West Virginia News

Glenville State College seeking new president

GLENVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Glenville State College is looking for a new president to begin duties next July. President Peter Barr announced in August he will retire at the end of the current academic year. The school announced this week that its Board of Governors had initiated a search ...

Justice says too soon to identify ways to cut budget gap

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's incoming governor said Thursday that he wants to closely examine state finances before deciding how to approach the government's projected $400 million budget deficit next year. Gov.-elect Jim Justice said they've "got to scrub all the financials in ...

Police: Notorious 86-year-old jewel thief strikes again

By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — An 86-year-old jewel thief who has kept jewelry sellers on their toes since the 1970s has struck again, police say - this time by slipping a $2,000 diamond necklace into her pocket. Doris Payne, who has been the subject of a documentary ...

West Virginia schools get funding for teaching innovations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education has voted to approve grants to seven schools that will share more than $1.6 million for innovations in education. According to education officials, applications were received from 43 West Virginia elementary, middle and high ...

W.Virginia agencies review contracts after racist Obama post

CLAY, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials may reconsider contracts with a nonprofit group whose suspended director is scheduled to return to her job after making a racist comment about first lady Michelle Obama on Facebook. Clay County Development director Pamela Ramsey Taylor was ...

As term ends, mine safety chief hopeful for safer coal mines

By DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The nation's coal mines are headed for another record low year in workplace deaths, and the outgoing federal mine safety chief said he's hopeful that mining companies will work with the incoming Trump administration to continue that ...

West Virginia gets grants for water, sewer projects

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced $12 million in federal grants for 12 water and sewer projects, including $1.3 million to help replace a sewer system in McDowell County that allows raw discharges into the Clear Fork River. Others include $1.5 million for Cairo's ...

Researchers cite low incomes in resource-rich West Virginia

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Incomes in resource-rich West Virginia lag behind the nation, in part because of a "trickle-down" approach to state economic policy that puts more power and money in the hands of a wealthy few, the West Virginia Center on ...

West Virginia gets grants for water, sewer projects

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced $12 million in federal grants for 12 water and sewer projects, including $1.3 million to help replace a sewer system in McDowell County that allows raw discharges into the Clear Fork River. Others include $1.5 million for Cairo's ...

Spangler to become executive director of Board of Medicine

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Medicine will have a new executive director starting Jan. 23. He is Mark A. Spangler of Lewisburg. He succeeds Robert C. Knittle, who is retiring Dec. 31 after 11 years as executive director. Spangler is a licensed professional ...

18 charged in heroin distribution network in West Virginia

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A federal prosecutor in West Virginia says 18 people have been indicted in a drug distribution network involved in moving large amounts of heroin from Baltimore to the Martinsburg area. U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II announced Tuesday that 31-year-old ...

Ex-West Virginia highway official admits to fraud conspiracy

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Division of Highways employee has pleaded guilty to wire and tax fraud, admitting he used his position to funnel work to a South Carolina business and received secret payments of almost $200,000. Bruce Kenney III, of Norfolk, Virginia, was ...

Officials seek solutions to keep McDowell sheriff’s deputies

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — McDowell County officials are looking for money that would allow the county's sheriff to keep deputies that are slated to be laid off by the end of the year. County Commission President Harold McBride tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph (http://bit.ly/2hJSXZt ) that the ...

Ex-boarding school priest charged with abusing boy in 1973

BOSTON (AP) — A former Episcopal priest who worked at several elite boarding schools pleaded not guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting a teenage boy in 1973 in Boston. Howard "Howdy" White appeared in Suffolk Superior Court after being indicted on five counts of assault and battery. White, ...

West Virginia board to request reports of painkiller orders

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Board of Pharmacy plans to ask prescription drug wholesalers to report pharmacies placing suspiciously large orders of painkillers or other controlled substances. The board plans to forward those reports to state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's ...

Official suspended after racist Obama post to return to job

CLAY, W.Va. (AP) — The director of a West Virginia nonprofit group who was placed on leave after making a racist comment about first lady Michelle Obama on Facebook plans to return to her job this month. Clay County Development director Pamela Ramsey Taylor made the post following ...

Assistant US attorney sworn into office in West Virginia

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A new assistant U.S. attorney has been sworn into office in West Virginia. Lara K. Omps-Botteicher was administered the oath of office Monday to become an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of West Virginia. Omps-Botteicher has been working in the ...

West Virginia reports 2,066 birds taken in turkey hunt

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Preliminary data show West Virginia hunters took 2,066 turkeys this fall, up more than 80 percent from last year. The state Division of Natural Resources says all 55 counties were open to a fall season for the first time in recent history. According to the ...

Women’s group asks Justice for gender equity on appointments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia women's group is asking Gov.-elect Jim Justice for gender equity on the state's boards and commissions. Justice's incoming administration will work with a state legislature made up of 116 men and 18 women, or about 13 percent. That marks the lowest ...

Official suspended after racist Obama post to return to job

CLAY, W.Va. (AP) — The director of a West Virginia nonprofit group who was placed on leave after making a racist comment about first lady Michelle Obama on Facebook plans to return to her job this month. Clay County Development director Pamela Ramsey Taylor made the post following Trump's ...