West Virginia News

School groups say they’re ready to act against W.Va. bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three groups critical of an education reform bill moving through the West Virginia Senate say they're ready to take statewide action. The West Virginia Education Association, West Virginia School Service Personnel Association and American Federation of Teachers say ...

Educator makes it her business to bring books back to life

By PAUL LAPANN, The News & Sentinel of Parkersburg PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Heather Royer wants to preserve books. That is why she started the business A Stitch in Time Bookbindery in 2017. She repairs Bibles and other books that are special to people. "I love the idea of preserving ...

Jobless rates rise in 41 of 55 West Virginia counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unemployment rates rose in 41 of West Virginia's 55 counties in December. WorkForce West Virginia says jobless rates dropped in nine counties and remained steady in five others. Jefferson County's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 3 percent was the lowest ...

West Virginia agency seeks wildlife art for calendar

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is looking for original art for its 2020 wildlife calendar. The state says color wildlife paintings may depict popular game and fish species or the state's other wildlife, including snakes, frogs, turtles, salamanders, ...

WVU researchers awarded $1M to fight opioid trafficking

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Researchers at West Virginia University will receive $1 million over three years to develop artificial intelligence technologies to fight opioid trafficking. A statement from the school says the National Institute of Justice awarded the grant to Yanfang "Fanny" Ye, ...

Volunteers make West Virginia home for rescue owl named Jeff

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A rescue owl in West Virginia named Jeff now has a home of his own thanks to volunteers with The Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia and AmeriCorps. ACCA board member Katie Fallon tells The Dominion Post that Jeff's home will allow him to take part in the ...

Bill puts W.Va. teachers back on edge a year after strike

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia public school teachers are back on edge after the introduction of a bill aimed at revamping the state's education system took aim at unions less than a year after a lengthy strike resulted in better pay. The draft ...

West Virginia veteran exits from 2020 presidential race

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — While other Democrats around the country are preparing for presidential runs, a retired Army paratrooper and former West Virginia lawmaker became the first to call off his White House bid after about two months as a candidate Friday. Richard Ojeda says he isn't ...

WVa lawmakers forward bill despite teachers’ concerns

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia Senate committee has forwarded a draft bill to revamp the state's education system. The Republican-led Senate Education Committee voted 7-5 along party lines Friday to send the draft to the Senate Finance Committee. Two committee members were ...

Driver charged in GOP train crash challenging evidence

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A lawyer for a garbage truck driver charged in a deadly 2018 crash with a train carrying Republican lawmakers is challenging evidence collected by police in Virginia. William Tanner, an attorney for Dana William Naylor Jr., filed a motion Tuesday asking an ...

Drug overdose reversal kits distributed in West Virginia

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Four West Virginia counties considered "high-risk" are receiving kits to temporarily reverse drug overdoses. Hundreds of naloxone kits for use by law enforcement personnel, emergency responders and others are going to Fayette, Mercer, Raleigh and Wyoming ...

West Virginia mall sold for $35 million to financial group

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mall has been sold for $35 million to a financial group who sued a previous owner of the mall for defaulting on a loan. News outlets report U.S. Bank National Association purchased Charleston Town Center mall at an auction Thursday. The mall's ...

W.Va. Senate passes free tuition bill for community colleges

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia residents could attend community and technical college for free under a bill passed by the state Senate for the second straight year. The bill approved unanimously Wednesday now moves to the House of Delegates, where it ...

McVey named W.Va. secretary of administration

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Allan L. McVey as secretary of administration. Justice announced the appointment in a news release Wednesday. McVey replaces John Myers, who was appointed state lottery director in September. McVey has served as state ...

W.Va. city reports overdose deaths doubled in 2018

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Drug overdose deaths doubled in one West Virginia community last year. The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports figures released Tuesday by Wheeling police show officers responded to 13 overdose deaths last year, compared with six in 2017 and three in ...

New crayfish species named after West Virginia professor

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. (AP) — A biology professor in West Virginia who studies crayfish now has a new species named after him. West Liberty University says in a news release that the blue, burrowing crayfish species is named after professor Zachary Loughman. The statement says the new species ...

W.Va. Senate rejects amendment expanding free tuition bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has rejected an amendment that would have included four-year colleges in a bill to provide free tuition at community and technical colleges to state residents. The Republican-led Senate rejected the amendment along party lines Tuesday. The ...

West Virginia city to add LGBTQ to list of protected groups

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Another West Virginia city has voted to add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to its list of protected minorities. The Register-Herald reports the Beckley Common Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to add LGBTQ discrimination protections to the city's code. Mayor Rob ...

W.Va. firefighter charged with DUI after responding to call

EAST BANK, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia firefighter has been charged with drunken driving after responding to a call in his personal car and hitting a police cruiser. WCHS-TV reports 28-year-old David McGuire of East Bank was charged Tuesday. According to a criminal complaint, Kanawha ...

Deputies making welfare check at W.Va. home find 2 bodies

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia are investigating the discovery of the bodies of two women near Charleston. News outlets report the bodies were found Tuesday at a home in Sissonville. Kanawha County sheriff's deputies say they were asked to check on the home's ...