West Virginia News

Facing funding cuts, Marshall University likely to raise fee

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University's Board of Governors has adopted four potential proposals in anticipation of funding cuts from the state. News outlets report that each of the plans accepted Wednesday will use tuition hikes to compensate for about 60 percent of the cuts and will ...

Authorities: Football coach arrested on drug charges

SMITHERS, W.Va. (AP) — A Fayette County teacher and football coach has been arrested after authorities say he sold drugs to undercover police in Smithers. News outlets report Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley said in a news release that 38-year-old Larry McCommack was arrested Wednesday ...

Former student gets prison in Morgantown sexual assault

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia University student has been sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman inside a parking garage elevator in Morgantown. The Dominion Post reports (http://bit.ly/2oEUU1l ) that 21-year-old Sadeq Abbas Alhakeem, was ...

Woman rescues boater overboard in Little Kanawha River

ELIZABETH, W.Va. (AP) — A woman walking in a park rescued a boater who fell into the Little Kanawha River and got tangled in a rope. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2ppfmjP ) that 26-year-old Mikaela Cogar, of Grantsville, and her sister saw the man clinging to the ...

Gov. Justice calling lawmakers back to resolve budget

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice says he's calling the Legislature back to a special session next week to resolve their budget disagreement. The Democratic governor two weeks ago vetoed the $4.1 billion general revenue spending plan approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, ...

West Virginia authorities warn against handling wild animal babies

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Division of Natural Resources is urging people to avoid getting close to young wildlife for the welfare of the animals and themselves. Tyler Evans, a wildlife biologist, says handling baby animals leaves behind a human scent that may attract ...

Wayne County Board of Education cuts 84 positions

WAYNE, W.Va. (AP) — The Wayne County Board of Education has decided to eliminate 84 jobs to balance the budget. News outlets report the board made the cuts at a special meeting Tuesday to account for a multi-million dollar shortfall. The cuts will consolidate and eliminate positions. School ...

State Supreme Court hears argument in a hate crime case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state's Supreme Court has heard arguments on whether a former Marshall University football player should be charged with a hate crime under West Virginia law. News outlets report the court heard arguments Tuesday to determine if Steward Butler should be charged ...

Gov. Justice, legislative leaders still divided on budget

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Nearly two weeks after West Virginia's Democratic governor vetoed the budget approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, negotiations have yet to resolve disagreements on tax changes and spending cuts. However, Gov. Jim ...

Manchin says Senate backing retired miners’ benefits

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says the Senate backs permanently extending health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire after April. Manchin says Wednesday the permanent fix will be included ...

Officials: Potent heroin blamed for 14 overdoses in 1 day

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) — Officials are adding up the numbers after 14 people overdosed from a bad batch of heroin in one day. News outlets report Mason County Emergency Medical Services responded to 20 overdoses in total last week. Emergency Management Director Dennis Zimmerman says ...

West Virginia won’t charge to enter 7 state parks, forests

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has stopped a pilot project to start charging entrance fees at seven West Virginia state parks and forests. Justice called the decision to charge a $2 daily fee starting Memorial Day weekend an error made without his approval. He ...

West Virginia increases autonomy of universities

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has signed a law revamping state oversight of West Virginia's colleges and universities, giving some schools more autonomy from West Virginia's Higher Education Policy Commission. Institutions exempted from certain regulatory requirements are West ...

West Virginia makes sharing explicit images a crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has signed new laws to criminalize "revenge porn" and to establish a mechanism for reducing criminal records for non-violent felonies down to misdemeanors. The new crime laws are among dozens of measures the governor has signed so far this week ...

Mine owned by Justice cited for safety violations in death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities have cited a West Virginia mining operation owned by Gov. Jim Justice for six safety violations following a workers' fatal fall in February. The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says 43-year-old Jason Kenneth Matthews of ...

Charleston residents working to deal with homelessness issue

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The issue of homelessness in Charleston has become evident to residents and the city's leaders say they are struggling to solve it. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2oFf4UU ) Mayor Danny Jones said Charleston is a mecca for people who have "taken ...

Greenbrier Classic to salute first responders

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — The PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic will honor first responders for rescue and recovery efforts during last June's devastating floods in West Virginia. Officials say on the tournament's website that police officers, EMS, firefighters, National Guard members ...

Bridge work expected to cause traffic delays

KENOVA, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say a $700,000 project to renovate a bridge connecting West Virginia and Kentucky will slow traffic for at least a month. The Kentucky Department of Highways says they plan to restrict traffic to one lane beginning on Tuesday for the Catlettsburg-Kenova Bridge ...

West Virginia raises penalty for punishing whistleblowers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A revised West Virginia law will increase the possible civil fine from $500 to $5,000 for government employers who threaten or retaliate against whistleblowers. The measure passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jim Justice also authorizes firing them instead ...

Secretary of state’s office removing outdated voter files

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia secretary of state's office says more than 47,000 outdated or ineligible voter files have been removed from the state's voter registration system. Secretary of State Mac Warner said in a news release his office worked with county clerks in every ...