West Virginia News

Justice: 6 Dems, no Republicans, join in private budget talk

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Only six legislators, all Democrats, showed up in response to Gov. Jim Justice's invitation to meet Wednesday behind locked doors to resolve the state budget crisis, according to the governor's office. The first-year Democratic governor said ...

3 West Virginia schools superintendent finalists named

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state Board of Education is set to meet to interview three finalists for state schools superintendent. The board plans to meet Thursday in Charleston and interview each finalist privately. The finalists are former state schools Superintendent Steve Paine, ...

2 Detroit men fatally shot at home in northern West Virginia

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Police in northern West Virginia say two Detroit men have died in a shooting at a home in Fairmont. Media outlets report Fairmont Police Chief Steve Shine identified the victims in a news release as 31-year-old Jemiez Weathersby and 21-year-old Earnest Cole Jr. Shine ...

Drug firm seeks to dismiss McDowell County pain pill suit

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — A major prescription drug distributor is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging the company fueled West Virginia's opioid epidemic with excessively large shipment of painkillers. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2no3nUC ) an attorney for ...

2 appointed to West Virginia Board of Education

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has filled two vacancies on the state Board of Education. Justice announced the appointments Wednesday of Frank Vitale of Morgantown and Jeffrey Flanagan of Charleston. Vitale is the human resources officer for Keylogic Systems, a ...

West Virginia Senate weights hike in video lottery wager

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Senate has begun advancing legislation to increase the maximum wager to $5 for a single video lottery game. The bill approved by the Senate Finance Committee also would set the state share of gross profits from limited video lottery revenues at 50 ...

Justice asks panel to limit legislators’ special session pay

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has made two appointments to the Legislative Compensation Commission, which he has asked to limit West Virginia lawmakers' pay to five days for any special session needed to pass a state budget. According to the governor's office, the commission has ...

Students get first look at WVU Beckley campus

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Potential and current students at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology have gotten their first look at the school's new campus in Beckley. The Charleston Gazette-Mail ((http://bit.ly/2mXF2mt ) reports dozens of students walked around campus and toured ...

Elkins sewing center sending dresses to Africa

BY LYDIA RHODES, The Inter-Mountain ELKINS,W.Va. (AP) — More than 100 dresses made by the Elkins Sewing Center and local volunteers will be given to children living in African countries. Bonnie Scalia, a volunteer inspired by the organization Dress a Girl Around the World, acquired a grant ...

West Virginia man charged with murder in fatal overdose

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Police in Parkersburg say a resident has been charged with murder after he allegedly sold fentanyl to a man who later died of an overdose. Media outlets report police served 26-year-old David Armstrong of Parkersburg with a murder warrant last week at the North ...

West Virginia lawmakers weigh change in abortion notices

By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are reconsidering limits on the legal requirement to notify parents of an underage daughter's abortion. Under the current law, a physician other than the doctor performing the procedure can waive the requirement by ...

Bullet holes apparently cause water treatment tank to leak

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection says a leaking water treatment tank in eastern Kanawha County isn't believed to have affected drinking water and no fish kill was observed. The agency says the initial investigation indicates the leak reported ...

In Appalachia, Trump’s proposed budget has people worried

By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Crystal Snyder was trying to figure out life as a single mom when she lost her job at a West Virginia T-shirt factory. The 37-year-old had no college degree, mostly because she married at 16, divorced at 19 and had two children. Unsure ...

Justice proposes funding West Virginia Public Broadcasting

By The Associated press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has proposed continuing West Virginia Public Broadcasting's $4.6 million state funding next year, reversing his February proposal to end it. In a letter Thursday to the Legislature's Republican leaders, the Democratic ...

Reverend shows ‘ how people can bring meaning to life’

By SARAH GOODRICH, The Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — If you have gone to a local government meeting, enjoyed entertainment at Palatine Park or stopped by the local Christmas Toy Shop, you've probably noticed a gentleman named Reverend D.D. Meighen filming, recording or ...

County prosecutor resigns over mishandled case with relative

SUTTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county prosecutor has resigned and agreed to give up her law license for three years over her handling of sexual abuse allegations made against her father-in-law. Kelly Hamon McLaughlin, the Braxton prosecuting attorney since 2009, appeared Thursday in ...

Manchin: GOP replacement health care plan is bad politics

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — At a Town Hall meeting that drew 600 people, Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says the Affordable Care Act needs repair but the current plan to replace it represents bad politics by Republicans trying to keep promises to repeal the program established under ...

Sen. Joe Manchin to voters: Fight Republican health plan

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday he'll oppose any legislation that takes health care away from West Virginians and urged people to "bombard" President Donald Trump with calls and emails to halt the Republican ...

Justice proposes funding West Virginia Public Broadcasting

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has proposed continuing West Virginia Public Broadcasting's $4.6 million state funding next year, reversing his February proposal to end it. In a letter Thursday to the Legislature's Republican leaders, the Democratic governor says his administration ...

Agreement reached on ensuring inmates pay court costs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An information-sharing agreement between the state Supreme Court and the regional jail system will ensure that inmates pay their court-ordered fines and fees. The Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety announced the agreement Thursday. It will allow the ...