West Virginia News

Police investigate deaths of 2 at West Virginia home

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police are investigating a double slaying at a West Virginia apartment. Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial tells news outlets the body of a man and a woman were found at the apartment Tuesday morning. Both had gunshot wounds. Huntington police identified the victims ...

West Virginia jobless rate remains unchanged in May

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was at 5.4 percent in May, the eighth straight month the rate has been unchanged. WorkForce West Virginia says the number of unemployed state residents rose by 100 during the month to 42,300. Total unemployment ...

Food worker contracts hepatitis A in West Virginia county

CEREDO, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials in West Virginia say a county has confirmed a second case of a food service worker being diagnosed with hepatitis A. News outlets report Wayne County health officials say in a news release the latest case involves an employee who works at Java Joe's ...

West Virginia men write stats-driven book on Muhammad Ali

By JESS MANCINI, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel FRIENDLY, W.Va. (AP) — "Muhammad Ali: By the Numbers" by Bob Canobbio and Lee Groves of Friendly is a statistical analysis of the punches Muhammad Ali landed on his opponents and the blows landed upon him based on available footage from 474 ...

Preacher opens up on ‘taking up serpents,’ a faith display

By JORDAN NELSON, The Register-Herald SQUIRE, W.Va. (AP) — A pale yellow church sits perched atop a hillside above a swift creek in Squire, West Virginia. Three wooden crosses are nailed to the side of the church with a purple sash draped over the middle. A sign up front welcomes all to the ...

West Virginia city sues boat owners for $150K over oil spill

KENOVA, W.Va. (AP) — A city in West Virginia is suing the owners of a towboat that spilled oil along the West Virginia-Kentucky border earlier this year. The Herald-Dispatch reports the boat sank in the Big Sandy River on Jan. 10. The complaint, filed this week, seeks more than $150,000 in ...

Judge approves West Virginia water crisis settlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has given final approval of a $151 million settlement of a lawsuit stemming from a chemical spill into a West Virginia river. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver granted approval Friday of a 2014 settlement ...

Neighbors assemble to help airman build family’s tiny home

By WHITNEY BROWNING, Bluefield Daily Telegraph BRUSHFORK, W.Va. (AP) — A community of neighbors in Brushfork has come together to build a tiny house in less than three weeks for Addam and Aaliyah Byers to take with them and live in while Addam serves in the Air Force in Florida. Addam Byers ...

West Virginia Supreme Court justice suspended

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry was suspended from the bench Friday over allegations that he repeatedly lied and used his public office for personal gain. In an order from the high court, Loughry was suspended without pay and barred from hearing any ...

Place your bets: Delaware takes sports wagers, others close

By RANDALL CHASE and BEN NUCKOLS DOVER, Del. (AP) — The market for legal sports gambling in the United States widened significantly on Tuesday with expanded betting in Delaware, putting legal wagering within driving distance of three major East Coast cities less than a month after the U.S. ...

3 protesters bind selves to pipeline equipment, are arrested

LINDSIDE, W.Va. (AP) — Three protesters from Massachusetts were arrested after binding themselves to equipment in West Virginia to halt the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. State police Sgt. C.K. McKenzie tells news outlets that they attached themselves to a tunnel and ...

Former quarterback Oliver Luck to become XFL commissioner

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck is leaving his high-ranking position at the NCAA to become commissioner of the XFL, the second edition of professional wrestling mogul Vince McMahon's football league. McMahon announced the hire ...

New visitor center on tap at Canaan Valley wildlife refuge

DAVIS, W.Va. (AP) — Federal funding will be used to build a new visitor center at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in West Virginia. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says in a news release the Department of the Interior will provide $7 million for the construction. Capito is a ...

West Virginia provides overdose antidote to first responders

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is distributing overdose antidotes to emergency first responders across the state. WOWK-TV reports Senate Bill 272 went into effect Tuesday. The bill says all first responders will carry naloxone pending ...

Federal agency awards nearly $25 million for W.Va. clinics

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal agency has awarded nearly $25 million to help support health clinics in West Virginia. The grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will go to clinics in 12 counties. The counties include Mercer, Webster, Kanawha, Monongalia, ...

Trump orders ‘immediate steps’ to boost coal, nuclear plants

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday directed Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take "immediate steps" to bolster struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants to keep them open, calling it a matter of national and economic security. Trump, who ...

West Virginia governor: Some elk have died awaiting release

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says several elk transported to West Virginia in March to join the state's herd died before they could be released. Justice's office says 50 elk captured in Arizona are awaiting final testing results required by the U.S. Department of ...

West Virginia doctor indicted on sexual assault charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia physician indicted on charges of sexual assault has been accused in lawsuits of abusing his patients. The Kanawha County grand jury indicted Dr. Steven R. Matulis, a gastroenterologist, on five counts of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of ...

Anniversary of FDR visit recalls past of homestead community

By TIFFANY TOWNER, Times West Virginian REEDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — "Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States, came back to West Virginia yesterday and mingled with the people whose welfare has been his predominating motive in five years of White House occupancy." Those were the ...

West Virginia fireworks sales’ tax revenues below estimates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tax revenues from the sale of fireworks in West Virginia are far below projected estimates, according to a state study. A state Tax Department report to the Legislature found fireworks sales last year generated $710,000 from a 12 percent safety fee and $355,000 in ...