W.Va. News

Gov. Justice signs budget with teachers’ raises earmarked

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has approved a $4.6 billion state budget that has money earmarked for a potential teachers' pay raise. Justice says he signed the fiscal year 2020 budget on Thursday. State lawmakers passed the budget earlier this month, setting aside ...

Robotic surgery now common at West Virginia hospital

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — There's no substitute for a pair of steady hands honed with tens of thousands of hours in the operating room. But since the da Vinci surgical system was approved for use in 2000, hospitals around the world have found the skilled hands of their surgeons can now ...

W.Va. gov to announce plan to repair secondary roads

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice is set to announce a plan to speed up repairs on secondary roads in West Virginia. The Republican governor is scheduled to lay out his plan Wednesday, just days after firing his transportation secretary. Justice says secondary roads aren't being ...

West Virginia mayor to resume annual neighborhood walks

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The mayor of a West Virginia city is resuming his annual neighborhood walks in an effort to motivate residents to become more active. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams plans to kick off his "Walks with the Mayor" series on March 18 in the city's Westmoreland ...

Volunteers sought to drive W.Va. disabled vets to hospitals

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is seeking volunteer drivers for a partnership to transport disabled veterans to hospital medical appointments. State Veterans Assistance Secretary Dennis Davis tells The Herald-Dispatch the volunteers are needed at least one day per month for the ...

Dates added for West Virginia education forums

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia education officials have announced additional dates for public forums as part of preparations for an upcoming special legislative session. The first of seven forums will be held March 18 at Cabell Midland High School. The Department of Education says ...

Trial set for man accused of killing, dismembering woman

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial date has been set for a West Virginia man accused of killing a woman whose body he hid in pieces. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports jury selection in the trial of 75-year-old Argie Lee Jeffers Sr. is set to start in July. Jeffers was charged with murder ...

West Virginia gov fires transportation secretary

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has fired state transportation secretary and highways commissioner Tom Smith. Justice announced Smith's firing in a brief statement Sunday. The governor says he wants "a new direction" for the department, including "a return to the ...

W.Va. regular session ends, overtime on education looms

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia legislature ended its regular session Saturday and is now moving into a legislative overtime where lawmakers plan to debate teacher raises and other education measures that launched strikes this year and ...

Widow of W.Va. miner settles lawsuit over fatal explosion

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The widow of a West Virginia coal miner who was among 29 men killed in the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion has settled a lawsuit against the federal government for $550,000. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Carolyn Diana Davis recently settled the lawsuit ...

Nominations open for W.Va. volunteer service awards

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Governor's Service Awards. The awards honor individual and group volunteers in communities. Gov. Jim Justice says in a news release residents can submit nominations by a May 17 deadline to Volunteer West Virginia on its ...

Search continues in 2007 disappearance of Pennsylvania woman

CHESTER, W.Va. (AP) — The FBI is trying to solve the 12-year-old disappearance of a Pennsylvania woman who vanished after leaving West Virginia casino. The FBI in Pittsburgh says in a statement Karen S. Adams of Independence Township, Pennsylvania, went to the nearby Mountaineer Casino ...

Extra session looms on W.Va. schools as wary teachers watch

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is poised to return to the center stage of a national wave of teacher unrest as lawmakers go into overtime to debate pay raises and other measures that spurred strikes this year and last. Union leaders and ...

Coal miner killed in accident at West Virginia mine

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say a 38-year-old coal miner has died in an accident. The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training said preliminary information indicates Adam DeBoard of Craigsville died of head injuries he suffered in a fall from a highwall ...

2 killed in fire in West Virginia home

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Investigators in West Virginia say two people have died in a house fire. The state fire marshal's office says in a news release that remains believed to be that of a 73-year-old man were recovered after the fire Tuesday in Clay County. A 60-year-old woman injured in ...

Bill to allow W.Va. schools to host military funerals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill that would let West Virginia schools host funerals has been sent to the governor. The House of Delegates unanimously gave final passage to the bill Thursday. The Senate approved it earlier. Putnam County Sen. Glenn Jeffries sponsored the bill after the ...

West Virginia lab to eliminate backlog of untested rape kits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety says the state is set to eliminate its backlog of untested rape kits this year. News outlets report the state launched an initiative in 2015 to start testing its nearly 2,400 shelved rape kits, some ...

Sentencing set for ex-W.Va. Supreme Court justice

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice is due in court for sentencing for using a state vehicle and gas fuel card for a golf trip to Virginia. Ex-Justice Menis Ketchum's sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday in federal court in ...

Bill to allow concealed carry on W.Va. campuses fails

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Legislation to allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry guns on West Virginia college campuses has been defeated. The Senate judiciary committee voted Tuesday night by a narrow margin to keep the measure from going to the full Senate. The House of ...

HIV cluster confirmed in West Virginia county

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia heath officials say an active HIV cluster has been confirmed in Cabell County. A statement from the West Virginia Department of Public Health says there are 28 known cases, primarily among intravenous drug users. Officials told The Herald-Dispatch the ...