West Virginia News

Pence touts tax cuts, slams Manchin in West Virginia

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence paid a visit Wednesday to a truck dealership in West Virginia, touting the tax cuts enacted by the Republican-controlled Congress while slamming the state's Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who ...

House votes to dissolve education and arts department

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates has voted to dissolve the Department of Education and Arts and the position of its secretary. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the bill, known as House Bill 4006, passed 60-36 Wednesday with only one Republican voting against ...

West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy taking applications

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Education and Arts Secretary Gayle Manchin says applications are available for the Governor's Honors Academy, to be held at Marshall University this summer. Manchin's office said in a news release that West Virginia students who are now in the 11th ...

Plea agreement reached in 2015 West Virginia strangling case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Virginia man charged in a 2015 strangling death case in West Virginia has taken a plea agreement. The Journal of Martinsburg quotes prosecutor John Lehman as saying the Monday plea deal for 51-year-old Tommie Lee Cummings, of Arlington, Virginia, was developed ...

Northern Arizona elk to relocate to West Virginia

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Dozens of elk rounded up in grasslands of a northern Arizona wildlife area are waiting to be trucked to a new home in West Virginia. Wildlife officials netted 60 elk from the Raymond Wildlife Area about 30 miles southeast of Flagstaff, then used a helicopter sling to ...

Senate hopeful Blankenship schedules third town hall event

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican Don Blankenship has scheduled a third town hall-style meeting as the former coal company CEO who spent time in prison continues his campaign for the U.S. Senate. Blankenship's campaign says he will meet with voters on Thursday night at the Big Sandy ...

Ex-nursing home employee sentenced in funds theft case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former nursing home in West Virginia has been sentenced to one year and one month in federal prison in an embezzlement case. Thirty-five-year-old Veneford Blankenship was sentenced last week for mail fraud in federal court in Charleston. She also was ordered to pay ...

State House passes bill to let first responders carry guns

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates has unanimously passed legislation allowing properly trained first responders to carry firearms. The Intelligencer of Wheeling reports House Bill 2916 passed Thursday, and would allow emergency service personnel, firefighters and ...

Rash of violent incidents leave West Virginia police busy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police department is investigating a rash of violence from over the weekend. The Charleston Gazette-Mail quotes city police Chief Steve Cooper as saying it started Friday. That night, a bullet grazed a man's head while he was out walking. Then, two ...

West Virginia lawmakers vote to end film tax credit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers voted to end the state's film production tax credit Friday following an audit that showed the credit produced little economic benefit for the state. However, during nearly two hours of debate in the House, several delegates argued that the ...

Family escapes West Virginia house fire, 4 people injured

MAYSEL, W.Va. (AP) — Four people have been injured in a West Virginia house fire. WCHS-TV reports the fire happened Friday morning in Clay County. Clay Volunteer Fire Department Chief Michael Scott says two children and two adults were hospitalized with smoke inhalation and burn ...

Woman dies after being hit by train in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has died after being hit by a train. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports police identified the woman killed Friday afternoon as 55-year-old Leoda Harris of Charleston. Emergency responders found Harris lying near the railroad tracks near the ...

Harpers Ferry man offers home to hikers, bicyclers

By TIM COOK, The Journal HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — Gary Hill, a resident of both Harpers Ferry and Bolivar, completed his own Appalachian Trail thru-hike a decade ago. Also a long-distance bicyclist, he has peddled across the country three times. And on each cross-country trip he ...

West Virginia native, ‘GIF queen’ sees future in marketing

By JENNIFER GARDNER, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Charleston native Julie Winegard can tell a story in three seconds, without words or audio. She simply creates a sequence of illustrations that, when played consecutively, reference a moment in time. The sequence is ...

West Virginia ag commissioner opposes governor’s parkland logging plan

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's agriculture commissioner has recommended the Legislature and Gov. Jim Justice kill a bill that would open state parks to logging. Commissioner Kent Leonhardt says the initiative to harvest trees within the parks system to fund park improvements is ...

Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams to visit West Virginia Capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Medal of Honor recipient is scheduled to visit West Virginia lawmakers who are supporting construction of a memorial on the Capitol grounds to honor Gold Star families. The Senate has passed a resolution supporting the memorial. Gold Star families have lost a ...

West Virginia panel advances work rule for food stamps

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A legislative committee in West Virginia has narrowly voted to advance legislation that would establish a 20-hour weekly work requirement for many food stamp recipients. The bill, approved 12-10 by the House Health and Human Resources Committee on Tuesday, would ...

West Virginia student hurt after being struck at bus stop

NITRO, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a West Virginia student has been injured after being struck by a minivan at a Kanawha (kuh-NAW) County school bus stop. Nitro Police Chief Bobby Eggleston says the 14-year-old boy was hit Tuesday morning on state Route 25. The boy is a student at Andrew Jackson ...

West Virginia man sentenced for fraudulent insurance claims

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to one year and nine months in federal prison for filing false insurance claims totaling more than $354,000. Thirty-six-year-old Daniel Lichtman of Kearneysville was sentenced for mail fraud Tuesday in federal court in ...

Senate hopeful Blankenship schedules another town hall event

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Republican Don Blankenship has scheduled another town hall-style meeting as the former coal company CEO who spent time in prison continues his campaign for the U.S. Senate. Blankenship's campaign says he will meet with voters on Thursday in Beckley at the ...