W.Va. News

West Virginia State using gift to establish learning center

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University says it will establish a learning center for students in the education department after receiving a significant financial commitment from a 1950 alumnus. University officials say the learning center will bear the name of Fred D. Thomas ...

Report: Governor’s Mansion has hosted 7 events this year

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Governor's Mansion in West Virginia has hosted seven private receptions, luncheons or dinners since Jan. 1, according to a newspaper report. That works out to one event every 25 days so far this year, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. Most of the events were ...

Medicaid recipients to get more substance abuse services

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Medicaid recipients will soon receive the second phase of new services under a federal waiver as part of efforts by Gov. Jim Justice's administration to provide substance abuse treatment. The statement by the state Department of Health and Human ...

West Virginia school clothing allowance applications begin

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will start taking applications for school clothing allowance on Monday. The allowance is for eligible children enrolled in West Virginia schools. The program is administered by the Department of Health and Human Resources' Division of Family ...

West Virginia labor battle site regains historic designation

MATEWAN, W.Va. (AP) — The National Register of Historic Places has placed a protected designation on the site of a West Virginia battle that broke out in the 1920s when coal miners tried to unionize. The Blair Mountain Battlefield was removed from the registry in 2009 after a law firm ...

Purple Heart Truck stops in Fairmont on cross-country trip

By EDDIE TRIZZINO, Times West Virginian of Fairmont FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Though Justin Burdette lost both of his legs during his military service, he'll soon be doing a lot more moving around. A recipient of the Purple Heart, Burdette will also be receiving an accessible pickup truck ...

West Virginia AG: Kennedy successor should resist overreach

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says the successor to retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy should resist government overreach and show a commitment to protecting individual liberty. He also praised Kennedy in a statement after the ...

West Virginia lawmakers mull court justice impeachment

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers started the rare process Tuesday of deciding whether impeachment proceedings are necessary, just days after a state Supreme Court justice was charged in a 22-count criminal indictment. The House Judiciary ...

Ex-prison official admits having to sex with inmates

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A former security official at a federal prison in West Virginia has admitted to having sex with female inmates. Federal prosecutors say 39-year-old Jarred Grimes of Inverness, Florida, pleaded guilty to having sex with four inmates and other sexual activity with two ...

West Virginia man gets 2 life terms in slaying of couple

MINERAL WELLS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man convicted of killing a couple in 2017 has been sentenced to two life terms without parole. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports 48-year-old Jeffery Lyle Sampson was sentenced Monday for the slaying of Shawn and Brandy Hardman. He also was ...

Doll of West Virginia first lady Cathy Justice unveiled

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia first lady Cathy Justice has unveiled a doll in her likeness. The doll introduced at a ceremony Wednesday will become part of the First Ladies of West Virginia Collection at the state Culture Center in Charleston. It was made by Washington D.C.-based ...

West Virginia State president’s contract extended by 5 years

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — A five-year contract extension has been approved for West Virginia State University's president. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports President Anthony L. Jenkins' new contract goes into effect July 1 and ends in 2023. The contract was approved Friday by the West ...

Lawmaker files suit over where West Virginia governor lives

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Democratic state delegate is suing Republican Gov. Jim Justice demanding that he live in the county where West Virginia's capital city is located. Assistant Minority Whip Isaac Sponaugle submitted a writ of mandamus requesting the Kanawha County Circuit Court order ...

West Virginia Lottery Commission sets sports betting rules

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's lottery commission has set its rules for sports betting in the state, and its director says the goal is to have sports wagering underway by football season. The rules were approved at an emergency meeting Thursday, media outlets reported. West ...

Federal study: Chemicals toxic at levels EPA thought safe

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The chemicals used by a West Virginia factory to make non-stick products are dangerous at levels the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had thought were safe, according to a federal study that had been previously blocked from publication. The federal Agency for ...

Indicted for fraud, a West Virginia judge pleads not guilty

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia Supreme Court justice has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of fraud and lying to federal agents. Media outlets report Allen Loughry entered the plea on Friday two hours before West Virginia lawmakers announced they were considering ...

West Virginia paid $1 million for vacant office space

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's state government has paid nearly $1 million in the past three years to rent vacant office space. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources renewed its lease with Pin Oak Properties in 2014 and paid ...

West Virginia city considers banning motorized bicycles

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city is considering banning motorized bicycles. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports city Police Chief Joe Martin says there are about 300 pocket bikes or mini-bikes in the city and they have become a safety hazard. He said residents have ...

Business up at New Jersey track, casino with sports bets

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Arthur Rosen puzzled over the photocopied sheet of paper listing all sorts of exotic bets on baseball games, including one in which the number of runs scored and hits made in Tuesday night's New York Yankees-Seattle Mariners game had to ...