West Virginia News

Large West Virginia coal mine with 400 workers closing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia coal mine that employs about 400 workers is closing after a deal to sell it fell through. Gov. Jim Justice issued a statement saying the closing of the Pinnacle Mine in Wyoming County will displace a lot of miners. He says he is hopeful the mine "has ...

The art of the ninja: Man earns 10-degree black belt

By WILLIAM DEAN, The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Though it's been debunked, psychologist K. Anders Ericsson once said 10,000 hours of practice leads to mastery. Tom Stowers, the man who brought ninjutsu to West Virginia in 1989, may agree with Ericsson. Stowers recently obtained ...

West Virginia governor’s coal firm ordered to pay settlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has ordered a coal company owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's family to start making payments on a settlement. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Justice Low Seam Mining, Inc. was ordered Wednesday to pay roughly $478,000 to Virginia Drilling Co. in ...

MLB: League should get cut from casino wagers on sport

By REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Major League Baseball and the casino industry are entrenched in their views on a league proposal to get a cut from wagers placed on the sport following the repeal of a federal ban on sports betting earlier this year. Representatives ...

Jury starts deliberating in West Virginia justice’s trial

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice who says trips he took using a court-issued vehicle were justified actually "stole from the state," a federal prosecutor said in closing arguments Wednesday at the justice's criminal ...

Closing arguments set in W.Va. justice’s criminal trial

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal jury is close to deliberating criminal charges against a suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice accused of using his office for his own benefit. The defense rested Tuesday after Justice Allen Loughry was questioned for ...

West Virginia authorities recover body from river

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities have recovered a body from a river in West Virginia. News outlets cited a statement from the Logan County Sheriff's Office on Monday in reporting the body was found in the Guyandotte River. The sheriff's office is trying to identify the body. The statement ...

Purchased gas adjustment rates declining for most in state

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Almost all natural gas customers in West Virginia will be seeing a reduction in part of their rates starting next month. The state Public Service Commission said it ordered natural gas utilities to lower the purchased gas portion of their rates for more than 95 ...

West Virginia residents can receive free joint replacement

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A medical service organization will provide free joint replacements at West Virginia University Medicine later this year. Participating patients will receive free of charge all treatment, including surgery, hospitalization and pre- and post-operative care. The ...

West Virginia Supreme Court candidates to meet for forums

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Candidates for two West Virginia Supreme Court seats are slated to participate in forums . The West Virginia Bar Association will hold an Oct. 15 forum for Division 1 candidates and an Oct. 18 forum for Division 2 hopefuls. Both events will take place at the West ...

Driver charged following Parkways Authority fatal crash

CAMP CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — Law enforcement officials have charged a man involved in an August crash that killed two West Virginia Parkways Authority employees. West Virginia State Police Sgt. C.F. Kane tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that 52-year-old truck driver James Richard Crandall of ...

Facade Program helps businesses spruce up store fronts

By JEFF MCCULLOUGH, The Exponent Telegram MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Downtown Morgantown is set to receive a facelift with the help of the new Facade Program from Main Street Morgantown. The program will give out forgivable loans to applying downtown businesses to help make repairs and ...

Witness recalls moving state-owned couch from judge’s home

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A messenger for West Virginia's Supreme Court has testified at Justice Allen Loughry's criminal trial that he helped the judge move a state-owned couch and a desk from Loughry's home in late 2017. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the court messenger, Paul Mendez, ...

Former mayor indicted on drug distribution charges

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a former mayor in West Virginia on drug distribution charges. A U.S. Attorney's office news release says 63-year-old Kevin Mark Simms was charged with offenses that include one count of distribution of oxycodone and three counts of ...

Court expert says federal opioid lawsuit should move forward

CLEVELAND (AP) — A court-appointed expert in a case with national implications for addressing the opioid epidemic is recommending that a pivotal lawsuit move forward. Drug makers, distributors and pharmacies had argued that a lawsuit filed by Summit County, Ohio, should be dismissed. The ...

Eyes on The Five: A look at the deciding votes on Kavanaugh

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The eyes of the polarized nation are riveted on three Republican and one Democratic senator who aren't saying, so far, whether they are ayes or nays on the politically fateful question of whether Brett Kavanaugh should sit on the Supreme ...

Tricky time for GOP female senators facing Kavanaugh vote

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump era has, at times, been uncomfortable for Republican women, especially the six senators who will be asked to vote for Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation by week's end. On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump ...

2 more West Virginia casinos to start sports betting in fall

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The parent company of two West Virginia casinos says they will launch sports betting this fall. Delaware North says in a news release it has chosen Miomni Gaming to handle sports books at Wheeling Island Casino in Wheeling and Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro. Hollywood ...

Justice asked to step aside from natural gas case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A newly sworn-in West Virginia Supreme Court justice is being asked to disqualify himself from a lawsuit against natural gas giant Antero Resources Corp. by residents who say its operations are making life unbearable in their community. The Charleston Gazette-Mail ...

Foliage continues to provide color show in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Fall foliage is continuing to produce vibrant colors in West Virginia. The state Tourism Office and Division of Forestry say trees in most areas are starting to turn. It says trees in Canaan Valley are nearing peak color and trees at higher elevations in Greenbrier ...