West Virginia News

Report: Crushed Kentucky miner was not wearing safety device

PROVIDENCE, Ky. (AP) — Federal investigators have concluded that a worker crushed to death by a machine at a Kentucky coal mine wasn't wearing an emergency shut-off device, and that his managers had not provided a way to securely attach it. Managers at Webster County Coal's Dotiki Mine ...

Procedure to dismantle Charleston homeless camps established

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Charleston officials have established procedures for how future homeless encampments in the city should be dismantled. The City Council passed the resolution Monday, nearly a year after Mayor Danny Jones ordered the dismantling of the makeshift camp known as "Tent ...

Appalachian Power launches interactive map for outages

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Appalachian Power says its website has a new interactive map to simplify how customers can get details about outages. The company says in a statement that the new mapping tool at www.appalachianpower.com makes it easier to research or report power outages. The ...

Officials trumpeting return of elk to West Virginia

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — Officials are trumpeting the return of an elk herd to West Virginia for the first time since 1875. West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and officials from the state Division of Natural Resources are set to introduce the elk on Monday in Logan County. DNR biologists ...

West Virginia man faces prison for having illegal guns

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A 45-year-old West Virginia man faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to illegal gun possession. Prosecutors say Dale Lee Sharp of Elkins was previously convicted of a felony in Randolph County, prohibiting him from owning a gun. Authorities say ...

WVU board authorizes further work on athletic complex

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia University Board of Governors has authorized the university's administration to proceed with working with other community partners on a new athletic and recreation complex. The Mountaineer Center would be located on about 20 acres at Mylan Park in ...

West Virginia gets $253,500 share of drug case settlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says West Virginia will receive a $253,500 share of a settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb involving allegations that it promoted the anti-psychotic drug Abilify for unapproved uses. Morrisey announced the state's share of the ...

Former congressman to lie in repose on capitol grounds

ROMNEY, W.Va. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Ken Hechler's body will lie in repose at the West Virginia capitol grounds. Hechler died Dec. 10 at his home in Romney. He was 102. The Register-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2hFYiF4 ) Hechler's body will be available for public viewing on Monday from ...

Morgantown to consider allowing guns in public buildings

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The Morgantown City Council is considering whether to allow people to carry guns in public buildings. The Dominion-Post reports (http://bit.ly/2gWyAL2 ) the council is scheduled to discuss the issue on Tuesday. City Manager Glen Kelly and Police Chief Ed Preston ...

Prosecutors’ request guilty plea hearing in school scam case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to schedule a guilty plea hearing for a man accused of setting up a fake prep school that lured more than 20 athletes with the promise of competing for college scholarships. Media outlets report Daniel Andrew Hicks, 43, of ...

West Virginia man could face charges for biting deputy

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say a man awaiting a pretrial hearing for attempted murder could be charged with biting a local sheriff's deputy. The Bluefield Daily-Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/2hG9Qbq ) Ryan Keith Tilley, 33, of Princeton, is accused of biting Mercer ...

Governor’s Mansion filled with magic for the holiday season

By CARLEE LAMMERS, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When decorating the West Virginia Governor's Mansion this year, Glen Reed didn't need a theme. Instead, she said, she knew she wanted every decoration — right down to the little details — to capture the magic of ...

School officials look to raise 2017 FAFSA completion rate

By KAILEE E. GALLAHAN, The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Students across the state are in the process of filing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid applications since the process began Oct. 1, instead of next month for the 2017-18 school year. School officials ...

US rig count up 13 this week to 637; Texas adds 14

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 13 this week to 637. A year ago, 709 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have curtailed exploration, although the rig count has been rising in recent weeks. Houston oilfield services ...

Nitro board moves forward with high-speed internet plan

NITRO, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in Nitro are moving forward with plans that would make the city the first in the region where residents and business could see one gigabit internet service speeds. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2hE4NFH ) reports that the Nitro Development ...

Belle police chief placed on leave amid federal probe

BELLE, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say Belle's police chief has been placed on administrative leave amid a federal investigation. Local news outlets report town Mayor Glen "Buck" Chestnut says Chief Darrick Cox was placed on a 30-day paid leave Monday. Cox has served as the town's police ...

New data show spike in severe black lung disease

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — New data show many more coal miners across Appalachia suffering from the most serious form of black lung disease than federal regulators previously reported. National Public Radio reported Friday (http://n.pr/2hWzhSi ) that its investigation shows cases 10 times ...

Man gets 18 months in jail for killing, torturing cats

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A South Charleston man will spend 18 months behind bars for killing, dismembering and torturing several cats. News outlets report that Wayne Nelson Mallory received the maximum sentence after pleading guilty this week to three counts of animal ...

3 West Virginia electors steady in support of Trump

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Three West Virginia representatives to the electoral college are clear and unequivocal that they will be voting for Donald Trump to be the next U.S. president regardless of emails, letters and calls urging them not to. The ...

Man found competent for trial in Charleston in boy’s death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge has ruled that a man accused of killing a 2-year-old boy is competent to stand trial. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2hM4mMs ) reports that Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King set a March 27 trial date on Thursday for ...