West Virginia News

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, ...

Justice picks sheriff for job as state police superintendent

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice has selected Greenbrier County Sheriff Jan Cahill to serve as superintendent of state police. Cahill spent 23 years with West Virginia State Police in a variety of roles. He started as a field trooper in 1989 and retired as ...

Correctional officer accused of recording showering child

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A youth detention center worker has been accused of recording a child while the minor undressed and showered. Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley said in a news release that 37-year-old Stephen Basham, of Scarbro, was arrested Wednesday on multiple charges, ...

Deputy: Man stole work tools, then accidentally called boss

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a man stole tools from his workplace at an auto repair shop and then accidentally called his boss as he tried to sell them. Citing an arrest report, the Times West Virginian (http://bit.ly/2hWxGir ) says the owner of the repair shop in the community ...

Marooned West Virginia mall to be sold at public auction

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A shopping center where a bridge was washed away by flooding last summer is to be sold at public auction. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2hWCIZ2 ) reports Elkview Crossings Mall is scheduled for trustee's sale at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Martin Perry, who ...

West Virginia officials seek entries for agritourism awards

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are seeking entries for an award that recognizes excellence in the advertising and promotion of agritourism destinations and attractions. The Department of Agriculture says winners of the 2017 Agritourism Media Awards will be honored during ...

Attorney: Plea agreement reached in estranged wife’s slaying

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A man has agreed to plead guilty to first-degree murder in the 2014 killing of his estranged wife. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph (http://bit.ly/2iEtgLv ) says prosecutor George Sitler told a judge Tuesday that 27-year-old Michael Neel, of Bluefield, will plead ...

Johnson to be interim director of Supreme Court of Appeals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has a new interim administrative director of the Supreme Court of Appeals. Former Circuit Judge Gary Johnson began serving in the post on Wednesday. Johnson was elected circuit judge in Nicholas County in 1992 and served until last month. Chief ...

West Virginia sues 3rd pharmacy over painkillers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general has sued a third pharmacy alleging it dispensed too many prescription painkillers and violated state consumer protection laws. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says Crab Orchard Pharmacy Inc. dispensed 4.6 million doses of ...

Tickets on sale for governor’s inaugural ball

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Tickets for West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice's inaugural ball are now on sale. The inaugural ball will be held the evening of Jan. 16 at the Greenbrier resort that Justice owns in White Sulphur Springs. Tickets are $75 and available at ...

Dennis Davis to become secretary of veterans assistance

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Army veteran Dennis Davis has been tapped to become secretary of veterans assistance by Gov.-elect Jim Justice. Justice announced Davis' appointment Thursday. Davis currently serves as a member of the Honor Guard at the Donel C. Kinnard memorial veterans cemetery ...

Jury: DuPont should pay Ohio man $10.5M more in cancer suit

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal jury says DuPont should pay an additional $10.5 million in damages to an Ohio man who says he got testicular cancer because of a chemical used to make Teflon. Jurors in Columbus awarded punitive damages Thursday in the lawsuit of Washington County resident ...

Bengals’ Pacman Jones accused of head-butting cops, spitting

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was jailed Tuesday on charges he head-butted police and spit on a nurse after being arrested for disorderly conduct in his latest brush with the law. Authorities said he was so combative ...

Sheriff who admits meth addiction charged with stealing meth

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A newly elected West Virginia sheriff who admitted to authorities that he was a meth addict was charged Tuesday with stealing the drug from a police evidence storage area. A criminal complaint filed by state police in Roane County ...

New West Virginia secretary of state plans office job cuts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Secretary of State-elect Mac Warner says about one-third of the current office's staff will be let go after he takes office this month. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2iFIgLW ) reports Warner notified outgoing Secretary of State Natalie ...