West Virginia News

Police: Man pulled knife on group in West Virginia church

COOL RIDGE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia police have arrested a Georgia man they say pulled a knife on a missionary group in church after he was asked to silence his cellphone. According to The Register-Herald in Beckley, a criminal complaint shows 26-year-old Bernard B. Edmond of Decatur, ...

Ex-West Virginia health CEO charged with harassing successor

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia hospital system's former CEO faces a misdemeanor charge of sending emails and mail to his old employer to harass his successor. According to local news reports, a criminal complaint says ex-Mon Health System CEO Darryl Duncan also sent mail to former ...

West Va. governor asks for federal help after storms

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is seeking a major disaster declaration from the federal government for flooding and wind damage in eight counties. State officials have done a preliminary damage assessment that totaled about $4.5 million in eligible costs and ...

Commission to examine college funding, sustainability

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The president of West Virginia University will preside over Gov. Jim Justice's commission that'll examine college funding and sustainability. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Justice said Monday that the "Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education" would ...

Fire marshal: West Virginia museum fire likely accidental

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) — The fire marshal in West Virginia says a fire that heavily damaged the Point Pleasant River Museum was likely accidental. News outlets report the fire broke out Sunday in the Point Pleasant community. No injuries were reported. Authorities say more than 100 ...

West Virginia city’s housing authority bans smoking

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The housing authority of a West Virginia city has banned smoking at all its properties, including public housing units. The Herald-Dispatch reports the Huntington Housing Authority has banned smoking at its administrative offices, company-owned vehicles, common ...

New judge appointed to vacant West Virginia Circuit Court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Daniel W. Greear to a vacant judicial position. Greear fills a vacancy in the 13th Judicial Circuit Court created when Judge James Stucky retired. Greear most recently served as chief of staff for House of Delegates ...

Woman sentenced to life in prison in 2011 death of daughter

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman convicted of killing her 3-year-old daughter who disappeared in 2011 has been sentenced to life in prison plus 40 years. Lena Lunsford-Conaway, 35, was sentenced Monday to life in prison for murder of a child by refusal or failure to provide ...

Report urges merging governing boards of 4 colleges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A report looking at higher education in West Virginia has recommended merging the governing boards of Bluefield State College, Concord University, Glenville State College and West Virginia State University. The report labels those four schools "medium risk to high ...

Trump hails ‘American heroes’ who helped US win independence

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press STERLING, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump wished America a happy Fourth of July holiday Wednesday and reserved special praise for the "American heroes" whose sacrifice he said helped the nation win her independence 242 years ago. Trump tweeted a ...

West Virginia State using gift to establish learning center

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University says it will establish a learning center for students in the education department after receiving a significant financial commitment from a 1950 alumnus. University officials say the learning center will bear the name of Fred D. Thomas ...

Report: Governor’s Mansion has hosted 7 events this year

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Governor's Mansion in West Virginia has hosted seven private receptions, luncheons or dinners since Jan. 1, according to a newspaper report. That works out to one event every 25 days so far this year, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. Most of the events were ...

Medicaid recipients to get more substance abuse services

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Medicaid recipients will soon receive the second phase of new services under a federal waiver as part of efforts by Gov. Jim Justice's administration to provide substance abuse treatment. The statement by the state Department of Health and Human ...

West Virginia school clothing allowance applications begin

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will start taking applications for school clothing allowance on Monday. The allowance is for eligible children enrolled in West Virginia schools. The program is administered by the Department of Health and Human Resources' Division of Family ...

West Virginia labor battle site regains historic designation

MATEWAN, W.Va. (AP) — The National Register of Historic Places has placed a protected designation on the site of a West Virginia battle that broke out in the 1920s when coal miners tried to unionize. The Blair Mountain Battlefield was removed from the registry in 2009 after a law firm ...

Purple Heart Truck stops in Fairmont on cross-country trip

By EDDIE TRIZZINO, Times West Virginian of Fairmont FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Though Justin Burdette lost both of his legs during his military service, he'll soon be doing a lot more moving around. A recipient of the Purple Heart, Burdette will also be receiving an accessible pickup truck ...

West Virginia AG: Kennedy successor should resist overreach

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says the successor to retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy should resist government overreach and show a commitment to protecting individual liberty. He also praised Kennedy in a statement after the ...

West Virginia lawmakers mull court justice impeachment

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers started the rare process Tuesday of deciding whether impeachment proceedings are necessary, just days after a state Supreme Court justice was charged in a 22-count criminal indictment. The House Judiciary ...

Ex-prison official admits having to sex with inmates

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A former security official at a federal prison in West Virginia has admitted to having sex with female inmates. Federal prosecutors say 39-year-old Jarred Grimes of Inverness, Florida, pleaded guilty to having sex with four inmates and other sexual activity with two ...