W.Va. News

WV teachers union says it will sue over charter school bill

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A sweeping West Virginia GOP education bill that allows the creation of charter schools violates the state Constitution, according to a teachers union that plans to sue over the legislation. The West Virginia Education ...

West Virginia working to bring back bobwhite quail

HOLDEN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wildlife officials are hoping to bring back the bobwhite quail, which disappeared from the state in the late 1970s thanks to a combination of habitat destruction and harsh winters. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports , wildlife officials think the birds are ...

Miners worried about pay during Blackjewel coal bankruptcy

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Some Virginia miners for the coal company Blackjewel LLC say their paychecks are bouncing and they remain out of work as the company goes through bankruptcy proceedings. The Roanoke Times reports some workers say they're unsure if they still have jobs after reportedly ...

Foul play not indicated in death of man found by W.Va. creek

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say they have found a dead man in a wooded area near Deckers Creek. Morgantown police say they found the man Wednesday morning after responding to a report of an unresponsive man at the Deckers Creek Rail Trail near Elk Street. He was ...

Loaded handgun found in woman’s bag at West Virginia airport

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration says officers stopped a West Virginia woman with a gun in her carry-on bag at Yeager Airport. The TSA on Wednesday said the woman told officers she forgot she had the loaded .357-caliber handgun on her when she tried to get ...

Investigators scour scene of Bahamas chopper crash for clues

By NATALIE SCHACHAR and TRAVIS LOLLER Associated Press Accident investigators in the Bahamas are going well below the surface of the water to try to figure out what went wrong in the moments before a helicopter crashed after takeoff and killed seven people, including West Virginia coal magnate ...

Experts warn of ‘dead zone’ in Chesapeake Bay from pollution

By DAVID McFADDEN Associated Press CONOWINGO, Md. (AP) — When the Conowingo Dam opened to fanfare nearly a century ago, the massive wall of concrete and steel began its job of harnessing water power in northern Maryland. It also quietly provided a side benefit: trapping sediment and silt ...

Biologist uses tiny radios to track endangered crayfish

By JOHN McCOY, Charleston Gazette-Mail undefined PINEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Standing in the shallows of a rushing mountain stream, Nicole Sadecky held a radio receiver up to her ear and listened for a faint signal. "I hear one," she said, gesturing toward a flat rock just under the water's ...

2 killed, 3 injured when SUV flips on I-95 in Virginia

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia men have died and three others were injured after their SUV crashed on Interstate 95 in central Virginia. Virginia State Police said Saturday that a 2004 Ford Explorer ran off the shoulder and hit a guardrail Friday afternoon on the northbound ...

Researchers hoping to reduce water use at power plants

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Researchers at West Virginia University are testing an idea to help save freshwater resources by combining wastewater from power plants with wastewater from fracking. The Dominion Post reports the power industry is the biggest water user in West Virginia. Nationally, ...

Flash flooding in parts of West Virginia from severe storms

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — Severe weekend thunderstorms caused flash flooding that knocked homes off their foundations and washed out roads in several mountainous counties of West Virginia, prompting Gov. Jim Justice to announce plans Sunday to declare a state of emergency in the region. The ...

Heirloom corn connects distillery to area history, flavor

HARMAN, W.Va. (AP) — Still Hollow Distillery isn't close to any interstate exit. It's in Randolph County, West Virginia, not far from the Pendleton County line, and it's nestled in the high Allegheny mountains. You can only get there by driving curvy two-lane roads. And like many former ...

Marshall University moving forward on aviation program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is eying a fall 2021 start date for new aviation programs. According to The Herald-Dispatch , Marshall's board of governors voted Friday on an intent to plan two new degrees in aviation sciences to train commercial airplane and helicopter ...

West Virginia man sentenced in theft from ex-employer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to one year and six months in federal prison for stealing $135,000 from a former employer. Fifty-eight-year-old Robert Casdorph of Charleston was sentenced last week for mail fraud. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart says in a news ...

NASA to hold formal ceremony to rename W.Va. facility

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — NASA is holding a formal ceremony to rename a West Virginia facility after a mathematician whose calculations helped astronauts return to Earth. The ceremony is set for Tuesday in Fairmont for the Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation ...

West Virginia Senate passes GOP charter school bill

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate passed a sweeping GOP education bill Monday that would allow the state's first charter schools, a move that has drawn heavy protests from teachers. Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled chamber approved ...

National Weather Service assessing damage in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The National Weather Service says it will be surveying storm damage in West Virginia. News outlets report a storm system passed through the Charleston area Monday evening knocking down trees and power lines and leaving more than 20,000 Appalachian Power customers ...

Human remains found in southern West Virginia

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police say human remains have been found in Mercer County. First Sgt. J.K. Cooper is district commander of the Princeton and Welch police detachments. He says the remains were initially found Thursday in an area near the Virginia state line and ...

WV Parkways Authority to place guardrail on fatal stretch

CAMP CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Parkways Authority says guardrails will be installed on either side of an 8-mile stretch of Interstate 77 where 12 have died as vehicles cross over the median on the hilly road. Parkways Authority manager Greg Barr says the interstate near Camp ...

State Farm sponsoring Courtesy Patrol along W.Va. Turnpike

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Vehicles that help stranded motorists along the West Virginia Turnpike now have a sponsor. The West Virginia Parkways Authority announced Tuesday that State Farm is sponsoring the Courtesy Patrol program along the 88-mile stretch from Charleston to Princeton. The free, ...