West Virginia News

Justice posts budget clock, plans to visit Fairmont, Elkins

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has posted on his state website a countdown clock marking the end of the regular legislative session on April 8 as the state budget deadline. On Wednesday, the clock showed 38 days, hours and seconds ticking away. It's intended to call attention to ...

West Virginia House votes to revise water pollution limits

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Industrial plants would be allowed to discharge more pollution into West Virginia waterways, under legislation approved Wednesday by the state House. The proposal adopted 63-37 would authorize the Department of Environmental Protection to ...

Inmate possessing Social Security numbers pleads to ID theft

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A federal inmate in West Virginia has been convicted of identity theft for possessing other people's Social Security numbers in order to file false tax returns. The U.S. attorney's office in Clarksburg says 36-year-old Daniel Aaron Stone pleaded guilty Wednesday to ...

Justice backs measures to address state’s drug crisis

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Justice administration is calling for several measures to address the state's drug crisis, including tougher penalties for bringing illicit narcotics into West Virginia, a method for nonviolent drug felons to clear their records and an increase in addiction ...

West Virginia bill to ban kids from tanning beds advances

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Citing skin cancer risks, lawmakers in West Virginia are considering joining more than a dozen other states that prohibit anyone under 18 from using tanning salons. A House of Delegates health committee on Tuesday advanced the bill ...

Worker dies in mine owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a worker took a fatal fall at a West Virginia mine owned by Gov. Jim Justice. Patrick Graham is vice president for Southern Coal Corp. He says a worker at the company's Bishop Preparation plant in McDowell County died about 10:30 p.m. Monday. Graham ...

West Virginia officials say unemployment declined in January

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment has fallen slightly. Officials say the rate dropped to 5.6 percent in January, with 43,500 unemployed residents. The national unemployment rate rose to 4.8 percent. January's total nonfarm ...

History, genealogy groups gathering at West Virginia Capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dozens of groups interested in history or genealogy are expected at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston next week. The West Virginia Division of Culture and History says some 60 local groups will gather for the 21st West Virginia History Day on March 9. The ...

Fayetteville aims to restore historic high school building

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Fayetteville officials have renewed an effort to restore the old Fayetteville High School building. The Register-Herald of Beckley reports (http://bit.ly/2llhk0Y) Mayor Dennis Hanson and the school preservation board announced a drive Monday to raise funds for the ...

Gov. Justice proposes revised budget plan to close deficit

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice on Monday unveiled a revised budget plan to close the projected $500 million state deficit by raising taxes on sugary soft drinks and cigarettes, revising pension contributions and reducing previously proposed fractional sales ...

Cause of most US wildfires traced to people, study finds

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — People have triggered five out of six wildfires in the U.S. over the last two decades, tripling the length of the wildfire season and making it start earlier in the East and last longer in the West, a new study finds. Even as climate ...

Officials trying to help anglers catch larger wild trout

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are working on a plan to help anglers catch larger trout in the wild. Division of Natural Resources trout biologist Dave Thorne tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2l4LqdU ) that the agency is examining its management plans for ...

West Virginia spring forest fire season starts this week

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's spring forest fire season starts this week with limits on outside burning. The season begins Wednesday and runs through May 31. Outside burning is only allowed between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. Burning also is limited to brush, leaves, yard clippings and ...

West Virginia House votes to prohibit nepotism

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's House of Delegates has agreed unanimously to prohibit nepotism in government hiring and working conditions. The House, voting 98-0, has voted for an amendment to the state Ethics Act Another that would prohibit public officials or employees from ...

Ohio town wins top US tap water prize at tasting contest

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — The small Ohio community of Montpelier has won the top prize for U.S. tap water at an international tasting contest. Ohio towns took two of the top three prizes for Best Municipal Water on Saturday at the 27th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting ...

US reps ask Trump to back Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bipartisan group of Virginia's congressional delegation is asking President Donald Trump to support the regional partnership that has coordinated the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay for decades. Seven of the state's U.S. representatives joined 10 others in signing a ...

New River Gorge prescribed fires planned this spring

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — New River Gorge National River officials say several prescribed fires are planned this spring between Monday and May 31. The park said in a news release the sites range in size from 4 to 45 acres and total about 95 acres. The exact dates of the fires will be ...

Discussion of Byrd legacy being held at Marshall this spring

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Panelists will discuss the longtime senator from West Virginia, the late Robert C. Byrd, at a free program at Marshall University this spring. Among the panelists will be Marshall assistant professor C. Damien Arthur, who is currently working on an analysis and ...

8 months later, Richwood residents remember flooding

RICHWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — Addie Jackson remembers her fear the most — fear of dying, of drowning in a swirling torrent of brown water. "I've never been so afraid in my life," she said eight months after flooding ravaged parts of this eastern Nicholas County city. "I thought I was going to get ...

Gov. Justice requests authority for state worker furloughs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice is calling for legislation to give him authority to furlough state workers to help address the government's budget deficits. The recently elected Democratic governor earlier proposed tapping the state's rainy day fund to close a projected $123 ...