West Virginia News

West Virginia man killed during police altercation

VALLEY HEAD, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say a trooper has fatally shot a man who went toward officers with a shovel after he had threatened family members. State Police said in a news release that troopers responded to the home of 52-year-old Spencer Crumbley and shot him Sunday in ...

Newly found beetle named for West Virginia State official

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University says a newly discovered species of beetle has been named in honor of one of the university's administrators. The Pachybrachis mcmeansi Barney was discovered by West Virginia State professor emeritus Robert J. Barney, who retired in 2015. ...

West Virginia authorities find drugs in privileged mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's correctional authorities say they are thwarting efforts to smuggle drugs to inmates inside mail that appears to come from their lawyers. Known as privileged mail, it gets special protection to preserve attorney-client confidentiality. However, ...

Marshall staff, students to work with addiction group

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Staff and students at Marshall University will be lending a hand to an organization that works to help fight addiction. The university said in a news release that students and staff in the College of Health Professions will work on video projects next semester ...

West Virginia taking applications for holiday safety breaks

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Highways is encouraging groups to apply to host holiday safety breaks at rest areas and welcome centers. The program is intended to encourage drivers to take a break while traveling. The agency says permission is granted only to civic ...

Federal contractor agrees to pay back wages

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor says a contractor for projects at federal buildings in Kentucky and West Virginia has paid more than $213,000 in back wages to seven employees. The Labor Department says in a news release B&F Contracting Inc. made the payments to ...

Military conducts special ops training in Bluefield area

SAMANTHA PERRY, Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Bluefield and surrounding areas are now a training ground for U.S. military special operations forces, city officials told the Daily Telegraph on Dec. 5. The elite teams are currently in the city for their third training ...

Trump reconsiders rules protecting miners from black lung

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump's mining regulators are reconsidering rules meant to protect underground miners from breathing coal and rock dust -- the cause of black lung -- and diesel exhaust, which can cause cancer. An advocate for coal miners said Friday that this sends a ...

As overdoses climb, gabapentin designated ‘drug of concern’ in WV

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Pharmacy has designated the nerve-pain medication gabapentin — sold under the brand name Neurontin — a “drug of concern” amid a surge of overdoses. The pharmacy board has started to track ...

West Virginia Woman’s March group to protest GOP tax plan in Beckley

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — The West Virginia Women’s March will protest the Republican effort to rewrite the tax code at noon Saturday in downtown Beckley. The protest will begin at Rep. Evan Jenkin’s office, 307 Prince St., and will continue to ...

Human rights commission headed to Fairmont voters

By CARTER WALKER Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va.  — Fairmont City Council did not set a public hearing on a proposed repeal of the human rights commission ordinance on Tuesday, sending the issue to a ballot vote in November of 2018. “I don’t think anybody on council was ...

WesBanco expands W.Va. presence with First Sentry acquisition

By JIM ROSS The State Journal HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  — Another bank name could disappear from West Virginia next year as WesBanco, the state’s largest bank, completes its acquisition of Huntington-based First Sentry Bank. The two banks announced the deal last month. It marked a ...

West Virginia’s adult smoker ranks decline

CHARLESTON –The number of adult smokers in the state has declined over the past five years, according to a report released Tuesday by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health. According to the DHHR’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, ...

West Virginia’s Green Bank scope tracks object for signs of alien design

By RICK STEELHAMMER Charleston Gazette-Mail GREEN BANK, W.Va. — Could a mysterious, cigar-shaped object believed to have come from another star system and now streaking toward Jupiter at speeds approaching 200,000 miles per hour be a probe from a distant civilization? Probably ...

West Virginia teacher fired amid sheriff’s investigation

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A schools superintendent in West Virginia says a teacher has been fired amid an ongoing investigation. News outlets report the Putnam County Board of Education voted Monday to terminate Kevin Neal. County schools Superintendent John Hudson said in a statement that he ...

West Virginia reports decline in adult smokers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State health officials report fewer adults are smoking in West Virginia. The Bureau for Public Health says its survey shows a decline from 28.6 percent in 2011 to 24.8 percent in 2016. Dr. Rahul Gupta, commissioner of the bureau, says it's the first evidence of more ...

Panel grants conditional OK on key pipeline approval

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A panel of Virginia environmental regulators granted a conditional permit Tuesday for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, making its approval contingent on getting more information about the project's impact on water quality. The ...

West Virginia pair get prison for taking veterans’ pills

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say a West Virginia couple who conspired to steal painkillers from military veterans and sell some has been sentenced to prison. According to prosecutors, 28-year-old Amber Fox of Lesage faces two and a half years in prison after pleading guilty ...