West Virginia News

Pipeline company to pay $122K for environmental violations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A company building a natural gas pipeline in West Virginia has agreed to pay $122,350 for environmental violations. The Charleston Gazette-Mail cited a consent order made public Monday in reporting that Columbia Gas Transmission agreed to pay the amount to the West ...

Remains of WWII soldier from West Virginia identified

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The remains of a U.S. soldier from West Virginia have been identified more than a half-century after he died in World War II. The Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency said Tuesday the remains are those of Cpl. Joseph Akers of Kenova. The 23-year-old Akers was killed in ...

Entrepreneur training program offered at West Virginia State

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — A new development training program for entrepreneurs is being offered by West Virginia State University starting this week. The program called Opening Soon Inc. is offered by the university Extension Service to new and existing businesses. It starts Saturday at the ...

No one hurt in fire at Macy’s W.Va. distribution center

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A fire official says operations have been suspended at a Macy's distribution center in West Virginia after a fire broke out. No one was hurt. Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Capt. Brian Mulligan tells The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Maryland , that the state fire marshal ...

New patrol officer being assigned to Turnpike

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An additional patrol officer is being assigned to the West Virginia Turnpike due to an increase in crashes involving large trucks. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports the West Virginia Parkways Authority, the Public Service Commission and the West Virginia State ...

Dr. Tom Takubo named West Virginia Senate majority leader

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dr. Tom Takubo has been named the West Virginia Senate's new majority leader. Senate President Mitch Carmichael announced the Kanawha County Republican's appointment Monday. Takubo replaces Ryan Ferns, an Ohio County Republican who lost in the general ...

Ex-high court justice can leave West Virginia pre-sentencing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge is letting a former West Virginia Supreme Court justice visit relatives in North Carolina before his federal sentencing on Jan. 30. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail , U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver's order requires former Justice Menis Ketchum to ...

West Virginia inmate pleads guilty in fed prison camp escape

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An inmate has pleaded guilty to escaping from a federal prison camp in West Virginia over the summer. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart's office announced this week that 51-year-old Cheryl McGrath entered the plea in her escape from the Federal Prison Camp at ...

Morgantown History Museum ready to premiere docu series

By BEN CONLEY, The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — He's a cobbler, a 50s-era rock n' roll star and the unofficial mayor of Osage. Now Al Anderson is about to become the first subject of the documentary series "Morgantown Memories," produced by the Morgantown History Museum. The ...

GOP exploring reasons for gender disparity in new Congress

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For congressional Republicans, this month's elections ushered in the year of the woman — literally. West Virginia's Carol Miller will be the only Republican woman entering the 435-member House as a newcomer in January. She'll join what may ...

Group criticizes ‘orphaned’ wells, calls for more scrutiny

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Advocates in West Virginia say major drilling companies are failing to responsibly plug oil and gas well in West Virginia. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Dave McMahon, a lawyer and co-founder of the West Virginia Surface Owners' Rights Organization, said Tuesday ...

State: Hunters kill 13K bucks on 1st day of firearm season

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources cites preliminary harvest data as saying state hunters killed about 13,000 bucks on the opening day of the traditional buck firearm season. The season opened on Monday and will last until Dec. 1. Agency Chief of ...

Magazine letters lead to meeting of WWII sailors’ relatives

By PAUL LAPANN, The Parkersburg News & Sentinel DAVISVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Two letters in Reader's Digest led to a meeting between a Wood County man and a Tennessee woman whose fathers survived Japanese attacks against the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bunker Hill during World War II. Joe ...

West Virginia holiday trees set to go up at Capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Holiday trees are set to go up outside at the West Virginia Capitol complex. Spokeswoman Courtney Johnson of the state Purchasing Division says crews are scheduled to put spruce trees in place Tuesday on the north and south plazas outside the Capitol in Charleston. ...

State settles lawsuits alleging illegal firing over politics

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state of West Virginia has settled wrongful-termination lawsuits with six more former employees of the Secretary of State's office who say they were fired for their political beliefs. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state Board of Risk and Insurance ...

Inmate writes letter confessing to 29-year-old killing

MOUNT OLIVE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia prison inmate has written a letter confessing to a cold case homicide. The Exponent Telegram reported Monday that it became aware of an investigation into the killing when the inmate in his 60s wrote it a letter. The newspaper quotes his letter as ...

DOJ opposes overturning coal baron’s conviction

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says a federal court should not overturn the conviction of former coal baron Don Blankenship. Prosecutors argued Friday Blankenship has not proved information was withheld from his 2015 trial and opposed Blankenship's request for an ...

West Virginia Education Department rebuilding digital items

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Education Department says digital items that were going into state surplus are instead being rebuilt, refurbished and placed in schools and libraries across the state. It's part of an initiative called SecondLaunchWV. The state says private ...

West Virginia first lady, artists unveiling holiday ornament

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia first lady Cathy Justice is unveiling this year's Governor's Mansion holiday ornament. Justice's office said she will be joined by the artists who help make each of the 500 ornaments. They cost $25 and will be available for sale at the West Virginia ...

Veteran returns to Vietnam for photography perspective

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — In 1969, Kimo Williams thought of Vietnam as a "Third World, backward, gloomy environment." He was a senior in high school and an all-star football player with scholarship invitation from Arizona State, but he decided to enlist in the Army that summer. The day ...