W.Va. News

West Virginia company develops breakthrough tech for NASA

By ERIC HRIN, Times West Virginian WHITE HALL, W.Va. (AP) — Scott Zemerick watched a simulated flight of NASA'S SLS (Space Launch System) play out on a TV screen. He gestured toward the video as it showed the rocket going through the stages of its flight. The simulation was part of a press ...

Commission OKs increase for West Virginia American Water

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Water and sewer rates are going up for West Virginia American Water Co.'s residential customers. WCHS-TV in Charleston reports the state Public Service Commission approved the increases Friday in an agreement with the company. The PSC said in a news release the ...

Towing vessel sinks on Ohio River between Ohio, W.Va.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a towing vessel has sunk on the Ohio River between Ohio and West Virginia. The Coast Guard said in a release Friday night that all three crewmembers aboard the towing vessel Ed McLaughlin are reported in stable condition at a local hospital. ...

Complex education bill goes before W.Va. House committee

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An education bill being considered by a West Virginia House of Delegates committee would remove some components of Senate legislation that were opposed by teachers' unions. The House education committee conducted a two-hour question-and-answer session Wednesday. ...

W.Va. bill would allow schools to host military funerals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill that would allow schools to host military funerals has passed the West Virginia Senate. The bill approved Wednesday now moves to the House of Delegates. Putnam County Democrat Glenn Jeffries sponsored the bill after the November death of Poca High School ...

Mother pleads no contest to killing young sons

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman accused of setting fires that killed her two sons has pleaded no contest to murder charges. The Journal reports the plea means 30-year-old Molly Jo Delgado of Martinsburg neither disputes nor admits to the two murder charges, but agrees ...

Grant aimed at Civil War battlefield preservation in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The National Park Service has awarded a $614,000 grant toward preservation of 280 acres of West Virginia farmland that was the site of a Civil War battle. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the grant was awarded to the Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board and ...

West Virginia city to get sensory-friendly movie screenings

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A movie theater in Huntington, West Virginia, is set to start hosting monthly movie screenings to accommodate those with sensory needs. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports the showings at Marquee Cinemas will have open captions, softened movie volume and allow ...

W.Va. education bill sent to House committee

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A comprehensive education bill has been sent to a House of Delegates committee after a delegate unsuccessfully tried to indefinitely postpone its consideration. The Republican-led House Tuesday approved a move by Majority Leader Amy Summers to table the motion by ...

Former Delegate Mike Folk announces run for W.Va. governor

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Former West Virginia Delegate Mike Folk says he's running for governor. The Berkeley County Republican announced the campaign in an email Tuesday. Folk is an airline pilot and served three terms in the House of Delegates. He lost to Democratic incumbent John Unger ...

Official: Humming sound from Ohio plant may stop in 4 months

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county official says it may be several months until a humming sound stops drifting across the Ohio River from a manufacturing plant in Washington County, Ohio. Wood County Commission President Blair Couch tells The Parkersburg News and Sentinel that ...

Man fatally shot by police trying to serve order at his home

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer fatally shot an 80-year-old man while trying to serve a domestic violence protective order at his home in West Virginia. News outlets report Robert Matz was killed Monday morning when Clarksburg police attempted to serve the order. ...

5 ex-W.Va. firefighters charged with arson

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five former volunteer fighters in West Virginia have been charged with arson following a two-year investigation by the state fire marshal's office. The office says in a news release that the former Cabell County firefighters were charged Tuesday. The statement says ...

Education bill opposed by teachers advances to W.Va. House

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A complex education bill vehemently opposed by West Virginia teachers' unions that claim it is a payback for a strike last year has passed the state Senate by a slim margin. The bill, approved by the Republican-led Senate on Monday, ...

West Virginia tax collections fall below estimates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia revenue collections have failed to surpass tax estimates for the first time in 10 months. Gov. Jim Justice said Tuesday collections in January were $3 million below estimates, blamed on weaker-than-anticipated monthly personal income tax ...

After impeachment scandal, W.Va. court issues new policies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has issued new administrative policies following an impeachment scandal last year. The policies released Monday address state-owned computer systems, the use of purchasing cards, court-owned equipment and other assets, court travel and ...

West Virginia consumers to receive settlement funds

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands of West Virginia consumers who did business with a kitchen hardware company are being given funds from a settlement with the company. State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office said in a news release it is distributing more than $235,000 to more than ...

West Virginia doctor will pay $200K for health care fraud

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A convicted West Virginia doctor has agreed to pay more than $200,000 in restitution and penalties to a state Medicaid program. Federal prosecutors announced the settlement Monday with 71-year-old Dr. Manuel Barit, the only practicing physician at the Mullens Family ...

Fans bet on Super Bowl in multiple states for the first time

By REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Football fans bet legally on the Super Bowl from states other than Nevada for the first time Sunday, with the excitement spreading from Las Vegas to as far as Rhode Island. Sunday's big game was the first major sporting event for ...

Girls’ team expected to head home after W.Va. bus crash

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia girls' high school basketball team is expected to return home a day after its charter bus rolled over. Berkeley County School officials said in a statement 14 people taken to hospitals Saturday night were medically cleared. The bus carrying the ...