West Virginia News

A year after teacher strikes, some lawmakers ready for fight

By ADAM BEAM and ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — On the day a Republican state lawmaker was to present his bill on how teacher pension funds would be managed, Kentucky teachers closed six public school districts so they could pack the committee room in ...

Ex-West Virginia staffer disputes making anti-Muslim comment

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Capitol staffer is disputing anti-Muslim comments a lawmaker said she made in response to an Islamophobic display outside the House of Delegates chamber. Anne Lieberman issued a statement Sunday on Facebook, two ...

Anti-Muslim signs at W. Va. Capitol roil state, draw outrage

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An anti-Muslim poster outside the West Virginia House of Delegates chamber falsely connecting a freshman congresswoman to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has drawn strong rebukes from local and national lawmakers, while causing ...

West Virginia House passes $4.6 billion budget bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed its version of the state budget for 2019-2020 that includes funding for teacher raises. The House voted 92-5 Saturday afternoon on the $4.6 billion spending bill. The Charleston Gazette Mail reports a key difference ...

W.Va. Supreme Court to hold civics education docket

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court will conduct a civics education program next month in Berkeley County. The court says in a news release the justices will hear arguments in two cases April 9 at the Morgan County Courthouse in Berkeley Springs. The arguments also ...

W.Va. gov sends help to county with poor road conditions KINGWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has directed a highways agency to assess poor road conditions in a county that declared a state of emergency last year. Justice says in a news release that a team from the Division ...

New hearing rejected for pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail

By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday denied a request to reconsider a ruling throwing out a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

Dominion to ask Supreme Court to hear pipeline appeal

By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy said Tuesday it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal after a lower court refused to reconsider a ruling tossing out a permit that would have allowed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national ...

House set to vote on expanding mental health care in schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House is set to vote on a bill to expand mental health services in schools. Delegates are expected to take up the measure Wednesday. Roane County Del. Martin Atkinson's bill would require counties to hire at least one school psychologist for every ...

West Virginia to receive $1.4M in federal funds to fix roads

NEW MARTINSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — The federal government has provided $1.4 million to repair West Virginia roads that were damaged in storms last spring. The funding is through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's public assistance grant program. The repairs are to be made to roads in ...

Round 2 of teacher strikes looks beyond pay and funding

By CAROLYN THOMPSON and JOHN RABY, Associated Press Teachers in Oakland, California, hit the picket lines just as West Virginia teachers went back to class in a kind of coast-to-coast tag-team display of the national teacher unrest that in many places has moved beyond pay to politics, tackling ...

W.Va. Senate refuses to immediately take up teacher raises

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has decided not to immediately consider a bill to raise pay for teachers, school service workers and state police. The Republican-led Senate on Saturday rejected a motion to take up the bill that the House of Delegates passed ...

Marshall University building to keep Confederate name

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A building at Marshall University will retain its name after a Confederate Army general. The Marshall Board of Governors on Thursday voted to keep the building as Jenkins Hall, named after Marshall Academy graduate Albert Gallatin Jenkins. The announcement came ...

Appalachian Regional Commission funding W.Va. projects

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Appalachian Regional Commission says it is funding eight projects in West Virginia as part of job retention and expansion efforts in coal communities. The commission announced $22.8 million in funding for 33 projects in nine Appalachian states Thursday. The ...

Art center to exhibit ‘Appalachia USA’ photos

By AUDREY STANTON-SMITH, The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Nearly 37 years ago, critically acclaimed photographer Builder Levy stepped into a Stotesbury home and captured an image that would capture the heart of Appalachia. It was a Sunday morning, Memorial Day weekend, and Levy — ...

2-day teacher strike over in West Virginia: School to resume

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unions for West Virginia teachers ended their two-day strike Wednesday night after lawmakers did not act on a doomed, broad-based education bill. Leaders of three unions representing teachers and school service personnel said at a news ...

3 inmates charged in beating death at West Virginia jail

BEAVER, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia authorities say they have charged three Southern Region Jail inmates with murder in the beating death of a fourth inmate. Senior State Trooper E.W. Boothe told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that Kevin Whittaker of Princeton was found unresponsive in his ...

Board of Education approves security guards for 12 schools

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia school board has approved placing security guards at 12 schools. News outlets report the Cabell County Board of Education approved placing security guards at several schools that don't have man-trap entry Tuesday. A handful of buildings do not have ...

High court rules for retired US marshal in W.Va. tax dispute

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Wednesday that the state of West Virginia unlawfully discriminated against a retired U.S. marshal when it excluded him from a more generous tax break given to former state law enforcement officers. West Virginia ...

Reward offered for suspect in shooting of Virginia officer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A $10,000 reward is being offered for a West Virginia man who is a suspect in the shooting of a Virginia police officer. The U.S. Marshals Service offered a $5,000 reward and said Wednesday that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives matched the ...