West Virginia News

Appalachia underground natural gas storage clears 1st test

By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Plans for an underground natural gas liquids storage hub pegged as a major job creator for the chemical industry in struggling Appalachia have cleared their first big hurdle. The Appalachia Storage & Trading Hub initiative ...

Pennsylvania coal mine to close, costing nearly 400 jobs

MT. MORRIS, Pa. (AP) — A mining company is closing its Pennsylvania coal mine over the next few months and shedding nearly 400 jobs. The Observer-Reporter newspaper reports that Dana Mining notified Pennsylvania on Tuesday of its decision to close 4 West Mine. The Morgantown, West ...

Agency to monitor W.Va. utility tax changes in new law

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Public Service Commission of West Virginia wants to know how privately owned utilities in the state will be impacted by the new federal tax law. In a release, the commission says it has directed all privately owned electric, gas, water, sewer and solid waste ...

Feds employ data-driven early warning system in opioid fight

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The pain clinic tucked into the corner of a low-slung suburban strip mall was an open secret. Patients would travel hundreds of miles to see Dr. Andrzej Zielke, eager for what authorities described as a steady flow of prescriptions for the ...

Girls Who Code club explores computer science at high school

By BISHOP NASH, The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — To the uninitiated, nothing in the block of text and symbols on Madelin Mozafari's screen would indicate she had just formed a picture of a tomato using JavaScript, save for the words "tomato" and "stem" hidden away ...

West Virginia declares state of emergency over jail staffing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency over short-staffing at jails. An executive order by Justice authorizes the secretary of Military Affairs and Public Safety to use the West Virginia National Guard to help keep watch over juvenile and adult lockups ...

Fayetteville restaurant thinking big with oversized pizza

By JENNIFER GARDNER, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Finding the perfect ingredients and recipe at Big Dam Pizza was never the problem. The struggle was finding boxes big enough to hold a 30-inch pie. So, the restaurant settled and reduced its pizzas to 28 inches when they ...

User fee increases to $3 in West Virginia’s largest city

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A weekly user fee paid by people who work in Charleston has gone up to $3. Charleston finance director Joe Estep tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail the user fee that increased from $2.50 on Monday will bring in an additional $1.3 million this year. Estep says the fee ...

West Virginia woman accused of embezzlement

KENOVA, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say a woman has been arrested on charges that she used another woman's money for her own benefit. Media outlets report Kenova police arrested 35-year-old Karry Ann Spears of Prichard on Saturday on five counts of embezzlement and two counts of ...

West Virginia man found dead in frigid weather identified

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia have identified a man who was found dead on a porch in frigid weather. Charleston police Chief Steve Cooper tells WOWK-TV the victim found Sunday was identified as 52-year-old Clyde Chester Parsons of Charleston. Neighbors say the man was ...

West Virginia leads nation in drug overdose death rate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia still leads the nation in the rate of drug overdose deaths. The Register-Herald reports the latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows the age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths in West Virginia is 52 per 100,000 in 2016. Ohio ...

West Virginia officials wary of Bombardier trade dispute

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — State officials are expressing hope that a trade dispute over Canadian aircraft won't affect hundreds of people working at the company's service center in West Virginia. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that about 400 people work at Bombardier's commercial ...

New Fairmont State U. president had long journey from Cuba

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Mirta Martin's journey to West Virginia has been long. She was recently named the next president of Fairmont State University. But before that, she escaped from communist Cuba, lived in a Spanish convent and immigrated to the United States without her parents. "I ...

Boy drowns in Tug River in eastern Kentucky on Christmas day

WARFIELD, Ky. (AP) — Police say an eastern Kentucky boy drowned in the Tug River along the West Virginia border on Christmas Day. Martin County Sheriff John Kirk told WSAZ-TV he believes the death was an accident. The boy, Paul Bowen, was found Monday in the river near the Warfield ...

Program honors high schoolers who register new voters

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group called Inspire West Virginia and the Secretary of State are honoring high school students who helped register more than 3,100 young voters. The group will recognize 49 student leaders and the schools that registered all eligible seniors. They will be honored ...

West Virginia Symphony seeking singers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The new music director of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is on a search for bass, tenor, alto and soprano voices around the state. Lawrence Loh, the music director, wants more choral sound for the upcoming Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series. The ...

Girls Who Code club explores computer science at HHS

By BISHOP NASH The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — To the uninitiated, nothing in the block of text and symbols on Madelin Mozafari’s screen would indicate she had just formed a picture of a tomato using JavaScript, save for the words “tomato” and “stem” hidden away ...

Census: WV population down almost 13,000 from 2016

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Census data released Wednesday show West Virginia’s population continues to wane, posing a threat to one of three of its congressional seats.   According to information from the U.S. Census Bureau, West ...

Inmate seeks parole for murder committed as youth

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An inmate convicted of murder as a teenager in 2002 is seeking his release under a 2014 West Virginia law that allows parole for juveniles who commit serious crimes. A state parole board this week deferred a bid for freedom by Michael ...

West Virginia credit union worker admits embezzling $82,000

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A 45-year-old woman from West Virginia's northern panhandle has pleaded guilty to embezzlement, admitting she took more than $82,000 from a local credit union. According to federal authorities, Michelle K. Martin, of Wellsburg, admitted taking the money from October ...