West Virginia News

Justice urges state pay raises with improving economy

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday called for pay raises for West Virginia's jail guards, teachers and other workers in the next fiscal year with the state's economy and tax revenues now on the upswing. Addressing the Legislature, ...

Coal executive’s ‘wish list’ finds success under Trump

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In the early days of the Trump administration, the head of one of America's largest coal companies sent a four-page "action plan" to the White House calling for rollbacks of Obama-era environmental and mine safety regulations. "We ...

Legislative auditors to audit West Virginia Supreme Court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Legislative auditors have set their sights on the West Virginia Supreme Court. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports auditors notified the legislative Post-Audits Committee on Sunday that they planned to audit the state Supreme Court this year. Legislative Auditor ...

West Virginia counties plan network of new trails

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A proposed trial for hikers, cyclists and horseback riders could breathe new life into a nearly forgotten railroad in West Virginia. Mercer County Commissioner Bill Archer tells The Bluefield Daily Telegraph that both Mercer and Summers counties are working to develop ...

Police: 2 bodies found at business in West Virginia

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia state police say the bodies of a worker and his girlfriend have been found at a business in an apparent murder-suicide. State Police say in a news release a business owner discovered the bodies upon arriving for work Monday in Elkins. The statement says it ...

West Virginia woman admits stealing fire department funds

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has admitted stealing more than $75,000 from a volunteer fire department. Federal prosecutors say 52-year-old Kathy Sue Gwinn of Hurricane pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Huntington to theft from a program receiving federal ...

West Virginia judge refuses to move woman’s murder trial

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge in West Virginia has denied a defense motion to move the upcoming murder trial for a woman charged in the death of her 3-year-old daughter. Media outlets report that a Lewis County circuit judge Monday denied the bid by attorneys for 35-year-old Lena Marie ...

West Virginia college to pay $250K in discrimination lawsuit

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has entered a $250,000 judgment against West Virginia Wesleyan College in a discrimination lawsuit. The Exponent Telegram reports a circuit judge in Upshur County made the ruling recently in a lawsuit filed by a former employee of the college. The order cited ...

100 million people affected by East Coast’s deep freeze

By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — About 100 million people faced a new challenge after the whopping East Coast snowstorm: a gusty deep freeze, topped Saturday by a wind chill close to minus 100 on New Hampshire's Mount Washington that vied for world's coldest ...

Polar plungers brave icy waters to bring in the new year

By WENDY HOLDREN, The Register-Herald of Beckley FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — It was "far and away" the coldest year yet for the Fayette Station Polar Plunge, but the well-below-freezing temperatures didn't stop a couple dozen locals from taking part in the New Year's Day tradition. After ...

Dominion-SCANA merger could mean pipeline expansion

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy's planned merger with a South Carolina energy company could open the door for an expansion of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, both supporters and opponents of the natural gas project say. In a conference call about ...

West Virginia judge suspended for code of conduct violations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge has been suspended for 45 days without pay for violations in two cases in which the defendants died. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled this week to suspend Kanawha County Magistrate Jack Pauley. The ...

Jobless rates rise in all 55 West Virginia counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unemployment rates rose in all 55 West Virginia counties in November. WorkForce West Virginia says Jefferson County's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 3 percent was the lowest in the state, followed by Doddridge, Monongalia and Pendleton counties at 3.4 ...

Man, woman arrested after baby found unresponsive

MULLENS, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say a 10-month-old baby was found unresponsive and that the child's mother and live-in boyfriend have been arrested. Wyoming County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy J. White tells WVVA-TV that the infant remains on life-support. He says ...

West Virginia man named Caribbean relief group board chief

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia public relations firm owner has been named board president of a relief organization serving the Caribbean. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Charleston resident Mike Plante takes over for Steve Merritt at Bahamas Habitat. Merritt, of Cary, North ...

Appalachia underground natural gas storage clears 1st test

By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Plans for an underground natural gas liquids storage hub pegged as a major job creator for the chemical industry in struggling Appalachia have cleared their first big hurdle. The Appalachia Storage & Trading Hub initiative ...

Pennsylvania coal mine to close, costing nearly 400 jobs

MT. MORRIS, Pa. (AP) — A mining company is closing its Pennsylvania coal mine over the next few months and shedding nearly 400 jobs. The Observer-Reporter newspaper reports that Dana Mining notified Pennsylvania on Tuesday of its decision to close 4 West Mine. The Morgantown, West ...

Agency to monitor W.Va. utility tax changes in new law

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Public Service Commission of West Virginia wants to know how privately owned utilities in the state will be impacted by the new federal tax law. In a release, the commission says it has directed all privately owned electric, gas, water, sewer and solid waste ...

Feds employ data-driven early warning system in opioid fight

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The pain clinic tucked into the corner of a low-slung suburban strip mall was an open secret. Patients would travel hundreds of miles to see Dr. Andrzej Zielke, eager for what authorities described as a steady flow of prescriptions for the ...

Girls Who Code club explores computer science at high school

By BISHOP NASH, The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — To the uninitiated, nothing in the block of text and symbols on Madelin Mozafari's screen would indicate she had just formed a picture of a tomato using JavaScript, save for the words "tomato" and "stem" hidden away ...