W.Va. News

Utility: Most W.Va. customers should have power back Monday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Appalachian Power says a recent wind storm in West Virginia took down 17 transmission lines and 15 distribution stations. The utility says in a news release that about 4,100 customers remained without power on Monday, two days after the storm hit. Most of the outages ...

Vice President Pence, Morrisey urge West Virginians to vote

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence made his second stop in West Virginia in the past three months to rally for Republican U.S. Senate nominee Patrick Morrisey on Saturday night. This time, Pence urged residents to get out and vote in the Nov. 6 ...

West Virginia University holds 31st annual Pumpkin Drop

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Hundreds of students made the 11-story ascent to the top of the West Virginia University Engineering Sciences Building on Friday to drop pumpkins at a target for a chance at a $100 prize. The State Journal reports 355 teams participated in the 31st annual Pumpkin ...

West Virginia to stock streams with golden rainbow trout

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Division of Natural Resources says it will stock streams and ponds with golden rainbow trout next spring after a similar stocking last spring proved popular. Jim Hedrick is the division's supervisor of hatcheries. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports ...

Lawsuit seeks W.Va. AG Morrisey’s pharma industry records

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit seeks to force Republican U.S. Senate nominee Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia to release public records related to his communications with the pharmaceutical industry. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee filed suit ...

West Virginia officials halt construction on highway project

KERENS, W.Va. (AP) — A company working on the Corridor H highway in West Virginia has been ordered to stop by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the department's Sept. 28 cease-and-desist order follows a series of violations in Randolph and ...

Engineering school is host for 31st annual Pumpkin Drop

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Young engineers will test their skills at safely landing pumpkins dropped from 11 stories up this week at West Virginia University. WVU's Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is having its 31st annual Pumpkin Drop on Friday in front of the Engineering ...

Voter registration deadline is Tuesday in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The deadline is nearing to register to vote in next month's general election in West Virginia. Tuesday is the last day for state residents to register if they want to vote on Nov. 6. Residents can register online or in person at their county clerk's offices, the ...

Climbing at national parks subject of public meeting

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — People interested in climbing at New River Gorge National River and Gauley River National Recreation Area in West Virginia can learn more at a public meeting this month. The National Park Service says in a news release it will discuss the climbing management plan, ...

Report: Police haven’t done promised anti-racism training

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A police department in West Virginia that promised two years ago to undergo anti-racism training has yet to complete the agreed upon course. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Saturday that a report by coalition Call to Action for Racial Equality says the ...

After impeachments, West Virginia voters to choose justices

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia voters head to the polls next month to decide whether to allow Gov. Jim Justice's two picks for the state Supreme Court to continue serving. Justice appointed U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and former GOP House Speaker Tim ...

Large West Virginia coal mine with 400 workers closing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia coal mine that employs about 400 workers is closing after a deal to sell it fell through. Gov. Jim Justice issued a statement saying the closing of the Pinnacle Mine in Wyoming County will displace a lot of miners. He says he is hopeful the mine "has ...

The art of the ninja: Man earns 10-degree black belt

By WILLIAM DEAN, The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Though it's been debunked, psychologist K. Anders Ericsson once said 10,000 hours of practice leads to mastery. Tom Stowers, the man who brought ninjutsu to West Virginia in 1989, may agree with Ericsson. Stowers recently obtained ...

West Virginia governor’s coal firm ordered to pay settlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has ordered a coal company owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's family to start making payments on a settlement. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Justice Low Seam Mining, Inc. was ordered Wednesday to pay roughly $478,000 to Virginia Drilling Co. in ...

MLB: League should get cut from casino wagers on sport

By REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Major League Baseball and the casino industry are entrenched in their views on a league proposal to get a cut from wagers placed on the sport following the repeal of a federal ban on sports betting earlier this year. Representatives ...

Jury starts deliberating in West Virginia justice’s trial

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice who says trips he took using a court-issued vehicle were justified actually "stole from the state," a federal prosecutor said in closing arguments Wednesday at the justice's criminal ...

Closing arguments set in W.Va. justice’s criminal trial

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal jury is close to deliberating criminal charges against a suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice accused of using his office for his own benefit. The defense rested Tuesday after Justice Allen Loughry was questioned for ...

West Virginia authorities recover body from river

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities have recovered a body from a river in West Virginia. News outlets cited a statement from the Logan County Sheriff's Office on Monday in reporting the body was found in the Guyandotte River. The sheriff's office is trying to identify the body. The statement ...

Purchased gas adjustment rates declining for most in state

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Almost all natural gas customers in West Virginia will be seeing a reduction in part of their rates starting next month. The state Public Service Commission said it ordered natural gas utilities to lower the purchased gas portion of their rates for more than 95 ...

West Virginia residents can receive free joint replacement

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A medical service organization will provide free joint replacements at West Virginia University Medicine later this year. Participating patients will receive free of charge all treatment, including surgery, hospitalization and pre- and post-operative care. The ...