West Virginia News

Couch: Progress made in fighting IEI Plastics fire

By BRETT DUNLAP The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — Progress is being made in getting the fire put out at the Intercontinental Export-Import Plastics warehouse on Old Camden Avenue, the Wood County Commission president said Thursday. Wood County Commission ...

WV’s presence felt at opioid abuse emergency declaration

By BISHOP NASH The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — In the state of West Virginia, as President Donald Trump told the nation on Thursday, there is a hospital where nearly 1 in 5 babies is born suffering from addiction, alluding to Cabell Huntington Hospital. First ...

Berkeley County leaders offer legislative wish list

By JIM McCONVILLE The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va.  — Finding additional revenue to cover Berkeley County’s ever growing demand on its municipal services — specifically fire fighting and EMS — served as the main theme of the Eastern Panhandle Legislative Summit held at the ...

W.Va. DEP issues compliance order for IEI Plastics

By MICHAEL ERB The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued an order Thursday to Intercontinental Export Import Inc. demanding information on what materials were stored in the warehouse that burned this week ...

Kentucky engineer picked to head surface mining agency

By DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Trump administration has nominated the head of a Kentucky engineering firm to run the federal agency that regulates and cleans up former surface mines. Steve Gardner, president and chief executive officer of Lexington consulting ...

West Virginia jail rates unchanging; counties owe $13.4M

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority has agreed to keep the per diem rate for inmates at $48.25 next year. According to the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, the authority board vote this week was unanimous. The ...

Dispute resolution sought in West Virginia school plan

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state education board says a dispute resolution company out of Massachusetts will come to West Virginia on Monday to find a solution to the dispute over Nicholas County's plan to consolidate schools into a single campus following flood damage. State ...

Mayor resigns after allegations of wrongdoing were revealed

RIVESVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mayor has resigned after alleged wrongdoings by him and another town employee came to light. The Times West Virginian reports that Town of Rivesville Mayor Trevor Waters and Bill Lawrence resigned on Monday. The town said in a news release that the ...

Police seek inmate, jail staff noticed days later he escaped

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia troopers are searching for a jail inmate who was not discovered missing until nearly two days after he escaped. State police First Sgt. J.T. Findley tells news outlets that 43-year-old Todd Boyes of Caldwell, Ohio, escaped on Wednesday around 5 ...

Former Byrd speechwriter to discuss late senator

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Author and former speechwriter for West Virginia's late U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd plans to discuss the myths and reality of the influential Senate leader next Thursday in Charleston. David Corbin, who worked for Byrd for 16 years and another decade for other Senate ...

Chiefs warned marshal in 2008 about site of warehouse fire

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Two volunteer fire chiefs warned West Virginia officials nearly a decade ago about the potential for major fires at local warehouses, one of which has now been burning for days. Washington Bottom Fire Chief K.C. Linder and Lubeck Fire Chief Mark Stewart wrote a ...

West Virginia portal to test residents’ internet speed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council is asking state residents to use its new test portal to accurately measure the speed of their internet service. The council's mission is to provide affordable and accessible broadband service throughout West ...

West Virginia mayor sues city council for removing him

RICHWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — The mayor of a West Virginia town has sued the city council for putting him on paid administrative leave and preventing him from doing his job while he is being investigated by state auditors. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber filed the ...

Memorial honors fallen West Virginia highway workers

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Fallen Highway Worker Memorial lists 49 names beneath a statue of a worker in a hard had holding a sign telling drivers to slow down. Unveiled at the I-77 Williamstown Welcome Center on Wednesday before families and state officials, it recalls ...

Officers: 56 poodles in home; dozens of dogs chained in barn

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — More than 100 dogs have been rescued in Florida and West Virginia after people tipped authorities to their neglect. In Florida, The Ocala Star-Banner reports that Janet Manfredo, 59, was charged Tuesday with animal cruelty after police found 56 poodles and cockapoos living ...

Officials: MSDS not accurate at IEI warehouse

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — Officials say a material safety data sheet for the Intercontinental Export-Import Plastics warehouse on Camden Avenue, the former Ames shovel plant, is likely out of date and does not give an accurate view of what was stored in the ...

Fiber optic ring almost ready for deployment in Charleston area

By JIM ROSS The State Journal SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Some areas of Charleston and South Charleston should see higher speeds in their internet and other data-processing services in the next year. Some could see them as soon as next month. Alpha Technologies, a ...

Jenkins proposes bill to create federal drug task force

By JIM McCONVILLE The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., has proposed a bill to create a multi-department federal task force to fight the fentanyl and heroin epidemic. The bill, co-authored with Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., was introduced in the House ...

Bridgeport meat processor part of DNR Hunters Helping the Hungry Program

By JONATHAN WEAVER NCWV Media BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — Young and Stout Meat Processors in Bridgeport is the sole Harrison County processor part of the Department of Natural Resources Hunters Helping the Hungry program. Fourth-generation Manager Stephen Stout said the family business, ...

WV water agency chief fired whistle blower amid ethics probe, suit alleges

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A former manager at the West Virginia Water Development Authority has sued the agency, alleging he was fired after he blew the whistle on ethical misconduct at the office. Michael Duminiak, a geographic information systems ...