W.Va. News

West Virginia man charged in 1981 death of 7-year-old boy

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A man has been charged in the 1981 slaying of 7-year-old Conrad Roger "C.R." Diaz. News outlets report convicted sex offender William Clyde Jeffries said at his Wednesday hearing that he doesn't want a life sentence and wants to get treatment. Outlets report Harrison ...

West Virginia House passes bill clarifying bail practices

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill to change how bail is set for certain misdemeanor cases. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports House Bill 4511, which passed 94-4 Thursday, would require defendants for certain misdemeanor cases to be released on ...

NTSB: Truck hit by GOP train was on tracks after warning

By DENISE LAVOIE and HEIDI BROWN, Associated Press CROZET, Va. (AP) — Witnesses told investigators that a garbage truck struck by a train carrying Republican congressmen through rural Virginia entered the railroad crossing after the safety gates had come down, the National Transportation ...

West Virginia teacher walkouts still expected Thursday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — With teachers and some other public workers planning a statewide walkout Thursday and Friday over pay and benefits, many schools around West Virginia have announced plans to close temporarily. Teachers have held rallies decrying low pay, small proposed increases ...

West Virginia House votes for net cuts in state rules

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House has voted 84-14 for legislation requiring state agencies to propose cutting two old rules whenever they adopt a new one. The legislation, which goes next to the Senate, says when agencies submit a new or revised rule to the Legislative ...

West Virginia medical board to recommend smokable pot

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's medical marijuana board will recommend that state lawmakers allow patients who meet certain requirements to buy smokable forms of the drug. The board met Tuesday afternoon and also plans to recommend that legislators increase or remove a cap on the ...

WVU examines crosswalks after 2 pedestrians struck

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University officials are examining the crosswalks around the Morgantown campus following two accidents where pedestrians were hit. Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Rob Alsop said they have begun working with municipal authorities on ways to ...

WVU researcher sees shooter status threat in mass killings

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University researcher says there likely will be more mass shootings at U.S. schools and that apparent underlying issues include shooters' perceived threat to their "masculine status" and their sense of entitlement. WVU's Research Center on Violence ...

West Virginia superintendent says teacher walkout unlawful

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — With teachers and other public workers planning a statewide walkout Thursday and Friday over pay and benefits, Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine says they deserve more but work stoppages by public employees are unlawful in West Virginia. In a statement Tuesday, ...

West Virginia Supreme Court cancels trip to Morgantown

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has canceled its annual trip to Morgantown scheduled for next week and will hear cases in Charleston instead that day. The court said in a news release that the two cases were scheduled for Tuesday at West Virginia University College ...

Grand jury to see case of man accused of shooting officer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The case of a Tennessee man accused of shooting a West Virginia police officer is being sent to a grand jury. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Charleston Detective Richard Basford testified at a hearing for Bryan Lee Ogle, of Tennessee, Tuesday. He says Montgomery ...

West Virginia city may end recreation centers if bill passes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mayor says he may close his city's recreation centers or disallow school programming in them if a Senate gun bill becomes law. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Charleston Attorney Paul Ellis says Senate Bill 244 appears to allow guns in ...

Judge refuses to delay hearing on pipeline land acquisition

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to postpone a hearing in a lawsuit brought by developers seeking possession of land in several Virginia counties for a controversial pipeline project. Atlantic Coast Pipeline is seeking possession of several properties in Augusta, Bath, ...

Authorities: At least 2 juveniles accused of school threats

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say at least two juveniles have been identified for allegedly posting social media threats aimed at a West Virginia high school. Fayette County school officials acknowledged they were informed of "threatening Snapchat messages" that circulated through ...

West Virginia House panel backs more insurance funding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — With teachers and other public workers planning a statewide walkout Thursday and Friday over pay and benefits, West Virginia's House Finance Committee has advanced legislation that would dedicate part of annual budget surpluses to help fund their health ...

Librarian of Congress giving presentation at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will be making a presentation at Marshall University this week, and the school says its satellite libraries will operate on a modified schedule for the day. The schedule changes for Wednesday are to allow library faculty and staff ...

FirstEnergy plans to close power plant if no buyer found

ST. MARYS, W.Va. (AP) — FirstEnergy says if it doesn't find a buyer for a West Virginia coal-fired power plant, it will close the facility at the beginning of next year. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that deactivating the Pleasants Power Station in Willow Island would affect about 190 ...

Couple foster a response to children of an epidemic

By WENDY HOLDREN, The Register-Herald of Beckley ANSTED, W.Va. (AP) — Seated on a plush sofa under a cursive sign that says "family," Christy and Brian Beaver cradle 7-month-old identical twins. One boy, one girl. The little girl gently tugs on Brian's white and gray beard, while the little ...

Michael Baylous confirmed as US marshal in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia state police lieutenant has been confirmed as U.S. marshal for the Southern District of West Virginia. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says the Senate confirmed Michael T. Baylous for the post. He was nominated by President Donald Trump last ...

Flooding leads to state of emergency in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has issued a state of emergency for West Virginia's 55 counties due to flooding. Justice issued the state of emergency early Saturday after heavy rain triggered flooding in multiple locations. The National Weather Service says rain mixed with snow ...