West Virginia News

Alleged gun theft by federal guard prompts call for probe

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former federal guard accused of stealing firearms from a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' disposal facility has prompted a U.S. senator to call for an investigation. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Wednesday that Republican Wisconsin Sen. ...

W.Va. suit accuses diocese of knowingly employing pedophiles

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Catholic diocese and its former bishop in West Virginia knowingly employed pedophiles and failed to conduct adequate background checks on camp and school workers, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the state attorney ...

Assistant principal accused of harassing trans boy loses job

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — An assistant principal accused of harassing a transgender student will be out of his job after this school year. The board of education in Harrison County, West Virginia, voted to not renew a probationary contract for Lee Livengood, who allegedly followed a teenager ...

Poling named circuit judge in West Virginia’s Raleigh County

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A new judge has been appointed to West Virginia's 10th Judicial Circuit Court. Gov. Jim Justice named Darl W. Poling of Beckley to the seat, which was vacated by Judge John Hutchison. Hutchison was appointed justice of the state Supreme Court. The 10th Circuit serves ...

Ex-W.Va. security guard accused of firearms theft

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former security guard at a federal facility in West Virginia has been indicted on charges that he stole and sold firearms and ammunition. Prosecutors say a federal grand jury indicted 52-year-old Christopher Lee Yates of Martinsburg related to the thefts from a ...

Court upholds $1.6M judgment against W.Va. consulting firm

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that a West Virginia consulting firm must pay more than $1.6 million in back wages and damages to 70 employees. The U.S. Labor Department says in a news release the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower ...

W.Va. suit accuses diocese of knowingly employing pedophiles

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general has sued a local Catholic diocese and its former bishop, claiming they knowingly employed pedophiles. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the suit against the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and Bishop Michael Bransfield on ...

Judge tosses Ohio’s lawsuit against gas pipeline developer

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A judge has tossed out a lawsuit Ohio filed against the developers of a $4.2 billion natural gas pipeline that stretches from West Virginia to Michigan. The lawsuit sought to force the builders of the Rover Pipeline to pay fines for what Ohio regulators said were numerous ...

Lawsuit over sex assault investigation at Marshall settled

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit over how Marshall University handled an investigation into a sexual assault has been settled. A former student sued the West Virginia school last year, arguing that Marshall violated Title IX, related regulations and its own policy. The lawsuit said the ...

Earth Day program scheduled next month in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is having an Earth Day celebration next month. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia in Charleston. The program is being produced ...

West Virginia education forums set to start

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia education officials are kicking off a series of public hearings as part of preparations for an upcoming special legislative session. The first of seven forums is set for Monday night at Cabell Midland High School in Ona. Others being held this week are ...

Trial set for parents accused in death of neglected child

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial date has been set for a West Virginia couple charged with murder and neglect after authorities said their toddler appeared to have been starved to death. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports Christy Moore and Corey Moore are now scheduled to stand trial May ...

West Virginia teen jumps into politics with city council run

By MATT COMBS, The Register-Herald undefined OAK HILL, W.Va. (AP) — At 17 years old, Colby Lopez isn't a typical teenager. Instead of the latest trends, gossip and graduation just months away, the teen from Oak Hill has shifted his focus to running for Oak Hill City Council for the city's ...

Manchin only Democratic senator not to endorse LGBT bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is the only Democratic senator who did not co-sponsor an LGBT anti-discrimination bill. The Register-Herald reports 44 Democratic U.S. senators and the two independent senators that caucus with them have signed onto Senate bill 788. The bill ...

Former coal baron Blankenship sues media, claims defamation

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — Former coal baron Don Blankenship is suing several news outlets and media personalities, claiming he was defamed during his failed bid for a U.S. senate seat in West Virginia. Blankenship's suit was filed Thursday in Mingo County, West Virginia. It names The ...

Gov. Justice signs budget with teachers’ raises earmarked

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has approved a $4.6 billion state budget that has money earmarked for a potential teachers' pay raise. Justice says he signed the fiscal year 2020 budget on Thursday. State lawmakers passed the budget earlier this month, setting aside ...

Robotic surgery now common at West Virginia hospital

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — There's no substitute for a pair of steady hands honed with tens of thousands of hours in the operating room. But since the da Vinci surgical system was approved for use in 2000, hospitals around the world have found the skilled hands of their surgeons can now ...

W.Va. gov to announce plan to repair secondary roads

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice is set to announce a plan to speed up repairs on secondary roads in West Virginia. The Republican governor is scheduled to lay out his plan Wednesday, just days after firing his transportation secretary. Justice says secondary roads aren't being ...

West Virginia mayor to resume annual neighborhood walks

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The mayor of a West Virginia city is resuming his annual neighborhood walks in an effort to motivate residents to become more active. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams plans to kick off his "Walks with the Mayor" series on March 18 in the city's Westmoreland ...

Volunteers sought to drive W.Va. disabled vets to hospitals

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is seeking volunteer drivers for a partnership to transport disabled veterans to hospital medical appointments. State Veterans Assistance Secretary Dennis Davis tells The Herald-Dispatch the volunteers are needed at least one day per month for the ...