W.Va. News

West Virginia police chief on leave after domestic dispute

HINTON, W.Va. (AP) — A police chief in West Virginia accused of domestic violence is on paid leave for the next month. The Register-Herald reported Thursday that the Hinton City Council voted to allow Hinton Police Chief Derek Snavely to use 28 vacation days for the leave. He may return to ...

Mayor of West Virginia capital gets achievement award

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The mayor of West Virginia's capital has been granted a lifetime achievement award just months before he leaves the role he's held since 2003. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Charleston Mayor Danny Jones was presented Thursday with a West Virginia Municipal ...

Bond sale approved for West Virginia parks improvements

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Economic Development Authority has approved the sale of up to $80 million in excess lottery revenue bonds to pay for repairs, maintenance and improvements to state parks. Gov. Jim Justice says the action will lead to a "major modernization" of ...

2 men accused of sexually assaulting woman at gunpoint

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia men are accused of sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint in Beckley. The Register-Herald reports 46-year-old Timothy Darnell Harris Jr. and 50-year-old Michael Brent Ritter were arrested this week on charges including sexual assault and conspiracy. ...

Lawmakers impeach all 4 W.Va. court justices over spending

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers completed the extraordinary move of impeaching all four state Supreme Court justices Monday night for spending issues, including a suspended justice facing a 23-count federal indictment. The state House of ...

Power companies file settlement agreement with PSC

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power have filed a settlement agreement seeking to use tax reform funds to offset fuel and vegetation management costs, allowing customer rates to remain stable for two years. The companies said in a news release that the agreement was ...

Woman, boyfriend charged in her 2-year-old son’s death

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police say a 2-year-old has died and that his mother and her boyfriend were arrested in his death. Sgt. M.D. Clemons tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph the boy died Friday morning after being on life-support at a Charleston hospital. Clemons says ...

White House called toxins contamination ‘PR nightmare’

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press HORSHAM, Pa. (AP) — Lauren Woeher wonders if her 16-month-old daughter has been harmed by tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets, firefighting foam and fast-food wrappers. Henry Betz, at ...

Lawmakers ask for harsher drug laws after crash near park

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are calling for harsher drug laws following a possible overdose-related car crash that stopped feet away from a playground. Sen. Mike Woelfel, D-Cabell, tells The Huntington Herald-Dispatch that he wants to create a "punishment that fits the ...

West Virginia man sentenced in fatal burning of girlfriend

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who admitted to setting his girlfriend ablaze in front of her daughter and niece has been sentenced to life in prison. The Register-Herald reports a judge ordered Monday no mercy for 48-year-old Dwayne Michael Lane, meaning he won't have the ...

City councilman, WVU professor relieved of teaching duties

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The deputy mayor of Morgantown has been relieved of his teaching duties at West Virginia University after police were called to his home for a noncriminal matter. The Dominion Post reports Mark Brazaitis has been banned from West Virginia University's campus except ...

State archaeologists gather to unearth causes of declining participation

Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Archaeological Society has not published an annual journal in seven years, and last year, for the first time in its 68 years of existence, failed to have an annual meeting due to a lack of speakers willing to give presentations ...

West Virginia’s two technology parks paving the way to the future

Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nearly everyone has heard of California’s Silicon Valley and North Carolina’s famed Research Triangle Park. But other innovative research communities can be seen in virtually every region of the country. They may not be as big or well-known ...

Federal officials halt Atlantic Coast pipeline construction

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal officials have ordered that construction be halted on the Atlantic Coast pipeline, days after a federal appeals court threw out two key permits for building the 600-mile natural gas pipeline. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced the order in a ...

New members inducted in West Virginia aviation honor groups

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame and Wall of Valor have inducted four new members. The West Virginia Airport Managers Association said an installment ceremony was held this week in Clarksburg. The Hall of Fame inducted Samuel J. Frankman and James R. ...

West Virginia judge sworn in as Supreme Court justice

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia circuit judge has been sworn in to serve as a temporary state Supreme Court justice during the suspension of Justice Allen Loughry. A statement from the court says Cabell County Judge Paul T. Farrell was sworn in Friday in a ceremony at the Supreme ...

Man freed from prison as new DNA test casts doubt in slaying

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Defense attorneys say a man imprisoned for roughly 12 years for a woman's 2002 killing in West Virginia has been released as an investigation continues into newly discovered evidence casting doubt on his and three other men's guilt. The Herald-Dispatch reports ...