West Virginia News

4 WVU Mountaineer mascot candidates to compete in finals

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Four finalists have been selected for the chance to become West Virginia University's next Mountaineer mascot. The university says the finalists will participate in a cheer-off competition Monday night at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown during the men's basketball ...

EQT gas company to pay $53M to settle lawsuit over royalties

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Court documents say the second-largest natural gas producer in West Virginia will pay $53.5 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit over royalty payments to residents and businesses. News outlets report the deal's terms were unsealed Wednesday. ...

Safety board makes recommendations after W.Va. tank car leak

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal safety board has issued five recommendations after a 2016 liquid chlorine leak from a railroad tank car that injured eight people in West Virginia. The National Transportation Safety Board announced the recommendations Thursday after completing an ...

Raccoon killed by 2 dogs in W.Va. tests positive for rabies

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials in West Virginia say a raccoon that was killed by two dogs in the Cheat Lake area has tested positive for rabies. The Dominion Post reports the Monongalia County Health Department says in a news release the raccoon was killed Feb. 7. A state lab ...

University seniors begin campaign to ‘Beautify the Bell’

By EDDIE TRIZZINO, Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Though it hasn't been rung in some time, the Victory Bell is still an identifying landmark of Fairmont State University's campus. With the bell now entering its 80th year on campus, Raychel Fitzwater noticed that it could use an ...

Feds requiring regional response teams to oil train wrecks

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal transportation officials are requiring railroads to establish regional response teams along oil train routes following a series of fiery derailments. The new rule announced Thursday is aimed at having crews and equipment ready ...

Library presents major show of objects in Wheeling’s history

By LINDA COMINS, The Intelligencer WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The Wheeling 250 observance is providing a perfect opportunity for the Ohio County Public Library to showcase many treasures from its large archival collections. Wheeling 250 is a year-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of the ...

Police: Man grabbed woman’s buttocks, punched her husband

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man is accused of grabbing a woman's buttocks, punching her husband, ripping her shirt and burning her with hot coffee. The Exponent Telegram reported Wednesday that David Alexander Gabbert has been charged with felony malicious assault and ...

Mountain Valley Pipeline subject of criminal probe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia. The natural gas pipeline's parent company said in recent corporate filings with the SEC that it has been informed by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western ...

Guard fired, inmate charged following accidental release

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) — A supervisor for a Kentucky detention center has been fired following an investigation surrounding the accidental release of an inmate. Boyd County Jailer Bill Hensley says the guard — whose name is not being released — did not follow proper release protocol that ...

Dozens speak against education bill in West Virginia

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dozens of speakers crammed two public hearings Monday to speak against a complex education bill in West Virginia that teachers unions claim is retaliation for a nine-day strike last year. Teachers, parents, education and union ...

Antero agrees to $3.15m fine in W.Va. pollution settlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Colorado-based natural gas producer has agreed to pay a $3.15 million civil penalty to resolve pollution violations at 32 drilling sites in West Virginia. The U.S. Department of Justice says in a news release the agency and the West Virginia Department of ...

W.Va. lawmakers listen to comments on campus carry bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers have heard public comments on legislation that would require colleges to allow people who have concealed weapons permits to carry weapons on campuses. The House judiciary committee held a public hearing on the bill Monday. Concord Police ...

West Virginia man fatally shot by police near city hall

MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say an early morning altercation near Montgomery city hall led to an officer fatally shooting a man on the sidewalk. WCHS-TV reports that the man was identified Monday afternoon as 34-year-old Eric Young of Montgomery by the Kanawha County ...

Equipment breakdowns prompt probe of city’s fire department

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The mayor of Huntington, West Virginia, has ordered an investigation into the equipment protocols of the city's fire department after its ladder trucks and rescue boats broke down. The Herald-Dispatch reports Mayor Steve Williams announced the probe on Monday during ...

W.Va. unions OK possible work action against education bill

FLATWOODS, W.Va. (AP) — Union leaders say West Virginia teachers and other public employees have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a statewide work action if needed against complex education legislation making its way through the Legislature. Leaders of the West Virginia Education ...

West Virginia company develops breakthrough tech for NASA

By ERIC HRIN, Times West Virginian WHITE HALL, W.Va. (AP) — Scott Zemerick watched a simulated flight of NASA'S SLS (Space Launch System) play out on a TV screen. He gestured toward the video as it showed the rocket going through the stages of its flight. The simulation was part of a press ...

Commission OKs increase for West Virginia American Water

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Water and sewer rates are going up for West Virginia American Water Co.'s residential customers. WCHS-TV in Charleston reports the state Public Service Commission approved the increases Friday in an agreement with the company. The PSC said in a news release the ...

Towing vessel sinks on Ohio River between Ohio, W.Va.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a towing vessel has sunk on the Ohio River between Ohio and West Virginia. The Coast Guard said in a release Friday night that all three crewmembers aboard the towing vessel Ed McLaughlin are reported in stable condition at a local hospital. ...

Complex education bill goes before W.Va. House committee

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An education bill being considered by a West Virginia House of Delegates committee would remove some components of Senate legislation that were opposed by teachers' unions. The House education committee conducted a two-hour question-and-answer session Wednesday. ...