West Virginia News

West Virginia ex-delegate pleads guilty to child porn charge

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia delegate has pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography. The Charleston Gazette-Mail cites a statement Monday statement from U.S. Attorney Michael Stuart that says 59-year-old Stephen Craig Sluss acknowledged receiving videos of prepubescent ...

Ground broken on $10M manufacturing plant in West Virginia

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A company based in Italy has broken ground for a West Virginia facility that will manufacture insulation and drainage systems. TeMa North America held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the $10 million facility in Kearneysville. The state Department of ...

Officials: Work to widen turnpike expected to start in July

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say work to widen a section of a turnpike is expected to start in a few months and continue for years, courtesy of $800 million in general obligation bonds. The Register-Herald reports work is expected to begin in July and will widen the 8-mile ...

Amtrak decision jeopardizes West Virginia train tradition

By MATT COMBS, The Register-Herald HINTON, W.Va. (AP) — For much of Bobby Cox's life, two weekends in October in his hometown of Hinton have been devoted to Railroad Days. The festival brings in thousands of visitors who travel in by antique rail car from Huntington to the city at the ...

New Miss West Virginia United States sets education platform

By KAITLYN NEFF, Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Miss West Virginia United States 2018 Chelsi Rose shared her experience being crowned last Saturday at Fairmont State University and her hopes for the year ahead. Rose has been competing in pageants since the early age of 6, and ...

West Virginia beagle enthusiast struggles to protect rabbits

By JOHN MCCOY, The Charleston Gazette-Mail ALUM CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — It's hard for a rabbit to make a living in West Virginia. Prime rabbit habitat has become scarce. But even where habitat is good, predators can wreak havoc on cottontail populations. Ballard Slone has seen it happen. ...

West Virginia’s elk herd could top 100 by summer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's elk herd could rise to more than 100 by early summer, after this year's calves are born, according to the state's elk project leader. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that so far this year, the Division of Natural Resources has imported 51 elk from ...

Lawsuit: Agency didn’t do enough to stop mine disaster

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a miner's widow says the Mine Safety and Health Administration didn't do enough to stop the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Carolyn Diana Davis filed the lawsuit Thursday that says MSHA didn't do its job as a ...

Councilman accused of helping destroy tenant’s belongings

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A city councilman in West Virginia is accused of helping his brother take and destroy a tenant's belongings. The Journal cites a Martinsburg police release that says the victim reported Monday his landlord, Christopher Baker, had loaded his belongings onto city ...

West Virginia parkways toll hike given initial OK

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Parkways Authority has given initial approval to a plan to double the single tolls on the turnpike and create a flat-fee discount program. The Register-Herald in Beckley reports the authority voted unanimously on the resolution Thursday. Parkways ...

West Virginia Public Broadcasting interim chief named

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Chuck Roberts has been named interim executive director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state Educational Broadcasting Authority voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Roberts, who is West Virginia Public Broadcasting's ...

Overdose rates on the decline in West Virginia county

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — One West Virginia county has seen a 55 percent decrease in overdoses per month since September. The Herald-Dispatch quotes Huntington Mayor Steve Williams as saying Cabell County is a long way from winning the war, but they're starting to win some battles. The trend ...

Funeral held for West Virginia firefighter killed in wreck

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press BELLE, W.Va. (AP) — Tom and Gloria Craigo chose the West Virginia fire station where he was a volunteer firefighter for their wedding ceremony. Three months later, Gloria Craigo is a widow. On Tuesday, she said her final goodbyes to her husband, killed when ...

West Virginia AG says bank settles debt collection case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says 323 West Virginia consumers are entitled to $1.5 million in a debt collection settlement with a Virginia bank. Morrisey says in a news release Wednesday the settlement resolves allegations that First Sentinel Bank of Richlands, ...

Company aims to power WV National Guard at Hobet site

SPURLOCKVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A renewable energy producer wants to develop an electrical generation system that does not require fossil fuels to power the West Virginia National Guard's training installation at Rock Creek, an official said. Green Line Energy is the first entity not tied to the ...

West Virginia prison inmate killed in fight

HAZELTON, W.Va. (AP) — An inmate was killed in a fight and another treated for minor injuries at USP Hazelton in West Virginia, and issues about staffing are again being raised. The Dominion Post reports 48-year-old Ian Thorne was killed in a fight with another prison inmate Monday. A U.S. ...

Unclaimed property returns at record pace in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue says the state is returning unclaimed property at a record pace. According to media reports, Perdue says in a news release that the treasurer's office's paid out more than $14 million in more than 8,000 claims through March. The ...

Storms knock out power to thousands in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Severe storms and high winds have knocked out electricity to about 9,000 customers in parts of West Virginia. FirstEnergy says on its website that nearly 5,800 customers across the state had no electricity Wednesday. That includes nearly 2,200 customers in Wood ...

Congressman: President Trump to return to West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins says President Donald Trump will visit West Virginia for the second time this year. Jenkins says he'll join the president for a scheduled roundtable in Greenbrier County on Thursday. A statement released by Jenkins' ...

3 West Virginia inmates accused of assaulting another inmate

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Three inmates are accused of beating up another inmate at a West Virginia jail. News outlets cite criminal complaints filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court that say 29-year-old Zachary Paul Hutchinson, 33-year-old Harley Francis Dickinson and 29-year-old Randall ...