West Virginia News

Loh picked as West Virginia Symphony Orchestra conductor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Lawrence Loh has been selected as conductor and music director of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Loh was chosen Tuesday from among six finalists to succeed Grant Cooper, who is retiring after 16 years. Loh currently is music director of Symphoria in Syracuse, ...

Coal trains fewer as Appalachian railroads keep rolling

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MATOAKA, W.Va. (AP) — The red caboose parked at the edge of a rundown commercial block is the only rail car some people have seen in Matoaka in more than a year. It bears the markings of the Norfolk and Western Railway, a company merged years ago and ...

Gov. Justice visits children, recalls memories at school

By JESSICA FARRISH, The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — The 36th governor of West Virginia isn't a newcomer to having titles. Besides his current title of "governor," Jim Justice has been called a "billionaire" by Forbes magazine, the "CEO" of The Greenbrier, "coach" at Greenbrier East ...

WVU delays possible tuition increase amid state budget limbo

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University's Board of Governors has delayed action on a likely tuition increase while the state budget remains unresolved. WVU says a board meeting Friday that was called to set tuition and fees lasted only a few minutes. David Alvarez, the board's ...

Assistance dogs graduate training, go into service

By JEFF MCCOY, The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — It's that time of year where many students leave their school and head out into the world. Graduations take place across the nation as proud parents, family and friends watch their loved one walk across the stage and receive a diploma. But ...

Retired teacher documents state’s water-powered mills

By RICK STEELHAMMER, The Charleston Gazette-Mail LAVALETTE, W.Va. (AP) — Elmer Napier may be the world's most active documenter of specimens of rural Americana found in West Virginia that are way too large to collect in a display case. The retired Wood County Schools driver education ...

Sales tax up but income tax down in state Senate’s proposal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginians would pay a higher sales tax next year, but their income tax rates would be reduced and might eventually be eliminated, under a bill approved Wednesday by the state Senate. Under the proposal, which met a chilly reception in the state House, the state ...

West Virginia county ‘Bible in the Schools’ program on hold

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — County officials in West Virginia have suspended the "Bible in the Schools" program for a year to provide time for its review. Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/2qe0mZX ) Mercer County board of education members approved the suspension Tuesday night. ...

Jenkins says 8 state senators back his run against Manchin

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Congressman Evan Jenkins says eight of the state's Republican state senators have announced support for his run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin next year. Jenkins, a Republican and Huntington lawyer, was a state delegate and a state senator ...

West Virginia to receive $440K in lawsuit settlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is included in a settlement with a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary over representation of product quality and will receive more than $440,000. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office said West Virginia is among the 42 states and ...

West Virginia industrial plant explosion kills 2, injures 1

PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) — An explosion at a West Virginia industrial plant has killed two people and injured a third. Officials say the explosion was reported Wednesday at Midland Resource Recovery, a company based in Ontario, Canada, that odorizes natural gas. Barbour County Sheriff's ...

Woman pleads guilty to West Virginia pastor’s slaying

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the killing of a 69-year-old West Virginia pastor. The Register-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2r0IdxV) 21-year-old Camille Iman Browne entered the plea Tuesday. She also pleaded guilty to burglarizing several ...

West Virginia lawmakers back to weigh taxes, budget

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are scheduled back in session Tuesday trying to reconcile differences with Gov. Jim Justice and enact tax and budget bills for the fiscal year starting July 1. On Monday, the Senate quickly adjourned after sending to committees bills passed by ...

West Virginia University receives $402K to help rural areas

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The federal government has awarded more than $400,000 to West Virginia University to improve sustainable agriculture and help rural communities thrive. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the $402,890 award in a news release this month. Manchin ...

Federal committee examining health risks from surface mines

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — A federal science committee studying the health risks for people living near surface coal mines has scheduled a public meeting this week in southern West Virginia. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee plans to hear from state health and ...

Man charged in scheme to sell paintings from $500M art heist

BOSTON (AP) — A West Virginia man tried to fetch millions for two oil paintings he did not have access to and falsely claimed were stolen in the largest art heist in U.S. history, federal authorities said Monday. Todd Desper, of Beckley, West Virginia, was arrested Monday at his home on wire ...

West Virginia health centers get $8.5M in federal funding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators say federal authorities are awarding $8.5 million to health centers in Huntington and Baker to support medical, dental, mental health and drug services. According to Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, the Department of Health ...

West Virginia suspends ex-education secretary’s law license

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The law license of West Virginia's former education secretary has been suspended by the state's supreme court. Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2qRyQOT ) Clay County attorney Barbara Harmon-Schamberger's license to practice law was suspended in a court ...

Ex-coal CEO seeks vindication in blast after year in prison

By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After finishing a one-year prison sentence, a former West Virginia coal executive has wasted no time resuming a campaign for vindication in the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. In a phone interview Friday, ex-Massey ...

TV’s Judge Judy gives commencement speech in West Virginia

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Syndicated television's Judge Judy has told graduating high school seniors in West Virginia to fill their lives and work with passion. Media outlets report Judy Sheindlin gave the keynote address Saturday at the commencement for South Charleston High School ...