West Virginia News

Tricky time for GOP female senators facing Kavanaugh vote

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump era has, at times, been uncomfortable for Republican women, especially the six senators who will be asked to vote for Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation by week's end. On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump ...

2 more West Virginia casinos to start sports betting in fall

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The parent company of two West Virginia casinos says they will launch sports betting this fall. Delaware North says in a news release it has chosen Miomni Gaming to handle sports books at Wheeling Island Casino in Wheeling and Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro. Hollywood ...

Justice asked to step aside from natural gas case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A newly sworn-in West Virginia Supreme Court justice is being asked to disqualify himself from a lawsuit against natural gas giant Antero Resources Corp. by residents who say its operations are making life unbearable in their community. The Charleston Gazette-Mail ...

Foliage continues to provide color show in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Fall foliage is continuing to produce vibrant colors in West Virginia. The state Tourism Office and Division of Forestry say trees in most areas are starting to turn. It says trees in Canaan Valley are nearing peak color and trees at higher elevations in Greenbrier ...

West Virginia registers more than 5,000 to vote in September

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia secretary of state's office says county clerks registered more than 5,000 people to vote last month. The office says all 55 counties registered new voters during September, which is National Voter Registration Month. Secretary of State Mac Warner ...

Witnesses testify in trial against doctor accused of assault

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Witnesses are testifying in a trial against a West Virginia doctor charged with sexually assaulting and abusing patients. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the trial against Dr. Steven Matulis started Monday, and witnesses have so far included patients, hospital ...

Retired W. Virginia judge asks for impeachment trial delay

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A retired West Virginia Supreme Court justice has asked her impeachment trial be delayed until after the November election. WCHS-TV reports the West Virginia Senate is scheduled to hold an impeachment trial for retired Justice Robin Davis on Oct. 29. The election is ...

West Virginia man settles police excessive force suit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man will receive a $75,000 settlement in an excessive force lawsuit filed against the city of Hinton and its former police chief. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the settlement was reached Thursday in the federal lawsuit filed by Robert McPherson ...

WVU official to lead entrepreneurship efforts

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University official who has offered guidance to students looking to start their own businesses has been hired for an administrative job on campus that focuses on entrepreneurship. WVU Provost Joyce McConnell says Carrie White, the former director of ...

Police: Man who fell out of boat found dead

LAVALETTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia state police say a man who fell out of his boat has been found dead. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports 67-year-old William Taylor fell out of his boat in Beech Fork Lake Saturday afternoon. State police Sgt. E. A. Blankenship says Taylor was with a ...

Manchin backs FBI investigation of claims against Kavanaugh

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — One of the few Senate Democrats who remains undecided on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court is backing calls for an FBI investigation of sexual misconduct claims against the nominee. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said senators need to slow down on ...

Motion filed to avert judge’s testimony in impeachment trial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission has filed a motion to prevent its chairman from having to testify in an impeachment trial in the state Senate. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the commission's attorneys filed a motion to squash a subpoena ...

Attorney files 2 lawsuits against jail in West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia attorney has filed two lawsuits against authorities at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, saying the combination of understaffing and overcrowding is affecting inmates' safety. The Herald-Dispatch reports attorney Kerry Nessel filed the ...

Ex-West Virginia justice blames impeachment on gender bias

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An impeached former West Virginia Supreme Court justice has filed a federal lawsuit accusing elected officials of gender bias and other violations. Former Justice Robin Davis' 40-page lawsuit filed Wednesday said she would not have ...

West Virginia awards $49M contract to widen Interstate 81

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Department of Transportation has awarded a $49 million contract to widen part of a highway. Gov. Jim Justice's office tells news outlets in a statement that he announced on Tuesday the award of the contract to A.L.L. Construction Inc. to expand ...

Couple charged after children found in makeshift cages

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) — Police have charged a West Virginia couple with child neglect after officers said they found three children confined in makeshift cages. News outlets report that court paperwork says state troopers found three children under age 4 held in "cage-like structures" in ...

West Virginia higher elevations close to peak fall foliage

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's higher elevations are starting to burst into their peak colors. The state Tourism Office released its first fall foliage report Wednesday. Tourism officials say in a news release that areas along U.S. Route 33 should reach their peak by this weekend, ...

West Virginia indictment charges 17 in drug conspiracy

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A federal prosecutor in West Virginia says a grand jury has indicted 17 people from West Virginia and Michigan on drug and firearms charges. U.S. Attorney Bill Powell of the Northern District of West Virginia announced the indictments Wednesday. His office said in a ...

West Virginia agency seeks comment on historic preservation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The public is being asked for comments on West Virginia's current historic preservation comprehensive plan and ideas for continued efforts through 2024. The West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office will conduct at least eight meetings across the state to ...

2 politicians get temp seats on W.Va. Supreme Court

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two Republican politicians will serve as temporary justices on the West Virginia Supreme Court after a group of judicial stand-ins on Monday rejected petitions challenging their appointments to replace two departed justices. The court ...