W.Va. News

A guide to the May 8 primary election in West Virginia

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Candidates in West Virginia's May 8 primary are hoping for the chance to earn their party's nominations for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House or the Legislature. Early voting in West Virginia runs from April 25 through May 5. Here is a ...

Group dedicates 50th wooden bridge built for flood survivors

IVYDALE, W.Va. (AP) — A disaster response group says it has completed its 50th private bridge in West Virginia as part of a rebuilding project after severe flooding in recent years. The West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, or VOAD, and its partners celebrated the ...

Arizona teachers vote for statewide walkout to protest pay

By MELISSA DANIELS, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona teachers have voted to walk off the job to demand increased school funding, marking a key step toward a first-ever statewide strike that builds on a movement for higher pay in other Republican-dominant states. A grassroots group ...

West Virginia University seminar set on climate change, food

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A Cornell University researcher will be at West Virginia University for a seminar on the effects of climate change on food supplies. WVU says Michael Hoffmann will lead the discussion Tuesday on topics including the basics of climate change, how changing climate ...

Army probing fatal shooting of soldier from West Virginia on Louisiana base

FORT POLK, La. (AP) — The U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Command is investigating the killing of an 18-year-old soldier at Fort Polk in Louisiana. News outlets report Private Jacob S. Malcolm of Hedgesville, West Virginia, was fatally shot on April 12 in a residence at the ...

Locations picked for hearings on insurance funding solution

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A task force subcommittee has chosen 22 locations across West Virginia to hold public hearings on an insurance program for West Virginia teachers and other public employees. A public outreach subcommittee of the Public Employees Insurance Agency task force met ...

Ex-Massey CEO Blankenship claims trial documents withheld

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — Convicted former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship claims documents that would have assisted his defense weren't made available to his attorneys before his trial and he's asking a federal court to vacate his misdemeanor conviction. Blankenship made the claim in a ...

West Virginia man who was shot by sheriff’s deputy dies

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has died 10 days after being shot by a sheriff's deputy. Lt. R.G. Waybright II of the Harrison County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that 59-year-old Raymond Lyle Bell of Reynoldsville died Sunday at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital. No ...

Citing opioid crisis, feds seek rule change for drugmakers

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Drugmakers would be required to identify a legitimate need for controlled substances to justify their production under a proposed rule change intended to rein in the diversion of drugs for illicit purposes, the Drug Enforcement ...

Dozens arrested in drug bust in Huntington

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dozens of people were arrested Tuesday in a major drug trafficking sweep in Huntington, West Virginia, a city hit hard by the opioid epidemic. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said more than 200 federal, state and local law enforcement ...

Trump approves federal disaster declaration in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a federal disaster declaration in West Virginia for severe storms in February. The White House announced the approval Tuesday for public assistance for 21 of the state's 55 counties and for hazard mitigation for the entire ...

Marshall University hosting Earth Day celebration Wednesday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University's Sustainability Department is again hosting an Earth Day celebration on Wednesday. The event promotes sustainable living practices and works to educate Marshall students and the public about local programs and activities. Included will be ...

West Virginia governor declares flooding state of emergency

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency for 10 counties where heavy rainfall has caused flooding. Justice's office said in a news release Monday that some locations are being evacuated. The State Emergency Operations Center has been ...

Empty CSX coal train derails in West Virginia; no one hurt

THURMOND, W.Va. (AP) — CSX says an empty coal train has hit a rock slide and derailed in southern West Virginia. No injuries were reported. The company says in a news release the train heading to Hutchinson derailed about 9:30 a.m. Monday near Thurmond in the New River Gorge. CSX says 10 of ...

Hospital sues over $168K in unpaid medical bills for inmate

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's prison system is being sued over $169,000 in unpaid medical bills for an inmate's 19-day hospital stay more than a year ago. According to the lawsuit, 61-year-old Arthur Edens "sustained serious injuries" at the South Central Regional Jail a day after ...

Audit targets 2 West Virginia Supreme Court justices

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia Supreme Court justices may have violated state Ethics Act provisions that prohibit using public office for private gain, according to an audit released Monday. Justices Allen Loughry and Menis Ketchum ignored ...

Trial begins for mother in daughter’s death in West Virginia

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A woman who reported her 3-year-old daughter missing in West Virginia struck the girl in the head before putting her to bed, placed the body in a hamper the next day and left it in a wooded area, a prosecutor and a witness said at the start of the woman's murder trial ...

Voter registration deadline arrives in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The deadline to register to vote in next month's primary election in West Virginia has arrived. Tuesday is the last day for state residents to register if they want to vote on May 8. Residents can register in person at their county clerk's offices, the secretary of ...

Meeting set with Amtrak over West Virginia’s New River Train

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A meeting is set with Amtrak officials to work toward keeping the New River Train service going in southern West Virginia this fall. Congressman Evan Jenkins and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin say they've arranged the meeting on Tuesday. Media outlets report it will be held ...

Marshall, WVU law school launch consumer rights project

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is launching a joint project with West Virginia University College of Law to provide consumer-related information for people in West Virginia. Each school received $1 million to implement the programs. The Joint Consumer Assistance Project was ...