West Virginia News

Legislature to consider West Virginian hiring preference

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state Legislature returned to the Capitol Monday to consider whether to require that West Virginians get hired to repair and build the state's roads and bridges. Gov. Jim Justice called lawmakers back for a special session to address that proposal, as well as ...

Trump raises possibility of withdrawing drug czar nominee

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday raised the possibility of withdrawing his nomination of Republican Rep. Tom Marino to be the nation's drug czar following reports that the lawmaker played a key role in passing a bill weakening federal ...

12 specialty crop block grants awarded in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Twelve agriculture projects in West Virginia will receive federal specialty crop block grants. State agricultural officials say in a news release that the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $230,000 in grants for projects aimed at enhancing the competiveness of ...

Audit: State’s computer system hampers payroll for employees

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's new $150 million supercomputer lacks the payroll functions of prior state computers and has caused the Division of Personnel to hire additional employees to process payroll transactions, an audit has concluded. The legislative audit, released Sunday, ...

New grant supports WVU recovery of rare earth elements

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The National Energy Technology Laboratory has announced a $644,000 research grant to West Virginia University to continue its research on recovering rare earth elements from coal and its byproducts. The West Virginia Water Research Institute at WVU has led research ...

Westminster College announces pick for new president

FULTON, Mo. (AP) — Westminster College has picked Fletcher Lamkin to take over as its next president later this year. The college made the announcement Monday. Lamkin is now president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg and previously served as president of Kansas Wesleyan ...

Justice appoints state delegate to Senate vacancy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has appointed state Delegate Stephen Baldwin of Ronceverte to the state Senate seat representing Greenbrier, Fayette, Summers and Monroe counties. Baldwin follows former Sen. Ron Miller, a Democrat who resigned to accept the position of Agriculture ...

Manchin to visit Eastern Panhandle, speak about the economy

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is visiting the state's Eastern Panhandle to discuss economic growth. The senator's office said in a news release that Manchin will speak Monday morning in the Jefferson County town of Shepherdstown during an ...

Top federal prosecutor for northern West Virginia sworn in

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The northern half of West Virginia has a new top federal prosecutor. Having been confirmed by the U.S. Senate earlier this month, William J. Powell took the oath of office Friday to become the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia. The district ...

Trial to begin for Ohio man charged in killing of coal exec

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial is set to begin for one of two men charged in the fatal shooting of a former coal executive in West Virginia. The Williamson Daily News reports that jury selection is scheduled to start Monday in the trial of 22-year-old Anthony Raheem Arriaga in Mingo County ...

Historic hospital to become ‘grand hotel’

By FRED PACE, The Herald-Dispatch MILTON, W.Va. (AP) — Construction is set to begin later this month to rehabilitate the vacant Morris Memorial Hospital into a 100-room hotel, Milton officials said Wednesday. The project will be part of a public-private partnership with Jeff and Patricia ...

Nearly 200-acre fire in West Virginia 50 percent contained

PETERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Forestry officials say a two-week-old wildfire in a remote area of West Virginia is about 50 percent contained. The U.S. Forest Service issued an incident report Sunday for the 198-acre fire in the Monongahela National Forest. The report crews are working on ...

US regulators OK Atlantic Coast, Mountain Valley pipelines

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A divided panel of federal regulators granted approvals Friday evening for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley natural gas pipelines, major East Coast projects. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's authorization had been widely ...

West Virginia child killed in driveway accident

COTTAGEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia sheriff says a 3-year-old boy was killed when a visitor to the boy's home ran over him while backing out of the driveway. Multiple media outlets report Braxton Conley died Thursday night. Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs said some people had come ...

2 charged with arson in West Virginia

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Police have arrested two people in West Virginia accused of burning down a home to claim the insurance money. WCHS-TV reports 27-year-old Joseph Hager and 31-year-old Lorie Burdette face charges of first-degree arson, burning insured property and two counts of ...

WVU to offer major in sports and adventure media

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University's Reed College of Media has developed a new undergraduate major focusing on sports and adventure media. According to the university, WVU's big-time college sports and the state's outdoors make it a destination for sports and adventure ...

Some think lavender could be West Virginia’s next cash crop

By RUSTY MARKS, The State Journal HERNSHAW, W.Va. (AP) — Travis Troutman points to a fuzzy little lavender start planted next to a lump of coal, struggling to grow on an abandoned mine site near Kanawha State Forest. "That's a finite resource," he says, indicating the black lump sitting on ...

2 killed after SUV crashes into mower on highway

RIPLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Two people have died and one person has been injured after authorities say an SUV crashed into a West Virginia Division of Highways mower on a highway. News outlets report that the Thursday morning crash in Jackson County caused the vehicle to catch fire, killing two ...

Local owner of WeRateDogs Twitter account debuts new book

By JENNIFER GARDNER, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Imagine dropping out of college to rate dogs on Twitter as a full-time job. Well, 20-year-old Matt Nelson quite possibly has the most adorable, "hckin cute" job ever. That's Matt's assertively innocent way of saying ...

EPA says more testing needed at West Virginia site

MINDEN, W.Va. (AP) — Federal environmental regulators say they have again found signs of potentially troubling levels of toxic contamination at a former mining equipment operation in West Virginia. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or ...