West Virginia News

Witnesses testify in trial against doctor accused of assault

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Witnesses are testifying in a trial against a West Virginia doctor charged with sexually assaulting and abusing patients. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the trial against Dr. Steven Matulis started Monday, and witnesses have so far included patients, hospital ...

Retired W. Virginia judge asks for impeachment trial delay

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A retired West Virginia Supreme Court justice has asked her impeachment trial be delayed until after the November election. WCHS-TV reports the West Virginia Senate is scheduled to hold an impeachment trial for retired Justice Robin Davis on Oct. 29. The election is ...

West Virginia man settles police excessive force suit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man will receive a $75,000 settlement in an excessive force lawsuit filed against the city of Hinton and its former police chief. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the settlement was reached Thursday in the federal lawsuit filed by Robert McPherson ...

WVU official to lead entrepreneurship efforts

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University official who has offered guidance to students looking to start their own businesses has been hired for an administrative job on campus that focuses on entrepreneurship. WVU Provost Joyce McConnell says Carrie White, the former director of ...

Police: Man who fell out of boat found dead

LAVALETTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia state police say a man who fell out of his boat has been found dead. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports 67-year-old William Taylor fell out of his boat in Beech Fork Lake Saturday afternoon. State police Sgt. E. A. Blankenship says Taylor was with a ...

Manchin backs FBI investigation of claims against Kavanaugh

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — One of the few Senate Democrats who remains undecided on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court is backing calls for an FBI investigation of sexual misconduct claims against the nominee. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said senators need to slow down on ...

Motion filed to avert judge’s testimony in impeachment trial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission has filed a motion to prevent its chairman from having to testify in an impeachment trial in the state Senate. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the commission's attorneys filed a motion to squash a subpoena ...

Attorney files 2 lawsuits against jail in West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia attorney has filed two lawsuits against authorities at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, saying the combination of understaffing and overcrowding is affecting inmates' safety. The Herald-Dispatch reports attorney Kerry Nessel filed the ...

Ex-West Virginia justice blames impeachment on gender bias

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An impeached former West Virginia Supreme Court justice has filed a federal lawsuit accusing elected officials of gender bias and other violations. Former Justice Robin Davis' 40-page lawsuit filed Wednesday said she would not have ...

West Virginia awards $49M contract to widen Interstate 81

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Department of Transportation has awarded a $49 million contract to widen part of a highway. Gov. Jim Justice's office tells news outlets in a statement that he announced on Tuesday the award of the contract to A.L.L. Construction Inc. to expand ...

Couple charged after children found in makeshift cages

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) — Police have charged a West Virginia couple with child neglect after officers said they found three children confined in makeshift cages. News outlets report that court paperwork says state troopers found three children under age 4 held in "cage-like structures" in ...

West Virginia higher elevations close to peak fall foliage

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's higher elevations are starting to burst into their peak colors. The state Tourism Office released its first fall foliage report Wednesday. Tourism officials say in a news release that areas along U.S. Route 33 should reach their peak by this weekend, ...

West Virginia indictment charges 17 in drug conspiracy

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A federal prosecutor in West Virginia says a grand jury has indicted 17 people from West Virginia and Michigan on drug and firearms charges. U.S. Attorney Bill Powell of the Northern District of West Virginia announced the indictments Wednesday. His office said in a ...

West Virginia agency seeks comment on historic preservation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The public is being asked for comments on West Virginia's current historic preservation comprehensive plan and ideas for continued efforts through 2024. The West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office will conduct at least eight meetings across the state to ...

2 politicians get temp seats on W.Va. Supreme Court

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two Republican politicians will serve as temporary justices on the West Virginia Supreme Court after a group of judicial stand-ins on Monday rejected petitions challenging their appointments to replace two departed justices. The court ...

Sheriff: Man kills son-in-law, self during custody exchange

CRAIGSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A sheriff's office in West Virginia says a man fatally shot his son-in-law during an exchange of children as per a custody agreement before killing himself. Nicholas County Sheriff William F. Nunley tells WSAZ-TV 38-year-old Luke Charles McElwain was fatally shot ...

West Virginia governor recommending 9 projects for grants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is recommending the Appalachian Regional Commission approve grants totaling over $7.1 million for nine projects. Justice said the projects take advantage of West Virginia's assets and address community and economic development needs. ...

US Attorney sues West Virginia hemp farm over seeds’ origin

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A U.S. attorney is suing a West Virginia hemp farm and others, saying they violating the federal Controlled Substances Act. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart has sued Matthew Mallory of CAMO Hemp WV, and Gary Kale of Grassy Run Farms. Grassy Run Farms owns the land, The ...

West Virginia woman admits to stealing veterans benefits

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman had pleaded guilty to stealing a military veteran's benefits. Thirty-eight-year-old Brandi Moore of Gallipolis Ferry entered the plea in federal court in Huntington. Prosecutors say in a news release Moore had a family member who was a veteran ...

Supplies given to students in West Virginia’s poorest county

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Public schools in West Virginia's poorest county will receive clothing and other supplies as part of a project aimed at helping children and their families. The American Federation of Teachers unveiled one of the Essentials for Kid Care Closets at Mount View High School ...