West Virginia News

West Virginia study group wants 2-year colleges involved

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group reviewing West Virginia's higher education system wants two-year community and technical colleges added to the study. News outlets report the Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education voted Friday to draft a response to Gov. Jim Justice's executive ...

Water utility’s settlement would lower customer rates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A settlement submitted to utility regulators calls for a reduction in the rates that West Virginia American Water charges its customers. News media outlets report that customers could expect a small decrease in their monthly water bills for the next several months, ...

$20,000 reward offered for man accused of threatening Trump

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal authorities have announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a Pennsylvania man accused of having threatened President Donald Trump and other officials. Twenty-seven-year-old Shawn Christy of McAdoo is also wanted in Pennsylvania on arrest ...

West Virginia postpones Fan Day due to virus

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has postponed its Fan Day following an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease among several members of the school's football program. The school said Saturday that five cases of the highly contagious viral infection were identified within the ...

2nd death from accident along West Virginia Turnpike

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — State Police say a second person has died in a truck accident on the West Virginia Turnpike. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports State Police say in a news release that 21-year-old West Virginia Parkways Authority employee Richard Lambert died Saturday at a hospital ...

2 West Virginia applicants receive rural development grants

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Rural development grants totaling more than $99,000 have been awarded to two recipients in West Virginia. The Marshall University Research Corp. will receive $49,837 to develop a catalog to help state agencies, nonprofits and entrepreneurs understand the state's ...

Environmental groups ask court to review pipeline approval

By DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups asked a federal appeals court on Thursday to review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The Southern Environmental Law Center and Appalachian ...

Authorities: Remains of 2 bodies found in West Virginia

SULLIVAN, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say the remains of two bodies have been found. News outlets report the remains were found near a road in Raleigh County on Wednesday. County Sheriff Scott Vanmeter says the case is being investigated as a homicide. He was unable to comment ...

West Virginia police chief on leave after domestic dispute

HINTON, W.Va. (AP) — A police chief in West Virginia accused of domestic violence is on paid leave for the next month. The Register-Herald reported Thursday that the Hinton City Council voted to allow Hinton Police Chief Derek Snavely to use 28 vacation days for the leave. He may return to ...

Mayor of West Virginia capital gets achievement award

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The mayor of West Virginia's capital has been granted a lifetime achievement award just months before he leaves the role he's held since 2003. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Charleston Mayor Danny Jones was presented Thursday with a West Virginia Municipal ...

Bond sale approved for West Virginia parks improvements

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Economic Development Authority has approved the sale of up to $80 million in excess lottery revenue bonds to pay for repairs, maintenance and improvements to state parks. Gov. Jim Justice says the action will lead to a "major modernization" of ...

2 men accused of sexually assaulting woman at gunpoint

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia men are accused of sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint in Beckley. The Register-Herald reports 46-year-old Timothy Darnell Harris Jr. and 50-year-old Michael Brent Ritter were arrested this week on charges including sexual assault and conspiracy. ...

Lawmakers impeach all 4 W.Va. court justices over spending

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers completed the extraordinary move of impeaching all four state Supreme Court justices Monday night for spending issues, including a suspended justice facing a 23-count federal indictment. The state House of ...

Power companies file settlement agreement with PSC

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power have filed a settlement agreement seeking to use tax reform funds to offset fuel and vegetation management costs, allowing customer rates to remain stable for two years. The companies said in a news release that the agreement was ...

Woman, boyfriend charged in her 2-year-old son’s death

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police say a 2-year-old has died and that his mother and her boyfriend were arrested in his death. Sgt. M.D. Clemons tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph the boy died Friday morning after being on life-support at a Charleston hospital. Clemons says ...

White House called toxins contamination ‘PR nightmare’

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press HORSHAM, Pa. (AP) — Lauren Woeher wonders if her 16-month-old daughter has been harmed by tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets, firefighting foam and fast-food wrappers. Henry Betz, at ...

Lawmakers ask for harsher drug laws after crash near park

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are calling for harsher drug laws following a possible overdose-related car crash that stopped feet away from a playground. Sen. Mike Woelfel, D-Cabell, tells The Huntington Herald-Dispatch that he wants to create a "punishment that fits the ...

West Virginia man sentenced in fatal burning of girlfriend

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who admitted to setting his girlfriend ablaze in front of her daughter and niece has been sentenced to life in prison. The Register-Herald reports a judge ordered Monday no mercy for 48-year-old Dwayne Michael Lane, meaning he won't have the ...

City councilman, WVU professor relieved of teaching duties

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The deputy mayor of Morgantown has been relieved of his teaching duties at West Virginia University after police were called to his home for a noncriminal matter. The Dominion Post reports Mark Brazaitis has been banned from West Virginia University's campus except ...