W.Va. News

88-year-old woman with ‘rotting’ leg dies, 3 charged

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say an elderly West Virginia woman found living in deplorable conditions with a "rotting" leg along with two children has died. News outlets report Charleston police were called to a hospital Monday after 88-year-old Norma Dunlap was admitted with "signs ...

Woman arrested after leaving baby with power company workers

RIPLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A woman in West Virginia is accused of handing her 1-year-old son over to American Electric Power workers and walking away. Twenty-eight-year-old Maya Green is charged with child neglect. State Police Sgt. K.M. Gilley tells WSAZ-TV that Green may have been on drugs when ...

Oldest person in US dies; Pennsylvania woman was 114

HUNTINGDON, Pa. (AP) — A 114-year-old Pennsylvania woman who was the oldest person in the United States has died, according to a funeral home. The Robert D Heath Funeral Home in Mount Union said that Delphine Gibson died Wednesday. Lessie Brown, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 113, is now ...

Incumbent Manchin has financial edge in US Senate race

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia enters the general election campaign with a huge financial advantage as he prepares to defend his seat in November against Republican Patrick Morrisey. Morrisey, a two-term state attorney general, ...

Landowners fight pipeline in case headed to US appeals court

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — George Jones was against the Mountain Valley Pipeline from the start. The natural gas pipeline is routed to run through the southwest Virginia farm his family has owned for seven generations. The 88-year-old Navy veteran never ...

AEP subsidiaries propose rate increase in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two American Electric Power subsidiaries in West Virginia are proposing a rate increase that would boost residential customers' bills by nearly $15 each month. Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power filed a request with the state Public Service Commission on Wednesday ...

106-year-old town votes to dissolve incorporated status

MATOAKA, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia town of Matoaka has voted to end its status as an incorporated municipality. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports nearly two dozen of the town's about 220 residents voted for the dissolution Tuesday. Three people voted to keep the incorporated status. ...

West Virginia board OKs school rebuilding plan after floods

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education has approved a plan to replace several Nicholas County schools after 2016 floods. Media outlets report the board Wednesday passed the proposal offered by a mediation team. It would rebuild Richwood Middle and High schools at ...

Marshall University adding 5 to Journalism Hall of Fame

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communication will induct five new Hall of Fame members this fall. Betsy Alderman is a 1979 graduate and earned a master's degree from the school in 1981. She headed the University of Tennessee at ...

Trump says ‘great night’ after ex-con loses WVa primary

By STEVE PEOPLES and JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican voters rejected ex-convict Don Blankenship in a West Virginia Senate primary in which he sold himself as "Trumpier than Trump" but was vigorously opposed by Trump himself. GOP voters in Indiana, meanwhile, ...

Ojeda tops US House race for Dems

By JOHN RABY and JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Richard Ojeda won his party's nomination in the 3rd Congressional District in West Virginia on Tuesday, while state Delegate Carol Miller narrowly emerged from the crowded Republican field for ...

3 Republican West Virginia state senators fall in primaries

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three incumbent Republican state senators in West Virginia lost in primary contests on Tuesday, setting the table for November elections in which the GOP seeks to protect a 22-12 Senate majority and 64-36 lead in the House. On Tuesday, Rep. Bill Hamilton defeated ...

Things to know: National GOP breathes easy in W.Va.

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Key takeaways after voters in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia — all states won in 2016 by Donald Trump — picked nominees for Senate, House and some state offices ahead of the November general ...

Residents of West Virginia city may see higher sewer rates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An increase in sewer rates has been approved by a West Virginia city council. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports sewer rates are expected to rise 16 percent in Dunbar after the City Council approved raising them during a meeting Monday. Mayor Bill Cunningham says ...

2 West Virginia seniors named 2018 Presidential Scholars

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia high school students have been named 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars. They are Brady D. Hanshaw of Sissonville High School in Kanawha County and Vinitha Joseph of Morgantown High School. A total of 161 high school seniors around the country were ...

Families hoping for justice in suit over 1968 mine disaster

By DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Nearly half a century after an explosion tore through the Farmington No. 9 mine in West Virginia, the families of the 78 men who died there are still looking for justice. Many of the children of the lost miners are now ...

Trump urges West Virginia voters to reject Blankenship

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is urging West Virginia voters to reject a former federal convict and coal baron running in the Republican Senate primary, arguing that Don Blankenship he would lose the general election. Trump tweets on Monday: "To the great people of West Virginia ...

West Virginia family featured in CNN’s ‘Anthony Bourdain’

By GREG JORDAN, Bluefield Daily Telegraph WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Anticipation built up last Sunday evening as Linda and Bob McKinney watched their television and waited for a special show to come on. Thanks to a guest they had over for dinner last October, millions of people were about to visit ...

Service held for victims of 1927 coal mine disaster

By JIM BISSETT, The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Henry Russell knew he was going to die, as he crouched in the damp and the smoke and the darkness. So he did the only thing he could. He tore a scrap off a paper bag of concrete, picked up a chunk of coal, and scrawled a message to ...

Police: 2 die in West Virginia; carbon monoxide suspected

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say two people have died in a suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at a home near Martinsburg. Media outlets report the bodies of a man and his adult daughter were found Saturday at their home in Baker Heights. Baker Heights Fire Capt. Adam ...