West Virginia News

21 states sue Trump administration over new coal rules

By DON THOMPSON and ADAM BEAM Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of 21 Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with California's governor saying the president is trying to rescue an ...

HIV cases in West Virginia county rise to 71

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say the number of HIV cases in Cabell County has risen to 71. The state Department of Health and Human Resources posted the figure on Monday, saying the virus has spread primarily among intravenous drug users. The cluster, tracked since ...

Ex-West Virginia correctional officer convicted in drug plot

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia correctional officer has pleaded guilty in a scheme to smuggle methamphetamine into jail. John Edward Roach II entered the plea in federal court in Charleston to possession with intent to distribute meth. Court records show an inmate asked ...

Former WV teacher to serve time for student sexual assault

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia teacher is going to prison on accusations she had a decade-long relationship with a former student and eventually had children with him. Ohio County Judge Michael Olejasz's office says the Wheeling Park High School teacher, 42-year-old Elizabeth ...

West Virginia delegate resigns to take lobbying job

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Del. Jason Harshbarger is resigning from the legislature to become a lobbyist for Dominion Energy. The Republican from Ritchie County submitted a resignation letter to the speaker of the House of Delegates on Wednesday. He'll leave his post Aug. ...

Judge approves sale of Blackjewel coal assets

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has approved Contura Energy's bid for three mines owned by the bankrupt Blackjewel coal company. A Blackjewel spokesman said U.S. District Judge Frank Volk in West Virginia approved the sale Tuesday. The deal still needs the federal government's ...

Worker dies after electric shock at West Virginia coal mine

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say an electrician has died after an electric shock at a coal mine in West Virginia. The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says the worker died around 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Kanawha Eagle South Hollow Preparation Plant. The ...

City to forgive tickets in exchange for school supplies

SPENCER, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city is offering to forgive unpaid parking tickets in exchange for school supplies. The city of Spencer announced the deal Tuesday on Facebook. The city of Wheeling earlier this summer initiated the same program. It says it will clear the parking ...

Sheriff: 10-year-old hospitalized after crashing stolen car

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say a 10-year-old boy stole his family's sedan and crashed into a pickup truck, severely injuring himself. Mercer County Sheriff's Deputy L.L. Addair tells news outlets that the boy suffered a broken arm and severe head injuries in the ...

West Virginia bar has license suspended after fatal shooting

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A fatal shooting occurred outside a West Virginia bar Sunday, prompting the suspension of its liquor license. News outlets report The Hot Corner Bar will have its license suspended as of Monday for 10 days. Gary "Gig" Robinson is the communications director for the ...

West Virginia mayor presents plan for vacant buildings

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The mayor of West Virginia's capital city wants to try out new ways to deal with vacant and abandoned properties that have drawn the ire of residents. Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin on Monday announced the introduction of two bills that would increase fines on vacant ...

West Virginia man sentenced in discharge of untreated sewage

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to five years' probation and fined $24,000 for violating permits and discharging untreated sewage from his treatment plant. U.S. Attorney Bill Powell's office said 56-year-old Timothy Peer of Springfield owned Mountainaire ...

Police: Man charged for shooting after pot deal gone wrong

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say a man has been charged for shooting a gun at a car after he was robbed during a marijuana deal gone wrong. The Charleston Police Department says Monday that Brandon Scott Woodfell has been charged with wanton endangerment. Authorities say ...

Man pleads guilty to killing West Virginia teen

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A white man accused of killing a black teen in West Virginia nearly three years ago has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. News outlets report 65-year-old William Ronald Pulliam entered the plea Monday in Kanawha County on what would have been his first day of ...

Wounded West Virginia trooper kills fugitive in gunfight

POCAHONTAS COUNTY, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia state trooper has killed a man who shot him during a pursuit in the woods. The West Virginia State Police on Tuesday says Trooper First Class J.M. Tallman was airlifted to a hospital. Officials say the man first fired a rifle ...

Markers recalling South’s racist past placed near monuments

ATLANTA (AP) — New markers are now in place, adding context to some of Atlanta's divisive Old South monuments that harken back to the Civil War. Two markers were installed Friday in Atlanta's Piedmont Park, in front of the 1911 Peace Monument commemorating post-Civil War reconciliation. The ...

W.Va. governor lowers flags for National Guardsman funeral

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice is ordering flags to half-staff for a West Virginia National Guard sergeant who died last month. The Republican governor says U.S. and state flags at the Capitol will be lowered Friday for the funeral services of William "Billy" Friese. The ...

Missing West Virginia girl found in Texas, father arrested

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a 4-year-old West Virginia girl has been found unharmed in Texas and her father has been arrested more than a week after she was reported missing. A U.S. Marshal's Service news release says Gracelynn June Scritchfield was found Thursday in Pecos, Texas. ...

Man gets diversion deal in drugged car crash with young son

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A man accused of overdosing on hydrocodone and crashing into a West Virginia McDonalds with his young son in the car has pleaded guilty to felony child neglect. The Dominion Post reports 36-year-old Matthew Dulin accepted an 18-month pretrial diversion Tuesday, which ...

Local railroad model draws international interest

By EMILY D. COPPOLA Bluefield Daily Telegraph PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A local replica is drawing people from across the globe even while in progress. The work-in-progress railroad model, at the Princeton Railroad Museum, has already drawn in thousands of guests. Measuring at a whopping 22 ...