West Virginia News

West Virginia reaches $3.5M settlement with drug wholesaler

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials have reached a $3.5 million settlement with a wholesaler accused of flooding the state with millions of prescription pain pills. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the settlement Tuesday with H.D. Smith Wholesale Drug Co. The ...

Idle coal mining equipment tax may affect local budgets

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Local government entities such as cities and public school systems could lose some tax funding after West Virginia officials decreased the tax rate for temporarily idled coal mining equipment. The change affects mining equipment that's expected to start back up ...

Cause of fire that damaged 5 Wheeling homes unclear

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The cause of a fire that damaged five Wheeling homes has yet to be determined, as well as what the final fate of the buildings will be. The Intelligencer reports (http://bit.ly/2hNBYKA) the Wheeling Fire Department responded to the blaze shortly after midnight on ...

Justice to receive public after Jan. 16 inauguration

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The inaugural committee for Gov.-elect Jim Justice says he'll receive the public in the state Capitol in Charleston following his 1 p.m. inauguration on Jan. 16 on its South Plaza. That will be followed by a reception in the nearby West Virginia Culture Center in ...

Butterfly sanctuary being built at Huntington’s Kinetic Park

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A butterfly sanctuary is under construction at Huntington's Kinetic Park. Huntington Municipal Development Authority executive director Tom Bell tells The Herald-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2i33IH1 ) that 400 milkweeds and three varieties of perennials have been ...

Inaugural planners: Several states represented in parade

By The Associated Press More than three dozen organizations have accepted invitations to take part in the inaugural parade after President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in Jan. 20, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced. More than 8,000 participants will represent the various groups. A ...

Police catch man wanted for questioning in chopping death

BRACKENRIDGE, Pa. (AP) — Police have captured a man wanted for questioning in the homicide of a suburban Pittsburgh woman who died from a chop wound to the head and a stab wound to the neck. The Allegheny County Police Department says 25-year-old Justin Bartlett was taken into custody in ...

West Virginia casino expects revenue drop amid competition

By JENNIFER R. YOUNG, The Journal CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — In days gone by, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races was one of the only gambling and racing destinations for the Washington, D.C., area residents to choose from. They would come to Charles Town by the busload. These days, ...

WVU Tech prepares for final semester in Montgomery

By JAKE JARVIS, Charleston Gazette-Mail MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (AP) — How do you move an entire college campus? Carolyn Long, the president of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology, is still trying to figure that out. There's no road map to follow, no handbook to read. Long ...

WVU Medicine clinic being built in Marion County

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Construction is under way on WVU Medicine's latest project — a new clinic being built in Marion County. The Dominion-Post (http://bit.ly/2hDfnev ) reports the $13.9 million, 25,000-square-foot outpatient center will be owned and operated by University Health ...

Antiquing lets residents hold history in their hand

By KIRSTEN RENEAU, The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Antiques are physical pieces of history, and while interest and cost may change, antiquing (where an individual goes shopping specifically for vintage or antique items) continues to be popular in North Central West ...

Sign for Fun: Local girl uses ASL to expand skills

By JIM MCCONVILLE, The Journal of Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Lillian Hosking started to use sign language about the same time she learned to walk. The now 7-year-old Charles Town resident began toying with sign signals at the ripe old age of one. Six years later, the ...

Another safe year in coal mining with record low 9 deaths

By DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The nation's coal mines are nearing a record low mark for on-the-job deaths for the third year in a row and have a chance to keep the number of fatal accidents in single digits for the first time. With just a day left in 2016, U.S. ...

Salvation Army volunteers ride for a cause

By CARLEE LAMMERS, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Jim "Dagger" Dagostine is known as the toy man. "People just think I always carry around toys," he said, laughing. But there's some truth to the name. For the past 30 years, Dagostine has organized Dagger's Annual ...

Officials: 1 man killed in Nicholas County fire

GILBOA, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say a man has been killed in a fire at a Nicholas County home. Media outlets report that the West Virginia State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the early Saturday blaze in Gilboa. Fire investigators say there were no working smoke detectors in ...

Federal regulators weigh in on proposed natural gas pipeline

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A proposed natural gas pipeline that would cross West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina would have adverse environmental impacts, but most could be avoided, minimized or mitigated, according to an analysis released Friday by ...

Deadly floods voted top news story of 2016 in West Virginia

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A National Weather Service meteorologist called it a "1-in-1,000-year" storm. By the time it was over, 23 West Virginians were dead. Flooding that ravaged the state in late June was voted the No. 1 news story in 2016 in West ...

Clarksburg woman admits trying to buy gun for someone else

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A 26-year-old Clarksburg woman has pleaded guilty to a felony for making a false statement that she was buying a gun for herself that she was trying to get for someone else. According to court documents, Hannah Marie Elwell tried to buy the .40-caliber pistol from ...

Justice keeps campaign spokesman as press secretary

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov.-elect Jim Justice says his campaign spokesman will be the press secretary in his administration when he takes office in January. Grant Herring has also been handling communications for the incoming governor's transition team. Herring previously worked for ...

Police investigating after remains found under cliff

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say human remains have been found under a cliff near Kanawha Falls. Media cited a statement from Fayette County Sheriff-Elect Mike Fridley and prosecutor Larry Harrah that said the discovery has prompted a homicide investigation. The statement says a ...