West Virginia News

High on Hope takes aim at Mid-Ohio Valley’s addiction crisis

By JEFF SAULTON, The News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — In what organizers hope will be a turning point for the community, the first High on Hope event at Stadium Field encouraged the addicted to seek help and show them there is hope in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Tim Craft, founder of ...

West Virginia law authorizes opioid antidotes at schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new state law authorizes school nurses and other trained and authorized personnel at West Virginia schools to administer drugs to counteract opioid overdoses by students without having to first contact parents. The bill passed unanimously by the House and Senate ...

US rig count rises 8 this week to 847; New Mexico up 7

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 8 this week to 847. A year ago, 440 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Thursday that 683 rigs sought oil and 162 explored for natural gas this week. Two were ...

West Virginians asked to report rattlesnake sightings

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Wildlife officials are asking West Virginians to let them know when they see timber rattlesnakes as part of a scientific project to determine their current distribution in the state. According to the Division of Natural Resources, rattlesnakes are a critical ...

Justice vetoes lawmakers’ budget, criticizes funding cuts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Democratic Gov. Jim Justice has vetoed the state budget approved last weekend by the Republican-controlled Legislature, criticizing the cuts and lawmakers. Justice, who on Saturday night announced he was near a deal with the Senate Republican ...

Justice vetoes revised practice for physician assistants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has vetoed legislation that would revise the scope of practice for physician assistants in West Virginia and authorize them to work in collaboration with a doctor rather than under their supervision. The bill approved by the Legislature also would ...

ACLU, residents criticize new city drug ordinance

WEIRTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and city residents have expressed concern over a new Weirton ordinance that creates a criminal charge for those under the influence of drugs in public. The Intelligencer (http://bit.ly/2nErwIb) reports the ...

West Virginia prison guards to train in crisis intervention

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia corrections officials have announced intensive training for an initial class of guards on ways to safely defuse incidents involving mentally ill inmates. Using a federal grant, the Division of Corrections says the 40-hour class for crisis intervention ...

Rader becomes first professional female WV fire chief

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Jan Rader has become the first female professional firefighter to attain the rank of fire chief in West Virginia after being sworn in as Huntington fire chief Wednesday. The Herald-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2ovN1tl) Rader has served in the Huntington Fire ...

Police identify 2 found dead in mobile home, cause of death

IAEGER, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police officials say a man and woman found dead in a mobile home had died several days prior to their discovery. Both had gunshot wounds. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/2py2pmV) 32-year-old Tara Musick and 34-year-old David Gover ...

Manchin schedules Town Hall meetings in Parkersburg, Hinton

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has scheduled a series of constituent visits around the state over the next two weeks to discuss current state and national issues. According to the senator's office, they include a Town Hall meeting at West Virginia ...

West Virginia lawmakers back more addiction treatment

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — With more than 30,000 West Virginians already in drug treatment, lawmakers struggling with the state's addiction crisis have voted to spend $24 million from recent court settlements with opioid distributors to increase inpatient ...

Man gets life plus 17½ to 35 years in river body slaying

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to life without parole as well as an additional 17½ to 35 years in the death of a man whose body was found in a West Virginia river two years ago. Thirty-one-year-old Hubert Wingate was convicted in January in a nonjury trial ...

Former Homeland Security analyst appeals gun silencer case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former analyst for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has filed an appeal after being sentenced to 1 ½ years in federal prison for making a gun silencer in his home. Forty-six-year-old Jonathan L. Wienke pleaded guilty to one count of violating the National ...

Ohio man pleads guilty in killing of ex-coal executive

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio man has pleaded guilty in the fatal shooting of a former coal executive in southern West Virginia. Anthony R. Arriaga of Delphos, Ohio, told a Mingo County circuit judge Tuesday that he had been using drugs and had little sleep over several days before he ...

Manufacturer: ‘Illegal’ ordinance targets chemical spill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A chemical manufacturer is suing a county commission over an ordinance that it says is an illegal attempt to recover money more than three years after a spill that contaminated the drinking water supply in nine West Virginia counties. The Charleston Gazette-Mail ...

Attorneys: Man jailed since 2013 has served enough time

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys for a West Virginia man who admitted to illegally owning guns after being acquitted in a 2013 beating death say their client has spent enough time in jail. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2o0nC8r) 38-year-old Miguel Quinones has been ...

Missing woman’s body found in refrigerator; suspect charged

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a West Virginia man has been arrested after troopers found the body of a missing woman stuffed in a refrigerator. Local media groups report that state police say 65-year-old David Allen Geier of Nicholas County has been charged with first-degree murder ...

West Virginia lawmakers OK water, marijuana, testing bills

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN and JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers have voted to raise water-pollution limits, legalize medical marijuana, end school standardized testing aligned with the Common Core curriculum and hold a voter referendum this year on ...

Former WVU employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia University employee has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $87,000 from the school. The U.S. attorney's office in Clarksburg said in a news release that 55-year-old Loretta J. Reckart of Bruceton Mills pleaded guilty Monday to theft ...