West Virginia News

Senate bill to prohibit abandoning captured game animals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill being considered by the state Senate would make it a crime to abandon a deer, fish or other game animals caught in West Virginia. The Senate Natural Resources Committee forwarded the bill Monday to the Judiciary Committee. Under the bill, game animals cannot ...

Capito, 3 other GOP senators fault health care proposal

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito has joined with three Republican colleagues criticizing the House proposal to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law, saying they won't support a plan that doesn't have stability for individuals and ...

Johnson appointed West Virginia Supreme Court administrator

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gary Johnson has been named permanent administrator of the state Supreme Court. The court announced Johnson's appointment Monday. He had been serving as acting administrator since his appointment in January to replace Steve Canterbury. Johnson was a circuit judge in ...

Preston recycler turns tires to mulch, makes own equipment

By CYNTHIA MCCLOUD, The State Journal TUNNELTON, W.Va. (AP) — "Use everything" is Charlie Pase's motto. Not only does he recycle used tires and other trash, but he also designs and makes or modifies many of the machines his workers use. Pase and his wife, Sue, own Preston Tire & ...

Shepherdstown police given new e-citation machines

By JIM McCONVILLE, The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Shepherdstown police officers no longer have to write traffic tickets — literally. Through a grant from the Governors Highway Safety Program, Shepherdstown Police Department now has e-citation printers in its six patrol ...

2 young children identified in fatal accident on I-64

MILTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police have released the identities of two young children who were killed in an accident on Interstate 64 in West Virginia. Media outlets report Milton police identified the victims as 3-year-old Skylor Cooper and 1-year-old Sarah Cooper. Milton police say the ...

West Virginia indigent burial program exhausts funds

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — State funding to pay for indigent burials in West Virginia has run out five months before the end of the fiscal year, an official for a funeral directors group said. An increase in drug overdose deaths is to blame, West Virginia Funeral Directors Association president ...

Lawsuit set for trial against State Police in teen’s death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has scheduled trial for later this month in a lawsuit filed by a Mercer County teenager's family against State Police and a trooper who fatally shot the teen. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2lMcWsj ) reports Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer ...

Huntington to use overtime funds to hire 5 police officers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Huntington City Council has agreed to transfer $325,000 from a police overtime budget to use for regular salaries for the next fiscal year. The Herald-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2lPjGq2 ) reports Saturday's move will allow for the hiring of five police ...

Justice says review shows $120M to close current deficit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice says his administration's review of state finances has identified about $120 million available to help close the budget gap in the current fiscal year. The first-year Democrat says that includes using about $60 million from special revenue accounts ...

West Virginia House backs campaigning nearer voting sites

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — People could do their political campaigning a little closer to the polling place under a bill approved Friday in the West Virginia House. It's one of one of several bills advanced by the House or Senate this week. The measure, which applies ...

2 young children killed in I-64 accident in West Virginia

MILTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police say two young children have been killed in an accident on Interstate 64 in Cabell County. Media outlets report the accident occurred Friday night in Milton. Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle says a car driven by the children's mother crossed through the median ...

Gro Huntington members building an urban recovery farm

By COURTNEY HESSLER, The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Huntington-based therapeutic recovery organization will dig into drug addiction recovery as it begins construction of an urban farm to help teach skills to people fighting addiction. Jeannie Harrison, 27, of Huntington, ...

Ohio River reopens near Huntington after barge breakaway

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Coast Guard says the Racine Lock and Dam on the Ohio River near Huntington has reopened to vessel traffic after a barge breakaway. No injuries or spills were reported. Officials say a tug was pushing the barges, which are loaded with more than 3.7 million gallon ...

Commission approves blind trust for 2 Justice businesses

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Ethics Commission has approved an agreement establishing a blind trust for two of Gov. Jim Justice's many businesses — majority interests in the Glade Springs resort in West Virginia, and Wintergreen Resort in Virginia. The trust gives management ...

Blackjack player who left casino to rob bank gets prison

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A drug-addicted gambler who left a West Virginia casino, robbed a bank, then returned to the blackjack table was sentenced Thursday to between five and 18 years in prison. Kerry Johnson had been at the Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro for ...

Ex-West Virginia trooper sentenced in arson case

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia state trooper has been sentenced to 30 days in jail in an arson case involving his mobile home. Media outlets report 27-year-old Stephen Spencer Gula was sentenced Thursday in Cabell County Circuit Court. Gula entered a Kennedy plea to a ...

Division of Natural Resources to cut 84 vehicles from fleet

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Division of Natural Resources says it will save the state more than a half-million dollars by cutting 84 vehicles from its fleet. Director Stephen McDaniel said in a news release Thursday that the cuts, which will start immediately and continue through the year, ...

Ohio River reopens near Huntington after barge breakaway

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Coast Guard says the Racine Lock and Dam on the Ohio River near Huntington has reopened to vessel traffic after a barge breakaway. No injuries or spills were reported. Officials say a tug was pushing the barges, which are loaded with more than 3.7 million gallon ...

Police: Teenagers found with credit card skimmers

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Police have accused two juveniles of being part of a criminal enterprise to steal credit card information using card skimmers. Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin says a Vienna officer pulled over a 17-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl for speeding on Wednesday ...