigh County and Oceana and medical services in Roane County and other areas. According to Sens. Joe Manchin and ...

West Virginia House leaders chosen for legislative session

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia House Speaker Tim Armstead has announced leaders of the Republican-controlled chamber for the 60-day legislative business session that begins in February. Lawmakers are next scheduled to convene Wednesday to formally install leaders. According to ...

Health secretary joining West Virginia United Health System

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen Bowling has been appointed to a post with West Virginia United Health System. The health system announced that Bowling will be vice president of care delivery transformation. A news release said she will be ...

Commerce secretary pick’s company to pay $150K EPA fine

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A company associated with West Virginia's newly tapped commerce secretary has agreed to pay a $150,000 fine after it was accused of violating the federal Clean Water Act. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2ibr9k1) reports federal authorities recently ...

West Virginia hunters kill 112,000 deer and 3,000 bears

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State wildlife officials say hunters killed 112,384 white-tailed deer in West Virginia during the recently completed hunting seasons. They say hunters took 3,012 black bears, slightly fewer than the record set in 2015. The Division of Natural Resources reports that ...

West Virginia reports tax collections again below estimates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia tax authorities say the state collected almost $330 million in December and $1.86 billion for the first six months of the current fiscal year, both lower than budget estimates. The Department of Revenue reports shortfalls of $6.7 million for the month ...

Justice picks new chief of state’s Department of Revenue

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov.-elect Jim Justice says a Charleston attorney, accountant and Kanawha County commissioner will be his administration's secretary of the Department of Revenue. Dave Hardy, whose law practice focuses on energy and mining law, also teaches public budgeting at West ...

Audit says West Virginia paid too much to transport dead

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's chief medical examiner has been paying too much to transport the dead and too many state prison officials drive state vehicles, according to audit reports released Monday. The Legislative Post Audit Division said the state sometimes paid vendors for ...

Justice to keep current motor vehicles commissioner

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice says the current commissioner of the state Division of Motor Vehicles will continue in his administration. Pat Reed was first appointed to the post by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in January 2015. She was previously deputy commissioner ...

Man admits selling heroin causing West Virginia overdoses

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say an Ohio man responsible for more than two dozen drug overdoses in Huntington, West Virginia, has pleaded guilty in federal court to distributing heroin. Authorities say 22-year-old Bruce Lamar Griggs of Akron, also known as "Benz," faces up to ...

Woman dies following collision with Charleston police car

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a woman has died following a collision last week with a Charleston police cruiser. Police Chief Brent Webster tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2ierx12) the state Medical Examiner's Office informed him Monday of the woman's ...

Health secretary joining West Virginia United Health System

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen Bowling has been appointed to a post with West Virginia United Health System. West Virginia University announced Bowling will be vice president of care delivery transformation. A news release said she will be ...

Police in West Virginia fatally shoot knife-wielding suspect

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia state police say officers fatally shot a man who threatened them with a knife. State police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says in a news release that 25-year-old Daniel Scott Giberson of Bluefield was shot Saturday night. Baylous says troopers ...

Police: West Virginia homeless man accused in machete attack

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say a homeless man has been charged in a machete attack on another homeless man, who was then thrown into a frigid river. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2i6aP0u ) reports the attack occurred Sunday morning in the Kanawha City ...

Rare crawfish bring concerns about trout stockings

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia biologists are trying to address questions about two endangered crawfish species before stocking trout on four southern West Virginia streams. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2iRL7AY ) reports fisheries officials are seeking permission from ...

Body found inside home destroyed by fire in Ceredo

CEREDO, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say one person has died in a house fire in Ceredo. Media outlets report the fire destroyed the home Saturday night. Firefighters found the body of a 68-year-old inside. The victim's identity wasn't immediately released. The cause of the fire is under ...

Exhibit on Sen. Byrd’s career has several stops this year

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A traveling exhibit on the career of the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd will head to six sites in the coming months. The exhibit shares Byrd's story as the longest-serving senator, his early life and entrance into politics and rise to leadership positions. The ...

Cabell Midland student wins video game design challenge

By JOSEPHINE MENDEZ, The Herald-Dispatch ONA, W.Va. (AP) — When it comes to video games, some might say they are a waste of time. However, for Asad Ranavaya, a junior at Cabell Midland High School, playing video games actually paid off, quite literally. Like many kids, Ranavaya spent ...

Nearly 5 percent of W.Va. babies born drug dependent in 2016

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — State health statistics show that nearly 5 percent of babies born in West Virginia in 2016 were born drug-dependent. The Register-Herald (http://bit.ly/2jeAi9b ) reports that out of every 1,000 live births in the state last year, 49.9 babies were born with Neonatal ...

Tangled in fraud probe, 100s face loss of disability checks

BY CLAIRE GALOFARO, Associated Press MINNIE, Ky. (AP) — Donna Dye saw the coal truck come barreling over the horizon. Her head started spinning with that familiar, desperate urge to end it all. She thought of the disconnect notices, the engagement ring she pawned to keep the lights on, ...