West Virginia News

West Virginia Gov. Justice names Mike Hall chief of staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed state Sen. Mike Hall as his new chief of staff. Justice says in a news release that the Putnam County Republican "has a reputation for being able to work with everybody.". Hall replaces Nick Casey, a former state ...

West Virginia funding announced for 3 drug treatment sites

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three substance use disorder programs in West Virginia are receiving $1.6 million in funding from the state. The funding was announced by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities. The funding ...

Judge approves settlement for Century Aluminum retirees

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge in West Virginia has approved a $23 million settlement that will provide health care benefits for retired workers at Century Aluminum. Media outlets report U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver on Monday approved the settlement reached in February, ...

Former officer pleads guilty to bribing woman with sex

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A former police officer in West Virginia has pleaded guilty to bribery in an official manner for having sex with a woman in exchange for not giving her a ticket. The Times West Virginian reports that Marcus Slauer, a former officer with the Farmington Police ...

Woman dies in West Virginia house fire

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Fire officials have released the name of a woman killed in a house fire in West Virginia. The Exponent Telegram reports Clarksburg Fire Chief Rick Scott identified the victim as 45-year-old Vanessa Jean McNemar. City fire inspector Chris Magee says Sunday's fire ...

Ex-West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Cleckley, 77, dies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Franklin D. Cleckley, the West Virginia Supreme Court's first black justice, has died at age 77, the court announced Tuesday. The court said in a news release that Cleckley died at his Morgantown home on Monday. No cause of death was given. A civil rights attorney, ...

City council moves forward with nuisance cat ordinance

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A city council in West Virginia has approved the second reading of an ordinance that would stop people within its limits from keeping cats that create a nuisance. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports the Princeton City Council unanimously approved the second reading ...

Hearings in September on West Virginia power station plan

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The public will have a chance to comment on two power companies' proposal to purchase the Pleasants Power Station in West Virginia from Allegheny Energy Supply. The Public Service Commission is holding three hearings next month. The first will be Sept. 6 in ...

West Virginia medical marijuana program board set to meet

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A board that will help develop a medical marijuana program in West Virginia is holding its first meeting. The advisory board is set to meet Wednesday at the University of Charleston. Among the topics for discussion is a work plan for the program's first year. The ...

West Virginia county to allow students out early for eclipse

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Students in at least one West Virginia county will be allowed to get out of school early to watch next week's solar eclipse. The Herald-Dispatch reports that Cabell County Schools Superintendent Ryan Saxe said at a Board of Education meeting Tuesday that parents will ...

W.Va.-based Group estimates 34,000 gallons of oil spilled off Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — An analysis of satellite imagery by a U.S.-based nonprofit organization suggests at least 34,000 gallons of oil have leaked out during a spill off the coast of Kuwait. West Virginia-based SkyTruth says satellite photos from the day of the spill off southern Kuwait show it ...

West Virginia governor family’s coal firm sues regulators

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A coal company run by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's family has sued two Kentucky regulators individually, claiming they're to blame for the company's reclamation delays that could result in $4.5 million in fines. The Courier-Journal reports that Kentucky Fuel ...

West Virginia group to call for removing Confederate statue

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia residents are planning to gather at a statue of Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson on the grounds of the state Capitol in Charleston and call for its removal. The move planned for Sunday evening comes on the heels of a violent white ...

Covered wooden bridge burns in West Virginia

PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that damaged a 160-year-old wooden bridge in West Virginia. The Exponent Telegram reports the Carrollton Covered Bridge was closed. No injuries were reported. The state Transportation Department says the wooden ...

Secessionists push for South to break away from US again

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — As 21st century activists seek to topple monuments to the 19th century Confederate rebellion, some white Southerners are again advocating for what the Confederates tried and failed to do: secede from the Union. It's not an easy ...

Fall trials set for 2 charged in killing of coal executive

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — Two men are headed to trial in the fatal shooting of a former coal executive in southern West Virginia. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that 22-year-old Anthony Raheem Arriaga of Ohio will head to trial Sept. 5 in the May 2016 death of Bennett Hatfield. Brandon ...

West Virginia officials ask 130k voters for address updates

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia secretary of state is asking more than 130,000 voters to update their address. Media outlets report that the request from Secretary of State Mac Warner's office will come in the form of postcards in the next few days. The request aims to help the ...

Contestants and chickens judged on how well they perform

By JOHN MCVEY, The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Dominick Gagum waited patiently with his grandmother, Mary Vanorsdale, Wednesday afternoon, to be called for the Berkeley County Youth Fair Junior Poultry Showmanship competition. Eleven-year-old Dominick has been a member of the Tomahawk ...

Teen Court Program would allow peers to prosecute, defend

By EVAN BEVINS, The News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The chairman of Parkersburg's Youth Advisory Committee on Monday outlined a Teen Court program he and supporters say could provide a positive alternative for students starting down a negative path. Michael Hess, a Parkersburg ...

Year after flood, entire Greenbrier River Trail reopens

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A year after flooding severely damaged the Greenbrier River Trail in West Virginia, all 78 miles of it has reopened. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the last remaining obstacle was removing debris that blocked an 11-mile section in Greenbrier County. Sam England, ...