West Virginia News

Teen fatally stabbed in robbery attempt in Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Huntington police say a teenager has been fatally stabbed after attempting a robbery. Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli says in a news release that the body of 18-year-old Steven Bryant Washington of Huntington was found Tuesday. His body has been sent to the state ...

Maryland countertop manufacturer relocates to West Virginia

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. (AP) — A Maryland countertop manufacturer has relocated to West Virginia. Countertop Solutions opened its facility in the Eastern Panhandle community of Falling Water earlier this month. The West Virginia Department of Commerce says in a news release that the company ...

Justice campaign spends $5M in governor’s race

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice spent $5.1 million in his mostly self-funded winning race as a Democrat, campaign finance reports show. Justice, an owner of coal mines, the Greenbrier resort and other businesses, ...

Judge puts Elkview’s marooned Crossings Mall in receivership

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge says a third-party officer will oversee construction of a replacement bridge at a Kanawha County shopping center after the old bridge was washed away by floods. U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston in Charleston placed the Elkview Crossings mall in ...

West Virginia to get $87 million more for flood recovery

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Congress has approved $87 million more in federal funds to help West Virginia recover from deadly flooding over the summer, according to state lawmakers. The funding is from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block ...

WVU Nursery School receives $1 million donation

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University's College of Education and Human Services has received a $1 million donation to support the school's Child Development Laboratory. The university said in a news release that the gift is the largest single private donation the college has ...

Report: Crushed Kentucky miner was not wearing safety device

PROVIDENCE, Ky. (AP) — Federal investigators have concluded that a worker crushed to death by a machine at a Kentucky coal mine wasn't wearing an emergency shut-off device, and that his managers had not provided a way to securely attach it. Managers at Webster County Coal's Dotiki Mine ...

Procedure to dismantle Charleston homeless camps established

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Charleston officials have established procedures for how future homeless encampments in the city should be dismantled. The City Council passed the resolution Monday, nearly a year after Mayor Danny Jones ordered the dismantling of the makeshift camp known as "Tent ...

Appalachian Power launches interactive map for outages

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Appalachian Power says its website has a new interactive map to simplify how customers can get details about outages. The company says in a statement that the new mapping tool at www.appalachianpower.com makes it easier to research or report power outages. The ...

Officials trumpeting return of elk to West Virginia

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — Officials are trumpeting the return of an elk herd to West Virginia for the first time since 1875. West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and officials from the state Division of Natural Resources are set to introduce the elk on Monday in Logan County. DNR biologists ...

West Virginia man faces prison for having illegal guns

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A 45-year-old West Virginia man faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to illegal gun possession. Prosecutors say Dale Lee Sharp of Elkins was previously convicted of a felony in Randolph County, prohibiting him from owning a gun. Authorities say ...

WVU board authorizes further work on athletic complex

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia University Board of Governors has authorized the university's administration to proceed with working with other community partners on a new athletic and recreation complex. The Mountaineer Center would be located on about 20 acres at Mylan Park in ...

West Virginia gets $253,500 share of drug case settlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says West Virginia will receive a $253,500 share of a settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb involving allegations that it promoted the anti-psychotic drug Abilify for unapproved uses. Morrisey announced the state's share of the ...

Former congressman to lie in repose on capitol grounds

ROMNEY, W.Va. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Ken Hechler's body will lie in repose at the West Virginia capitol grounds. Hechler died Dec. 10 at his home in Romney. He was 102. The Register-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2hFYiF4 ) Hechler's body will be available for public viewing on Monday from ...

Morgantown to consider allowing guns in public buildings

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The Morgantown City Council is considering whether to allow people to carry guns in public buildings. The Dominion-Post reports (http://bit.ly/2gWyAL2 ) the council is scheduled to discuss the issue on Tuesday. City Manager Glen Kelly and Police Chief Ed Preston ...

Prosecutors’ request guilty plea hearing in school scam case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to schedule a guilty plea hearing for a man accused of setting up a fake prep school that lured more than 20 athletes with the promise of competing for college scholarships. Media outlets report Daniel Andrew Hicks, 43, of ...

West Virginia man could face charges for biting deputy

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say a man awaiting a pretrial hearing for attempted murder could be charged with biting a local sheriff's deputy. The Bluefield Daily-Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/2hG9Qbq ) Ryan Keith Tilley, 33, of Princeton, is accused of biting Mercer ...

Governor’s Mansion filled with magic for the holiday season

By CARLEE LAMMERS, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When decorating the West Virginia Governor's Mansion this year, Glen Reed didn't need a theme. Instead, she said, she knew she wanted every decoration — right down to the little details — to capture the magic of ...

School officials look to raise 2017 FAFSA completion rate

By KAILEE E. GALLAHAN, The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Students across the state are in the process of filing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid applications since the process began Oct. 1, instead of next month for the 2017-18 school year. School officials ...

US rig count up 13 this week to 637; Texas adds 14

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 13 this week to 637. A year ago, 709 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have curtailed exploration, although the rig count has been rising in recent weeks. Houston oilfield services ...