West Virginia News

State archaeologists gather to unearth causes of declining participation

Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Archaeological Society has not published an annual journal in seven years, and last year, for the first time in its 68 years of existence, failed to have an annual meeting due to a lack of speakers willing to give presentations ...

West Virginia’s two technology parks paving the way to the future

Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nearly everyone has heard of California’s Silicon Valley and North Carolina’s famed Research Triangle Park. But other innovative research communities can be seen in virtually every region of the country. They may not be as big or well-known ...

Federal officials halt Atlantic Coast pipeline construction

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal officials have ordered that construction be halted on the Atlantic Coast pipeline, days after a federal appeals court threw out two key permits for building the 600-mile natural gas pipeline. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced the order in a ...

New members inducted in West Virginia aviation honor groups

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame and Wall of Valor have inducted four new members. The West Virginia Airport Managers Association said an installment ceremony was held this week in Clarksburg. The Hall of Fame inducted Samuel J. Frankman and James R. ...

West Virginia judge sworn in as Supreme Court justice

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia circuit judge has been sworn in to serve as a temporary state Supreme Court justice during the suspension of Justice Allen Loughry. A statement from the court says Cabell County Judge Paul T. Farrell was sworn in Friday in a ceremony at the Supreme ...

Man freed from prison as new DNA test casts doubt in slaying

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Defense attorneys say a man imprisoned for roughly 12 years for a woman's 2002 killing in West Virginia has been released as an investigation continues into newly discovered evidence casting doubt on his and three other men's guilt. The Herald-Dispatch reports ...

Justice appoints member of West Virginia Board of Education

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a Berkeley Springs woman to the state Board of Education. Nancy Jo White will replace Jeffrey Flanagan, who resigned earlier this year. White was executive director of the Southeastern Association of School Business ...

National rig count jumps by 13; West Virginia unchanged

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. has jumped by 13 this week to 1,057. At this time a year ago there were 949 active rigs. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 869 rigs drilled for oil this week and 186 for gas. ...

West Virginia governor says Kentucky debts will be paid

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says companies linked to him won't shirk millions of dollars owed in Kentucky but he didn't say when payments would be made. Justice announced Monday that coal companies linked to his family have paid all the delinquent taxes they owe in ...

State Treasurer returns nearly $18M in unclaimed property

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue says his office found the owners of nearly $18 million of unclaimed property during the 2018 fiscal year. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Perdue says in a release that the agency was able to return about half of what was ...

Coal miners’ union picks fiery president to serve 6th term

TRIANGLE, Va. (AP) — The United Mine Workers of America has elected Cecil Roberts to a sixth term as head of the coal miner's union. Roberts, 71, is known as a fiery, passionate speaker and has battled in recent years to protect retired union worker pensions as the coal industry has slumped. ...

Man accused of robbing business dies of suspected overdose

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of robbing a business in West Virginia and leading authorities on a chase has died from a suspected drug overdose after being apprehended. News outlets report 36-year-old Justin Brafford was pronounced dead at a hospital Tuesday. Cabell ...

17 houses built under West Virginia flood recovery program

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An official with West Virginia's National Guard says the state's troubled disaster recovery program has completed construction on 17 homes. State Adjutant General Maj. Gen. James Hoyer tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail that another home is expected to be completed ...

West Virginia attorney general warns of fake check scam

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning residents about a fake check scam. Morrisey says in a news release his office's consumer protection division has received reports of consumers receiving counterfeit checks in the mail, including several in ...

West Virginia gov: Tax debts with family coal firms resolved

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice said Monday his family-owned coal businesses have resolved all tax disputes with the state of West Virginia and its counties. Justice said at a news conference his companies have paid millions to resolve outstanding ...

Appeals court tosses key permits for Atlantic Coast pipeline

By DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday threw out two key permits for the Atlantic Coast pipeline, a ruling environmental groups said should halt construction on the 600-mile natural gas pipeline, but project developers insisted should ...

Troopers search for escaped West Virginia inmate

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Troopers say an inmate has escaped in West Virginia and is considered armed and dangerous. State Police tell news outlets in a statement that 39-year-old Charles Wentz escaped Sunday from the Stevens Correctional Center in McDowell County. The statement says Wentz was ...

Installation of solar panel project underway at nonprofit

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The installation of the largest solar panel project in a West Virginia city is underway at a nonprofit that helps the homeless. News outlets reported this week that the installation of the solar panel project is underway at Harmony House in Huntington. Bill ...