West Virginia News

Police: Man told pastor he caused mother’s fatal overdose

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man is facing a murder charge after authorities say he told his pastor he caused his mother's fatal overdose because he wanted to "end her pain." News outlets report that 44-year-old Bradford Spencer of Bluefield was arrested Saturday following the ...

Official presses for more details about small chemical spill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Kanawha County official is demanding more details about a small spill along the Kanawha River that apparently involved the same primary chemical that caused a water crisis in the area three years ago. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2kRRUeF ) reports ...

West Virginia unit cites $2.5M of improper disability claims

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Attorney General's Office says its unit targeting Social Security disability fraud helped save $2.5 million in improper claims during its first year. Two investigators and an analyst have been working with the Social Security Administration, its ...

Meeting set on group’s plans for college for ex-foster kids

MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (AP) — A meeting is set on a nonprofit group's plans to start a college in southern West Virginia for students transitioning out of foster care. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery. The campus is ...

Century Aluminum, retirees reach $23M health care settlement

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — A group of retired workers from Century Aluminum says the company has agreed to pay $23 million to help cover their health care. Benefits were taken away shortly after the plant in Ravenswood closed in 2009. WSAZ-TV (http://bit.ly/2leU8FX ) reports the money, if ...

West Virginia rejects juvenile sex offender registration

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's highest court has ruled that juveniles judged delinquents for sex offenses don't have to register as sex offenders when they turn 18. The registration requirement applies to any person convicted of sex offenses. The court says under West Virginia law ...

Another West Virginia Board of Education member resigns

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Another member of the West Virginia Board of Education has resigned. Beverly Kingery didn't give a reason for stepping down Monday in a brief letter to Gov. Jim Justice. She's the third board member to resign since Justice was inaugurated last month. Board president ...

West Virginia agency not regulating compressor noise, light

VALLEY GROVE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's environmental agency says it won't regulate the noise and light from compressors located along natural gas pipelines. The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register (http://bit.ly/2kHoYmT) reports that an engineer in the Department of Environmental ...

H.T. Hackney to open West Virginia warehouse, create 70 jobs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State officials say wholesale grocery distributor H.T. Hackney Co. is opening its first warehouse in West Virginia and creating an estimated 70 jobs. The state Department of Commerce says in a news release that the company will locate a 246,000-square-foot warehouse ...

Another West Virginia town sues drug wholesalers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A southern West Virginia town has joined other communities in seeking to recoup the costs of dealing with opioid abuse. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2kMUl21 ) reports the McDowell County town of Welch filed a lawsuit Monday against several out-of-state ...

Whitewater rafting traffic down in West Virginia last year

LANSING, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's whitewater rafting industry saw a 2.3 percent drop in visitors last year compared with 2015. State Division of Natural Resources figures show traffic on the New, Gauley and other West Virginia rivers totaled 131,028 customers in 2016, down 3,054 ...

Ex-teacher’s aide who faked cancer gets 6 months in prison

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Dallas-area teacher's aide who faked having cancer and took a car and donations from staff and students has been sentenced to six months in prison in a separate case in West Virginia. The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/2kqAMsN ) reports that 56-year-old ...

WVU Tech campus could become college for former foster kids

MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia University Institute of Technology campus could become a college for former foster care children. KVC Health Systems is hoping to turn the Montgomery campus into a college for children who have aged out of the foster care system, the Charleston ...

State wildlife officials to relax some hunting regulations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wildlife officials are seeking looser hunting regulations for deer and bears. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2l0DWp8) Division of Natural Resources officials proposed a list of changes at the state Natural Resources Commission's ...

DuPont, Chemours to pay $671M in chemical leak case

WASHINGTON (AP) — DuPont and Chemours will pay nearly $671 million to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the release of a chemical from a plant in West Virginia more than a decade ago. Chemours was spun off from DuPont two years ago. More than 3,500 federal and state lawsuits allege ...

Defense policy cited in axing Bernie Sanders’ armory event

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia National Guard says a scheduled appearance by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at a southern West Virginia armory was canceled due to U.S. Defense Department policy. The Guard says in a news release that Defense Department policy prohibits the use of ...

Wooton chosen as alcohol beverage control commissioner

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Longtime Alcohol Beverage Control Administration employee Fred Wooton has been selected to be the agency's new commissioner. Gov. Jim Justice announced Wooton's appointment and said he offers experience on several levels with the agency. Justice's office said in a ...

Driven by philanthropy: Man helps business by helping others

By MAX GARLAND, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — As locally owned businesses face struggles in a West Virginia economy lagging behind most of the country, sponsoring an event or helping with a fundraiser might not be the first thing on their mind. But Jeremy Nelson, ...

Memo: Chief told officers to harass ‘cockroaches’

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A prosecutor is reviewing a former West Virginia police chief's instruction for officers to harass and put fear into "any suspected cockroach" in the community. The Inter-Mountain (http://bit.ly/2lDuAyA ) reports that in a memorandum, Elkins Police Chief Craig Cross said ...

Police charge 3 after bottle rocket shot toward officers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Huntington police say three people face felony charges after a bottle rocket was shot off from an apartment complex toward police officers. The Herald-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2kleY1I ) reports 35-year-old Jennifer Denise Blevins and 29-year-old Lila Marie Norris of ...