W.Va. News

Police: West Virginia man faked own kidnapping to get money

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a West Virginia man is accused of faking his own kidnapping in order to get money from his family. WBOY-TV reports Monongalia County sheriff's deputies arrested 24-year-old Preston Smith of Morgantown. Deputies say Smith allegedly sent a text message and ...

Amid review, West Virginia higher ed system taps new chief

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An interim chancellor has been appointed for West Virginia's higher education system as it undergoes a review. West Virginia University Institute of Technology President Carolyn Long was appointed Tuesday at a special meeting in Charleston to lead the Higher ...

Appalachian region looks to Asia to revive economic hopes

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A slice of Appalachia along the Ohio River still struggling decades after losing manufacturing jobs in the steel, aluminum and glass industries to overseas competition is looking to Asia to revive the region's fortunes with a more pliable product — plastic. A ...

Retiree obsessed with building the perfect fishing rod

By JOHN McCOY, Charleston Gazette-Mail SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Randy Hively has built some nice fishing rods, but he's never built a perfect one. "That's what keeps me building them," said Hively, who took up the pastime 11 years ago and hasn't slowed down since. "Every time I build a ...

Marshall’s medical school adds urology department

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University's medical school says it has established a new urology department. The school of medicine and its faculty practice plan, Marshall Health, have been providing urology services since 2005 under the school's department of surgery. But school ...

Lawmakers mulling impeachment will resume investigation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia legislators who are considering impeachment proceedings against the state Supreme Court will resume their investigation. Judiciary Committee Chairman John Shott said in a news release Thursday that members of the House of Delegates Judiciary ...

West Virginia mom sues alleged pill mill over fatal overdose

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — The mother of a man who overdosed in West Virginia is suing a pain management clinic that federal prosecutors say was run as a pill mill. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Inez Lewis filed her lawsuit on June 29, four months after 12 people involved in the Hope ...

Miss West Virginia returns to hometown for July 4th

By CHARLES BOOTHE, Bluefield Daily Telegraph PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — Madeline Collins of Princeton had never entered a beauty pageant before winning the title of Miss Tri-State when she was a student at West Virginia University last year. That win, followed by a 2nd runner-up finish in the ...

Deputies say 17-year-old drowned in West Virginia river

CLENDENIN, W.Va. (AP) — Deputies say a 17-year-old has drowned while trying to swim across a river in West Virginia. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office identified the boy who drowned Thursday in the Elk River in Clendenin as Cody A. McCallister of Elkview. The sheriff's office says ...

Police: Man pulled knife on group in West Virginia church

COOL RIDGE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia police have arrested a Georgia man they say pulled a knife on a missionary group in church after he was asked to silence his cellphone. According to The Register-Herald in Beckley, a criminal complaint shows 26-year-old Bernard B. Edmond of Decatur, ...

Ex-West Virginia health CEO charged with harassing successor

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia hospital system's former CEO faces a misdemeanor charge of sending emails and mail to his old employer to harass his successor. According to local news reports, a criminal complaint says ex-Mon Health System CEO Darryl Duncan also sent mail to former ...

West Va. governor asks for federal help after storms

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is seeking a major disaster declaration from the federal government for flooding and wind damage in eight counties. State officials have done a preliminary damage assessment that totaled about $4.5 million in eligible costs and ...

Commission to examine college funding, sustainability

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The president of West Virginia University will preside over Gov. Jim Justice's commission that'll examine college funding and sustainability. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Justice said Monday that the "Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education" would ...

Fire marshal: West Virginia museum fire likely accidental

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) — The fire marshal in West Virginia says a fire that heavily damaged the Point Pleasant River Museum was likely accidental. News outlets report the fire broke out Sunday in the Point Pleasant community. No injuries were reported. Authorities say more than 100 ...

West Virginia city’s housing authority bans smoking

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The housing authority of a West Virginia city has banned smoking at all its properties, including public housing units. The Herald-Dispatch reports the Huntington Housing Authority has banned smoking at its administrative offices, company-owned vehicles, common ...

New judge appointed to vacant West Virginia Circuit Court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Daniel W. Greear to a vacant judicial position. Greear fills a vacancy in the 13th Judicial Circuit Court created when Judge James Stucky retired. Greear most recently served as chief of staff for House of Delegates ...

Woman sentenced to life in prison in 2011 death of daughter

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman convicted of killing her 3-year-old daughter who disappeared in 2011 has been sentenced to life in prison plus 40 years. Lena Lunsford-Conaway, 35, was sentenced Monday to life in prison for murder of a child by refusal or failure to provide ...

Report urges merging governing boards of 4 colleges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A report looking at higher education in West Virginia has recommended merging the governing boards of Bluefield State College, Concord University, Glenville State College and West Virginia State University. The report labels those four schools "medium risk to high ...

Trump hails ‘American heroes’ who helped US win independence

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press STERLING, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump wished America a happy Fourth of July holiday Wednesday and reserved special praise for the "American heroes" whose sacrifice he said helped the nation win her independence 242 years ago. Trump tweeted a ...

West Virginia State using gift to establish learning center

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University says it will establish a learning center for students in the education department after receiving a significant financial commitment from a 1950 alumnus. University officials say the learning center will bear the name of Fred D. Thomas ...