West Virginia News

Dozens arrested in drug bust in Huntington

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dozens of people were arrested Tuesday in a major drug trafficking sweep in Huntington, West Virginia, a city hit hard by the opioid epidemic. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said more than 200 federal, state and local law enforcement ...

Trump approves federal disaster declaration in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a federal disaster declaration in West Virginia for severe storms in February. The White House announced the approval Tuesday for public assistance for 21 of the state's 55 counties and for hazard mitigation for the entire ...

Marshall University hosting Earth Day celebration Wednesday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University's Sustainability Department is again hosting an Earth Day celebration on Wednesday. The event promotes sustainable living practices and works to educate Marshall students and the public about local programs and activities. Included will be ...

West Virginia governor declares flooding state of emergency

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency for 10 counties where heavy rainfall has caused flooding. Justice's office said in a news release Monday that some locations are being evacuated. The State Emergency Operations Center has been ...

Empty CSX coal train derails in West Virginia; no one hurt

THURMOND, W.Va. (AP) — CSX says an empty coal train has hit a rock slide and derailed in southern West Virginia. No injuries were reported. The company says in a news release the train heading to Hutchinson derailed about 9:30 a.m. Monday near Thurmond in the New River Gorge. CSX says 10 of ...

Hospital sues over $168K in unpaid medical bills for inmate

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's prison system is being sued over $169,000 in unpaid medical bills for an inmate's 19-day hospital stay more than a year ago. According to the lawsuit, 61-year-old Arthur Edens "sustained serious injuries" at the South Central Regional Jail a day after ...

Audit targets 2 West Virginia Supreme Court justices

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia Supreme Court justices may have violated state Ethics Act provisions that prohibit using public office for private gain, according to an audit released Monday. Justices Allen Loughry and Menis Ketchum ignored ...

Trial begins for mother in daughter’s death in West Virginia

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A woman who reported her 3-year-old daughter missing in West Virginia struck the girl in the head before putting her to bed, placed the body in a hamper the next day and left it in a wooded area, a prosecutor and a witness said at the start of the woman's murder trial ...

Voter registration deadline arrives in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The deadline to register to vote in next month's primary election in West Virginia has arrived. Tuesday is the last day for state residents to register if they want to vote on May 8. Residents can register in person at their county clerk's offices, the secretary of ...

Meeting set with Amtrak over West Virginia’s New River Train

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A meeting is set with Amtrak officials to work toward keeping the New River Train service going in southern West Virginia this fall. Congressman Evan Jenkins and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin say they've arranged the meeting on Tuesday. Media outlets report it will be held ...

Marshall, WVU law school launch consumer rights project

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is launching a joint project with West Virginia University College of Law to provide consumer-related information for people in West Virginia. Each school received $1 million to implement the programs. The Joint Consumer Assistance Project was ...

Mom accused of murdering child being tried in West Virginia

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial is set to start for a woman accused of murdering her 3-year-old daughter, who disappeared in West Virginia more than six years ago. Media outlets report a jury was selected in Lewis County Circuit Court last week, and the jurors were told to return Monday morning ...

Police: Man charged in WV death was trying to scare victim

WAYNE, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a West Virginia man who wanted to scare someone he accused of taking a pressure washer has been charged with murder. The Wayne County Sheriff's Department had been investigating the death of 43-year-old Kenneth Edward Davis since February. Police say Davis ...

Cyclists enjoy Challenge at Mountwood Mountain Bike Race

By BRETT DUNLAP, The News and Sentinel of Parkersburg VOLCANO, W.Va. (AP) — Although there was a slight chill in the air, people's enthusiasm was hot last Sunday for the 2018 Challenge at Mountwood Mountain Bike Race. There were 156 registered racers who competed across three classes with ...

Texas gains 3 rigs as US rig count rises to 1,008

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by five this week to 1,008. At this time a year ago there were 847 active rigs. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 815 rigs drilled for oil this week and 192 for gas. ...

Patrolman in West Virginia arrested on child porn charge

MULLENS, W.Va. (AP) — A patrolman in West Virginia who authorities say searched for child pornography on his work computer has been arrested. Wyoming County Sheriff C.S. Parker tells The Register-Herald that 31-year-old Josh Lumbo was arrested Wednesday on one count of possession of child ...

Kentucky schools close as teachers rally against governor

By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Classes were canceled around Kentucky on Friday as teachers planned to clog the halls of the Capitol once again, this time calling on lawmakers to defy the governor's budget cuts and restore increases in education funding. Schools ...

Fact: Ex-coal baron Blankenship funds ‘fact-check’ site

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — There's a new fact-checking operation in West Virginia, and it buries one fact — that it's run by U.S. Senate candidate Don Blankenship's campaign. The website www.factcheckwv.com explores issues in the Senate Republican primary that ...

West Virginia AG files lawsuit over Equifax data breach

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Equifax over a data breach last year that the lawsuit says affected about 740,000 West Virginia residents. The lawsuit alleges Atlanta-based Equifax ignored warnings to secure its system, failed to safeguard ...

City to purchase club owned by the governor’s company

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A city has finalized its decision to purchase the Black Knight Country Club from the company that West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice owns. Mayor Rob Rappold tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail the Beckley Building Commission approved the ordinance to purchase the property ...