West Virginia News

Judge: Opioid distribution data not for public consumption

By GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press A federal judge has ruled that state and local governments cannot publicize federal government data about where prescription opioids were distributed, a blow to news organizations seeking to report more deeply on the nation's overdose and addiction ...

West Virginia delegate traveling to Taiwan this week

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Delegate Joshua Higginbotham is traveling to Taiwan on a trade promotion trip this week. The House said in a news release that the Putnam County Republican and some other lawmakers were leaving Friday and returning Aug. 4. The Taiwan Economic Cultural ...

University president calls proposed funding model ‘flawed’

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A co-chair on a state education panel has accused the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission of being an agency of regulations rather than oversight. West Virginia University President Gordon Gee, who co-chairs the Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher ...

Appeals court sides with environmentalists in pipeline case

By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press McLEAN, Va. (AP) — An appeals court on Friday sided with environmentalists who challenged the decision by federal agencies to allow construction of a 300-mile natural gas pipeline on a swath of national forest. The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel ...

Ohio River commission debates dropping pollution standards

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An interstate commission that monitors the Ohio River's health is considering eliminating its pollution control standards, raising concerns among representatives from states including Indiana. A majority of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission voted last ...

WV Doctor whose patients died indicted on criminal charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia doctor who prescribed opioids to two patients that died has been arrested on charges he illegally distributed prescription opioid medications. Muhammed Samer Nasher- Alneam is accused of writing prescriptions to patients who were suffering from opioid ...

National rig count decreases by 8 to 1,046; Texas loses 5

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. decreased by eight this week to 1,046. At this time a year ago there were 950 active rigs. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 858 rigs drilled for oil this week and 187 for gas. ...

Media access concerns delay West Virginia Supreme Court tour

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia House Judiciary Committee members are delaying their tour of the state Supreme Court's offices, citing concerns about possible open meetings law violations after the court said it would not allow media to take photos or video of the visit. WCHS-TV ...

Ohio couple buys island in West Virginia for $60K

MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio couple has purchased a West Virginia island for $60,000. News outlets report James Ballor of Columbus, Ohio, and his wife, Laura, made the winning bid for Eastern Wheeler Island in the Kanawha River at an auction Thursday in Montgomery. Bidding for the island ...

Panel hears court worker’s affidavit at impeachment inquiry

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia legislative panel has heard a sworn affidavit from a court employee who said she felt that suspended state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry tried to intimidate her into lying about court renovations. The House Judiciary Committee is investigating ...

West Virginia judges remove Richwood mayor from office

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A three-judge panel in West Virginia has approved a city council's request to remove Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber from office. News outlets report the judges dismissed several of the Richwood council's allegations, but agreed Baber used city funds to reimburse ...

Professional wrestling slams in Fairmont for charity event

By EDDIE TRIZZINO, Times West Virginian of Fairmont FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — When he was a kid, the only time "Ron Mathis" stopped bouncing around was when wrestling was on TV. He honestly can't recall a time in his life when he didn't want to be one of the wrestlers he saw on TV, recreating ...

Court employees testify at West Virginia impeachment inquiry

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court's deputy security director testified Thursday he helped a justice now facing a federal criminal indictment move a couch and antique desk out of his home at the justice's request. Jess Gundy testified ...

US coal ash pollution rules eased after industry balks

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday eased rules for handling toxic coal ash from more than 400 U.S. coal-fired power plants after utilities pushed back against regulations adopted under former President Barack Obama. Environmental ...

West Virginia gets $690M for flood management projects

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will receive $690 million in federal funding for flood management and repair projects. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding Wednesday from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A statement from the senators says the funding ...

10-month-old baby ingests meth; mother arrested

ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been arrested after her 10-month-old baby tested positive for methamphetamine. WCHS-TV reports 24-year-old Miranda Gale Taylor was arrested Tuesday and charged with child neglect resulting in injury. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says the ...

Flood relief program official gets job with its contractor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A staffer who resigned from a housing program aimed at helping West Virginia flood victims now has a job with its largest contractor. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Wednesday that Russell Tarry left his job in the state Department of Commerce administrating ...

Baltimore man could get life after 9 die in heroin overdoses

BALTIMORE (AP) — A 24-year-old Baltimore man could be sentenced to life in prison in October after pleading guilty to a heroin distribution conspiracy linked to 27 overdoses — nine of them fatal. The U.S. Attorney's office says Karon Peoples admitted Wednesday that nine fatal overdose ...

West Virginia legislators recess Supreme Court hearings

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Lawmakers considering whether to recommend impeachment for indicted West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry have recessed for six days. News outlets report the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony Friday from the court's former technology director ...

West Virginia crews sent to Michigan to reduce wildfire risk

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Forestry has sent a crew of 20 to Michigan to help reduce the risk of wildfires. The division says in a news release 12 trained division foresters and eight civilian firefighters left West Virginia on Wednesday. Some will be stationed at ...