West Virginia News

Marshall University to make safety improvements on campus

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University has begun taking steps to increase security measures around campus after a survey revealed students felt less safe walking outside at night. News outlets report the university has begun a series of on-campus improvements in response to a survey ...

Pennsylvania-based Sheetz wants to hire 3,400 more workers

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania-based Sheetz convenience store chain wants to hire 3,400 full- and part-time workers at its 550 shops. Open interviews for the jobs begin Wednesday. The Altoona-based chain also has stores in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West ...

Lawmakers: Budget deal fixes retired miner health benefits

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — More than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage was set to expire this month will instead see that coverage extended permanently under the new congressional spending plan, West Virginia lawmakers said ...

West Virginia University volunteers create greenspace

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University faculty and student volunteers held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Falling Run Greenspace. News outlets report the Falling Run Trail opened Sunday with 16 biking and hiking paths connecting the downtown campus to ...

West Virginia attorney general seeks input on card skimming

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general has sent a letter to gas stations and convenience stores across the state asking for information on ways to raise awareness and prevention among businesses and consumers against skimming credit and debit card information. In the ...

Powerball ticket worth $1M sold in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Powerball ticket sold in north-central West Virginia is worth $1 million from the latest drawing. The West Virginia Lottery says on its website that a ticket sold at a convenience store in Shinnston matched the first five numbers in Saturday's drawing. The winner ...

Marshall students collect donated hair for young patients

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University students have collected more than 20 feet (6.2 meters) of hair to benefit young medical patients. WMUL-FM executive director Adam Rogers says in a news release that $145 in donations was collected at the 10th annual Hair for the Herd event last ...

Marshall students learn about stigmas of disease

By TAYLOR STUCK, The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A diagnosis of HIV/AIDS comes with new medications (hopefully) and a change of lifestyle, but it also comes with a new stigma attached to a person. "As a physician, you really see the clinical aspect of treating a patient," said ...

Youth detention guard reaches child solicitation plea deal

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia juvenile detention center guard has reached a plea agreement on charges that he tried to solicit oral sex online from a police officer posing as a 15-year-old boy. The Martinsburg Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2oWfKFC ) that James Cameron Coates ...

West Virginia school district wants Bible program suit nixed

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia school district is again asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that targets its "Bible in the Schools" program, saying a new parent who has joined the lawsuit lacks legal standing because she put her child in a different school district almost a ...

Discussion to explore language of gender, identity

By DOUGLAS IMBROGNO, The Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Alex Kander was just a kid when he knew something was definitely not right. That was when he realized his body and identity did not fit with who looked back when he gazed into a mirror. "I actually remember this ...

Parkersburg doctors treat cataracts around the world

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Cataracts are the leading cause of curable blindness in the world. Many countries do not have the finances or health systems in place to treat the poor who have cataracts, said Dr. David George, a local ophthalmologist. In ...

Former Fenton Art Glass factory workers reunite at factory

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Former workers at Fenton Art Glass have held one last reunion at the factory. Media outlets reports nearly 200 former employees had signed up for the gathering at the plant Saturday in Williamstown. The glass factory stopped production in 2011. It was founded in ...

West Virginia to install new video board at stadium

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A new video board measuring 37 feet high by 97 feet long is planned for installation this summer at West Virginia University's Milan Puskar Stadium. The board will be installed in the north end zone in time for the fall football season. The university says the new ...

Marshall students collect donated hair for young patients

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University students have collected more than 20 feet (6.2 meters) of hair to benefit young medical patients. WMUL-FM executive director Adam Rogers says in a news release that $145 in donations was collected at the 10th annual Hair for the Herd event last ...

West Virginia targets broadband growth, flood protection

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two newly signed laws in West Virginia are intended to extend broadband internet service to unreached parts of the state and help it better prepare for major flooding. The broadband measure acknowledges the Legislature and governor have set a primary goal of making ...

West Virginia University fraternity faces suspension

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University fraternity is facing suspension for undisclosed violations of the organization's rules. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2qgFekP ) that the university stopped recognizing its chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon after the ...

Youth detention guard reaches child solicitation plea deal

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia juvenile detention center guard has reached a plea agreement on charges that he tried to solicit oral sex online from a police officer posing as a 15-year-old boy. The Martinsburg Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2oWfKFC ) that James Cameron Coates ...

West Virginia school district wants Bible program suit nixed

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia school district is again asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that targets its "Bible in the Schools" program, saying a new parent who has joined the lawsuit lacks legal standing because she put her child in a different school district almost a ...

Man sentenced after leading police on chase with baby in car

OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to a year in jail after leading Maryland police on a 12-mile, high-speed chase with a baby in his car. The Cumberland Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/2qcV6lu ) 23-year-old Corey Austin Bircher, of Elk Garden, West Virginia, pleaded ...