West Virginia News

Police catch man wanted for questioning in chopping death

BRACKENRIDGE, Pa. (AP) — Police have captured a man wanted for questioning in the homicide of a suburban Pittsburgh woman who died from a chop wound to the head and a stab wound to the neck. The Allegheny County Police Department says 25-year-old Justin Bartlett was taken into custody in ...

West Virginia casino expects revenue drop amid competition

By JENNIFER R. YOUNG, The Journal CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — In days gone by, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races was one of the only gambling and racing destinations for the Washington, D.C., area residents to choose from. They would come to Charles Town by the busload. These days, ...

WVU Tech prepares for final semester in Montgomery

By JAKE JARVIS, Charleston Gazette-Mail MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (AP) — How do you move an entire college campus? Carolyn Long, the president of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology, is still trying to figure that out. There's no road map to follow, no handbook to read. Long ...

WVU Medicine clinic being built in Marion County

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Construction is under way on WVU Medicine's latest project — a new clinic being built in Marion County. The Dominion-Post (http://bit.ly/2hDfnev ) reports the $13.9 million, 25,000-square-foot outpatient center will be owned and operated by University Health ...

Antiquing lets residents hold history in their hand

By KIRSTEN RENEAU, The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Antiques are physical pieces of history, and while interest and cost may change, antiquing (where an individual goes shopping specifically for vintage or antique items) continues to be popular in North Central West ...

Sign for Fun: Local girl uses ASL to expand skills

By JIM MCCONVILLE, The Journal of Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Lillian Hosking started to use sign language about the same time she learned to walk. The now 7-year-old Charles Town resident began toying with sign signals at the ripe old age of one. Six years later, the ...

Another safe year in coal mining with record low 9 deaths

By DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The nation's coal mines are nearing a record low mark for on-the-job deaths for the third year in a row and have a chance to keep the number of fatal accidents in single digits for the first time. With just a day left in 2016, U.S. ...

Salvation Army volunteers ride for a cause

By CARLEE LAMMERS, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Jim "Dagger" Dagostine is known as the toy man. "People just think I always carry around toys," he said, laughing. But there's some truth to the name. For the past 30 years, Dagostine has organized Dagger's Annual ...

Officials: 1 man killed in Nicholas County fire

GILBOA, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say a man has been killed in a fire at a Nicholas County home. Media outlets report that the West Virginia State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the early Saturday blaze in Gilboa. Fire investigators say there were no working smoke detectors in ...

Federal regulators weigh in on proposed natural gas pipeline

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A proposed natural gas pipeline that would cross West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina would have adverse environmental impacts, but most could be avoided, minimized or mitigated, according to an analysis released Friday by ...

Deadly floods voted top news story of 2016 in West Virginia

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A National Weather Service meteorologist called it a "1-in-1,000-year" storm. By the time it was over, 23 West Virginians were dead. Flooding that ravaged the state in late June was voted the No. 1 news story in 2016 in West ...

Clarksburg woman admits trying to buy gun for someone else

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A 26-year-old Clarksburg woman has pleaded guilty to a felony for making a false statement that she was buying a gun for herself that she was trying to get for someone else. According to court documents, Hannah Marie Elwell tried to buy the .40-caliber pistol from ...

Justice keeps campaign spokesman as press secretary

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov.-elect Jim Justice says his campaign spokesman will be the press secretary in his administration when he takes office in January. Grant Herring has also been handling communications for the incoming governor's transition team. Herring previously worked for ...

Police investigating after remains found under cliff

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say human remains have been found under a cliff near Kanawha Falls. Media cited a statement from Fayette County Sheriff-Elect Mike Fridley and prosecutor Larry Harrah that said the discovery has prompted a homicide investigation. The statement says a ...

Huntington company challenges sewer rate increase

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Steel of West Virginia is challenging a sewer rate hike by the city of Huntington, saying it lacks legally required public notice. The Huntington-based supplier of structural steel wants an injunction in Cabell County Circuit Court to block a 57 percent rate ...

Ex-legal aid clinic manager in Charleston accused of fraud

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have accused the former office manager of a legal aid clinic in Charleston of fraudulently taking $1.5 million over 12 years. Authorities say Kim Cooper, of St. Albans, oversaw daily operations at the Mountain State Justice office, including ...

A look at the top 10 West Virginia stories for 2016

By The Associated Press Here are the top 10 West Virginia stories of 2016, according to The Associated Press' poll of editors, news directors and reporters: 1. SEVERE FLOODING: Flooding in late June killed 23 people and destroyed or damaged thousands of homes, businesses, roads and ...

West Virginia settling drug suit against 2 more distributors

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two major prescription drug distributors have agreed to settle a West Virginia lawsuit alleging they fueled West Virginia's opioid epidemic with excessively large shipments of painkillers into the state over several years. Boone County ...

Police: Woman sent drunk texts, then ran officer off road

DUNBAR, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a woman who tried to flee from police after running an officer off the road had texted her boyfriend saying she was drunk. WCHS-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2iABL9c) court documents show 23-year-old Mikayla J. Miller of Cross Lanes was charged Monday with ...

Huntington company challenges sewer rate increase

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Steel of West Virginia is challenging a sewer rate hike by the city of Huntington, saying it lacks legally required public notice. The Huntington-based supplier of structural steel wants an injunction in Cabell County Circuit Court to block a 57 percent rate ...