West Virginia News

New River Flying Club celebrates 50 years

By REBECCA HINKLE, The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Fifty years is a milestone worth recognizing, and having reached that 50-year mark, the New River Flying Club is doing just that. The club, which takes its name from the New River Gorge, was created by Dr. Joe Jarrett and his ...

Stray kitten at state capitol finds home

By JOSELYN KING, The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Moundsville native Jacque Bland has a new feline companion after playing a role in the rescue of a scared tabby kitten taking refuge under vehicles parked at the West Virginia State Capitol in ...

West Virginia budget talks costing $500,000

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers returned Monday to try again to agree on tax and budget bills for the 16th day of a special session that has cost the state about $500,000 so far. The extra days each cost roughly $35,000. The law authorizes paying the 134 legislators each ...

West Virginia high court excludes inmates from workers’ comp

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Inmates participating in work-release programs do not quality for workers' compensation benefits, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled has ruled. The court on Thursday unanimously affirmed a Workers' Compensation Board of Review's 2015 decision to not grant workers' ...

West Virginia’s senators urge Appalachian natural gas hub

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators have introduced legislation intended to help establish a major natural gas storage and distribution hub in the Appalachian region. Their legislation would designate it a "critical energy infrastructure" project, which they say would make ...

Body of missing boater found on West Virginia’s Sutton Lake

SUTTON, W.Va. (AP) — The body of a missing fisherman has been pulled from Sutton Lake. According to WOWK-TV (http://bit.ly/2s4fI0H ), Mike Baker of the Braxton County Office of Emergency Services says the body of 64-year-old Joe D. McPherson of Sutton was recovered on Monday. McPherson's ...

Groups fighting W.Va. pipeline ask court to block progress

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five citizen groups are asking a federal appeals court to overturn the West Virginia environmental agency's approval of a Clean Water Act authorization for a proposed natural gas pipeline. Lawyers for the groups filed their petition for review Friday afternoon with ...

West Virginia circuit court judge, former state senator dies

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — John Yoder, a West Virginia circuit court judge and former state senator, died on Friday, according to a statement from the state Supreme Court. Yoder, a native of Kansas, was circuit judge for the 23rd Judicial Circuit, which includes Berkeley, Jefferson and ...

Funding application errors costly to 2 West Virginia schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Application glitches have cost two universities federal funding for programs that benefit low-income college students in West Virginia. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2shyqou ) reports the U.S. Department of Education rejected the applications of West ...

West Virginia University marks sesquicentennial this year

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year, and events are planned this month to mark the occasion. The university says WVU Libraries and the West Virginia & Regional History Center will help celebrate as part of this year's West ...

West Virginia Ride for Fallen Service Heroes set for July 8

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The third annual Ride for Fallen Service Heroes has been set for next month to benefit the West Virginia National Guard Foundation, families of Fallen West Virginia Service Members and establishment of a new Gold Star monument in West Virginia. Democratic Sen. Joe ...

Independent candidate enters mayoral race in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An independent candidate has announced he is running for mayor of West Virginia's capital city. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported on Sunday (http://bit.ly/2sjpYW0 ) that Andrew "Andy" Backus filed for precandidacy in Charleston's 2018 mayoral race. State code ...

Alpha to open new metallurgical coal mine in West Virginia

PETTUS, W.Va. (AP) — Alpha Natural Resources says it is plans to open a new underground coal mine in West Virginia this summer and create more than 50 jobs. The Kingsport, Tennessee, coal producer says the Panther Eagle Mine at subsidiary Marfork Coal is expected to begin extracting ...

33 charged in West Virginia in oxycodone trafficking

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities in northern West Virginia have charged 33 people following an investigation into the illicit distribution of the painkiller oxycodone. According to prosecutors, the 129-count indictment unsealed Thursday alleges that the group from Michigan and ...

2 West Virginia men admit illegal gun possession

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say two West Virginia men have been convicted of illegal gun possession, which was prohibited by their prior felony convictions. According to prosecutors, 29-year-old Jeremiah David Wallace, of Ranson, has pleaded guilty, admitting he had ...

Search continues for boater on West Virginia’s Sutton Lake

SUTTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a 64-year-old fisherman missing since Monday on Sutton Lake. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says Joe D. McPherson of Sutton was reported missing by his wife about 6 p.m. Monday. He went fishing at the lake about 10:30 a.m. ...

Man who assaulted West Virginia candidate sentenced

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to up to five years in prison for assaulting a state Senate candidate last year. Media outlets report Jonathan Porter of Holden was sentenced Wednesday in Logan County Circuit Court in the May 2016 attack on Richard Ojeda. Ojeda was ...

Bluefield State College inks accord toward medical careers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Bluefield State College has signed an agreement with the state Department of Education to offer health sciences pathways to more quickly launch careers in medicine. The Health Science Education Pathway and the Associate of Nursing Pathway outline exact courses ...

West Virginia Supreme Court OKs moving WWI veteran’s remains

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The remains of a World War I Medal of Honor recipient could be relocated to a West Virginia military cemetery. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2r4Z8Ar ) Chester Howard West is buried at an overgrown and untended plot located in Mason County's Chief ...

West Virginia coal, gas tax gains cut budget deficits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's tax collections from natural gas and coal production climbed again in May, with overall state revenues exceeding budget estimates by $53 million. The increase prompted state tax officials to significantly lower the projected deficit that's been driving ...