West Virginia News

West Virginia city passes Human Rights Commission ordinance

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A city council in West Virginia has passed a controversial ordinance reviving its Human Rights Commission after a near 30-year hiatus. Local news outlets report the Fairmont City Council voted 7-2 to pass the ordinance Tuesday evening. It also adds gender identity and ...

Ex-officer pleads guilty to accepting cash bribes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former home confinement officer in West Virginia has admitted that he took $4,000 for concealing a man's home confinement violations. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Jacques S. Vance pleaded guilty to one count of felony bribery in official and political ...

Manchin says Senate bill protects Morgantown lab’s work

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says funding would continue next year for the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown in the spending bill advancing in the Senate. Manchin says the funding includes $72.7 million for research and development and $58.7 ...

Small plane makes second emergency landing on interstate

FAIRPLAIN, W.Va. (AP) — A small plane in West Virginia has made a second emergency landing on an interstate, less than 24 hours after its first emergency landing. News outlets report the Piper PA-18 Super Cub made a second landing on Interstate 77 near Fairplain on Tuesday. Officials say ...

Hearings set in West Virginia for 3 convicted as juveniles

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three West Virginia inmates who became eligible for parole under a state law concerning juvenile offenders will find out whether they'll go free. A state parole board has scheduled hearings Wednesday for William Wayne, Lawrence Redman and Larry Hall II. They are ...

West Virginia State University plans tuition freeze program

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University is planning to freeze the cost of tuition for a portion of its student body starting next fall. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the university announced Monday afternoon that students who participate in the Yellow Jacket Connection ...

Trump nominates Baylous as marshal in WV Southern District

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated a West Virginia state trooper to be U.S. marshal for the Southern District of West Virginia. The White House announced Tuesday that Michael T. Baylous has been nominated for the post. The nomination will have to be confirmed by ...

4 senators, nonprofit to unveil initiative for Appalachia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Four U.S. senators and the nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center plan to unveil a detailed economic initiative for Appalachia to help reverse struggles with poverty and isolation in the region. The senators are Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Mark Warner of ...

WVU president says its talent obligates economic leadership

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University President Gordon Gee says he's committing the school to innovation and research, supporting local business, talent expansion and alumni outreach as part of a statewide economic initiative. In his state of the university address Monday, Gee ...

Left out of health debate, Appalachian poor seek free care

By DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press WISE, Va. (AP) — They arrived at a fairground in a deep corner of Appalachia before daybreak, hundreds of people with throbbing teeth, failing eyes, wheezing lungs. They took a number, sat in the bleachers and waited in the summer heat for their name to be ...

West Virginia’s 2 universities get health services grants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators say Marshall University and West Virginia University will get federal grants to support clinical internships and field placements in mental health and drug addiction services. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin say the ...

West Virginia teacher found unresponsive in classroom dies

SOPHIA, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia high school teacher who was found unresponsive in her classroom has been pronounced dead. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Independence High School teacher was found in her classroom on Monday at 8:10 a.m. She was taken to the hospital, where she ...

Collision with ambulance kills 2 elk in West Virginia

WHITMAN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's elk population dropped to 22 after two elk collided with an ambulance. News outlets report a calf and an elk died after they jumped over the median on U.S. 119 and collided with an ambulance Monday morning. No patients were in the ambulance and the two ...

US Supreme Court asked to hear West Virginia gas case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Landowners have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the reversal by West Virginia's highest court concluding natural gas companies can deduct post-production costs from the royalties paid landowners for mineral rights. In May, the West Virginia Supreme Court ...

West Virginia school board approves compliance plan

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's state school board has approved a federal Every Student Succeeds Act compliance plan that includes a new public accountability system to replace the one that assigned A-F grades to entire schools. Media reports say Gov. Jim Justice will decide ...

730,000 West Virginians affected by data breach

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general says more than 730,000 consumers in the state could be affected by the data breach at the credit reporting company Equifax. Atlanta-based Equifax says "criminals" exploited a U.S. website application to access the files of 143 ...

Company seeks $4M arbitration award from Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A media company has asked a federal court to order the Charleston newspaper to pay almost $4 million after an arbitrator upheld its claims under their partnership to operate two newspapers in West Virginia's capital. MediaNews Group, which owned the Daily Mail, says ...

West Virginia school board conditionally OKs consolidation

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education has conditionally approved a school consolidation plan in Nicholas County. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the plan by Nicholas County's school board would consolidate schools in Richwood, Summersville and Craigsville into a ...

Women recognized for serving as ‘Rosie the Riveters’

By JIM MCCONVILLE, The Journal HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — America's "Rosie the Riveter" got a belated 70-year-old thank you. Towns large and small across America recently offered up a formal commemoration for all the country's "Rosie the Riveters," the women who rolled up their ...

Youth crew work at Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

CANAAN VALLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge is the 500th refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System, which is under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior. The valley is 3,200 feet above sea level. Bogs and marshes comprise the majority of ...