West Virginia News

Ex-legal aid clinic manager in Charleston accused of fraud

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have accused the former office manager of a legal aid clinic in Charleston of fraudulently taking $1.5 million over 12 years. Authorities say Kim Cooper, of St. Albans, oversaw daily operations at the Mountain State Justice office, including ...

Man shot by West Virginia deputy dies

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The Harrison County sheriff says a man shot by one of his deputies has died. According to authorities, 26-year-old Codey Hardman died at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, where he was taken after he was shot last week in Stonewood. Sheriff Albert Marano ...

Justice taps head of engineering firm for commerce secretary

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's incoming governor has chosen the president of an engineering and architecture firm to be his administration's commerce secretary. Gov.-Elect Jim Justice says Woody Thrasher has experience growing jobs in the state and a passion for serving its ...

Marshall’s ‘Marching Thunder’ headed to Italy for parade

By LACIE PIERSON, The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — There's no place like Rome for the holidays for 81 members of Marshall University's Marching Thunder. While the rest of the Tri-State will ring in 2017 stateside with friends and family, band members along with 15 friends, ...

Beekeeping class proposed in Raleigh County

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Officials are proposing a beekeeping course for students in Raleigh County. The Register-Herald (http://bit.ly/2hrVDzn) reports that under a partnership between the Raleigh County Beekeepers' Association and Raleigh County Schools the class would be offered through ...

Hinton officials hope for increased tourism

HINTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in Hinton are hoping for an increase in tourism if Amtrak increases its Cardinal line runs from three to seven. Town manager Chris Meadows told The Register-Herald (http://bit.ly/2ib6QUl) that it would help officials promote tourism in the community of 2,500 ...

Grandmas helping out Charleston police force

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Charleston Police Department has a new unit made up of grandmas. WOWK-TV (http://bit.ly/2ixEIrf) reports the police department swore in its first Grandma Unit earlier this month. The initiative partners adult abuse victims at the YWCA's Shanklin Center with ...

Official: Progress ‘substantial’ for flood survivors in Clay

By LORI KERSEY, Charleston Gazette-Mail BOMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Joe and Sherry Fasanelli's Clay County home is coming along now, nearly six months after 3 feet of water invaded. Earlier this month, they were still sleeping on cots in the living room, surrounded by their belongings in ...

Woman dead after fire on Christmas Eve

HINTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has died and a man has been injured following a house fire on Christmas Eve. Media report Jumping Branch Fire Chief Eric Jeffries said firefighters arrived at the home in Summers County on Saturday morning to find it already fully engulfed in ...

West Virginia gov-elect plans to keep coaching basketball

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — All eyes in the small room are fixed on West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice. He wants focus. He's asking for better effort and execution. A month before his inauguration, Justice is going strong as the head coach of the boys and ...

Nonprofit leader’s suspension ends after racist Obama post

CLAY, W.Va. (AP) — The executive director of a nonprofit group has completed her suspension after she wrote a Facebook post referring to first lady Michelle Obama as an "Ape in heels." The Register-Herald of Beckley reports (http://bit.ly/2heJuJ1 ) the Clay County Development Association ...

West Virginia officials use technology to track new elk herd

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Biologists have put tracking collars on each of the 24 elk recently released in West Virginia. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2hoW8Ks ) the collars can be tracked by satellites using global positioning system transmitters while workers on the ...

Justice names Carl ‘Butch’ Antolini communications director

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Former state Department of Agriculture spokesman Carl "Butch" Antolini has been named director communications for Gov.-elect Jim Justice. The Register-Herald of Beckley reports (http://bit.ly/2hTJqSY ) that Justice cited Antolini's media experience in selecting him as ...

Wood County sheriff’s deputy retires following DUI charges

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Wood county sheriff's deputy charged with drunken driving earlier this year has been granted disability and has retired from the department. The News and Sentinel of Parkersburg reports (http://bit.ly/2hmENlz ) that Cory Six had checked himself into a treatment ...

Federal suit in West Virginia cites subcontractor kickbacks

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Federal officials have filed a civil complaint against 15 people and 12 companies, alleging they participated in a kickback scheme while working on two federally-funded laboratory projects in West Virginia. The U.S. Attorney's Office alleges that a former special ...

West Virginia county sues 3 drug distributors

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county has sued three prescription drug distributors alleging they fueled the local opioid epidemic by shipping far too many painkillers there. The McDowell County Commission filed the suit Friday that names Cardinal Health, McKesson Corp. and ...

Gas company wants new ruling on West Virginia royalties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A natural gas producer has asked West Virginia's highest court to reconsider its ruling that would bar gas companies from deducting post-production costs from the royalties paid to landowners for mineral rights. EQT Production Co., based in Pittsburgh, wants the ...

Judge-elect pops question during swearing-in ceremony

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A newly sworn Kanawha County Family Court judge is already awaiting a verdict — from his girlfriend, to whom he proposed during his swearing-in ceremony. With about 50 people gathered for the ceremony, Judge-Elect Jim Douglas asked Phyllis Taylor Veith to marry ...

Ex-coal miners to be hired for apple tree planting project

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say displaced coal miners and veterans will be hired as part of an apple tree-planting project. The state Department of Environmental Protection says in a news release that the Patriot Guardens Golden Delicious Apple Project will receive $5.3 million. ...

WVU, Marshall get funds from chem exposure court settlement

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University and Marshall University are splitting $6.2 million left from a court settlement related to a chemical exposure case. The schools announced the transfer of the funds Thursday. A Marshall County circuit judge issued an order last month that ...