West Virginia News

West Virginia attorney general transfers $1M to state police

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Tuesday his agency is transferring $1 million to the state police in an effort to end a backlog of drug testing in criminal cases. Morrisey said the transfer was made possible as the result of settlements with drug ...

Dismembered body found in West Virginia river identified

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia have released the identity of a woman's dismembered body found in the Guyandotte River. Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli tells media outlets Tuesday that the remains were identified as that of 40-year-old Carrie Joe Worrell Wood of ...

Morgantown businessman pleads not guilty to campaign fraud

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia businessman has denied accusations that he illegally made campaign contributions though his company's employees. News outlets report that 57-year-old James Laurita Jr. pleaded not guilty in federal court on Monday. A grand jury indicted him last month ...

West Virginia senators back child health program

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators say they support reauthorizing the 20-year-old Children's Health Insurance Plan, whose funding authorization expired this month. According to health officials, the program covers 21,291 children statewide and about 9 million ...

This little piggy found after wreck gets permanent home

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A piglet that was rescued following a tractor-trailer accident along Interstate 77 in West Virginia has adapted well to her new home. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports the piglet weighed about 10 pounds when Tammy Tyree found her along the side of the road June ...

West Virginia accepting applications for spay-neuter grants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is accepting grant applications for a county-level program to spay and neuter pets. The department says in a news release that the program was established in 2013 but was unfunded until it was passed by the Legislature and ...

West Virginia hunting seasons for small game to start

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wildlife authorities are reminding hunters that the seasons for ruffed grouse and raccoons begin Oct. 14. Hunting for cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hare, bobwhite quail, bobcat and red and gray foxes follow, opening Nov. 4. Night hunting for red ...

Ex-West Virginia postal worker admits stealing prescriptions

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former postal worker in West Virginia has admitted stealing packages containing prescription drugs. Federal prosecutors say 31-year-old Brittany Harrison of Cross Lanes pleaded guilty Monday to theft of mail by a postal employee. Prosecutors say Harrison worked in ...

Hospital has ceremony for new hybrid operating room

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia hospital has held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new hybrid operating room, which officials say is equipped with the latest in fixed imaging systems and supports a multidisciplinary approach to surgery. The Herald-Dispatch reports St. Mary's ...

Drug overdose mapping tool to be discussed in West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new program that tracks drug overdoses will be discussed this week at Marshall University. West Virginia health officer Dr. Rahul Gupta and others will lead a presentation of the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program on Thursday at the Memorial Student ...

West Virginia gets $510,000 restitution in highway case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The prosecution of a highway bribe kickback scheme in federal court has netted $510,000 in restitution for the state of West Virginia. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says in a news release that Dennis Corp. of Columbia, South Carolina, and Mark Rudolph Whitt, who ...

West Virginia has highest US student loan default rate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Government records show West Virginia has the highest default rate on college student loans in the nation. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the default rate in West Virginia in 2016 was 18.3 percent, up from 16.2 percent in 2015. The Charleston ...

Judge: State auditor lacks authority to seek scam repayment

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge says the West Virginia auditor's office doesn't have the authority to seek repayment on behalf of the state for an international fraud scheme that cost it $1.5 million. Kanawha County Circuit Court Joanna Tabit ruled last week that Wachovia Bank has no ...

Company expanding on a solid foundation

JESSICA FARRISH, The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — In her role as vice president of Mountain State ENT, Beckley Surgery Center and Healing Springs Medical Spa, Dawn Paine has steadily increased medical technology in the surgical, medical and aesthetic sectors in southern West ...

Marshall gets $854k grant for behavioral health training

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University has landed a federal grant of more than $854,000 to provide behavioral health training. The Herald-Dispatch reports that the award comes from the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration and its Behavioral Health Workforce Education and ...

Judge: No guns in school-used West Virginia city rec centers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a West Virginia law allowing guns in city recreational centers doesn't apply to ones leased for school activities. Guns are even banned at those facilities when school events aren't happening, as long as a school board leases or otherwise ...

West Virginia county taps special prosecutor on pollution

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county has tapped a special prosecutor to investigate illegal toxic waste dumping. The Fayette County Commission says Michael Callaghan will be assistant prosecutor for its new Environmental Public Health and Protection Division. According to The ...

Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states

By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution, the state's attorney general and an official in Gov. Larry Hogan's ...

Groundbreaking held for Corridor H section in West Virginia

KERENS, W.Va. (AP) — State officials have hailed the start of construction on a new stretch of the four-lane Corridor H highway in West Virginia. Gov. Jim Justice and state Transportation Secretary Tom Smith attended the groundbreaking Thursday for the 7.5-mile section that will stretch from ...

West Virginia county gets drug-trafficking designation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities have designated West Virginia's Wood County as a high intensity drug trafficking area eligible for support for joint federal, state and local police enforcement efforts. Richard Baum, acting director of National Drug Control Policy, says the ...