West Virginia News

W.Va. firefighters rescue truckload of abandoned pigs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A truckload of pigs wasn't ready to become bacon, despite being parked in the hot sun for hours in West Virginia. Bystanders called the fire department Friday after spotting 165 "panting pigs" in a seemingly abandoned tractor-trailer outside a Long John Silver ...

Beef-jerky maker responds to whistleblower lawsuit

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A beef-jerky maker who fired an employee that dialed 911 to help a co-worker with a severed thumb says its decision was based on legitimate and appropriate factors. The Dominion Post reports Lone Star Western Beef has responded to a federal lawsuit filed by the U.S. ...

Wake Forest rallies past West Virginia 4-3 in NCAA tourney

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Gavin Sheets singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Wake Forest rallied to beat West Virginia 4-3 on Saturday night in the NCAA Tournament. Bruce Steel hit a two-run homer in the fifth to start the comeback for the top-seeded Demon ...

West Virginia to get $1.6 million for redevelopment

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators say the Environmental Protection Agency will provide $1.6 million toward redevelopment projects in the state. According to Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, the EPA awards include $600,000 for the Brooke-Hancock Regional ...

Chemical reaction investigated in fatal West Virginia blast

PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) — The lead federal investigator examining the explosion that killed two men at a West Virginia industrial plant May 24 says they're still testing and gathering evidence to determine what caused the approximately 100-gallon tank to blow apart. Mark Wingard with the U.S. ...

WVU hits 6 HRs, routs Terps 9-1 in 1st NCAA game since 1996

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Davis hit two of West Virginia's six home runs, and the Mountaineers routed Maryland 9-1 on Friday in their first NCAA Tournament game in 21 years. Jimmy Galusky also homered twice, Davis finished with three RBIs and winning pitcher B.J. Myers threw 5 2-3 ...

Big 12 strong financially as teams split $348M in revenue

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Big 12 Conference reported another year of record revenue Friday, with school officials saying it was proof of financial strength. "No one is significantly stronger than we are in any of the power five conferences," said David ...

Beckley PD refuses to give up on 36-year-old cold case

By JESSICA FARRISH, The Register-Herald of Beckley BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — It's a case that has baffled generations of Beckley Police Department detectives, but BPD Cpl. Morgan Bragg said Tuesday that a recent ad by Crime Stoppers of Southern West Virginia may lead to a break in a 1981 murder ...

West Virginia justice blasts ruling on gas royalties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A justice on West Virginia's highest court has issued a blistering rebuke to the other four jurists who ruled that natural gas companies can deduct post-production costs from the royalties paid to landowners for mineral rights. Justice Robin Jean Davis' dissent, ...

West Virginia officer killed during pursuit identified

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — An officer killed in an accident during a pursuit of a suspected drunken driver had been with the Bluefield police force for nine years, officials said Wednesday. Bluefield police administrative assistant Kevin Fleming said Lt. Aaron L. Crook was killed early ...

Woman admits role in staged accident, insurance claim

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say that a 56-year-old Fairmont woman has pleaded guilty to fraud, admitting she participated in a staged vehicle accident, faked injuries and filed a false insurance claim. Prosecutors say Robin Stoneking's false insurance claim in 2013 in Marion ...

Nearly $2,700 missing from safe at West Virginia high school

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the theft of nearly $2,700 from a safe at a West Virginia high school. Ohio County Schools Superintendent Kim Miller tells media outlets the theft occurred from an office at Wheeling Park High School. Miller said the county sheriff's ...

City Hall getting new chandeliers, replicas of originals

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — New chandeliers are being installed in Huntington's City Hall as part of a renovation project at the more than 100-year-old building. The city says the 11 new chandeliers are exact replicas of the building's original lighting fixtures from 1915. The chandelier ...

Loh picked as West Virginia Symphony Orchestra conductor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Lawrence Loh has been selected as conductor and music director of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Loh was chosen Tuesday from among six finalists to succeed Grant Cooper, who is retiring after 16 years. Loh currently is music director of Symphoria in Syracuse, ...

Coal trains fewer as Appalachian railroads keep rolling

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MATOAKA, W.Va. (AP) — The red caboose parked at the edge of a rundown commercial block is the only rail car some people have seen in Matoaka in more than a year. It bears the markings of the Norfolk and Western Railway, a company merged years ago and ...

Gov. Justice visits children, recalls memories at school

By JESSICA FARRISH, The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — The 36th governor of West Virginia isn't a newcomer to having titles. Besides his current title of "governor," Jim Justice has been called a "billionaire" by Forbes magazine, the "CEO" of The Greenbrier, "coach" at Greenbrier East ...

WVU delays possible tuition increase amid state budget limbo

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University's Board of Governors has delayed action on a likely tuition increase while the state budget remains unresolved. WVU says a board meeting Friday that was called to set tuition and fees lasted only a few minutes. David Alvarez, the board's ...

Assistance dogs graduate training, go into service

By JEFF MCCOY, The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — It's that time of year where many students leave their school and head out into the world. Graduations take place across the nation as proud parents, family and friends watch their loved one walk across the stage and receive a diploma. But ...

Retired teacher documents state’s water-powered mills

By RICK STEELHAMMER, The Charleston Gazette-Mail LAVALETTE, W.Va. (AP) — Elmer Napier may be the world's most active documenter of specimens of rural Americana found in West Virginia that are way too large to collect in a display case. The retired Wood County Schools driver education ...

Sales tax up but income tax down in state Senate’s proposal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginians would pay a higher sales tax next year, but their income tax rates would be reduced and might eventually be eliminated, under a bill approved Wednesday by the state Senate. Under the proposal, which met a chilly reception in the state House, the state ...