West Virginia News

Manchin: GOP replacement health care plan is bad politics

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — At a Town Hall meeting that drew 600 people, Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says the Affordable Care Act needs repair but the current plan to replace it represents bad politics by Republicans trying to keep promises to repeal the program established under ...

Sen. Joe Manchin to voters: Fight Republican health plan

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday he'll oppose any legislation that takes health care away from West Virginians and urged people to "bombard" President Donald Trump with calls and emails to halt the Republican ...

Justice proposes funding West Virginia Public Broadcasting

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has proposed continuing West Virginia Public Broadcasting's $4.6 million state funding next year, reversing his February proposal to end it. In a letter Thursday to the Legislature's Republican leaders, the Democratic governor says his administration ...

Agreement reached on ensuring inmates pay court costs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An information-sharing agreement between the state Supreme Court and the regional jail system will ensure that inmates pay their court-ordered fines and fees. The Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety announced the agreement Thursday. It will allow the ...

Fairmont State professors sue school over president search

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Two Fairmont State University professors are suing the school over its search for its next president. The Times West Virginian (http://bit.ly/2mSUUs1) reports Dr. Galen Hansen and Dr. Albert Magro filed a lawsuit March 3 against the FSU Board of Governors and the West ...

Sen. Joe Manchin to voters: Fight Republican health plan

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday he'll oppose any legislation that takes health care away from West Virginians and urged people to "bombard" President Donald Trump with calls and emails to halt the Republican ...

Police: 13-year-old driver killed in van crash

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Charleston police say a 13-year-old boy has died after taking a van from a residential facility and crashing into a retaining wall. WCHS-TV (http://bit.ly/2nKMX5K ) reports police said Jeremy Bush died in the wreck Wednesday evening. The van burst into ...

12 apply for West Virginia schools superintendent position

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A state school board member says 12 people have applied for the state schools superintendent position that Michael Martirano plans to vacate. Board member Dave Perry told the Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2mYeTGq ) that the screening process will start ...

Hot tubs, fire pits in Appalachia for offseason bargains

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press ROANOKE, W.Va. (AP) — The sky faded toward cobalt over the rolling horizon and its bare hardwood forest, the faux street lamps in the foreground lighting the outdoor walkway and swimming pool. One man lingered in the adjoining Jacuzzi despite the ...

West Virginia ag officials trimming vehicles from fleet

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state Department of Agriculture is heeding a call from Gov. Jim Justice to reduce the number of state vehicles its workers drive. Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt says the department is reducing its vehicle fleet by 23, or 15 percent. That will leave the ...

Tentative settlement reached after trooper kills teen

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A tentative settlement agreement has been reached between the West Virginia State Police and the parents of an unarmed teenager who was fatally shot by a trooper following a prank. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2mJAP5E ) reports a proposed agreement was ...

Glenville State College picks new president

GLENVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Glenville State College's Board of Governors has selected Tracy L. Pellett to be the school's 24th president. Glenville State announced Pellett's appointment in a news release Wednesday. Pellett (pah-LAY) currently serves as provost and vice president for academic ...

West Virginia Strawberry Festival seeks berries for market

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) — Organizers of the West Virginia Strawberry Festival are looking for local growers to stock a market with berries at this year's event. The festival board, the city of Buckhannon and the state Department of Agriculture are working with private farmers to have fresh ...

Morrisey, nursing school begin drug abuse prevention program

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University School of Nursing and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey are embarking on a drug abuse prevention program with eighth-graders. The students and attorney general are trying to raise awareness about opioid abuse prevention. They will share ...

Sen. Joe Manchin to participate in 4 town halls this week

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin plans to participate in four town hall meetings being organized by constituents this week. The West Virginia Democrat says in a news release that first two meetings will be held Thursday morning at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center in ...

Boone school employees: System skipped retirement payments

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — Two Boone County public school employees are suing because they say their paycheck deductions didn't properly go toward paying for requested supplemental retirement and supplemental insurance coverage. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2nlI7g7 ) reports that a ...

West Virginia lawmakers weigh tank registration repeal

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are weighing whether to stop requiring state registration of about 29,000 storage tanks that can hold up to 210 barrels of brine water and crude oil produced in drilling for oil and natural gas. At a House hearing on ...

West Virginia legislative leaders outline budget with cuts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Republican legislative leaders have unveiled the framework for their budget proposal for the coming fiscal year that would cut spending from general revenues to a little over $4 billion. House Speaker Tim Armstead and Senate President Mitch ...

West Virginia education official testifying in Washington

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Community and Technical College System chancellor, Sarah Tucker, is testifying this week before a congressional subcommittee. Tucker will appear before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and ...

Sanders rallies against GOP health care plan at Town Hall

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Following a Town Hall meeting in one of West Virginia's poorest counties U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday that the Senate can defeat the House Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act with a version he said would ...