×

West Virginia News

Wait period added to give pets a better chance at new life

By TAYLOR STUCK The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — As dog barks echoed off the walls of the Mountain Health Network Arena lobby in downtown Huntington Sunday afternoon (Jan. 5), several cats — and some dogs, too — cowered at the craziness around them. One orange and white ...

Elk River set to get 1,000 pounds of trout

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Elk River is getting another helping of trout. The Kanawha County Commission on Friday said it plans to stock the river with a thousand pounds of rainbow trout to attract fishermen and boost the local economy. The stocking is scheduled to take place in a ...

West Virginia hospital group eyes bankruptcy, not closing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia hospital system announced Friday that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but assured that it is not closing its doors. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Thomas Health said in a news release Friday that it is hoping to lessen its debt. ...

Bankrupt coal company Blackjewel accuses former CEO of fraud

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Attorneys for bankrupt coal company Blackjewel LLC and its creditors are asking a federal judge to let them examine the finances of former CEO Jeff Hoops, alleging that he took millions of dollars for personal gain, according to court documents. In documents filed Friday ...

Gov. Justice announces coal-to-carbon research center

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's governor says a technology company has agreed to open a research facility in the state to look into using coal to make carbon-based products. Gov. Jim Justice gave additional details about the agreement with Ramaco Carbon on Thursday after mentioning ...

Mom pleads guilty to killing 1 child, trying to kill another

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mother has admitted to killing one of her children and trying to kill another. Julie Ann Orellana, 46, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of murder and one count of attempted murder, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Catie Wilkes-Delligatti told ...

West Virginia Education Dept. won’t require bus seat belts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Board of Education members have chosen not to require seat belts be added to state school buses. The board made the decision Wednesday while reviewing its bus policy, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. The National Highway Traffic Safety ...

W Virginia nursing school gets $100K for pediatric simulator

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Fairmont State University School of Nursing can buy a new pediatric patient simulator after receiving $100,000 in donations. The new simulator manikin will give nursing students essential hands-on experience that isn't always guaranteed in clinical ...

Elk River set to get 1,000 pounds of trout

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Elk River is getting another helping of trout. The Kanawha County Commission on Friday said it plans to stock the river with a thousand pounds of rainbow trout to attract fishermen and boost the local economy. The stocking is scheduled to take place in a ...

Justice celebrates, details 2020 agenda in State of State

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice wants to let West Virginians know something: Everything's great. The Republican governor painted an upbeat picture of the state's finances and outlined his legislative agenda Wednesday night in a State of the ...

WV Dems to focus on small businesses, infrastructure in 2020

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Democrats on Thursday said their 2020 legislative platform will focus on education, infrastructure, small businesses and social services. Democrats in the GOP-led statehouse detailed their "West Virginians First" ...

WVa Senate forms committee dedicated to child welfare issues

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A committee has been formed in the West Virginia Senate to focus on upcoming legislation related to child welfare. The Senate Select Committee on Children and Families, whose formation was announced Wednesday, will be led by Kanawha ...

West Virginia receiving $866K grant for flood recovery

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Labor Department awarded $866,675 for flood recovery in West Virginia, the state's U.S. senators announced. The funding is through the Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant Program. Flooding in February 2018 destroyed homes, displaced residents ...

West Virginia man convicted of filming infant sexual abuse

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man convicted of filming an infant being sexually abused will likely spend life in prison when he is sentenced next month. Richard Smith was convicted on all counts against him in Kanawha County Circuit court Wednesday, including 11 counts of ...

Soldiers return home to West Virginia from Middle East

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than 140 West Virginia National Guard soldiers are returning home after a nine-month deployment to the Middle East. Gov. Jim Justice's office said in a news release that he greeted dozens of soldiers and their family members during a welcoming home ceremony at ...

GOP gains registered voters in WVa, still lags behind Dems

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Registered Republican voters in West Virginia have increased since Donald Trump won office but still lags behind Democrats entering a presidential election year, according to voter registration figures from the secretary of state's office. Overall registration numbers ...

Size of trout stocked in W Virginia lakes smaller than usual

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Department of Natural Resources says anglers should expect trout stocked in state waterways during the winter months to be smaller than usual. A long dry spell across the state from late summer through the fall is thought to have impacted the average ...

West Virginia unveils women’s suffrage commemoration events

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has announced its initial slate of events for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The yearlong commemoration will start Wednesday with a reception ahead of the governor's ...

West Virginia school wins video contest on opioid awareness

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia high school has won a video contest aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of prescription painkiller abuse. Wheeling Central Catholic High School was selected as the winner of the public service announcement contest sponsored by Bill Powell, the ...

Police: Detroit man sought in West Virginia bar shooting

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police said Thursday that they are seeking a 30-year-old Michigan man in connection with a New Year's day shooting at a West Virginia bar in which seven people were shot and wounded. The bar was ordered shut by authorities Thursday, a day after the violence. ...