West Virginia News

Lawmakers discuss West Virginia disaster housing rift

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers have met again to discuss an embattled housing program aimed at helping 2016 flood victims. The meeting on the RISE West Virginia program was held Thursday at the state Capitol in Charleston. The $150 million housing assistance program has ...

Trump approves disaster declaration in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration in West Virginia after flooding, mudslides and high winds ravaged parts of the state. Trump on Thursday approved the declaration for state and local governments and certain nonprofit groups for the ...

Pollution controls help red spruce rebound from acid rain

By LISA RATHKE, Associated Press STOWE, Vt. (AP) — The gray trunks of red spruce trees killed by acid rain once heavily scarred the mountain forests of the Northeast. Now those forests are mostly green, with the crowns of red spruce peeking out of the canopy and saplings thriving below. A ...

West Virginia high court Justice Ketchum to resign, retire

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum plans to resign and retire two years before his term ends, Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday. Justice said in a news release he received a letter from Ketchum saying he would step down ...

Trump replacement for Obama climate plan moves forward

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is advancing a proposal that would replace President Barack Obama's principal attempt to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions with a new rule expected to go easier on the ailing coal industry. The Environmental ...

Grants to aid adult students recovering from substance abuse

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health officials have awarded nearly $100,000 in funding for college campus support services for adults who are recovering from substance abuse. The Department of Health and Human Resources announced the funding Tuesday to expand the statewide resource ...

West Virginia inmate pleads not guilty to killing cellmate

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia prison inmate charged with first-degree murder in the 2016 death of his cellmate has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness. The Intelligencer of Wheeling reports 33-year-old Jonathan M. Jordan entered the plea Monday to a lesser charge of ...

More than $47M going to states to help veterans find jobs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The federal government has awarded grants totaling more than $47 million to help homeless veterans find jobs. Recipients in Tennessee were awarded more than $906,000, Kentucky awards totaled almost $775,000 and West Virginia will receive $165,000. The Labor Department ...

Trump replacement for Obama climate plan moves forward

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is advancing its plan to replace the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts against global warming with a new rule expected to be friendlier to the coal industry. The Environmental Protection Agency ...

Lawsuit: Gov. Jim Justice’s coal companies broke contract

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit charges that two coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice breached a contract with an exporting company. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Monday that a redacted, "public version" of the lawsuit was filed in federal court last week. The May ...

Former West Virginia volunteer firefighter enters plea deal

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia volunteer firefighter has pleaded guilty to starting a fire, but his sentencing has been placed on hold in a deferral agreement with prosecutors. The Herald-Dispatch reports that if 19-year-old Allen Black successfully completes a three-year ...

Police: West Virginia man faked own kidnapping to get money

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a West Virginia man is accused of faking his own kidnapping in order to get money from his family. WBOY-TV reports Monongalia County sheriff's deputies arrested 24-year-old Preston Smith of Morgantown. Deputies say Smith allegedly sent a text message and ...

Amid review, West Virginia higher ed system taps new chief

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An interim chancellor has been appointed for West Virginia's higher education system as it undergoes a review. West Virginia University Institute of Technology President Carolyn Long was appointed Tuesday at a special meeting in Charleston to lead the Higher ...

Appalachian region looks to Asia to revive economic hopes

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A slice of Appalachia along the Ohio River still struggling decades after losing manufacturing jobs in the steel, aluminum and glass industries to overseas competition is looking to Asia to revive the region's fortunes with a more pliable product — plastic. A ...

Retiree obsessed with building the perfect fishing rod

By JOHN McCOY, Charleston Gazette-Mail SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Randy Hively has built some nice fishing rods, but he's never built a perfect one. "That's what keeps me building them," said Hively, who took up the pastime 11 years ago and hasn't slowed down since. "Every time I build a ...

Marshall’s medical school adds urology department

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University's medical school says it has established a new urology department. The school of medicine and its faculty practice plan, Marshall Health, have been providing urology services since 2005 under the school's department of surgery. But school ...

Lawmakers mulling impeachment will resume investigation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia legislators who are considering impeachment proceedings against the state Supreme Court will resume their investigation. Judiciary Committee Chairman John Shott said in a news release Thursday that members of the House of Delegates Judiciary ...

West Virginia mom sues alleged pill mill over fatal overdose

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — The mother of a man who overdosed in West Virginia is suing a pain management clinic that federal prosecutors say was run as a pill mill. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Inez Lewis filed her lawsuit on June 29, four months after 12 people involved in the Hope ...

Miss West Virginia returns to hometown for July 4th

By CHARLES BOOTHE, Bluefield Daily Telegraph PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — Madeline Collins of Princeton had never entered a beauty pageant before winning the title of Miss Tri-State when she was a student at West Virginia University last year. That win, followed by a 2nd runner-up finish in the ...

Deputies say 17-year-old drowned in West Virginia river

CLENDENIN, W.Va. (AP) — Deputies say a 17-year-old has drowned while trying to swim across a river in West Virginia. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office identified the boy who drowned Thursday in the Elk River in Clendenin as Cody A. McCallister of Elkview. The sheriff's office says ...