West Virginia News

West Virginia unit cites $1.3M of improper disability claims

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Attorney General's Office says its unit targeting Social Security disability fraud helped save nearly $1.3 million in improper claims during the second quarter of this year. Two investigators and an analyst have been working with the Social Security ...

Timetable described for West Virginia road projects

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Transportation Secretary Tom Smith says the Justice administration's road and bridge reconstruction initiative will start with about $350 million of road resurfacing in the next few months originally scheduled for 2018 and 2019. The Charleston ...

Capito opposes health care repeal without replacement

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said Tuesday that she won't vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement that meets the needs of the people in her state. All the Senate Republican ...

Boaters call black vultures a destructive menace

HILLSBORO, Ohio (AP) — Boaters and wildlife officials say black vultures have caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage the last several years at two state park marinas in southern Ohio. The Blade reports (http://bit.ly/2vh84Rb ) these scavengers with 60-inch wing spans have targeted ...

West Virginia State Fair to run 10 days in August

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has announced plans for this year's 10-day State Fair at the fairgrounds in Fairlea, Greenbrier County. The fair is scheduled Aug. 10-19. The department has posted a calendar. The department says it will host wine ...

West Virginia commission weighs fishing, hunting regulations

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Natural Resources Commission plans to consider next year's hunting and fishing regulations when it meets next week at Cacapon Resort State Park in Berkeley Springs. State officials say the public is invited to attend and make comments. The ...

County commission president arrested for DUI

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county commissioner who authorities say crashed his car while driving under the influence has been arrested. Ed Hawkins was arrested and charged with DUI and speeding. Hawkins is president of the Monongalia County Commission. According to a criminal ...

West Virginia woman injured in Maryland boating accident

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Maryland Natural Resources police say a 22-year-old West Virginia woman was injured after falling off a rented pontoon boat in Assawoman Bay. Local news outlets report that Alexa Delatorre, of Morgantown, was treated at a Salisbury hospital for deep cuts to her back, ...

Manchin, Capito announce almost $10M in Head Start funding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's two U.S. senators say almost $10 million is being awarded to Head Start programs in the state. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources on Friday. The individual ...

West Virginia joins lawsuit alleging generic price fixing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general has joined three other states and the District of Columbia to sue six generic drugmakers, alleging they conspired to hike prices for a common antibiotic and a diabetes medication. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says the allegations ...

West Virginia officer suspended following argument with gun

NITRO, W.Va. (AP) — A police officer in West Virginia has been suspended after video surfaced on Facebook showing him holding a gun while arguing with people when he was off duty. Media outlets report 49-year-old Richard Foster with the Nitro Police Department now faces a misdemeanor ...

Martinsburg VA going green with solar pump

By JEFF MCCOY, The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The Martinsburg V.A. Medical Center received a solar pump for Veterans Green Acres Park/Greenhouse, their on-campus garden. The garden provides food for the patients and residents and also serves as a place for healing for veterans with ...

State OKs cap for special ed students in general ed classes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education has passed policy changes capping the percentage of students who receive specially designed instruction for disabilities that schools can place in general education classrooms. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported on Sunday that ...

Unearthed West Virginia monument to Washington rededicated

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities have rededicated a George Washington Memorial Granite Marker and Shield in Beckley that was buried for years and recently unearthed. Media outlets report the plaque was rededicated on Saturday at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building in Beckley. The ...

State tax liens show a Justice company owing $1M

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Court records show West Virginia Tax Department officials have filed four new liens for almost $1 million against Tams Management Inc., one of the coal companies owned by Gov. Jim Justice and his family. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the liens are for ...

Capito cites Medicaid concerns in review of new GOP proposal

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says she'll review the new Senate Republican leadership proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act but still has "serious concerns" about the Medicaid provisions. In a statement Thursday, Capito says any ...

Virginia Supreme Court sides with pipeline in survey lawsuit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the company developing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in a lawsuit against a woman who sought to keep surveyors off her property. Hazel Palmer owns land in Augusta County along the route of the proposed natural gas pipeline ...

West Virginia man gets prison for gun, choking officer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for illegal gun possession and choking a deputy federal marshal by pulling on his tie. Taurean Amadeus Johnson pleaded guilty to both counts in April. Investigators say they found a ...

World War I exhibit opening in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Uniforms, artillery and weapons from World War I are included in a new exhibit at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History's Culture Center in Charleston. The exhibit is being unveiled Saturday at the State Capitol Complex. The event runs from 3:30 p.m. to 5 ...

West Virginia Board of Education approves school closures

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education has voted to approve all but one of a county's proposed public school closures. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state board approved the Fayette County School Board's proposed closures Wednesday, with the exception of ...