West Virginia News

A long-awaited West Virginia park officially opens

TALCOTT, W.Va. (AP) — Crowds gathered to watch the grand opening of a long-awaited West Virginia park. News outlets report about 100 celebrants gathered Friday to watch the opening of the John Henry Historical Park in Talcott. The park will feature a John Henry statue, an interactive ...

Charges upgraded for father accused of shaking daughter

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who authorities say shook his 10-month-old daughter to death will face upgraded charges. News outlets report charges against 25-year-old Jacob Lee Richards will be upgraded to child abuse resulting in death. Richards was initially arrested ...

Morgantown landlords to pay $600,000 in sex harassment case

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The Justice Department has settled with the owners and former managers of more than 70 rental properties in the Morgantown area, who will pay $600,000 to resolve allegations that a former manager sexually harassed female tenants for a decade. Under the settlement, ...

No body found in search for student prompted by Facebook tip

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio (AP) — A search prompted by a Facebook video suggesting the body of a West Virginia college student last seen in 2002 was buried in Ohio has ended with no bodies found, a sheriff said Tuesday. Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said in a statement that the extensive search ...

Health center in Beckley to get $2M in federal funding

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins says Community Health Systems in Beckley has received more than $2 million to health care services to rural West Virginians. The grant is from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. According to Jenkins, the clinic ...

3 appointed to Marshall University Board of Governors

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed three men to four-year terms on the Marshall University Board of Governors. The university announced Tuesday they are R. Woodrow Duba of Daniels, James L. Farley of Cincinnati and Patrick J. Farrell of Huntington. Their ...

West Virginia Business College closes amid legal battle

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Business College has decided to close its doors while in the midst of a legal battle over the school's accreditation. James Weir, the college's general manager, said in an email Monday that declining enrollment for the July 2017 quarter made it ...

Woman sentenced for beating, robbing 81-year-old woman

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A woman who admitted she robbed and brutally attacked her boyfriend's 81-year-old mother has been sentenced in West Virginia. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports 41-year-old Angela M. Graham was sentenced Monday to 60 years on a first-degree robbery charge and 3 to ...

Sanders urges West Virginian to oppose GOP health plan

By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders took the fight against a Republican health care overhaul to a key lawmaker's home state on Sunday, urging West Virginia's GOP senator to resist pressure from any last-minute deal making aimed at rescuing the ...

Huntington police charge 3 with murder after body found

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police say three people face murder charges after a man's body was found early Friday in Huntington. The Herald-Dispatch reports that police believe the man was killed about 11 p.m. Thursday. The victim was not immediately identified by authorities. Huntington ...

West Virginia’s Capito in a spot with GOP health care bill

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Republican senator, Shelley Moore Capito, is under pressure from those in her state opposed to Medicaid cuts in the Senate GOP health care bill. West Virginia has one of the country's lowest median ...

Town planning commission member lives without car

By TIM COOK, The Journal CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Ryan Hutcherson does something some would consider astonishing. Something some might find hard to believe. Something that some might say is nearly impossible. He lives without a car. And, even more confounding for a Jefferson County ...

Police: Alzheimer’s sufferer fatally shoots wife

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia man with signs of Alzheimer's fatally shot his wife when he thought she was in distress. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports 65-year-old Larry Dillon shot his wife, Sandy Dillon, in their home on Thursday night. Mercer County ...

Big increase seen in West Virginia needle exchange program

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials say more than 8,300 new syringes have been distributed in the nearly two years that a needle exchange program has been operated in a West Virginia city. The Intelligencer reports that nearly 6,000 of the clean needles have been given out in the past ...

West Virginia peaks draw experienced climbers and novices

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press SENECA ROCKS, W.Va. (AP) — The pale ridge rises like the ragged fin of a prehistoric fish in a rolling green sea of low forested mountains in eastern West Virginia. Massive and intimidating, the craggy landscape of Seneca Rocks draws serious rock ...

West Virginia lawmaker eyes high court’s sports betting case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia lawmaker is eager for the state to be ready to introduce sports betting in the event that a U.S. Supreme Court case leads to the repeal of a nationwide ban. Democratic Delegate Shawn Fluharty of Ohio calls it a "no-brainer" for West Virginia to allow ...

Health system says its services restored after cyberattack

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — A health network that fell victim to a worldwide cyberattack last week says that all acute, ambulatory and ancillary care services have been restored at its medical neighborhoods and satellite community locations. Heritage Valley Health System made the announcement ...

West Virginia water agency head to retire after ethics probe

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The head of a West Virginia water agency will retire after an ethics investigation. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that a letter from Gov. Jim Justice's office says West Virginia Water Development Authority Executive Director Chris Jarrett will step down and ...

Fireworks sale licenses up 8 percent in West Virginia

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Licenses for the sale of fireworks are up by 8 percent in West Virginia compared with last year. The State Fire Marshal's Office tells The Register Herald of Beckley that 56 permanent locations are selling fireworks this year, plus 191 temporary ones like tents and ...

West Virginia town convenes its first all-female council

BUFFALO, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia town has sworn in its first all-women council for the first time in its history. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Buffalo town council will convene Monday with the five female members sworn in last week. Councilmember Barbara Reed has served on ...