West Virginia News

Few West Virginians signed up for health insurance plans as deadline nears

By ERIN BECK Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Friday is the final day for West Virginians to buy health insurance during open enrollment on the federal health insurance marketplace, found at Healthcare.gov. Few West Virginians — about 10,000 — had selected plans, ...

Composting idea garners West Virginia couple $10,000 Bedrock Grant

By FRED PACE The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The husband-and-wife team of Chasten and Jaye Toler of Huntington are local gardeners and recyclers who were recently awarded the 2017 Bedrock Grant of $10,000 for their proposal to create an organic food waste hauling program ...

WVU shifts staffing following radio shutdown

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University says it installed an interim general manager of the student-run U92 radio that was temporarily shut down from a job action by student workers on Thursday. School officials say while their investigation continues, assisted by an outside ...

West Virginia agency OKs funds for school building projects

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia School Building Authority has voted to fund $59.1 million in facilities projects statewide. Monday's vote includes construction and renovation projects for public school systems in 22 counties. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports $49.2 million comes ...

Woman dies in house fire in West Virginia

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A fire official says a woman has died in a house fire in West Virginia. Media outlets report the fire broke out Saturday at a home in Parkersburg. Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews says the fire was put out quickly and the woman's body was found in a living ...

Water company offers tips to protect home in cold weather

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia American Water is advising homeowners to make sure they prevent household pipes from freezing as temperatures turn cold. In addition to insulating walls and pipes and draining sprinklers, the water company says when temperatures drop, open cabinet doors ...

West Virginia University partners with coding group

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University has become a regional partner of a network that works to provide computer science education opportunities to students in kindergarten through high school. The university's Center for Excellence in STEM Education announced last week it was ...

Captured inmate returned to West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An inmate who escaped and later was caught in a river trying to swim from Texas to Mexico has been returned to West Virginia. According to Southwestern Regional Jail records, 38-year-old Todd Boyes of Caldwell, Ohio, was booked into the jail in Holden on Sunday ...

WVU student radio station shut by job action

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University officials say the job action by student workers at WWVU radio has shut down the student-run station and could jeopardize its license if it continues. School officials say they reached out to the students and met with key members and that the ...

Ex-coal magnate Blankenship jabs at Jenkins, Manchin

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In an interview about running for the U.S. Senate from West Virginia, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is jabbing at incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins. Blankenship, whose filing was received Friday, is running as a ...

Kentucky lawyer who vanished pleads not guilty to escape

By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky lawyer who vanished for six months to elude prison time in a Social Security fraud case now faces a much harsher sentence that could put him behind bars for the rest of his life, his attorney acknowledged Wednesday. Eric ...

Regulators want more information on pipeline

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another state permit needed for a proposed natural gas pipeline in eastern North Carolina is being slowed. The state Department of Environmental Quality asked Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers this week for more information for an air quality permit for a compressor ...

Police: Man in stolen vehicle dies in West Virginia crash

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say a man driving a stolen vehicle was killed when he crossed the center line and struck another vehicle in Charleston. Kanawha County Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Humphreys says in a news release that 20-year-old Joseph William Dustin of St. Albans ...

West Virginia turkey hunters take fewer birds

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wildlife officials say hunters killed 948 turkeys during the 2017 season, only 54 percent of the birds taken last year. The Division of Natural Resources says the number was 23 percent below the five-year average. Mike Peters, the division's game ...

West Virginia weighs permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia environmental regulators Wednesday announced two public hearings on issuing a construction stormwater permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would carry natural gas southeast from the center of the state. The 600-mile pipeline would extend almost ...

Votes by citizen legislators sometimes have personal benefit

By LIZ ESSLEY WHYTE and RYAN J. FOLEY, Center for Public Integrity and Associated Press A recent change in Iowa's tax code spared Mark Chelgren's machine shop, welding company and wheelchair-parts plant from paying sales tax when buying certain supplies such as saws and cutting fluid. The ...