W.Va. News

Mountain State to begin collecting internet sales taxes

By CONOR GRIFFITH NCWV Media CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As a result of a U.S. Supreme Court case, the 2018 holiday season will be the last in which shoppers in the Mountain State can take advantage of tax-free shopping for online retail giants such as Amazon or eBay. Beginning in January, ...

Bomb dogs sweep stands for explosives before every WVU game

By WILLIAM DEAN, The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Before 60,000 or more screaming fans fill the seats at Mountaineer Field to cheer the football team, to a trio of noses works hard to make sure Milan Puskar Stadium is safe for all. Ginger, a 7-year-old field golden retriever; ...

Quilt mural adds color to West Virginia town

By TIM MACVEAN, The Inter-Mountain ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — Kiana Hartman, 21, spent the better part of a year — using more than a dozen different colors — to create a quilt mural at Space-ial Places Storage Units on Randolph Avenue in Elkins. "I kind of went by a design that I found online ...

GOP majority renominates Hanshaw as W.Va. House speaker

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Majority Republicans in the West Virginia House of Delegates have renominated Roger Hanshaw as speaker. The House says in a news release the move occurred Sunday during a private caucus meeting at the state Capitol. The full House will vote on a speaker on the first ...

West Virginia Christmas tree lighting set for Tuesday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's annual Joyful Night celebration and tree lighting ceremony will be held this week at the state Capitol Complex in Charleston. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the south plaza with performances from West Virginia high school bands. Gov. Jim ...

Justice family companies agree to settlement with regulators

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's family companies have paid their bills after agreeing to a discounted settlement over payment of coal transportation fees. Justice's companies paid $175,282 to the West Virginia Public Service Commission. According to PSC ...

2 West Virginia troopers suspended after suspect beaten

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia state troopers have been suspended and the governor has ordered an investigation into a traffic stop in which he says the troopers were seen on a dashcam video beating a 16-year-old male suspect. The troopers in ...

West Virginia man arrested in fatal shooting days later

JEFFERSON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia man charged with first-degree murder in a shooting has been arrested. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office tells news outlets in a statement 33-year-old Douglas "Fatty" Kidd III was apprehended Thursday evening. The Nitro resident was ...

Hepatitis A cases rising in southern West Virginia

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials say a West Virginia county reported a five-fold increase in hepatitis A cases within two months. The Register-Herald (https://bit.ly/2DUzT9l ) reports hepatitis A cases in Raleigh County rose from 19 at the end of September to 100 at the end of ...

West Virginia Senate mulls next steps in impeachment drama

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The leader of West Virginia's Senate said he's mulling his options after the state Supreme Court refused to revisit a ruling that halted the impeachment process of several justices. "At this point, one branch of government has to be ...

Pipeline company to pay $122K for environmental violations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A company building a natural gas pipeline in West Virginia has agreed to pay $122,350 for environmental violations. The Charleston Gazette-Mail cited a consent order made public Monday in reporting that Columbia Gas Transmission agreed to pay the amount to the West ...

Remains of WWII soldier from West Virginia identified

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The remains of a U.S. soldier from West Virginia have been identified more than a half-century after he died in World War II. The Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency said Tuesday the remains are those of Cpl. Joseph Akers of Kenova. The 23-year-old Akers was killed in ...

Entrepreneur training program offered at West Virginia State

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — A new development training program for entrepreneurs is being offered by West Virginia State University starting this week. The program called Opening Soon Inc. is offered by the university Extension Service to new and existing businesses. It starts Saturday at the ...

No one hurt in fire at Macy’s W.Va. distribution center

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A fire official says operations have been suspended at a Macy's distribution center in West Virginia after a fire broke out. No one was hurt. Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Capt. Brian Mulligan tells The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Maryland , that the state fire marshal ...

New patrol officer being assigned to Turnpike

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An additional patrol officer is being assigned to the West Virginia Turnpike due to an increase in crashes involving large trucks. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports the West Virginia Parkways Authority, the Public Service Commission and the West Virginia State ...

Dr. Tom Takubo named West Virginia Senate majority leader

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dr. Tom Takubo has been named the West Virginia Senate's new majority leader. Senate President Mitch Carmichael announced the Kanawha County Republican's appointment Monday. Takubo replaces Ryan Ferns, an Ohio County Republican who lost in the general ...

Ex-high court justice can leave West Virginia pre-sentencing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge is letting a former West Virginia Supreme Court justice visit relatives in North Carolina before his federal sentencing on Jan. 30. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail , U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver's order requires former Justice Menis Ketchum to ...

West Virginia inmate pleads guilty in fed prison camp escape

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An inmate has pleaded guilty to escaping from a federal prison camp in West Virginia over the summer. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart's office announced this week that 51-year-old Cheryl McGrath entered the plea in her escape from the Federal Prison Camp at ...

Morgantown History Museum ready to premiere docu series

By BEN CONLEY, The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — He's a cobbler, a 50s-era rock n' roll star and the unofficial mayor of Osage. Now Al Anderson is about to become the first subject of the documentary series "Morgantown Memories," produced by the Morgantown History Museum. The ...

GOP exploring reasons for gender disparity in new Congress

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For congressional Republicans, this month's elections ushered in the year of the woman — literally. West Virginia's Carol Miller will be the only Republican woman entering the 435-member House as a newcomer in January. She'll join what may ...