West Virginia News

Miner found dead at coal processing plant in West Virginia

PETTUS, W.Va. (AP) — State and federal investigators are trying to determine what killed a 48-year-old miner found Monday at a coal mining operation in Raleigh County. James Ray Adkins of Colcord, West Virginia, was discovered missing at approximately 7:10 a.m. at Marfork Coal Co.'s Horse ...

Military building dedicated to fallen West Virginia soldier

SANFORD, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina National Guard has dedicated a building to a fallen West Virginia National Guard soldier. A news release says a ceremony Friday dedicated the Sanford Readiness Center to Sgt. DeForest Talbert. Sgt. DeForest Talbert was an armor crewman assigned to the ...

WVU students win national management competition

By CONOR GRIFFITH, The State Journal MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The Mountaineers that won this year's Race to the Case Supply Chain Management Competition credited their victory to teamwork and trust in one another's specialties. On Oct. 8 industrial engineering majors James Carnes and Ashley ...

FAA: Wind blows hot air balloon onto Pennsylvania steeple

BOBTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says it appears wind blew a hot air balloon onto a Pennsylvania church steeple after the balloon had safely landed nearby. The balloon had been participating in a Balloons Over Morgantown event in West Virginia, about 14 miles away, ...

WVU researcher applying Iceland’s lessons about teens here

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University researcher is working in two counties to apply lessons about peer groups from Iceland where he says teenage use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco has been "virtually eradicated." Alfgeir Kristjansson, assistant professor in WVU's School of ...

Fire continues to smolder in former West Virginia tool plant

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Public schools are closed in a West Virginia county where a fire in an old warehouse continues to smolder. Rain was forecast Monday in Parkersburg, where the former Ames tool plant caught fire on Saturday. The weather forecast and concerns over smoke prompted ...

Fire at West Virginia home kills man, dog

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a man and a dog died in a weekend fire in West Virginia. WSAZ-TV reports that Logan Fire Department crews responded to the fire early Sunday morning and were able to quickly put it out. They tried to revive the man found inside. Logan Fire Chief Scott ...

Mine safety nomination follows history as coal executive

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The retired coal company executive from West Virginia chosen by Republican President Trump to oversee U.S. mining safety says his first priority is preventing people from getting hurt and that he replaced the managers of a mine ...

Jury finds man guilty in longtime coal exec’s killing

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — A jury on Friday convicted the accused trigger man in the 2016 fatal shooting of a longtime coal executive in West Virginia. According to news outlets, 22-year-old Anthony Raheem Arriaga of Ohio was found guilty of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two ...

Pharmacy students reach out to elementary schools

By BEN CALWELL, The Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of white-coated pharmacy students from the University of Charleston visited Richmond Elementary School in South Charleston on Oct. 9. Their mission? To inspire a new generation of "Pharmacy Heroes." The first-year ...

West Virginia man creates lifestyle fitness brand

By MATT WELCH, The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — When Michael Seal lays down on a weight bench, stretches his muscles and prepares to rep whatever weight he's thrown on the bar that day, he closes his eyes and remembers a time when working out and eating right wasn't an integral part of ...

Bridge Day this year marks New River Gorge Bridge’s 40th anniversary

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In 1977, Eddie Miller was among the first people to walk on the New River Gorge Bridge. On Saturday, he’ll do it again, for the first time in 40 years. As it does every year, the bridge will close to vehicular ...

Morgantown council votes unanimously to add LGBT protections

By ERIN BECK Charleston Gazette-Mail MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Morgantown has added protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents to a human rights ordinance. “The only thing I’d say is this simply verbalized the kind of community I really hope that we are,” ...

West Virginia Home Rule Board meets at Elkins City Hall

By TIM MacVEAN The Inter-Mountain ELKINS, W.Va.  — Members of the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board hosted their quarterly meeting Thursday morning in the Elkins City Hall Council Chamber. The goal of the meeting was to take action on six plans submitted by the city of ...

Legislation introduced to repeal bill hindering DEA

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — Congressman Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., introduced legislation Thursday to re-empower the Drug Enforcement Administration to go after irresponsible drug distributors. The legislation would repeal the provisions of the Ensuring ...

PEIA proposes premium increases ranging from slight to significant

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia government and public school employees covered by Public Employees Insurance Agency health insurance can anticipate one-half percent across-the-board premium increases — with more substantial hikes for many ...

For Zatezalo, mine safety nomination follows history as coal executive

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The retired coal company executive from West Virginia chosen by Republican President Trump to oversee U.S. mining safety says his first priority is preventing people from getting hurt and that he replaced the managers of a mine ...

Whiskey barrel plant to be built in flood-ravaged community

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new company that makes whiskey barrels out of white oak wood has been born from efforts to rebuild a devastated West Virginia community following deadly floods. Officials announced at a news conference Thursday that the West Virginia ...

West Virginia posts online medical marijuana survey

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health officials have released an online survey for people interested in obtaining medical marijuana. A Department of Health & Human Resources news release says the survey results will be shared with the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board ...

Lawyer in West Virginia AG’s office leaving for FCC job

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A top member of West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office is leaving for a job with the Federal Communications Commission. A statement released Thursday by Morrisey's office says Deputy Solicitor General Thomas M. Johnson, Jr. will join the FCC as its ...