West Virginia News

West Virginia drug overdoses top 1,000 in 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — New West Virginia health information shows drug overdose deaths have increased to more than 1,000 in a one-year period for the first time. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the West Virginia Health Statistics Center's most recent data also shows 870 deaths involved ...

Man dies in electrocution at West Virginia job site

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A law enforcement officer in West Virginia says a 30-year-old man died in an electrocution at a job site. Harrison County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Scott Lattea tells The Exponent Telegram in Clarksburg that the death Thursday afternoon appeared to be accidental. ...

Funeral set for West Virginia victim of Florida shooting

PETERSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Weekend services are set for a West Virginia man who was fatally shot in Florida at a video game tournament. Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home in Peterstown says on its website that Taylor Robertson's funeral will be held Sunday at James Monroe High School in Lindside. ...

Meteorologist accused of fracturing anchor’s skull in fight

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A meteorologist at a West Virginia TV station is accused of shoving a news anchor and fracturing her skull. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports 26-year-old Chelsea Ambriz is charged with misdemeanor battery. A criminal complaint says Ambriz, who works as an on-air ...

West Virginia gov taps ex-speaker, congressman to high court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Saturday picked a Republican ex-House speaker and a congressman to fill interim state Supreme Court openings created in the fallout of impeachment proceedings. The announcement drew further blowback from Democrats, who said the ...

Gauley rafting season water releases set in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A rainy summer means there will be plenty of water for the fall rafting season on West Virginia's Gauley River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin lowering Summersville Lake to its winter level through releases at the Summersville Dam starting Sept. 7. The ...

Parents open up to discuss exoneration fight of sons

By COURTNEY HESSLER, The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — While very religious, Tammy Barnett hasn't walked into a church very often since her sons were imprisoned more than a decade ago after being convicted of murder. When one son was granted bond recently because of new ...

Judge sends suspect in sheriff death back to mental facility

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man accused of fatally shooting a sheriff in 2013 is returning to a psychiatric hospital for further evaluation. Kanawha County Prosecutor Chuck Miller tells The Herald-Dispatch that a Cabell County circuit judge Thursday returned Tennis Melvin ...

West Virginia State University honors NASA mathematician

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University has honored NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson with a bronze statue and scholarship dedication on the eve of her 100th birthday. Six of Johnson's grandchildren revealed the statue during a ceremony Saturday on the West Virginia State ...

CDC director plans visit to West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to discuss the opioid epidemic in West Virginia. The Herald-Dispatch reports Dr. Robert Redfield plans to visit Huntington on Monday. Redfield is set to speak at a conference at Cabell ...

Ex-West Virginia Supreme Court justice pleads guilty

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A retired West Virginia Supreme Court justice is now a convicted felon. Menis Ketchum pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to a felony count of fraud related to his personal use of a state vehicle and gas fuel card in a scandal ...

West Virginia gov wants panel to focus on 4-year colleges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice doesn't want to make two-year community and technical colleges a high priority for a group reviewing West Virginia's higher education system. Justice says in a news release Wednesday the Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education will ...

Governor claims missing payments to water authority

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says an investigation is underway regarding more than $1 million in missed loan payments to the state Water Development Authority by the landlord of an office building. News outlets report the missing payments go back to 1999 and ...

West Virginia House reconvening next week to choose speaker

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates is reconvening next week to elect a speaker to succeed Republican Tim Armstead, who resigned to run for the Supreme Court. Speaker Pro Tem John Overington called the delegates back into session at 9 a.m. next Wednesday. Armstead ...

West Virginia high school closed for week for cleanup

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia high school is closed for the rest of the week for additional cleaning and testing for mold. Capital High School in Kanawha County has been awaiting delayed final mold testing results for 15 rooms. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the school said ...

Young boy shot in neck in critical condition

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a 3-year-old boy in West Virginia was accidently shot in the neck and critically wounded. News outlets reported the shooting occurred Tuesday at a home in Welch. West Virginia State Trooper First Class J.R. Coburn said two young children were playing with "an ...

Trump plan scales back Obama’s coal emissions standards

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday came out with new rules scaling back Obama-era constraints on coal-fired power plants, striking at one of the former administration's legacy programs to rein in climate-changing fossil-fuel ...

West Virginia Senate OKs rules for impeachment trials

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate set the course Monday for an unprecedented impeachment trial of three Supreme Court justices who have been assailed for spending of more than $3 million on court office renovations at a time when the state was ...

Trump returning to campaign in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump is making his sixth visit to West Virginia since taking office. Trump's campaign says the president will hold a rally Tuesday in Charleston at the Charleston Civic Center. He's expected to encourage voters to turn out for Republican candidates ...

West Virginia town under state auditor investigation

GLASGOW, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia State Auditor's Office is investigating a town. WCHS-TV reports Glasgow Mayor Peggy Fisher announced the investigation Monday at a Town Council meeting. She says Glasgow has received a subpoena for all financial records dating back four years and town ...