W.Va. News

West Virginia has registered 29,000 students to vote

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Among the more than 92,000 new voters in West Virginia in the last 20 months, Secretary of State Mac Warner says there are more than 29,000 high school students. Warner said in a news release that the November election is the first general election in which all of ...

Ex-Miss Kentucky charged with sending nude photos to student

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Miss Kentucky who is a teacher in West Virginia has been charged with sending nude pictures to a 15-year-old former student. News outlets report that 28-year-old Ramsey Bearse was arrested Friday and charged with four felony counts of distributing or ...

Treatment facility for drug-addicted mothers opens in W.Va.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A residential treatment facility has opened in West Virginia for new and expectant mothers suffering from drug addiction along with their children. Health care provider Marshall Health opened Project Hope for Women and Children on Thursday in Huntington. Marshall ...

Police: Skeletal remains found in West Virginia home

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police say skeletal remains have been found in a rental home in Weston, West Virginia. Authorities said the Weston Police Department was notified on Nov. 28 that someone thought they found human skeletal remains in the residence. Officers who responded collected the ...

Teachers watching health insurance task force closely

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Teachers are watching closely as a task force studying fixes to a health insurance program for West Virginia public employees prepares to finalize its recommendations. American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia President Fred Albert told the Charleston ...

New WV House speaker’s ties to gas highlight legislative ethics loopholes

Editor’s Note: This article was produced in partnership with the ProPublica Local Reporting Network. By KEN WARD JR. and KATE MISHKIN Charleston Gazette-Mail House Speaker Roger Hanshaw makes a point during a Judiciary Committee meeting in 2017, when he was the lead sponsor of ...

Virginia pastor accused of molesting girl in West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a Virginia pastor has been accused of molesting a girl in West Virginia. The Harrison County Sheriff's Office tells The Exponent Telegram that 76-year-old Daniel Houston Shafer is jailed in Dublin, Virginia and that he's waived extradition. Detective ...

West Virginia Public Broadcasting chief named

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Chuck Roberts has been named executive director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. News outlets report the state Educational Broadcasting Authority made the announcement Wednesday. Roberts had been named interim director in April after Scott Finn left to become ...

W.Va. company sent to arbitration over health coverage clash

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered an aluminum processing company in West Virginia into arbitration over health coverage for retired employees. News outlets report U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston on Wednesday granted an injunction to prevent Constellium Rolled Products ...

West Virginia gov declares state holiday, day of remembrance

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he's giving state employees the day off Wednesday as a day of remembrance for former President George H.W. Bush. Justice made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter. The Republican governor calls Bush "a true American military ...

W.Va. gov makes public employee insurance recommendations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A task force subcommittee studying fixes to a health insurance program for West Virginia public employees has forwarded recommendations made by Gov. Jim Justice to the full committee. The recommendations made by Justice on Tuesday would give employees in counties ...

Site of 2014 West Virginia chemical spill to be auctioned

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The former site of a company that spilled chemicals into a West Virginia river is going up for auction. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Monday the former Freedom Industries site will be available at an auction next week. A chemical known as Crude MCHM spilled ...

Ex-WVU interim president to leave nearly $1M to school

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A former interim president of West Virginia University is leaving nearly $1 million to the school in his will. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that C. Peter Magrath announced the gift Nov. 14 during the university's second annual Day of Giving. Magrath served as ...

17 apply for Loughry’s seat on West Virginia Supreme Court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Seventeen people have applied for a vacancy on the West Virginia Supreme Court following the resignation of Justice Allen Loughry. Gov. Jim Justice's office released the list Tuesday. Interviews are scheduled for Dec. 11. Among the applicants are Kanawha County ...

Police: Woman’s remains recovered 35 years after slaying

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say they have recovered the remains of a slain woman last seen in 1983. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin announced Monday that authorities located the remains of 21-year-old Leslie Diane Marty last ...

Police: Man flees from officer, arrested in chest-deep creek

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A court filing says a West Virginia man ran from the back seat of a police officer's cruiser and jumped into a creek before he was apprehended in the chest-deep water. The Exponent Telegram quotes the criminal complaint as saying 22-year-old Daniel Matthew Brown was ...

‘hillbilly:’ Documentary draws discussion of regional portrayal

By MATT COMBS The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — Interweaving historical footage, modern-day interviews and familial interactions in eastern Kentucky, the recently released documentary “hillbilly” shows the complexity of the people of Appalachia against the single-minded, often ...

WVU showcase focuses on sustainable economic development from natural gas

WVU Today MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — As an energy-producing state that has experienced its share of boom-bust cycles, West Virginia has struggled to create an energy economy with stable, good paying jobs for its residents. The Center for Innovation for Gas Research and Utilization at West ...