W.Va. News

100 million people affected by East Coast’s deep freeze

By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — About 100 million people faced a new challenge after the whopping East Coast snowstorm: a gusty deep freeze, topped Saturday by a wind chill close to minus 100 on New Hampshire's Mount Washington that vied for world's coldest ...

Polar plungers brave icy waters to bring in the new year

By WENDY HOLDREN, The Register-Herald of Beckley FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — It was "far and away" the coldest year yet for the Fayette Station Polar Plunge, but the well-below-freezing temperatures didn't stop a couple dozen locals from taking part in the New Year's Day tradition. After ...

Dominion-SCANA merger could mean pipeline expansion

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy's planned merger with a South Carolina energy company could open the door for an expansion of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, both supporters and opponents of the natural gas project say. In a conference call about ...

West Virginia judge suspended for code of conduct violations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge has been suspended for 45 days without pay for violations in two cases in which the defendants died. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled this week to suspend Kanawha County Magistrate Jack Pauley. The ...

Jobless rates rise in all 55 West Virginia counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unemployment rates rose in all 55 West Virginia counties in November. WorkForce West Virginia says Jefferson County's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 3 percent was the lowest in the state, followed by Doddridge, Monongalia and Pendleton counties at 3.4 ...

Man, woman arrested after baby found unresponsive

MULLENS, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say a 10-month-old baby was found unresponsive and that the child's mother and live-in boyfriend have been arrested. Wyoming County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy J. White tells WVVA-TV that the infant remains on life-support. He says ...

West Virginia man named Caribbean relief group board chief

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia public relations firm owner has been named board president of a relief organization serving the Caribbean. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Charleston resident Mike Plante takes over for Steve Merritt at Bahamas Habitat. Merritt, of Cary, North ...

Appalachia underground natural gas storage clears 1st test

By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Plans for an underground natural gas liquids storage hub pegged as a major job creator for the chemical industry in struggling Appalachia have cleared their first big hurdle. The Appalachia Storage & Trading Hub initiative ...

Pennsylvania coal mine to close, costing nearly 400 jobs

MT. MORRIS, Pa. (AP) — A mining company is closing its Pennsylvania coal mine over the next few months and shedding nearly 400 jobs. The Observer-Reporter newspaper reports that Dana Mining notified Pennsylvania on Tuesday of its decision to close 4 West Mine. The Morgantown, West ...

Agency to monitor W.Va. utility tax changes in new law

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Public Service Commission of West Virginia wants to know how privately owned utilities in the state will be impacted by the new federal tax law. In a release, the commission says it has directed all privately owned electric, gas, water, sewer and solid waste ...

Feds employ data-driven early warning system in opioid fight

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The pain clinic tucked into the corner of a low-slung suburban strip mall was an open secret. Patients would travel hundreds of miles to see Dr. Andrzej Zielke, eager for what authorities described as a steady flow of prescriptions for the ...

Girls Who Code club explores computer science at high school

By BISHOP NASH, The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — To the uninitiated, nothing in the block of text and symbols on Madelin Mozafari's screen would indicate she had just formed a picture of a tomato using JavaScript, save for the words "tomato" and "stem" hidden away ...

West Virginia declares state of emergency over jail staffing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency over short-staffing at jails. An executive order by Justice authorizes the secretary of Military Affairs and Public Safety to use the West Virginia National Guard to help keep watch over juvenile and adult lockups ...

Fayetteville restaurant thinking big with oversized pizza

By JENNIFER GARDNER, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Finding the perfect ingredients and recipe at Big Dam Pizza was never the problem. The struggle was finding boxes big enough to hold a 30-inch pie. So, the restaurant settled and reduced its pizzas to 28 inches when they ...

User fee increases to $3 in West Virginia’s largest city

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A weekly user fee paid by people who work in Charleston has gone up to $3. Charleston finance director Joe Estep tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail the user fee that increased from $2.50 on Monday will bring in an additional $1.3 million this year. Estep says the fee ...

West Virginia woman accused of embezzlement

KENOVA, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say a woman has been arrested on charges that she used another woman's money for her own benefit. Media outlets report Kenova police arrested 35-year-old Karry Ann Spears of Prichard on Saturday on five counts of embezzlement and two counts of ...

West Virginia man found dead in frigid weather identified

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia have identified a man who was found dead on a porch in frigid weather. Charleston police Chief Steve Cooper tells WOWK-TV the victim found Sunday was identified as 52-year-old Clyde Chester Parsons of Charleston. Neighbors say the man was ...

West Virginia leads nation in drug overdose death rate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia still leads the nation in the rate of drug overdose deaths. The Register-Herald reports the latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows the age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths in West Virginia is 52 per 100,000 in 2016. Ohio ...

West Virginia officials wary of Bombardier trade dispute

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — State officials are expressing hope that a trade dispute over Canadian aircraft won't affect hundreds of people working at the company's service center in West Virginia. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that about 400 people work at Bombardier's commercial ...

New Fairmont State U. president had long journey from Cuba

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Mirta Martin's journey to West Virginia has been long. She was recently named the next president of Fairmont State University. But before that, she escaped from communist Cuba, lived in a Spanish convent and immigrated to the United States without her parents. "I ...