West Virginia News

West Virginia senator loses job as Frontier executive

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's top state senator has lost his other job as a Frontier Communications executive, which follows legislation authorizing some new competition for the internet provider. Senate President Mitch Carmichael, a Jackson County Republican, says he was laid off ...

Authorities say disabled miner killed in suspected arson

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a disabled coal miner died in a fire over the weekend that's being investigated as arson in southern West Virginia. WCHS-TV (http://bit.ly/2swFqLf ) reports the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office says investigators believe the fire in Jesse was ...

West Virginia unit cites $1.9M of improper disability claims

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Attorney General's Office says its unit targeting Social Security disability fraud helped save $1.9 million in improper claims during the first quarter of this year. Two investigators and an analyst have been working with the Social Security ...

West Virginia to get funding for Head Start programs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators say $4.6 million will be awarded to two programs to continue Head Start programs providing nutrition, health and education services to young children and their families. According to Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, funding ...

West Virginia reports progress in farm nutrient planning

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Department of Agriculture says plans have been written for managing fertilizer and other nutrients on 90,000 acres in the state's eight-county Chesapeake Bay drainage region. Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt says West Virginia is furthest along ...

West Virginia AG to debut faith-based program in drug fight

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is debuting a statewide faith-based initiative aimed at getting more churches involved in the fight against substance abuse. Morrisey plans to announce the initiative at a news conference Wednesday at the state Capitol ...

West Virginia students learning Japanese at summer camp

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Students have been learning about Japanese culture at West Virginia camp. The Herald-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2sCx7gW ) elementary schoolers made sushi and rice balls on Tuesday during Cabell County Schools' Japanese Immersion Summer Camp in Huntington. The ...

W.Va. firefighters rescue truckload of abandoned pigs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A truckload of pigs wasn't ready to become bacon, despite being parked in the hot sun for hours in West Virginia. Bystanders called the fire department Friday after spotting 165 "panting pigs" in a seemingly abandoned tractor-trailer outside a Long John Silver ...

Beef-jerky maker responds to whistleblower lawsuit

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A beef-jerky maker who fired an employee that dialed 911 to help a co-worker with a severed thumb says its decision was based on legitimate and appropriate factors. The Dominion Post reports Lone Star Western Beef has responded to a federal lawsuit filed by the U.S. ...

Wake Forest rallies past West Virginia 4-3 in NCAA tourney

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Gavin Sheets singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Wake Forest rallied to beat West Virginia 4-3 on Saturday night in the NCAA Tournament. Bruce Steel hit a two-run homer in the fifth to start the comeback for the top-seeded Demon ...

West Virginia to get $1.6 million for redevelopment

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators say the Environmental Protection Agency will provide $1.6 million toward redevelopment projects in the state. According to Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, the EPA awards include $600,000 for the Brooke-Hancock Regional ...

Chemical reaction investigated in fatal West Virginia blast

PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) — The lead federal investigator examining the explosion that killed two men at a West Virginia industrial plant May 24 says they're still testing and gathering evidence to determine what caused the approximately 100-gallon tank to blow apart. Mark Wingard with the U.S. ...

WVU hits 6 HRs, routs Terps 9-1 in 1st NCAA game since 1996

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Davis hit two of West Virginia's six home runs, and the Mountaineers routed Maryland 9-1 on Friday in their first NCAA Tournament game in 21 years. Jimmy Galusky also homered twice, Davis finished with three RBIs and winning pitcher B.J. Myers threw 5 2-3 ...

Big 12 strong financially as teams split $348M in revenue

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Big 12 Conference reported another year of record revenue Friday, with school officials saying it was proof of financial strength. "No one is significantly stronger than we are in any of the power five conferences," said David ...

Beckley PD refuses to give up on 36-year-old cold case

By JESSICA FARRISH, The Register-Herald of Beckley BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — It's a case that has baffled generations of Beckley Police Department detectives, but BPD Cpl. Morgan Bragg said Tuesday that a recent ad by Crime Stoppers of Southern West Virginia may lead to a break in a 1981 murder ...

West Virginia justice blasts ruling on gas royalties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A justice on West Virginia's highest court has issued a blistering rebuke to the other four jurists who ruled that natural gas companies can deduct post-production costs from the royalties paid to landowners for mineral rights. Justice Robin Jean Davis' dissent, ...

West Virginia officer killed during pursuit identified

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — An officer killed in an accident during a pursuit of a suspected drunken driver had been with the Bluefield police force for nine years, officials said Wednesday. Bluefield police administrative assistant Kevin Fleming said Lt. Aaron L. Crook was killed early ...

Woman admits role in staged accident, insurance claim

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say that a 56-year-old Fairmont woman has pleaded guilty to fraud, admitting she participated in a staged vehicle accident, faked injuries and filed a false insurance claim. Prosecutors say Robin Stoneking's false insurance claim in 2013 in Marion ...

Nearly $2,700 missing from safe at West Virginia high school

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the theft of nearly $2,700 from a safe at a West Virginia high school. Ohio County Schools Superintendent Kim Miller tells media outlets the theft occurred from an office at Wheeling Park High School. Miller said the county sheriff's ...

City Hall getting new chandeliers, replicas of originals

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — New chandeliers are being installed in Huntington's City Hall as part of a renovation project at the more than 100-year-old building. The city says the 11 new chandeliers are exact replicas of the building's original lighting fixtures from 1915. The chandelier ...