West Virginia News

West Virginia tax receipts lag behind estimates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say weaker results in January have caused state tax collections for the first seven months of the fiscal year to lag 1 percent behind original estimates. Figures released Wednesday show collections of $393 million for the state's general ...

State Senate passes bill clarifying gun carrying conditions

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has unanimously passed a bill clarifying certain gun carrying conditions. The Register-Herald reports Senate Bill 244 revises several conditions including when concealed carry permit holders can store guns in cars at public schools and ...

Retrial weighed for coal boss whose bonuses fed campaigns

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The Justice Department is weighing whether to retry a West Virginia coal boss on charges of campaign finance fraud. A mistrial was declared Friday after the jury spent more than five hours deliberating the fate of 58-year-old James Lewis Laurita, of Morgantown. News ...

Man testifies in suit alleging Mormons overlooked sex abuse

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A man accused in a West Virginia lawsuit along with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of covering up years of child sexual abuse testified he was unaware of the allegations that led to his son's conviction until he was charged. The Journal reports ...

Company says it will cut 500 jobs at Iowa City plant

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Procter & Gamble has announced it plans to cut 500 jobs over about two years at an Iowa plant as it shifts production to a new factory in West Virginia. The Press-Citizen reports that the Iowa City plant's production of shampoos, conditioners and body washes will ...

West Virginia governor takes new approach to opioid epidemic

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will take a different approach to an opioid epidemic that is "eating us alive" with stepped-up efforts focusing on two of the state's 55 counties, Gov. Jim Justice said Monday. Justice told a news conference that West ...

Residents weigh in on West Virginia abortion bill at hearing

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Legislation to eliminate Medicaid funding for abortions in West Virginia is a discriminatory attack on poor women, several speakers at a public hearing said Monday. Some critics of the bill currently before the House Judiciary ...

West Virginia craft beers going on tap at fairgrounds

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Tickets have gone on sale for the Second Annual WV Craft Brew Festival in April intended to showcase West Virginia's growing craft beer sector at the state fairgrounds outside Lewisburg. State Fair CEO Kelly Collins says 65 state craft brews were featured at last ...

Deputy charged with DUI after crashing car into garage

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) — A deputy in West Virginia is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol after crashing his car into a garage while off-duty. News outlets cite a criminal complaint that says 35-year-old Mason County Sheriff's Cpl. Jason Gilley has been charged with ...

Man who told police of assault in job interview acquitted

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman and confessing to it in a job interview with a West Virginia police department has been acquitted. News outlets report Tyler Ray Price was found not guilty of second-degree sexual assault Monday by Judge Duke Bloom after ...

Hearing set on Medicaid abortion bill in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A public hearing is set in West Virginia on legislation that would eliminate Medicaid funding for medically necessary abortions unless the procedure is needed to save a mother's life. The hearing is scheduled Monday in the House of Delegates chambers at the state ...

West Virginia man charged with murder for fatal shooting

CABIN CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been charged with first-degree murder for fatally shooting another man. The Charleston Gazette-Mail cites a Kanawha County Sheriff's office release that says 27-year-old Gary Murphy and two others confronted 37-year-old Joey Rose Friday night ...

West Virginia man accused of impersonating US marshal

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man faces charges accusing him of impersonating a law enforcement officer. The Journal reports 61-year-old George Charles Gosk of Hedgesville was arraigned in Berkeley County Magistrate Court last week on misdemeanor charges of obstructing an ...

WVU researchers aim to better understand breast cancer

By WENDY HOLDREN, The Register-Herald of Beckley BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Two researchers at West Virginia University are investigating bioelectricity to better understand breast cancer. Although breast cancer mortality has declined in the U.S., the disease is still the most frequently ...

Taiwan company buying closed West Virginia polymer producer

APPLE GROVE, W.Va. (AP) — A company based in Taiwan says it is buying a former polymer producer in West Virginia. Taipei-based Far Eastern New Century Corporation says in a news release that it has successfully bid about 1 billion New Taiwan dollars ($34 million) for the plant formerly owned ...

Broadband grants to benefit 27 West Virginia counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An expansion of a block grant program will mean more than $1.5 million for broadband internet projects in West Virginia. Gov. Jim Justice says a dozen projects are aimed at providing high-speed internet more than 300,000 homes. He says grants have been awarded to ...

GOP lawmakers heading to W.Va. put medical skills to work after train crash

By ALAN FRAM and HEIDI BROWN, Associated Press CROZET, Va. (AP) — Republican members of Congress with medical experience put their skills to work after a train carrying dozens of them crashed into a garbage truck in rural Virginia, killing one person in the truck and injuring others. The ...

Pence touts tax cuts, slams Manchin in West Virginia

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence paid a visit Wednesday to a truck dealership in West Virginia, touting the tax cuts enacted by the Republican-controlled Congress while slamming the state's Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who ...

House votes to dissolve education and arts department

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates has voted to dissolve the Department of Education and Arts and the position of its secretary. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the bill, known as House Bill 4006, passed 60-36 Wednesday with only one Republican voting against ...

West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy taking applications

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Education and Arts Secretary Gayle Manchin says applications are available for the Governor's Honors Academy, to be held at Marshall University this summer. Manchin's office said in a news release that West Virginia students who are now in the 11th ...