West Virginia News

4th Circuit administrator to retire after 45 years

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An administrator for the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is stepping down after more than four decades on the job. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2oelUE1 ) that Samuel W. Phillips plans to retire on May 31 after more than 45 years as ...

2 dead in Cross Lanes house fire

CROSS LANES, W.Va. (AP) — Two people died after a house in Cross Lanes with no smoke detectors caught fire. The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office says William and Elfride Wade, both 85, died in the Thursday house fire. Fire crews were called to the house around 2 a.m. ...

Suspected shooter of West Virginia trooper held on $2M bond

HAMLIN, W.Va. (AP) — The man accused of shooting and wounding a West Virginia State Police trooper has been arraigned on multiple charges. News outlets report 40-year-old Jeremiah Yeager was arraigned Wednesday on several charges, including domestic assault and attempted murder. His bond was ...

Justice vetoes right-to-work amendment, cites court case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has vetoed legislation intended to clarify the West Virginia right-to-work law enacted last year, saying it's currently before the state's top court and that process shouldn't be interfered with. The bill passed by the Republican-controlled ...

West Virginia Senate votes to overhaul state tax system

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Senate has voted to overhaul the state tax system by raising the state sales and use tax to 7 percent and applying it more broadly while cutting state income tax rates. The bill pushed by the chamber's Republicans passed 22-12. The latest revised ...

West Virginia city hires female fire chief

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in Huntington say the city has hired what is believed to be the first female fire chief in West Virginia. Media outlets report the City Council approved Jan Rader's appointment Monday. She will earn nearly $77,000. Rader is a 22-year veteran of the ...

Trial moved for man charged with beating now-WV senator

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — The trial for a man charged with attacking a then-state Senate candidate at a political cookout last year has been moved out of Logan County. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2nrlCGV) reports a judge on Monday granted a request to move 42-year-old Jonathan ...

Help for drug-ravaged West Virginia in bill passed by House

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of beds available at state-run substance abuse treatment facilities would increase in drug-ravaged West Virginia under a bill passed Wednesday by the House. The bill passed on a 99-0 vote. It now moves to the state Senate. West Virginia currently has more ...

A look at how Trump’s moves on coal will affect the industry

By MATTHEW BROWN and MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump's move to roll back Obama-era regulations aimed at curbing climate change comes as the coal industry is reeling from job losses, bankruptcies, pollution restrictions and growing competition from ...

West Virginia House backs abortion notification change

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House voted Tuesday to revise the legal requirement to notify parents of an underage daughter's abortion. The House of Delegates also voted to allow lottery winners of more than $1 million to remain anonymous and backed legislation to bar teens ...

Report: West Virginia schools’ tuition doubles over 15 years

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The average cost of tuition at West Virginia's public universities and colleges has doubled in the past 15 years, according to a new report. The West Virginia Center on Budget Policy released a report Monday showing average tuition has increased by about $4,200 a ...

West Virginia Senate passes bill to ax greyhound funding

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate passed a hotly contested bill Monday to eliminate funding for greyhound racing that industry officials say would cost an estimated 1,700 jobs and doom the industry in the state. After significant debate, the ...

Manchin plans Town Hall meeting with miners

MATEWAN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has announced a Town Hall meeting Friday in the state's southern coal country to meet with miners. Manchin has been pushing legislation to extend health and pension benefits to retired union miners, saying they were ...

Swilled Dog brewing West Virginia hard cider

By MICHELLE DILLON, Times West Virginian FRANKLIN, W.Va. (AP) — A new option for people who enjoy alcoholic beverages crafted in the state of West Virginia is available. Swilled Dog is a new hard cider company that just started its operations in September 2016 in Franklin in Pendleton ...

West Virginia jails photocopy mail and destroy originals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia authorities say the regional jail system has revamped its inmate mail policy so inmates receive photocopies of all mail from family friends and businesses and the originals are shredded. According to the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, ...

West Virginia department accepting home heating applications

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Department of Health and Human Resources says it will accept applications for emergency low-income energy assistance starting Monday until funds are exhausted. The federally funded program helps eligible residents who have a termination notice in ...

Maryland woman convicted in fatal drunken driving wreck

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Maryland woman has been found guilty in a drunken driving accident in West Virginia that killed two women. Media outlets report a Berkeley County jury on Friday convicted 34-year-old Clairesse S. Felipe of Columbia, Maryland, of multiple counts, including DUI ...

Pence: Health care overhaul setback ‘won’t last very long’

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. (AP) — A defiant Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday that President Donald Trump's administration is refusing to accept defeat on health care. A day after legislation was pulled off the House floor that would have unraveled former ...

Former Massey Energy CEO moved to halfway house

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has been moved to a halfway house as he nears the completion of his federal prison sentence. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2o3PIQH ) reports that Blankenship has been placed in a halfway house in Phoenix, ...

It’s not just lunch: Groups gear up for Empty Bowls Project

By MICHELLE JAMES, The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — To most people, it's simply lunch. A nice, hot bowl of soup at the midday hour. The day's second meal that will tide them over until the evening. For others however, the contents of that bowl are the day's only food. And that's if ...