West Virginia News

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 ...

2 plead guilty to gun charges in northern West Virginia

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A woman and man from northern West Virginia have admitted to federal firearms charges involving three guns taken illegally from a store licensed to sell them. Jamie Lynn Huffman of Parsons pleaded guilty to two counts of firearm theft from B.F. Long & Co in ...

Few West Virginians signed up for health insurance plans as deadline nears

By ERIN BECK Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Friday is the final day for West Virginians to buy health insurance during open enrollment on the federal health insurance marketplace, found at Healthcare.gov. Few West Virginians — about 10,000 — had selected plans, ...

Composting idea garners West Virginia couple $10,000 Bedrock Grant

By FRED PACE The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The husband-and-wife team of Chasten and Jaye Toler of Huntington are local gardeners and recyclers who were recently awarded the 2017 Bedrock Grant of $10,000 for their proposal to create an organic food waste hauling program ...

WVU shifts staffing following radio shutdown

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University says it installed an interim general manager of the student-run U92 radio that was temporarily shut down from a job action by student workers on Thursday. School officials say while their investigation continues, assisted by an outside ...

West Virginia agency OKs funds for school building projects

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia School Building Authority has voted to fund $59.1 million in facilities projects statewide. Monday's vote includes construction and renovation projects for public school systems in 22 counties. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports $49.2 million comes ...

Woman dies in house fire in West Virginia

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A fire official says a woman has died in a house fire in West Virginia. Media outlets report the fire broke out Saturday at a home in Parkersburg. Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews says the fire was put out quickly and the woman's body was found in a living ...

Water company offers tips to protect home in cold weather

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia American Water is advising homeowners to make sure they prevent household pipes from freezing as temperatures turn cold. In addition to insulating walls and pipes and draining sprinklers, the water company says when temperatures drop, open cabinet doors ...

West Virginia University partners with coding group

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University has become a regional partner of a network that works to provide computer science education opportunities to students in kindergarten through high school. The university's Center for Excellence in STEM Education announced last week it was ...

Captured inmate returned to West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An inmate who escaped and later was caught in a river trying to swim from Texas to Mexico has been returned to West Virginia. According to Southwestern Regional Jail records, 38-year-old Todd Boyes of Caldwell, Ohio, was booked into the jail in Holden on Sunday ...

WVU student radio station shut by job action

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University officials say the job action by student workers at WWVU radio has shut down the student-run station and could jeopardize its license if it continues. School officials say they reached out to the students and met with key members and that the ...

Ex-coal magnate Blankenship jabs at Jenkins, Manchin

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In an interview about running for the U.S. Senate from West Virginia, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is jabbing at incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins. Blankenship, whose filing was received Friday, is running as a ...