West Virginia News

West Virginia man guilty of possessing 7 stolen rifles

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to illegal gun possession, admitting he broke into a gun dealer's garage and stole seven rifles and a silencer last year. Prosecutors say 32-year-old Jeffrey Phelix, of Sissonville in Kanawha County, admitted to the Oct. 25 ...

Justice calls budget deal close, but lawmakers vote for cuts

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Democratic Gov. Jim Justice said Saturday night that he was near a deal with the Senate Republican leadership to limit budget cuts and overhaul taxes, but lawmakers later passed a spending plan that closes a projected deficit ...

WVU professor develops tomatoes resistant to fungus, blight

By ANNA TAYLOR, The Charleston Gazette-Mail MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Mannon Gallegly, West Virginia University professor emeritus of plant pathology, has made it his mission to develop a disease-free tomato. In conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the university and its first academic ...

West Virginia House backs abortion notification change

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House has followed the Senate and voted to end any doctor's ability to waive the legal requirement to notify parents of an underage daughter's abortion. Under the current law, a doctor other than the one performing an abortion can waive the ...

West Virginia lawmakers OK highway bond referendum

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers have agreed to hold a voter referendum this year on issuing $1.6 billion in bonds to rebuild state highways and bridges. The House has adopted the Senate language for the referendum that removes references to specific taxes. The House voted ...

Police undergo training to help with those resisting arrest

By SARAH PLUMMER, The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Beckley police officers are receiving defensive training that could help save their lives and the lives of suspects. Every officer, more than 50, will receive the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu training by the end of April at Family Martial Arts ...

Weather service: Wildfire danger higher in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The National Weather Service says warm, dry conditions and gusty winds have increased the chances for wildfires in West Virginia. The weather service says in a news release Sunday that outdoor burning is considered extremely dangerous. The statement says residents ...

West Virginia University class trying to detect fake news

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Students at West Virginia University's Reed College of Media are working with computer science students and faculty on an artificial intelligence course to try to detect fake news articles. The university said in a news release that the course includes two projects ...

Volunteers needed to clean up West Virginia highways

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is taking registrations from volunteers who want to help clean up the state's highways. The Adopt-A-Highway Statewide Spring Cleanup is scheduled for April 29. Volunteers have until April 21 to register, and ...

West Virginia office says miner dies following injury

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says that a miner injured in February at the CK Mine No. 5 in Mingo County has died from complications related to his injuries. According to the office, Dennis J. Fillinger of Harts, West Virginia, died ...

West Virginia lawmakers vote to add addiction treatment beds

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN and JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers voted to increase beds available at state-supported drug treatment facilities in response to the state's opioid addiction epidemic. The Senate's 34-0 approval Friday followed a previous ...

US rig count increases 15 this week to 839; Texas up 7

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 15 this week to 839. A year ago, 443 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 672 rigs sought oil and 165 explored for natural gas this week. Two were ...

Drug epidemic: 1 small-town mayor takes on pill distributors

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mayor has joined the ranks of at least 11 communities suing some of the biggest U.S. drug distributors, bidding to make them pay for the damage done by addiction in a state already ravaged by the decades-long decline ...

West Virginia advances curbs on sharing explicit images

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's lawmakers have voted to criminalize "revenge porn." The House of Delegates voted on Thursday to make it a crime to intentionally display publicly, distribute or threaten to disclose sexually explicit or intimate images of ...

Sign of the times? Solar panels power Kentucky Coal Museum

By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Don't look to the Kentucky Coal Museum to bring coal back. The museum is installing solar panels on its roof, part of a project aimed at lowering the energy costs of one of the city's largest electric customers. It's also a symbol of the ...

West Virginia coal, gas tax revenues in March top estimate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's tax collections from coal and natural gas production in March topped $40 million, exceeding original budget estimates by $13 million and showing continuing recovery from last year, officials reported Thursday. The comeback in mineral extraction tax ...

College grant application deadline extended in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials have extended the application deadline for the need-based Higher Education Grant Program through May 1. The Higher Education Policy Commission and Community and Technical College System say the deadline has been pushed back because of a ...

West Virginia Supreme Court chief justice gets 4-year term

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Allen Loughry has been selected to serve a four-year term as chief justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court. The court says in a news release that it marks the first four-year term for a chief justice since 1888. Chief justices typically serve one-year terms. The ...

Dems in Trump states pressured from both sides on court pick

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a rare and momentous decision — one by one, seated at desks centuries old, senators will stand and cast their votes for a Supreme Court nominee. It's a difficult political call in the modern era, especially for the 10 ...

Justice extends West Virginia legislative session

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice says he's extending the legislative session through Sunday to give lawmakers additional time to pass a budget. The Democratic governor and the Republican-controlled House and Senate have yet to resolve their respective budget and tax proposals for ...