West Virginia News

Capito says she can’t support GOP health care bill

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito announced Tuesday that she can't support the Senate's health care overhaul after Republican leaders postponed a vote until at least next month. She said the bill as ...

West Virginia University team wins rocket competition

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A team from West Virginia University won first place in the rocket-launching competition in New Mexico. The university's Experimental Rocketry team captured first place in the 10,000-foot launch category at the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition. The ...

West Virginia attorney general sues charter bus company

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general has asked a state judge to shut down a charter bus company saying it failed to refund nearly $18,000 for two canceled field trips. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says Cav's Coach Company LLC, based in Cross Lanes, and owner ...

West Virginia counties’ public school systems granted $6.7M

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The board of West Virginia's School Building Authority has voted to distribute about $6.7 million to 10 county public school systems that requested the "major improvement project" grant money. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the board gave final approval after ...

6 arrested at Charleston office of Sen. Capito

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Six people demanding Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito vote against the Senate GOP leadership's proposed health care overhaul have been arrested at her office in Charleston. Organizers say the six, all Capito constituents, arrived about 11:30 a.m. Monday and ...

Sheriff: Man arrested, stabbed another in West Virginia

CROSS LANES, W.Va. (AP) — A man accused of stabbing a man at a West Virginia gas station has been arrested. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a Kanawha County Sheriff's Office statement says 24-year-old Dustin Fields faces a felony charge of wanton endangerment. Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. ...

Committee holding 4th meeting on coal dust exposure

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A committee looking at how decisions are reached on controlling coal miners' exposure to coal dust will meet this week in West Virginia. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee is assessing the effectiveness of monitoring and sampling ...

Flags to be lowered for former West Virginia delegate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has ordered that state flags be lowered Tuesday on state buildings at the West Virginia Capitol Complex and in Monroe County, home of former Delegate Mary Pearl Compton. Groves Funeral Home says Compton died Wednesday in Fairlea after a long illness. ...

Marshall University to fire professor in kickback scheme

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The termination process has begun for a university professor who recently pleaded guilty to tax fraud charges in connection with a kickback scheme involving the West Virginia Department of Transportation. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that a Marshall University ...

US rig count rises this week by 8, to 941; W.Va. unchanged

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by eight this week to 941. A year ago, just 421 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 758 rigs sought oil and 183 explored for natural gas this week. Among major ...

Flint Group Pigments to close West Virginia plant

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Flint Group Pigments is shuttering a West Virginia manufacturing facility because of a decline in demand for a dye used in printing ink. The Herald-Dispatch reports about 50 people will lose their jobs when the Huntington plant closes. The company says the facility ...

Owner of West Virginia drug treatment clinic arrested

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The owner of a West Virginia drug treatment center has been arrested after allegedly issuing a bad check to an employee. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that New Beginnings Drug Treatment Center owner William Mucklow was charged with failing to compensate ...

National Weather Service confirms West Virginia tornado

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Officials have confirmed that a tornado touched down in northern West Virginia as the remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy passed through the state. The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh said the tornado in Monongalia County had a rating of EF1 , with maximum ...

Sanders joining Midwest bus tour against Senate health bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is traveling to Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia this weekend to urge fellow senators to oppose Senate health care legislation and retain the Affordable Care Act. The former Democratic presidential candidate is joining a MoveOn.org bus ...

Oklahoma, West Virginia officials, others dispute California climate claim

By KEN MILLER and KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials from Oklahoma and more than a dozen other states have sent two letters to California's insurance commissioner, asking that he stop pressing insurance companies to publicly disclose fossil fuel investments and ...

West Virginia: Cindy’s remnants raise flood threat

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Heavy rain from the remnants of a tropical storm is expected late Thursday in West Virginia and a flash flood watch has been issued for most of the state, where 23 people were killed in flooding last June. The National Weather ...

Police find body in shallow grave, 2 charged

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police say detectives searching for a missing person found a body in a shallow grave at a Kentucky residence and took two people into custody. Kentucky State Police said in a statement that their investigation began Wednesday when a West Virginia sheriff asked for ...

$3M federal funding for West Virginia broadband

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says $3 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help to provide broadband access in Barbour, Randolph and Upshur counties. According to Capito's office, the grant will be matched with ...

West Virginia man faces prison for gun possession

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A 32-year-old West Virginia man could face up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to illegal gun possession in federal court. Authorities say Matthew E. Boone, of Clarksburg, pleaded guilty to the single charge. According to prosecutors, Boone was previously ...

Hearings start in West Virginia drug wholesale lawsuit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The first hearing has been held in a lawsuit involving drug wholesale distributors accused of fueling West Virginia's heroin epidemic. Local news outlets report that Tuesday in Charleston a legal team for several West Virginia counties argued damages are necessary ...