West Virginia News

West Virginia Senate to meet on bill OK’ing charter schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate is set to take up a sweeping education bill that would allow the state's first charter schools. The Republican-controlled chamber is scheduled to reconvene Monday at 5 p.m. as part of the special legislative session. The wide-ranging GOP ...

W.Va. center helps children harmed by addiction

By BISHOP NASH The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — How substance use disorder impacts a child's growth — directly or otherwise — remains an emerging science, even as many of those born in the crisis years of the nationwide opioid epidemic now reach toddlerhood. For those whose ...

MSHA report delves into death of West Virginia miner

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Mine-safety regulators say a West Virginia mining death occurred because the mine operator didn't identify the place where the miner was standing as an area that should be avoided. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says the operator also didn't train ...

HIV cluster rises to 53 cases in West Virginia county

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health officials say the number of HIV cases in Cabell County has risen to 53. The Herald-Dispatch reports the total increased by four cases in the past four weeks and nine cases in the past nine weeks. The cluster has spread primarily among ...

Study: Scouts reserve responsible for millions in revenue

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A new study says a Boy Scouts reserve funnels millions of dollars in revenue into West Virginia each year. The West Virginia University Bureau of Business Economic Research study says the Boy Scouts of America's Summit Bechtel Reserve in Fayette and Raleigh counties ...

Case delayed for mom who accused Egyptian man of kidnapping

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A court appearance has been delayed for a West Virginia woman charged with falsely reporting that an Egyptian man tried to kidnap her daughter from a shopping mall. The Herald-Dispatch reports 24-year-old Santana Renee Adams was scheduled to appear Monday on the ...

West Virginia education bill advances as teachers protest

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republicans in the West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday advanced a sweeping education proposal to allow the state's first charter schools after a similar Senate bill sparked massive teacher protests at the state ...

2 Missouri casinos, 1 West Virginia casino to be sold

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two Missouri casinos will be getting new owners. VICI Properties Inc. and Century Casinos Inc. are acquiring the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau and Lady Luck Casino in Caruthersville. The companies also are buying Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in ...

West Virginia schools getting 3D printers, tech devices

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Robert C. Byrd Institute is giving 3D printers and other technology to more than 30 middle and high schools across West Virginia. Huntington-based RCBI says in a news release that the move is aimed at promoting innovation among agricultural educators and ...

W.Va. drops in national study of children’s well-being

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A national report on the well-being of children shows West Virginia has dropped in the rankings among the states despite improving its overall health and social factors. The Kids Count report released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks West Virginia 43rd ...

Bet responsibly? A struggle for some as sportsbook ads widen

By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The tagline makes the solution sound so simple: "Gamble responsibly." It's anything but for those who struggle with compulsive gambling. Instead, the footnote caps a powerful new temptation as ads for sports betting emerge in states ...

West Virginia Senate passes broad GOP education bill

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate on Monday passed a Republican education plan that would allow the state's first charter schools, reigniting a debate that helped start a teacher strike earlier this year . Lawmakers in the GOP-controlled ...

City ordinance aims to curb abortion protesters

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's capital city has passed an ordinance aimed at curbing protests at abortion clinics. News outlets report the Charleston City Council voted 21-5 on Monday to approve restrictions on approaching people as they enter health care facilities. The law ...

Bond reduction nixed for W.Va. woman accused of decapitation

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A request for reduced bond has been denied to a woman charged in West Virginia in the death of a man who was decapitated. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports 42-year-old Roena Cheryl Mills' request to reduce her $200,000 cash-only bond was denied Thursday. Mills is ...

West Virginia lottery winner asks to remain anonymous

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say the winner of a $2 million lottery in West Virginia has asked to remain anonymous. State Lottery Director John Myers on Monday announced that the Mega Millions drawing prize has been claimed. He says the winning ticket was purchased at a truck stop in ...

Principal: I accidentally plagiarized Ashton Kutcher speech

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia principal accused of plagiarizing Ashton Kutcher in an address to his school's graduating class says he didn't mean to use someone else's work. The News and Sentinel reports Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss issued a statement Wednesday ...

Free guided hikes set for Saturday in parks across W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — National Trails Day is being celebrated with free guided hikes in West Virginia forests and parks. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that National Trails Day events will be held Saturday at more than a dozen spots across the state. Kanawha State Forest is holding ...

West Virginia governor appoints new judge in McDowell County

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a new judge to the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court, which serves McDowell County. Edward J. Kornish, of Welch, is set to fill the seat that will be vacated by Judge Booker T. Stephens upon his retirement from the bench, ...

Trooper charged in beating was previously cleared by agency

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia trooper federally charged in the beating of a teenager was previously cleared of wrongdoing in the case by his department. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a recently released West Virginia State Police internal investigation says Trooper Michael ...

Critics say FCC report overstates broadband availability

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission's broadband report is being hammered by critics who say it paints too rosy a picture of high-speed internet availability in the U.S. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia joined two ...