West Virginia News

3 found alive inside West Virginia coal mine

CLEAR CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — Three people missing since last weekend were found alive Wednesday in an underground coal mine in West Virginia, authorities said. The three were located Wednesday inside Elk Run Coal's Rock House Powellton mine near Clear Creek, the state Office of Miners' Health, ...

West Virginia governor appoints friend to Supreme Court

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lifelong friend of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was appointed to the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to fill the seat of convicted former Justice Allen Loughry. Justice made Raleigh County Circuit Judge John A. Hutchison his third ...

Confederate plaque removed from West Virginia courthouse

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A plaque honoring Confederate soldiers has been removed from a West Virginia courthouse. The Journal reports the Jefferson County Commission voted 3-2 last week to remove the plaque and it has been taken down. Officials have been discussing the plaque's future ...

Minority affairs office official: no plans to step down

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The executive director of an office charged with reviewing research on policies that disproportionately affect minority populations says she doesn't plan to step down after a coalition of about 30 members of progressive and racial justice groups held a press ...

West Virginia’s Manchin gains key role on energy panel

By ELANA SCHOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — West Virginia's Joe Manchin will become the Democrats' top member on the Senate energy committee, giving the coal-state lawmaker a prominent position to shape policy. Manchin's prospective ascension to the top Democratic spot on the energy ...

Person shot, killed at park and ride in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A person has been killed at a park and ride in West Virginia. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office tells news outlets that a group of people were meeting to exchange goods at the park and ride Tuesday around 12:30 a.m. A sheriff's office statement says an altercation ...

Judge issued warning over refusal to do same-sex weddings

KEYSER, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge has agreed to stop presiding over marriages altogether rather than officiate for same-sex couples. The West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission issued a warning to Mineral County Judge Lynn Nelson after receiving a complaint from Fairness ...

Ex-high school soccer coach sentenced for sex with teen girl

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former Ohio high school soccer coach has been sentenced by a West Virginia judge for having a sexual relationship with a player. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports 23-year-old Trent Stanley was ordered Monday to serve three to 15 years in prison on four ...

West Virginia projects draw $40M in US transportation grants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia highway projects have been awarded a total of $40 million in federal grants. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the grants Tuesday. The funds come from a program to support infrastructure projects across the country. A total of $1.5 ...

Search expands for 3 missing at West Virginia mine

CLEAR CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — Workers are removing water and pumping fresh air into a nonoperational coal mine in West Virginia as they search for three people stuck inside. The state Office of Miner's Health, Safety and Training said Tuesday that a man who emerged on his own from the ...

West Virginia has registered 29,000 students to vote

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Among the more than 92,000 new voters in West Virginia in the last 20 months, Secretary of State Mac Warner says there are more than 29,000 high school students. Warner said in a news release that the November election is the first general election in which all of ...

Ex-Miss Kentucky charged with sending nude photos to student

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Miss Kentucky who is a teacher in West Virginia has been charged with sending nude pictures to a 15-year-old former student. News outlets report that 28-year-old Ramsey Bearse was arrested Friday and charged with four felony counts of distributing or ...

Treatment facility for drug-addicted mothers opens in W.Va.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A residential treatment facility has opened in West Virginia for new and expectant mothers suffering from drug addiction along with their children. Health care provider Marshall Health opened Project Hope for Women and Children on Thursday in Huntington. Marshall ...

Police: Skeletal remains found in West Virginia home

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police say skeletal remains have been found in a rental home in Weston, West Virginia. Authorities said the Weston Police Department was notified on Nov. 28 that someone thought they found human skeletal remains in the residence. Officers who responded collected the ...

Teachers watching health insurance task force closely

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Teachers are watching closely as a task force studying fixes to a health insurance program for West Virginia public employees prepares to finalize its recommendations. American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia President Fred Albert told the Charleston ...

New WV House speaker’s ties to gas highlight legislative ethics loopholes

Editor’s Note: This article was produced in partnership with the ProPublica Local Reporting Network. By KEN WARD JR. and KATE MISHKIN Charleston Gazette-Mail House Speaker Roger Hanshaw makes a point during a Judiciary Committee meeting in 2017, when he was the lead sponsor of ...

Virginia pastor accused of molesting girl in West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a Virginia pastor has been accused of molesting a girl in West Virginia. The Harrison County Sheriff's Office tells The Exponent Telegram that 76-year-old Daniel Houston Shafer is jailed in Dublin, Virginia and that he's waived extradition. Detective ...

West Virginia Public Broadcasting chief named

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Chuck Roberts has been named executive director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. News outlets report the state Educational Broadcasting Authority made the announcement Wednesday. Roberts had been named interim director in April after Scott Finn left to become ...

W.Va. company sent to arbitration over health coverage clash

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered an aluminum processing company in West Virginia into arbitration over health coverage for retired employees. News outlets report U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston on Wednesday granted an injunction to prevent Constellium Rolled Products ...

West Virginia gov declares state holiday, day of remembrance

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he's giving state employees the day off Wednesday as a day of remembrance for former President George H.W. Bush. Justice made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter. The Republican governor calls Bush "a true American military ...